THIS IS THE NEWS: June

It’s been quite a year so far: months rolling on, a thousand things happening, a thousand tiny changes. Here’s the news:

DAYS

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My first book collection is available for pre-order now. DAYS collects three now out-of-print issues of my autobiographical zine, SMOO and selected anthology work, first published between 2011 an 2012. It’s 144 pages, softcover and features an essay by me on making zines and notes on each of the stories contained in the book, including reflections on all the stories in SMOO 4, 5 and 6. It’s being released by Avery Hill Publishing, and if you pre-order before midnight tonight (8th June), you get an original drawing by me.

Here’s the pre-order link.

MONUMENT ROAD

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In early May I produced a small, A6 zine called MONUMENT ROAD. Neither prose nor poetry, comics nor illustration, it’s a mixture of words and pictures reflecting on transition and the search for something meaningful, when everything feels in flux.

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It’s available here.

SOTOKARAMITA PRESS

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In April, new imprint Sotokaramita released a collection of stories culled from anthology work, and SMOO 4, 5, 6 and 7, translated into Japanese. Another one of those weird things I never thought I’d see, it’s available now in a number of Japanese shops and online. It also features an interview with me (also translated into Japanese).

Full details here (Japanese)

PLANS WE MADE

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Next year, Grimalkin Press will be releasing my first book of original material,  a set of reflections on my teenage years spent in the suburbs. It explores memories and the feelings of small streets and growing up and trying to get some sense of perspective on the weird world between spaces you inhabit at that age.
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There’s more news coming on this soon from Grimalkin Press, and I’ll be sure to keep you posted.

SEQUENTIAL INVESTIGATIONS

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I’m part of a group exhibition, opening this week in Malmo, Sweden. Curated by C’est Bon Kultur, it features work by me, Dunja Jankovic, Sophie Yanow, Aidan Koch, Warren Craghead, Derik A. Badman, Alyssa Berg, Julie Delporte and Oliver East. Facebook event here.

OTHER THINGS

I spoke to Dan Berry about comics, minimalism, memory and zines for his Make It Then Tell Everybody podcast. You can listen here.

I’m also working on a split zine with Ignatz-nominated Jason Martin, one of my favourite zine makers. Details are still forming, but hopefully it’ll be out later in the Summer/Autumn.

I’m co-organising the Bristol Comic and Zine Fair and you can apply for a table for that now. It’s being hosted at the Station again, in Bristol, on Saturday October 4th. Here’s the link.

I’m also hoping to get SMOO 8 out in time for BCZF, but we’ll wait and see if that happens.

Thanks all.

Pre-order ‘Days’, my new book from Avery Hill Publishing now!

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Days is available for pre-order now from UK publisher, Avery Hill! The book reprints SMOO 4 - 6, now out of print, anthology work, features an all new wraparound cover, extensive notes on the work included, and a short essay by me. Softcover, 148 pages printed in a larger-than-original size of 239mm by 168mm. All pre-orders come with a hand-drawn postcard.

Buy it here.

New collection of stories from SMOO 5, 6, 7 and some anthology work, translated into Japanese, available from Sotokaramita now.

doublenickelsforever
doublenickelsforever:

The great Minutemen album “Double Nickels on the Dime" was released 30 years ago this summer. I’m putting together a tribute comics anthology and want to invite you to participate.
DEADLINE: All files to w@craghead.com by July 5, 2014
GIG: 2-5 pages (ask me for more if needed),  5.5 x 8.5. in. each, no bleed (leave about 3/8 inch all around) black and white, tones ok. We’ll be printing this “econo” (Minutemen style) so don’t get too fancy. Send me 300 dpi tiffs or jpegs. Dropbox links ok. If you make weird stuff, email me and we’ll figure out how to get it in this thing. There’s room in the van for all kinds of craziness.
SPIEL: Base your piece on a song from “Double Nickels on the Dime.” See track list.  It would be cool to use lyrics as words but we’re not demanding that. Please don’t just illustrate, make something new. 
MERSH: $5/page + your % of net profits after that is paid off + 10 copies. Price will depend on how much stuff we get. 
Email me with questions etc. This project is open to anyone anywhere so feel free to pass it along. We plan to have the book printed and released at SPX this fall. 
LET’S MAKE WATT AND HURLEY PROUD!  Also D. Boon, RIP. 
Hat tip to M Mendes and her Friday Night Lights tribute book for inspiration. also to R McConnell and his Gossip Girl book.
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doublenickelsforever:

The great Minutemen album “Double Nickels on the Dime" was released 30 years ago this summer. I’m putting together a tribute comics anthology and want to invite you to participate.

DEADLINE: All files to w@craghead.com by July 5, 2014

GIG: 2-5 pages (ask me for more if needed),  5.5 x 8.5. in. each, no bleed (leave about 3/8 inch all around) black and white, tones ok. We’ll be printing this “econo” (Minutemen style) so don’t get too fancy. Send me 300 dpi tiffs or jpegs. Dropbox links ok. If you make weird stuff, email me and we’ll figure out how to get it in this thing. There’s room in the van for all kinds of craziness.

SPIEL: Base your piece on a song from “Double Nickels on the Dime.” See track list.  It would be cool to use lyrics as words but we’re not demanding that. Please don’t just illustrate, make something new. 

MERSH: $5/page + your % of net profits after that is paid off + 10 copies. Price will depend on how much stuff we get. 

Email me with questions etc. This project is open to anyone anywhere so feel free to pass it along. We plan to have the book printed and released at SPX this fall. 

LET’S MAKE WATT AND HURLEY PROUD!  Also D. Boon, RIP. 

Hat tip to M Mendes and her Friday Night Lights tribute book for inspiration. also to R McConnell and his Gossip Girl book.

Hear it

Read about it

See more Minutemen who are the greatest

HELP OUT PIONEERS PRESS

Awesome as anything, hard-working, farm running, book publishing, zine distributing outfit Pioneers Press need some help. A long running and thorny legal problem is threatening to undermine their activities and run them into the ground. They’ve got a sale on to try and raise funds and to keep going. Please consider buying some rad stuff from them:

Jessie of Pioneers writes:

Dear friends,

I’m getting in touch to let you know that Pioneers Press is at a crossroads. The meritless lawsuit that Microcosm Publishing has brought against us is crippling our distro. Our lawyer is asking for more money to continue our defense, and our bills are going unpaid. We’ve struggled with how to present this information because we know it’s a turn-off to get pleas for help like this. But we also want you to know that we are at a critical point. We’ve been barely scraping by for a while, but this week we’ve reached an all-time low: the utilities have begun to be shut off and we are short on rent for the farm. As Pioneers Press sales have been the sole support for the animal rescues of the Hard Fifty Farm, it’s crucial that we not continue on this path.

We’ve decided to deeply discount a bunch of our stock in hopes that we’ll be able to keep the lights on and pay down invoices. Depending on how that goes, we will reassess to see if it’s feasible for us to keep the distro side of Pioneers Press running while we try to fight the lawsuit. If we’re able to save our distro (with your help!) you can still expect changes in how we operate, as we challenge traditional distribution and publishing models in search of new and better ways to support independent writers and publishers.

We still believe in indie publishing and even if Pioneers Press goes down, we have every intention to keep writing, keep publishing, and keep fighting. But man, it would sure be great if we could keep up the fight with Pioneers Press!

We’ve got some great stuff on our site right now, and we hope some of you will take advantage of this sale to start (or grow!) your own zine libraries or distros. Up the distros!

Thank you so much for your ongoing support, in all its varied forms.

<3 Jessie

Pioneers Press