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

REVIEW NEWS: SMOO 7 gets reviewed on Forbidden Planet International


SMOO 7 receives a review from Richard Bruton at Forbidden Planet International. He writes:

"Smoo #7 is … a further exploration of Moreton’s art, with so much going on in so few lines, it’s quite something to behold, creating more beautiful minimalism with an emotional, meandering narrative that’s evocative, beautiful, and far more complex than either the length of the piece, or its surface simplicity would lead you to imagine."

You can read the full review here.

Buy the comic here.

Rough scans of  pages in process from two separate stories from my forthcoming Grimalkin Press book.

The book doesn’t have a title as yet. It’ll be oversize in its dimensions, with around 200 pages of stories, short and long. I’ve drawn around 20 of those pages to date.

The book itself is a collection of recollections about growing up in a small UK dormitory town.  That same town informed SMOO 4 (out of print but available for download soon), but I always felt like there was unfinished business with that place. 

The stories will take different styles, grid layouts etc, as the story dictates, but the basic process I’ve developed over the last year will most likely apply: Bristol board, some schematic work in blue mechanical pencil, soft 8B pencils, a 4B 0.5mm pencil, a ruler, and not much else.

I’m at the very beginning of drawing the book, though, and these things have a tendency to develop a life of their own so we’ll see where we end up.