photo c/o Quimby’s
Today is Alex Wrekk's birthday! Here is what I have to say about her.
She is talented. Her writing is excellent. Just one example… I’ve been composing some thoughts about the link between love and writing (and how sometimes they’re one and the same), so one of my current favorite passages of hers comes from her contribution to the collaborative ZINE CRUSH #2…
You are dangerous like a stationery store.
She is prolific and active. 30 issues of BRAINSCAN in 15 years! And keeping up with updated editions of STOLEN SHARPIE REVOLUTION… and keeping up with buttons, blogging, Portland Zine Symposium organizing… and so on and so forth.
She is supportive. The first time I interacted with Alex was to send a note about how much I appreciated STOLEN SHARPIE REVOLUTION and how helpful and inspirational it was for FAIR DIG. Her reply was very encouraging. I know I am merely one of many who could share a similar anecdote, and her call to action every year for International Zine Month helps strengthen bonds within the zine community.
She is strong and she is smart. Simply put, do not try to bullshit Alex Wrekk.
She is kind. I have only had the pleasure of Alex’s company on a handful of occasions, specifically around L.A. Zine Fest 2013, but she immediately made me feel like I was reuniting with an old friend. Maybe it’s partly that thing where when you follow someone’s work, you feel like you already know them before you meet in person. But it’s mostly how nice, engaging, fun, and funny she is.
Alex, may this birthday be everything you want… here’s to many happy years and birthdays to come.
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