Marc Parker (born July 21, 1976) is a writer, zine publisher, and youth worker. He grew up in Oklahoma, and made his first zine (despite not yet knowing the term) in 1992, using WordPerfect 5.1 and a dot matrix printer. In high school, Marc was elected vice president of the literary club, but later removed from office, after a scandal.
After graduation, throughout the 90s, Parker alternately attended college as a Writing major, and bounced around the country, working a vast number of low-wage, customer service jobs. Seriously, more than one hundred such positions that he inevitably, abruptly quit mid-shift. During this time, he published a zine about asthma, and trolled the alt.zines Usenet group regularly. Additionally, inspired by B. Traven and Fernando Pessoa, Marc created a number of zines as false personae, going so far as to rent out-of-state maildrops for the characters. It was a period of his development, perhaps, lacking in focus.
In 2003, Marc relocated, sight unseen, to Portland, Oregon, after reading about the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC). There he volunteered with the center's outreach program, and began to facilitate zine & comics workshops with youth and adults. This changed his life's direction. In 2007, Parker left his position as full-time sign maker, at a Sauvie Island farm market, and dedicated himself to mentoring under-privileged youth. He is currently pursuing a degree in Clinical Psychology. At the time of this writing, Marc continues his aspiration to make the perfect personal zine, and enjoys the finer things in life: cats, sobriety, and Connect Four.
Zinethug.com (born November 14, 2002) started out as a scheme to get free zines. Intially featuring reviews by Marc Parker alone, the site rapdily expanded to include contributions from: The J Man, thrill racer, Kelly Froh, Owen Thomas, Emerson Dameron, JJ Bjordahl, and Nicole Georges. Over nine years and twelve updates, Zinethug reviewed 489 books, comics, & zines; and two DVDs (never again) related to self-publishing. It served as a resource for librarians ordering titles, one New York Times reporter researching the medium, and countless zine enthusiasts. In late 2011, the site took on its current form: the more or less personal web presence of Marc Parker, which features the occasional review.