(Sorry for the long absence. I’ve just returned from a comic historian’s dream vacation, to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. More on that soon!)
I’ve sent out all my Kickstarter awards (thanks again, guys!) and the Micro-Press Yearbook 2014 can now be ordered at my store. Just five bucks, plus shipping.
This issue was a more ambitious (and time-consuming) project than last year’s. It’s now 32 pages and full color. Inside you’ll find an article about distribution by Whit Taylor, an interview with kuš! publisher David Schilter by Rob Kirby, and all the 2014 data I could gather. There’s even a map by Cadu França charting where US micro-presses are located, state by state. This awesome cover is by Box Brown.
Thanks, and enjoy. I hope to get on a more steady Tiny Report schedule soon.
I just supported the Comics Reporter Patreon, and you should too. It was my first time using Patreon, and it’s pretty painless.
In case you missed it, Tom Spurgeon launched his Patreon last week, with the goal of expanding and improving the Comics Reporter. From Tom:
“I’d like to start from scratch and rebuild what comics industry journalism means, employing some of the same tools I use with the site now and looking into different ways of writing and presenting information. I’d like to step back from the kind of coverage that requires constant attention to a Twitter feed or that you buy something first and instead use gathered, curated presentation of the news — at first in PDF format — to start writing a first draft of comics history that includes everything going on in comics, history that won’t disappear if you look away from your computer for five minutes.”
This is pretty exciting for me, because it sounds like there will be a Comics Reporter zine for me to read, and that’s a form that’s a little more palatable to me. Don’t get me wrong: I like blogs, but I never was Johnny-on-the twitter. I’m not good at keeping up with the Internet; I’d rather read a book (or a pdf printout, even) on the subway.
I’m also excited because the Comics Reporter is basically my number one inspiration as an amateur journalist. I could give two shits about the latest comic book movie, so I appreciate that Tom is focused on the Medium, and that his voice as a reader and lover of comics always shines through.
The 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-order. Fütchi 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.
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.
Micro-Press Party at Desert Island
Thursday, June 25, 7-9pm
540 Metropolitan Ave
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.
I’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).
The show at a glance, housed in Bird River Studios in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Lara Antal of So What? Press.
The spread at Ink Brick’s table.
J.T. Yost of Birdcage Bottom Books.
Dave Nuss of Revival House Press.
Josh Bayer of Suspect Device, etc.
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, 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.