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.

 

RIPE 2015 Recap

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RIPE is a young show, only in its second year, but it’s off to a good start. I saw a lot of fresh faces and fresh work. I’ve been going to comic conventions with this same cluster of cartoonists for fifteen years, so it’s refreshing to see an abundance of work I don’t recognize. (It’s also overwhelming.)

In general, this show felt intense: densely packed, young, hip, technicolored, and very queer friendly. There were plenty of locals in attendance, and the community here seems pretty close knit. But there was a healthy portion of out-of-towners on the exhibitor list too. In the room I was tabling, I didn’t even have to turn my head to spot half a dozen cartoonists I recognized from Brooklyn. A group from New Orleans also made the trip, and a gaggle of CCSers from Vermont.

It was a bit slow on Saturday, but by the end of Sunday I had covered my table, which was a small victory. I sat on a micro-publishing panel moderated by Whit Taylor, along with Matt Moses of Hic and Hoc, Dave Kelly of So What? and Virginia Paine of Sparkplug. We covered a lot of ground without getting derailed, so I call it a success. Dave Kelly talked about the need for publishers to work together to grow distribution systems, and it’s something I’ve been dwelling one. Sometimes DIY can go too far–we don’t have to do everything ourselves. This year, I’d like to build relationships with other micro-publishers to meet some common goals.

Here is a just small sampling of the tables I visited at RIPE.

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Part of the Spiders Peepaw gang. I’d tell you their names, but I think they like to keep it mysterious.

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Kevin Czap, of Czap Books.

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In the foreground are M. Chandelier, an artist from New Orleans, and Joe DeGorge, one half of Harry and the Potters (he also makes zines).

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Matt Moses of Hic and Hoc, always pleasantly tolerant of my presence and my photo-taking.

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This is the table of local printmaker Ian Cozzens, being staffed by Scott Reber. Providence grows some excellent screen printers.

ripe.15.6sLara Antal, one half of So What? Press.

ripe.15.8sMy haul.

Tiny Report / Paper Rocket Tour

SPRINGTOURLast weekend I looked at my calendar and FREAKED OUT, because I had gone overboard applying for festivals and committing to events. I had accidentally committed to six comics events over the next seven weeks. When I complained on Facebook, Box Brown pointed out that what I actually had done was booked a tour! So here’s the Tiny Report / Paper Rocket Accidental Spring Tour 2015.

March 28-29: RIPE in Providence, RI
Micro-Press and distro panel at 1pm on the 29th

April 5: KGB Comix Night in New York, NY

April 11-12: MoCCA Fest in New York, NY

April 20-21: CCS class visit in White River Jct, VT
Lectures with students about micro-publishing and editing

April 26: Brooklyn Zine Fest in Brooklyn, NY

May 9-10: TCAF in Toronto, Ontario

Hope to see you there! Please bring me words of encouragement and snacks. It’s going to be an intense month and a half.

TCAF Opens Permanent Store in Toronto Public Library 

page_and_panel_interior_0I’ve never heard of this happening before, so I’m going to go out on a limb and say that TCAF is the first independent comics convention to open it’s own permanent retail shop (correct me if I’m wrong). What started in December as a pop-up shop in the Toronto Public  Library has now been rebranded as the permanent fixture Page and Panel. All the stores profits will be reinvested into TCAF.

For Toronto as a cartoonist’s town, I’d say another strong comic shop like this is a real asset. I do wonder if Page and Panel will be competing against TCAF’s own exhibitors come festival time, albeit in a small way that’s not really worth grumbling about.

Uncivilized Books Announces Fall 2015 Subscription

new_construction_tempUncivilized Books has announced a fall list of three booksNew Construction by Sam Alden, Houses of the Holy by Caitlin Skaalrud, and The Deaths of Henry King by Brian Evenson, Jesse Ball and Lilli Carré. A subscription of all three can be had for $55, shipping included. You can also pre-order each book at a discount.

I’m looking forward to New Construction, which includes the short story Backyard. I think it’s my favorite of Sam Alden’s so far.

 

The Tiny Report Turns One

I’ve been doing The Tiny Report for a year. Pretty cool! I think I’ll keep it up.

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New Show: Zine Machine in Durham, NC

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Poster design by Christoph Mueller.

A new festival debuts today: Zine Machine in Durham, North Carolina. A zine festival on a weekday? I’m not used to seeing that. Cool name, though. Cool poster design, too.

I haven’t found a lot of info on this show, but publishers of interest in attendance are AdHouse Books and Everett Rand of Mineshaft Magazine. I can’t find an admission fee (it’s a safe bet that it’s free). If you’re near Durham, check it out.

PS: The poster design and the subtitle (Durham Printed Matter Festival) may lead you to believe that it has something to do with the organization Printed Matter. But I don’t believe that is the case.