Triple Release Party at Desert Island

Posts have been spotty here at the Tiny Report. Sorry about that. I just moved into a new apartment and started a new job, so my free time has been little-to-none.

But I’m getting back into the swing of things, starting with a release party for The Tiny Report: Micro-Press Yearbook 2013. It’s a joint release party with my dear friends Hazel Newlevant and Preston Spurlock.

Triple Release Party
with Hazel Newlevant, Robyn Chapman, and Preston Spurlock
Desert Island, 540 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn
Wednesday, October 22, 7-9pm

with readings by the authors and a song by Preston Spurlock

ITBSIf This be Sin by Hazel Newlevant

If This Be Sin is a square-bound collection of comics about queer women expressing themselves through music. It tells the stories of Gladys Bentley, the Harlem Renaissance blues singer and drag king, and Wendy and Lisa, the lesbian rock stars of Prince and the Revolution. Winner of the 2013 Prism Comics Queer Press Grant.

 

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The Tiny Report: Micro-Press Yearbook 2013 by Robyn Chapman

The Tiny Report endeavors to chronicle the comics micro-press movement, and the Micro-Press Yearbook is its annual report. This publication includes a list of over 50 micro-publishers, and data from 40 of those is compiled into charts and graphs.

Robyn will also be debuting the other fall releases from Paper Rocket Minicomics: Limp Wrist and an untitled screen print by Preston Spurlock.

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Limp Wrist by Scout Wolfcave and Penina Gal

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Preston Spurlock will be debuting three new comics: Tact, Sensual Delicacies, and Sensual Delicacies 2. Each collects drawings, cartoons, and short stories in Preston’s gonzo one-of-a-kind style.

Sparkplug Kickstarter, Just One Week Left

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Sparkplug Comic Books is kickstarting their fall line: the last issue of Reich by  Elijah Brubaker, and the collected Vortex by William Cardini. There are only seven days left in this Kickstarter, and they haven’t hit the halfway mark yet. They could really use your help.

This is good stuff. I’m looking forward to reading the Complete Reich. Vortex is new to me, but it looks groovy.

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The Tiny Report is Back, The Micro-Press Yearbook is Here!

You might have noticed that I took a little vacation from the Tiny Report. Excuse number 1 is this: I was away in Alaska visiting family after a long, long absence. (Yeah, I from Alaska. Didn’t you know?)

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My dad and I took a road trip to go look at a glacier. The Dirty Dancing soundtrack was playing the whole way. It was awesome.

Excuse number 2: I was working feverishly on The Tiny Report’s first annual report: The Micro-Press Yearbook 2013. I really, really, wanted it to debut at SPX, and I made it just under the wire.

The Tiny Report: Micro-Press Yearbook 2013
16 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″
black and white with a Risograph cover and centerfold
Just $3! BUY IT HERE

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Here’s the lovely cover by Chuck Forsman. It was Risograph printed locally by Jesse Hlebo (of swill children). He did a great job and his rates are quite reasonable.

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My essay “What’s a Micro-Press?” takes up about half of this zine. It’s also peppered with photos of micro-publishers and their wares, all taken during 2013.

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This is the double-sided centerfold. It’s basically a directory of all the micro-presses that I could find that were active in 2013 (there’s 52 of them). It includes this information: micro-press name, publisher, location, website, years in operation, total number of publications produced, number of publications produced in 2013, and the names of those titles. I was able to get complete stats on most of those 52 publishers.

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I was able to collect all this information because 40 micro-publishers took part in my online survey. I took some of that data and made some charts and graphs. (Did you know half of these micro-presses are financially profitable? That surprised me.)

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So, that’s my zine. I’m pretty proud of it. Those of you who backed me on Kickstarter, You’ll be getting your copies in the next few weeks.

Now that I’ve collected all this information, this site will need a bit of an overhaul. My list needs to be updated. My definition of a micro-press needs to be updated. And I’ll be posting some (but not all) of the stats and graphs that are in the Micro-Press Yearbook.

Thanks for sticking with me, dear reader! Bonus: if you can name all the publications in this photo, I’ll send you a free copy*.  Email me through the “Contact” link above.robbookss*I doubt anyone is going to take me up on this, but just in case: this is limited to a reasonable amount of winners. Say, ten.

 

Help Tom Spurgeon Update his Local Scene List

CCS2011atmosphere30Back in 2003, I was looking for a city to live in. I knew I wanted to live among cartoonists. (I ended up playing is safe and moving to New York.) I wish I had owned a copy of Tom Spurgeon’s Local Scene List back then. It’s a godsend for cartoonists who are trying to enter new communities and make new connections, especially communities that are more far-flung than New York.

Take a look at Tom’s list and help him update it if you can.

Right now, I’m working on a list of all the micro-publishers who were active in 2013, and I’m tracking their activity. That list only has about 50 names on it, but it’s still difficult (and often mind-numbing) work. My hat’s off to Tom!

 

 

 

Micro-Press Yearbook 2013

Hey, readers. Sorry the posts have slowed down. (If you haven’t already, check out the Ignatz nominees that were just announced.)

You might see less of me over the next few weeks because I’m cooking up something new. The Tiny Report is putting out its first publication. The Tiny Report: Micro-Press Yearbook 2013 will be a concise yet detailed essay about the micro-press movement. There will be charts and graphs. You can learn more and pre-order your copy at my Kickstarter.

Here’s the awesome cover Chuck Forsman drew for me!

 

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Demon by Jason Shiga

demonI’ve been hearing about Demon, the new project Jason Shiga has been serializing online, for a while now. I was very curious about it, but I’ve kept my distance because I don’t like to read my comics on a computer screen. Call me old-fashioned.

So I was pretty excited to see a print version (Risograph printed, 2-color) of Demon #1 in my local comic shop. It turns out there are a lot of ways to read Demon, and at least one will suit your tastes. You can read it for free online, you can read it online and kick in a little each month via Patreon, you can subscribe to the whole run of 21 issues (in print or pdf form), or you can buy the individual issues.

I like Jason Shiga’s comics, so I will own this work in some form or the other. In issue one I found some familiar Shiga hallmarks: a mystery or puzzle to be (eventually) solved, the recurring character Jimmy Yee, and a healthy dose of weirdness and violence. Basically, the story is about a guy who, repeatedly and thoroughly, commits suicide. Yet, the next morning he wakes up in his bed, unscratched.

Shiga is a truly unique voice in comics, so you’ll be doing yourself a favor if you buy his stuff.

Jesse Reklaw Launches Lovf Kickstarter

lovfwebFull disclosure: Jesse Reklaw is my friend, roommate, and one of the authors I publish at Paper Rocket. Yet, amazingly, I’m not biased!

Jesse just launched the Kickstarter for Lovf, which will be published by Fantagraphics in the near future. This psychedelic travel journal chronicles a scary, crazy, difficult time for Jesse.  It’s a unique and gorgeous form of memoir, and unlike any book you’ve seen before (unless you read Lovf New York: Destination Crisis, an excerpt I published as a minicomic last year).

For just $25 you’ll get a copy of Lovf delivered to your door–so basically, this is a pre-order drive. There are some other cool rewards too (the Destination Crisis mini is available, and I’ll be making a limited edition screen print). And for just $5,000 you can get the honest-to-god, one-and-only sketchbook that is Lovf.