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'''Alex Wrekk''' (born June 19, 1977) is a [[zinester]] from [[Portland]], OR.  
 
'''Alex Wrekk''' (born June 19, 1977) is a [[zinester]] from [[Portland]], OR.  
  
Wrekk was born in Houston, Texas, where she lived for the first nine years of life. She moved to North Carolina then to Salt Lake City, Utah, where she started zining.
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Wrekk was born in Houston, Texas, where she lived for the first nine years of life, and then moved to Greensboro, North Carolina with her family for 9 months. After that they moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where she started getting into zines in high school.
  
Wrekk was first introduced to zines after meeting some kids in the midwest in the mid '90's. Her early influences include comic zines like [[Bad Art]]. From there she and her sister, [[Webly Bowles]], created their first zine [[Fun in a Bucket]].
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Wrekk was first introduced to zines by her high school boyfriend's father who let them borrow from his collection. Alex got more involved with zines after meeting some kids in the midwest on a church youth trip in the mid '90's. Her early influences include comic zines like [[Bad Art]], [[Then She Deflated]] and [[Shelf Life]] . From there she and her sister, [[Webly Bowles]], created their first zine [[Fun in a Bucket]] in 1995 and were part of the small zine community in Salt Lake City, Utah along with such zines as [[Hat]], [[Failed Jedi]], [[Maybrick's Diary]], [[Hemopheliac's Papercut]], and [[Lunchroom]]. In 1997 Alex was the "merch girl" for the band Homesick and ran a small zine on the side to a largely disinterested crowd at shows where she carried local zines as well as out of state zines like [[Cometbus]] and [[A Punk Kid Walks Into A Bar]].
  
Since Salt Lake City lacked in interest, knowledge and respect of zines, Wrekk looked mainly to pen pals for other zines and inspiration. She later broke away from the silliness of [[Fun in a Bucket]] and started her own zine, [[Brainscan]], a more serious zine. Wrekk later moved to Portland where she found and contributed to the zine community.
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For the most part Salt Lake City lacked interest, knowledge and respect of zines, Wrekk looked mainly to pen pals for other zines and inspiration. She later broke away from the silliness of [[Fun in a Bucket]] and started her own zine, [[Brainscan]], that was more reflective and thoughful than Fun in a Bucket. Wrekk later moved to Portland, Oregon to be closer to where her sister Webly went to college and also where she already knew some zine penpals like Antonio and Zack Hyde of [[Three Sheets to the Wind]] and [[Beer Powered Bicycle]].  In Portland Wrekk found and contributed to the zine community working on the anual Portland Zine Symposium, and volunteering at the [[Independent Publishing Resource Center]] and the creative reuse store S.C.R.A.P.
  
Alex Wrekk met [[Joe Biel]] as a pen pal in the late '90s. Wrekk convinced Biel to move to Portland since his house burned down. Wrekk started helping Biel with his record and zine distro, [[Microcosm Publishing]], out of their home. A few years later, Microcosm grew and moved into office space below [[Liberty Hall]], in large part thanks to the original [[zines]] and [[book]]s they were publishing, including Wrekk's own successful [[Stolen Sharpie Revolution]] resource.
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Alex Wrekk met [[Joe Biel]] as a pen pal in the late '90s. Wrekk convinced Biel to move to Portland since his house burned down. Wrekk started helping Biel with his record and zine distro, [[Microcosm Publishing]], out of their home. A few years later, Microcosm grew and moved into office space below [[Liberty Hall]], in large part thanks to the original [[zines]] and [[book]]s they were publishing, including Wrekk's own successful [[Stolen Sharpie Revolution]] a DIY zine resource.
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Alex's
  
 
==Bibliography==
 
==Bibliography==
  
===Contributions to Compzines===
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===Contributions to Other zines===
 
*[[$100 & A T-Shirt]] DVD
 
*[[$100 & A T-Shirt]] DVD
 
*[[Coffeeshop Crushes]]
 
*[[Coffeeshop Crushes]]
 
*[[Make Something]] book
 
*[[Make Something]] book
 
*[[O]] #4
 
*[[O]] #4
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*[[Eyecandy]]
 
*[[You Can Work Any 100 Hours Per Week You Want (In Your Underwear)!!]]
 
*[[You Can Work Any 100 Hours Per Week You Want (In Your Underwear)!!]]
  
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* An audio chapter on the [[IPRC Audio Zine]] CD.
 
* An audio chapter on the [[IPRC Audio Zine]] CD.
 
* Selections from "Brainscan #21" for the [[Zinester Podcasts]] series.
 
