Fütchi Perf Available for Pre-Order

jczap1The Tiny Report has been MIA for awhile now. Making, printing, and shipping the Micro-Press 2014 took longer than I thought it would! But the last Kickstarter award is going in the mail tomorrow, so I’m easing back into the amateur journalism you’ve come to expect at The Tiny Report.

Kevin Czap has made his latest comic available for pre-orderFütchi Perf is an 84-page, two-color Risograph book and it looks gorgeous. Wow, it has an ISBN, too! Kevin is serious.

I know Kevin more from his publishing at Czap Books, and his output in the last year or two has made it one of my favorite micro-presses. I’m glad to know Kevin can really draw too. I dig the art, and this sounds like a story I can get behind.

Micro-Press Party Thursday at Desert Island

Did you hear? You can pre-order the Micro-Press Yearbook 2014 on my Kickstarter.

I’ll be releasing the zine at Desert Island in Brooklyn this Thursday. I’ve also invited two micro-presses from the neighborhood to join: So What? Press and Revival House Press. It will be a micro-press party, which is kind of like a Tupperware party, except we’re selling small press comics.

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Micro-Press Party at Desert Island
Thursday, June 25, 7-9pm
540 Metropolitan Ave

Pre-Order the Micro-Press Yearbook 2014

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The Micro-Press Yearbook 2014 is available for pre-order through this quick and cheap Kickstarter campaign. With a cover by Box Brown and contributions from Whit Taylor, Robert Kirby, Cadu França, and Jonathan Rotsztain. It’s in full color this time, and with a lot more content! Just $7, which includes shipping.

Blink and you’ll miss it! I’m only doing pre-orders for a week and a half, and then I’ll have a release party at Desert Island.

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Grand Comics Fest 2015 Recap

tr1sI’ve been a little out of the loop because I’m putting the finishing touches on this baby. I printed up twenty copies for Grand Comics Fest. Look for the Kickstarter this weekend if you missed it.

On Saturday I tabled at Grand Comics Fest, aka the world’s smallest comics convention. It was a narrow room filled with friends, and just 15 minutes away on the L train. I liked it. It was chill and friendly, and I even made some money. I’m not sure it’s a festival worth traveling for, but it’s a good neighborhood show that you can peruse in just a half hour (longer if you want to chat with each table, which is easy to do).

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The show at a glance, housed in Bird River Studios in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.


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 Lara Antal of So What? Press.

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The spread at Ink Brick’s table.

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J.T. Yost of Birdcage Bottom Books.

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Dave Nuss of Revival House Press.

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Josh Bayer of Suspect Device, etc.

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I discovered a new micro-press at this show. Phinkwell is a Philadelphia-based webcomics collective/publisher. Art Baxter seems to be at the helm. One of their authors, Steve Teare, was at Grand with his comic series Back and Forth.

Printed Matter is Moving (and They Need Your Help)

capital-campaign-2-e501c992c32db0e7d1c875e520593a79Printed Matter, one of the most important organizations dedicated to artists’ books,  is moving to a new location that will double their square footage. Their new home on the corner of 11th Avenue and 26th Street will house their inventory of 15,000 publications and offer a community space for a variety of events. If you want to lend a hand, donate to their capital campaign.

Printed Matter is a resource comics micro-publishers should utilize more, myself included. A few comics micro-presses sell their publications at Printed Matter–Pegacorn Press, Domino, Desert Island, etc. But there could be more of a comics presence in their shop and at the two festivals the organize: NY Art Book Fair and LA Art Book Fair. I get the sense that Printed Matter tends towards comics that are non-narrative, arty, and hand-printed, so I would especially encourage publishers of those works to check them out. They have an open submission policy concerning works in their catalog.

 

TCAF 2015 Recap

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TCAF was the last stop on my 2015 “spring tour,” otherwise known the overly ambitious and poorly planned  festival application bender that left me committed to back-to-back weekend events for a month and a half. So by the time TCAF rolled around I was sick of comics events, and maybe even sick of comics. I didn’t even want to go. But I had sunk $450 into the plane ticket, the table fee, and the hostel, so there was no going back.

Long story short, I departed Toronto encouraged, confident, and in love with comics again. So it was a pretty great show.

