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New Titles in the Shop!

Hi! Fresh of the heels of the MoCCA Fest, Paper Rocket Minicomics has some new titles for you!

 

Carlito by Carlo Quispe!

 

Things Go Wrong #2 by Jason Bradshaw!

 

Texas Chainsaw Sculptor by Katie Fricas!

Check them all out at the shop!

2018 Micro-Press Survey

It’s that time of year again! The 2018 micro-press survey is live!

Are you a small press comics publisher that published comics in 2018?

TAKE MY SURVEY

TAKE MY SURVEY

TAKE MY SURVEY

TAKE MY SURVEY

Every year I try to chronicle the output of micro-publishers in my zine, the Tiny Report. But I can’t do it without your help. So take the damn survey! It’s super simple this year–just six questions.

Thanks, all, and happy 2018!

 

Now Available: The Tiny Report 5 and The Age of Elves 3

In case you missed the Kickstarter, you can now purchase The Tiny Report 5 and The Age of Elves 3 at my Storenvy shop.

We had an excellent debut at MoCCA this year. The Tiny Report 5 sold out! Colin was there with Age of Elves 3. I also invited Mike Diana to the table! It nice getting to know him better.

Now that all the Kickstarter rewards are sent out, it’s time to move on to the next thing. More to come on what that is!

MoCCA This Weekend!

MoCCA is just a few days away! I’ll be at the Paper Rocket table with Age of Elves author Colin Lidston and special guest MIKE DIANA! See us at table E 170.

 

And my two debuts have arrived from the printer!

The Tiny Report No. 5…

…and The Age of Elves Issue 3!

See you there! Kickstarter backers can pick up these books at the show.

 

Paper Rocket 2018 Spring Line

I’ll be publishing two titles in April, just in time for MoCCA Fest. You can preorder them until April 6 on Kickstarter!

As usual, I’m publishing my annual small press zine, but the focus has changed a bit. I’ve shifted from just covering micro-presses to widely cover small press comics, especially minicomics. So I changed the title from the Micro-Press Yearbook to The Tiny Report. There is still a Micro-Press Yearbook section, with a fold-out chart, but there are also lot of minicomic reviews and interviews with artists.

I’m not sure what the Tiny Report will become, and to be honest I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be doing it. (I’m forty, and I have a very demanding job! This gets harder every year.)  The plan is to make the Tiny Report a home for all my research and thoughts on small press comics—this is a subject I want to write seriously about. And with each issue I’ll continue to invite other writers to contribute, because I think it makes for a better zine. (And it also makes filling an issue much easier. I’m a slow writer.)

About this issue: #5! It’s big. At least 60 pages! Check out this cover by Zack Soto. Perhaps you’ve noticed that I always ask micro-publishers to do the covers. (To date: Chuck Forsman, Box Brown, J.T. Yost, Kevin Czap, and now Zack.)

We will have two main features. I wrote a profile about Eleanor Davis’s early minicomics, did a short interview with her, and created a near complete bibliography of her self-published work.

Haleigh Buck provides and in-depth interview with Mike Diana. (She also drew this illustration.)

And Robin Enrico and I review a lot of minicomics!

I’ll also be publishing the third issue of The Age of Elves by Colin Lidston. It’s a big issue to: 40 pages.

The issue opens in Gen Con, America’s largest table-top-gaming convention. Sarah, Jamie, Bram, and Evan seem to be the youngest people in attendance.

Sarah befriends an older LARPer couple. The first day of gaming goes well, until Evan fails to return to the hotel room that night.

Preorder your copies by backing the Kickstarter. And both of these titles will end up in the store before too long.

 

 

Micro-Press 2017 Survey and Beyond

Happy New Year! Around this time I usually look back at the previous year and chronicle what the comics micro-presses were up to. And I’ll be honest, I really debated whether I had it in me to do it again. I AM BURNED OUT. (More on this below.)

But I decided I’m going to try. And you can help me out.

Are you a micro-publisher?

TAKE THE SURVEY

But wait, did you take the survey last year?

TAKE THE FAST TRACK SURVEY

Please complete the survey by February 15.

As I look ahead to 2018 and consider what my creative output will be, I’ve had to accept the reality of my life: at the moment, my career leaves me little time for creative output. I’ve decided I need to step back a bit from scene and from tabling to focus on two things.

1. I want to get serious about collecting and writing about small press comics (especially minicomics). I’ve been posting mini profiles semi-regularly on Instagram. 

https://www.instagram.com/paperrobyn/

And I wrote this thing about Eleanor Davis’s early minicomics on Roar.

I like writing about comics. For me, it’s not fraught in the way making comics is. I’m a decent writer—a slow one, but not glacial. Doing my Instagram posts and writing about minicomics at length: something about it just feels right. So I’m going to try incorporate that into what the Tiny Report is.

2. I want to develop an ambitious anthology project (more on that to come).

It’s my goal to really dig into these two projects in 2018. I’m settled in a new apartment that I love and freshly single for the first time in a long time. It’s my hope this gives me some space to focus, but only time will tell. Figuring out how to fit my personal work around my career at First Second is an on-going struggle. If you have any tips, I’d love to hear them!

Micro-Press Yearbook 2016, Kickstarter, TCAF

A new issue of The Micro-Press Yearbook will debut at TCAF in just one week! We’re at table 234, on the second floor between Hidden Fortress Press and Breakdown Press. Pretty good company!

And for one more week, you can pre-order your issue through our Kickstarter!

I’m really proud of this issue. We profiled two institutions that are important to indie comics: The Beguiling comic book store in Toronto (which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year) and publisher Sparkplug Comic Books (which closed in 2016 after 15 years). Jonathan Rotsztain wrote the Beguiling article, and in it he interviews owner Peter Birkemoe, Annie Koyama, Seth, and Michael DeForge.

I wrote the profile of Sparkplug Comic Books and interviewed publisher Virginia Paine.

And as usual, The Micro-Press Yearbook will include an annual account of micro-press activity, as best as I can track it.

Colin Lidston and Penina Gal will also be at my TCAF table, and they each have debut books. Colin is debuting his second issue of The Age of Elves (published by my own micro-press, Paper Rocket) and Penina is debuting Orbiting, a self-published Risograph comic.

Hope to see you there!