* Selections from "Brainscan #21" for the [[Zinester Podcasts]] series.
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* An upcoming podcast with her sister Webly called "Born to Love Volcanoes"
  
 
===Zines===
 
===Zines===
*[[Brainscan]] ([[perzine]])
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*[[Fun in a Bucket]] ([[perzine]])1995-1998
*[[Birthdays & Christmas / Faking Distance]] (split with [[Korinna Irwin]])
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*[[Brainscan]] ([[perzine]]) 1997-present
*[[Don't Send Me Flowers]] (split with [[Webly Bowles|Webly Bucket]])
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*[[I'm A Wrekk]]1999
*[[Stolen Sharpie Revolution]]
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*[[Crossing the Rubicon]] 2001
*[[Fun in a Bucket]] ([[perzine]])
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*[[Fire Apparatus]] 2002
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*[[Is it July yet?]] 2002 split zine with [[Eleanor Whitney]] of [[Indulgence zine]]
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*[[Don't Send Me Flowers]] (split with [[Webly Bowles|Webly Bucket]])2002
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*[[Stolen Sharpie Revolution]]2002
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*[[Birthdays & Christmas / Faking Distance]] (split with [[Korinna Irwin]])2004
  
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===Split Zines===
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*Brainscan #8 with [[Big Surprise]] 1998
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*Brainscan #9 with [[Touched by and Anvil]] and [[Ritalin Kid]]1999
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*Brainscan #11 with [[Eyecandy]] 2000
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*Brainscan #16 [[Cars in the Bike Lane]] with [[Joe Biel]] 2001
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*Brainscan #17 with [[Rock Star With Words]] a one night split with [[Korinna Irwin]] 2001
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===Zine Tours===
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*[[Copy and Destroy Zine tour]] 2003
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*[[Cut and Paste Zine Tour]]2003
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==External Links==
 
==External Links==
 
* [http://www.myspace.com/alexwrekk Wrekk on MySpace]
 
* [http://www.myspace.com/alexwrekk Wrekk on MySpace]

Revision as of 16:26, 27 July 2006

Alex Wrekk

Alex Wrekk (born June 19, 1977) is a zinester from Portland, OR.

Wrekk was born in Houston, Texas, where she lived for the first nine years of life, and then moved to Greensboro, North Carolina with her family for 9 months. After that they moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where she started getting into zines in high school.

Wrekk was first introduced to zines by her high school boyfriend's father who let them borrow from his collection. Alex got more involved with zines after meeting some kids in the midwest on a church youth trip in the mid '90's. Her early influences include comic zines like Bad Art, Then She Deflated and Shelf Life . From there she and her sister, Webly Bowles, created their first zine Fun in a Bucket in 1995 and were part of the small zine community in Salt Lake City, Utah along with such zines as Hat, Failed Jedi, Maybrick's Diary, Hemopheliac's Papercut, and Lunchroom. In 1997 Alex was the "merch girl" for the band Homesick and ran a small zine on the side to a largely disinterested crowd at shows where she carried local zines as well as out of state zines like Cometbus and A Punk Kid Walks Into A Bar.

For the most part Salt Lake City lacked interest, knowledge and respect of zines, Wrekk looked mainly to pen pals for other zines and inspiration. She later broke away from the silliness of Fun in a Bucket and started her own zine, Brainscan, that was more reflective and thoughful than Fun in a Bucket. Wrekk later moved to Portland, Oregon to be closer to where her sister Webly went to college and also where she already knew some zine penpals like Antonio and Zack Hyde of Three Sheets to the Wind and Beer Powered Bicycle. In Portland Wrekk found and contributed to the zine community working on the anual Portland Zine Symposium, and volunteering at the Independent Publishing Resource Center and the creative reuse store S.C.R.A.P.

Alex Wrekk met Joe Biel as a pen pal in the late '90s. Wrekk convinced Biel to move to Portland since his house burned down. Wrekk started helping Biel with his record and zine distro, Microcosm Publishing, out of their home. A few years later, Microcosm grew and moved into office space below Liberty Hall, in large part thanks to the original zines and books they were publishing, including Wrekk's own successful Stolen Sharpie Revolution a DIY zine resource.

Alex's

Bibliography

Contributions to Other zines

Podcasts/Audio Recordings

  • An audio chapter on the IPRC Audio Zine CD.
  • Selections from "Brainscan #21" for the Zinester Podcasts series.
  • An upcoming podcast with her sister Webly called "Born to Love Volcanoes"

Zines

Split Zines

Zine Tours

External Links