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11/13 (Friday the 13th!) RPS Zine Mart at the Berkeley Art Museum

November 5, 2009

zine mart flyer

Two weeks only!

Take a look at the East Bay’s rich D.I.Y. culture during Zine Mart, a special pop-up shop of ‘zines and other self-produced multiples. Zine Mart is a creative partnership with the Oakland-based artist collective Rock Paper Scissors.

BAM/PFA (the Berkeley Art Museum) is delighted to host for the first time in a museum RPS’s extensive ‘zine library. This archive documents the history of these self-produced publications, as well as celebrating the East Bay’s innumerable contributions.

In addition, Zine Mart will feature instructional videos and contributions from other Bay Area ‘zine collectives, as well as specially commissioned ‘zines and multiples from Ari Marcopoulos, Bozidar Brazda, Kamao Patton, Marc Arthur, Vanessa Albury, Tammy Rae Carland, Taravat Talepasand, Joseph Akel, Isaac Valdez, and Kamao Patton, plus many more!

The opening reception is Fri, Nov. 13 at 7:00 p.m. (store opens at 5 p.m.) and will feature a conversation between Ari Marcopoulos and Paul Schiek, as well as a book signing for SHOOT, the tome tracing the point and shoot revolution edited by Ken Miller. Zine Mart: Runs through Nov. 22 during regular museum hours.

ZINE MART @ Berkeley Art Museum/ Pacific Film Archive
November 13 – 22, 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, November 13th, 7 – 9pm
Conversation between Ari Marcopolous and Paul Schiek: 7:30PM to be followed by SHOOT book signing.


Zine Workshop Event!

September 22, 2009

This Sunday (the 27th) from 12pm-3pm in conjunction with the twice monthly zine workshops there will be a really fun event at RPS! Everyone is invited to come and write a letter to their hometown for submission to the Letters Home zine that is being put together by a RPS volunteer. This project is definitely open to interpretation and letters could range from love or hate mail directed at your hometown to a short poem or comic. Hometowns can stir up a lot of emotions for people from fond memories to strong disdain and this zine hopes to capture that. Letters do not have to be completed at this event, but its a great way to get started on it, meet some interesting folk, and enjoy some courtesy baked goods!

For more information about this zine check out the call for submissions link, or email The deadline for submissions is Oct. 15th

San Francisco Zinefest 2009 – yay hurray

August 23, 2009

Rock Paper Scissors was out in full effect at the San Francisco Zinefest 2009! Many, many thanks to the S.F. Zinefest crew for putting on a wonderful event that brought many creative types of all kinds into the beautiful settings of Golden Gate Park. There was a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes to bring the Zinefest to life that most of us would never see.

It was pretty cool talking to random tourist families who would come in and ask, “What’s a zine?”  We got several e-mails from people who had never heard of a zine before. Hopefully they will go on and create cool zines at one of our zine jam workshops…

San Francisco Zinefest 2009

We heart the contributions. Microcosm publishing from Portland sat next to us and gave a whole stack of wonderful stuff. We did the Oakland O-town dance to celebrate, clapping and cheering, maybe next year we’ll bring pom-poms! It was cool talking “zine shop talk” about stuff from the 90s, stuff goin on now and the great future ahead.

Thank you Microcosm! Doing the Oakland dance

The box kept getting more and more full–so that by the end of the day we had a huge bunch of submissions. It’s going to be really fun cataloging these and perhaps putting them online.

a huge box of submissions

The most fun was explaining that much of the activity was from random volunteers and visitors much like yourselves. For instance, the Marker Art Party which became this gigantic zine pictured below was the product of some random conversations one afternoon between several volunteers. Here, one of the participants eyes a drawing he made that night.

He drew at the marker dance party & inspects his art in this huge zine Lou made

We got to speak a lot about our upcoming zine workshops which you can find on the Rock Paper Scissors calendar. They’re free, friendly and full of lots of cool people who want to help you finish your zine.  Sign up for the events list… you’ll be hearing about all sorts of cool things going on.

Viva SF Zinefest!

fliptard – a treasure from esther watson

August 9, 2009

fliptard is another twist on the exquisite corpse idea, although esther watson brings an eccentric twist that reminds us not to take life too seriously. Well done!


Is that a Michael Jackson head up there?

Yes, it is Michael Jackson!



Zine Jam this Sunday (August 9)

August 7, 2009

We have another zine jam scheduled this Sunday, August 9th from 12-4 p.m.

Sign up and bring your zine in the making. We hear they’re even going to take all the drawings from the Marker Art Party and make a megahuge zine!

Imagine all of these marker drawings in one big zine!

Marker Dance Party – Thank you!

August 7, 2009

Thanks to everyone for coming to the Marker Dance Party!  It was so great to see people from different groups come together and interact with the music, the drawing and the dancing. The vibe was pretty positive and we saw so many new faces and groups of people… The day after the event there were people gushing about Oakland.

Check out some great photographs of the evening right here in the RPS Photo gallery. There were a lot of people taking photographs so feel free to add them to this list if you have any in the comments below!

Here’s a further slideshow of the night including some set-up photographs…thanks to Lou, Ramona and DJ Razvan for working the hardest on this evening with the clean-up, setting up of paper, heavy speakers and the poster production.

Some favorite moments:

  • The spontaneous human pyramid.
  • The totally fabulous rocawear ponytail girl who wandered in  from the Vibe next door with her sister at the end of the night and gushed about how she loved artists and wish there were creative things like this in Napa. We told her, “There are! Just start a marker party night there!”
  • The band from Arizona that had just played at Mamabuzz coming in and  teaching people how to box.
  • Those long, long bamboo poles with markers attached (invented by Lou) that allowed people to draw way up high.
  • People who drew along to the dance videos projected on the wall.
  • All the new ideas passed around–and people wanting to do this again!

distance makes the heart grow fonder # 8

August 2, 2009

“these pictures were taken between 1997 & 2000 in chicago at lounge ax, the empty bottle the rainbow or heartland cafe. others were takes in milwaukee at the fuel cafe”

distance makes the heart grow fonder # 8
distance makes the heart grow fonder # 8

distance makes the heart grow fonder # 8