TCAF is a big and complicated show, and it would be impossible for me to give an exhaustive overview. But I will try to offer some thoughts on my experience at the show, in handy set of pros and cons, tailored specifically with the small publisher in mind.

PROS

 Drawn and Quarterly 25th Anniversary
The guest list was absolutely stellar this year, partly due to D & Q’s 25th anniversary celebration. Many out-of-town Drawn and Quarterly  authors made the trip, including Lynda Barry, Jason Lutes, and Adrian Tomine. I was practically tripping over my comics heroes.

TCAF American Dropship Location
New for this year, TCAF invested in an  dropship location near the Canadian border, but on the American side. American exhibitors could ship their boxes there, and TCAF would have them transported over the border and to Toronto. This meant that American exhibitors could ship their books without paying exorbitant international shipping fees. Heck, you could even ship book rate if you planned ahead! This is a real game changer.

The Toronto Reference Library
I love this library. If books were given the reverence they deserve, this is what every library would look like. Even though it’s a challenge to fit a festival into this living space, it’s worth it.

Free Admission
This should be the norm, folks.

Tables are Pretty Cheap
$175 Canadian for a half table is hard to beat.

Good Sales
This is probably my best selling show. I actually sold out of several books, which rarely happens for me.

Extensive Programming and Events
From Thursday to Sunday, there’s a lot to see and do. If you came for nothing but the programming, you’d leave pretty educated by day four. Also, there were lots of parties.

Diverse Audience
Because this is a free event, and because it’s in a popular public space in the heart of the city, all sorts of people come to TCAF. This show attracts book lovers, and not necessarily the ones steeped in comics fandom. It’s really refreshing to show my work to new eyes, not just the same people I’ve being seeing at conventions for the last fifteen years.

 Early Set-Up
Day one started at 9am (!) which would be hard to take without the Friday night set-up. I wish all festivals did early set-up. I generally haul all my gear by myself, and having this extra time really helps.

Friendship
I made some new friends got to know some old ones better. After day one we went to a nearby park to nap and read comics. This is the way it should be done.

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L to R: Bjorn Miner, Christopher Green, Josh Rosen, and Marta Chudolinska

CONS 

 Programming and Events Could be Better Promoted to Exhibitors
Maybe I missed the emails (totally possible) but I don’t think TCAF sent me information about programming, parties, or events. I found out by arriving in Toronto and reading the local newspaper. Sometimes the event information TCAF provided was scant or incomplete (the programming seemed to run more smoothly).

9am is Pretty Early for a Comics Festival
But what can you do, right?

Don’t Kick ‘Em Out Early
This might seem like a small complaint, but it’s my biggest beef with the show. On both days, starting at an hour before the show was scheduled to close and on until closing, announcements were made over the PA. Attendees were told when the show was ending, which was acceptable, but they were also asked to make their way for the door, which was NOT acceptable. Exhibitors travel thousands of miles and spend thousands of dollars to be at TCAF. Every minute counts. You cannot ask our customers to leave an hour early. 

That being said, I love TCAF. As a small publisher, it’s up there with CAB and SPX. I’ll come back every year if they’ll have me.

Here are some of the micro-publishers I chatted with at TCAF. I was able to  collect several more entries for my micro-press list!

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Jesjit Gill and Jenny Kapichen of Colour Code, a Toronto-based Riso publisher.

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Study Group’s Zack Soto with co-editor Shanna Matuszak.

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Sebastian Frye of the Toronto-based Swimmers Group.

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Ryan Sands of Youth in Decline, with author Sophia Foster-Dimino.

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George Wietor of Issue Press, a micro-press out of Grand Rapids.

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Leon Avelino of Secret Acres, with aythor Robert Sergel in the background.

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Avi Ehrlich of Silver Sprocket, a punk label and micro-press. Avi was my table mate, and I could learn a lot form his salesmanship. He’s been running Silver Sprocket for over a decade, it’s his day job now.

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Micro-Press Yearbook 2014 in the Works

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Hey, guys. My posts are a little scant these days. That’s because I’m in the middle of a tour, and I’m working on the Micro-Press Yearbook 2014. I should be wrapping those up in the next few weeks, and then I’ll be back in full force.