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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.



Pre-Order the Micro-Press Yearbook 2014

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.


Sparkplug Kickstarter, Just One Week Left


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.


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!




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.

Root Hog or Die: the King-Cat Documentary on Kickstarter

59d4b29c87bf437235a0daea25e049a9_largeThe modest $5,000 goal has already been met, but it’s not too late to chip in. For just $15 you can get your own copy of Root Hog or Die, the new John Porcellino documentary.

Cringe Anthology Kickstarter

I was too timid to contribute to Cringe, but I like the subject matter. Peter S. Conrad is the editor, and Birdcage Bottom will be publishing it. There are plenty of good folks on board (I’m excited to see new work by Gabby Schulz).

This is basically a pre-order Kickstarter, as the book is made and just needs to be sent to the printer. A pledge of $11 gets the book delivered, and there are bundles for retailers too.


Suspect Device Kickstarter


Josh Bayer is kickstarting his fourth issue of the Suspect Device anthology. Suspect Device is a concept loosely based on Five-Card Nancy. The challenge is to incorporate two panels of existing comics into a new strip. You paste one panel at the beginning, one at the end, and draw what happens in-between. The source material is usually from classic comic strips like Nancy and Popeye, or newer strips like Garfield. Suspect Device #4 will also include material from the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia. Should be fun!

Even if you’re not a fan of Kickstarter, this project is worth a gander. A low pledge of $13 (which is in the neighborhood of retail + shipping) gets you the book AND an ink-wash drawing by Josh Bayer. This tells me one thing, and this is already pretty obvious: Josh can crank out an ink-wash drawing with ease and speed.


Study Group Spring Line Kickstarter

Zack Soto says it all, Study Group makes “beautiful print objects.” They are kickstarting their spring line, which consists of three full-color books: It Will All Hurt #2 by Farel Dalrymple, Haunter by Sam Alden, and Study Group Magazine #3D (yep, it has a 3-D section). This is basically a pre-order sale, so you can back/order any of those three titles (or any combination of them).

There is also a reward tier just for retailers, which I’ve never seen before. What a good idea (I might just steal it).

They have a pretty ambitious goal, and at this point they have a long way to go. You ought to help them out. Study Group is one of my favorite micro-presses, so they got my money.



Yeah Dude Kickstarter Needs Your Support

Check out Yeah Dude’s 2014 Subscription Kickstarter. They’re a little over halfway there, and they only have ten days to go.ydc

The 2014 Subscription has an impressive contributor list, and part of the Kickstarter proceeds will go towards paying the contributors. It’s pretty rare for artists to be paid in this sort of small-scale publishing. Kudos to Pat Aulisio. He’s a lynchpin of the Philly small press scene and deserves your support.