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Since 2002, Stolen Sharpie Revolution has been the go-to guide for zines and zine culture. Help bring the 5th edition to print!
Since 2002, Stolen Sharpie Revolution has been the go-to guide for zines and zine culture. Help bring the 5th edition to print!
248 backers pledged $7,356 to help bring this project to life.

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We have made our $6,000 goal with 4 days to spare! I'm not feeling completely proactive about setting a stretch goal, but here's the thing. As of now There is enough for all the rewards and to print 4,000 copies of the 5th Edition of Stolen Sharpie Revolution.

If we can hit $7,000 we can print 5,000 copies! Can we do it?

Stolen Sharpie Revolution: a DIY Resource for Zines and Zine Culture has been the go-to guide for all things zine-related for over a decade. This little red book is bursting with all things ZINE: things you may know, stuff you don't know and even stuff you didn’t know you didn’t know! Stolen Sharpie Revolution is a cornucopia of information about zines and zine culture. It's for everyone from the zine newbie to the experienced zinester to the academic researcher. It is beloved by zinesters everywhere and has even been used in university classrooms as a basic text for understanding zines.

Stolen Sharpie Revolution consists of thoughtful lists and step-by-step how-to guides on everything from definitions of a “zine,” where to find zines, how to make them and how to participate in zine culture. There are lots of crafty guides for layouts, binding, papermaking - a bonanza for the DIY enthusiast. For 2014, Stolen Sharpie Revolution has been completely revamped and expanded with new layouts, more information, instructions on how and where to get your zine distributed and reviewed, and how to start your own zine fest, and much, much more! This book has everything you need to get started creating your own zine, or to figure out what to do with the zine you just made. Stolen Sharpie Revolution is both an introduction into the wide world of zine culture and a guide to taking the next step to become a part of it.

Its companion website, StolenSharpieRevolution.org, hosts an up-to-date directory of the more mercurial aspects of zines and zine culture: resource listings for stores, distros, zine events and zine libraries.

The Fifth Edition of Stolen Sharpie Revolution: A DIY Resource for Zines and Zine Cultures will be ethically printed with vegetable-based inks on 100% recycled paper and bound with animal-free glue by Oakland-based 1984 Printing, as the previous edition.

With over 21,000 copies in print, this book is poised to break the quarter-hundred-thousand copy barrier at least BUT I NEED YOUR HELP! Printing costs are not cheap, but this guide deserves another day in the sun. I have received countless emails, letters and hugs from people who have told me how much Stolen Sharpie Revolution meant to them: opening their eyes to the wonderful, transformative world of zines. Help me bring the latest edition to a new generation of potential zinesters and established zine enthusiasts. This can only happen through your generosity.

Backing this project can get you some really fun rewards that can be simply your own copy of the 5th edition of Stolen Sharpie Revolution or having me come to your class or zine event to talk about zines. Other fun things include actual Sharpie markers branded with the SSR logo and Stolen Sharpie Revolution t-shirts or a bulk order of 10 copies for your zine distro or class. Plus, super limited rewards including all 5 editions of Stolen Sharpie Revolution, donating a copy of SSR to a local Little Free Library, me doing the layout for your zine, me making you a one page zine about any topic you would like (you should pick cats) or writing you a song about zines for the Copy Scams to record.

If we go over or projected goal we'll just print more books! I'm aiming at 5,000 but I would LOVE to print up to 10,000!

Past Reviews of Stolen Sharpie Revolution:

It's difficult to sift through the lovingly created zines that pile up in our library without grabbing paper and pens, hijacking the office copy machine, and printing my own. Now that I've stumbled upon Stolen Sharpie Revolution, Alex Wrekk's guide to making your own hand-crafted publication, I have no excuse not to. The DIY guide offers invaluable advice on creating, printing, and distributing zines. And if all that doodling, cutting, and pasting becomes overwhelming, you can always sit back and relax with a title ordered from the list of distros (distributors), bookstores, libraries, and websites compiled in Wrekk's resource appendix. -- Kristen Mueller, Utne Reader

You know that saying of how the first Velvet Underground record didn’t sell that well, but for every copy sold a [new] band was formed? I keep my copy [of Stolen Sharpie Revolution] on me at all times, if not for reference, then for inspiration. -- Finding Datura

Alex is a goddess of the zine world. Brainscan is one of the rare books that tells a truly personal story that people care enough to read. But if Brainscan is a biography, SSR belongs in a non-fiction section. Here Alex (figuratively) lends her years of expertise to zinester virgins. She walks them through the gates and into the depths of a scene that has always frightened newcomers. In fact, this lesson is so thorough that if Portland High School taught a zine publishing class (and I'm sure this will happen soon), this would be its textbook. Also included in [the 3rd edition] are how to start a zine library, how to start a distro, and 40+ reference pages of materials, events, and distros. -- Pocketful of Change

A little about me, Alex Wrekk:

My life pretty much revolves around making things: primarily zines, custom pinback buttons (badges), vegan food, travel plans, and space for a cat in my bed.

I have been creating zines since the early 90s and I've been making my primary zine, Brainscan since 1997. I moved from Salt lake City, Utah to Portland, Oregon in 1999 and immersed myself in zine and zine culture in Portland. Brainscan zine has grown and changed as I have over the years with stories ranging from travel, reproductive health, love and loss, emotional abuse recovery, zine culture, and even fiction - all wrapped up in text and photocopier art. I first published the book Stolen Sharpie Revolution in 2002 and am now working on the 5th edition.

When I'm not doing zine things, I'm doing other zine things like organizing the Portland Zine Symposium, establishing July as International Zine Month, commiserating with zine event organizers around the world, updating the zine event listings on StolenSharpieRevolution.org, hosting the podcast Nobody Cares About Your Stupid Zine Podcast, fidgeting with my Risograph printer, reading from my zines out loud on zine tours or singing in a zine-themed pop-punk band called The Copy Scams.

In 2012, I opened Portland Button Works, an online and brick-and-mortar button shop and zine distro in Portland, Oregon. I sell zines and books and make custom buttons, bottle openers, and magnets in 4 different sizes. I also maintain an Etsy shop with the same name.

T-shirt design
T-shirt design
Stolen Sharpie Revolution button!
Stolen Sharpie Revolution button!
Stolen Sharpie Revolution branded Sharpie Markers!
Stolen Sharpie Revolution branded Sharpie Markers!
OJ hiding in a box of SSR. I threatened to send him off to San Diego!
OJ hiding in a box of SSR. I threatened to send him off to San Diego!

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge has been keeping this book in print and funding has been only part of the challenge. The larger challenge has been running a brick and mortar shop and finding the time to sit down and work on rewriting his book.

Zine culture changes really quickly and I want this to be the most updated book I can make it. My partner has been helping me at my shop which has freed me up to be able to work on Stolen Sharpie. The text is written and edited and I plan to have all pages laid out, scanned, and ready to go to print as soon as this kickstarter is funded, if not before.

Stolen Sharpie Revolution has been in print before and I'll be working with the same printer as last time so the only problems I foresee are possible production delays. Other than that, I'm fully equipped to get these in the mail as soon as I receive them back from the printer!

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