Brainscan #19

by alex wrekk

An introspective look at Alex Wrekk's July of 2002; including writing on the planning of the Portland Zine Symposium, the IPRC?s high school zine camp, and the actual event of the Zine Symposium. A weekend full of houseguests, communication, connection and late night porch sessions. It also includes volunteering at the Rock ?N? Roll camp for girls where Alex helped teach workshops on zines. This zine also contains reflections on zine community involvement and evolution over the years, thoughts on the guerilla mental health awareness workshop at the Zine Symposium, and an update on Joe & Alex's DIY wedding. It also includes a preview to Brainscan #20, a travel zine. This zine is surprisingly text heavy for Brainscan but still has high contrast cut and paste layout. Includes the very limited Brainscan 18.5.

Comments/Reviews

Alex Wrekk has a knack for zine creation. She put together the Stolen Sharpie Revolution zine, which I reviewed in my last column, and she continues to do little one-shot and split projects, while also publishing her long-running perzine, Brainscan. This is the first issue of Brainscan that I?ve read, and I was really impressed. So few zines today are still pulling off the classic well-produced cut-and-paste style that I?m always excited to find one that does. Inside the screen-printed cardstock cover of this issue, the typewritten pages mostly document Alex?s thoughts, impressions, and experiences related to being a part of last summer?s Zine Symposium in Portland. She also writes about the Rock ?n? Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, where she helped present a program on zines. I liked this zine because it struck a good balance between being informative and personal. It?s definitely well worth a look.