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The Zinester’s guide to Portland

by: Shawn Granton (eds)


July 31st, 2009 · post by Chris Walktall · 1 Comment

ISBN number: 978-0-9770557-2-2

Publisher: Microcosm Publishing

A travel guide to Portland, USofA for, well, the kind of people who read Last Hours really; less of a tourist guide, more designed for new residents who want to get the most of the city.

The Zinesters Guide to Portland. Cover by Nate Beaty

Cover by Nate Beaty

It’s pretty comprehensive; the city is divided into eight different areas and each area is thoroughly profiled with lists of art supply shops, comic book shops and, more traditionally for a city guide, bars, cafes and nightlife.

It’s well produced, and a nice size for your pocket, and full of some genuinely great drawings and even includes guides to skateboarding and biking in the city, as well as hiking in the local area.

It’s one of the best city guides I’ve ever read (it’s great to read a guide feeling it’s been written with you in mind), and really encourages me to want to spend time in the city. Although it would be a lie to say I’ve read it cover to cover, I can highly recommend it for anyone who is going to spend much time there.

An example of the maps that punctuate the book. Illustration by Urian Herr

An example of the maps that punctuate the book. Illustration by Urian Herr

There are no photos anywhere in the book; illustrations here by: Chris Cilla and Heather Q

There are no photos anywhere in the book; illustrations here by: Chris Cilla and Heather Q

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  • Edd posted:
    Jul 31, 2009 at 12:30 pm. Comment #1

    I’m not normally into travel books at all, but I really enjoyed the Zinesters Guide to Portland. The thing that really got me was the fact that there aren’t any photos at all in the book, everything visual is done with illustrations (something we unofficially tried to do in the last couple of Last Hours). There’s something really compelling about the different areas being captured in a few inky lines. I’m planning on going to Portland next year, and I’d imagine this will be in my back pocket most of the time!