I have to be honest, I’m pretty nervous about the interview! (I understand that Creative Mojo has a large audience.) I’m one of those people who doesn’t like to hear her voice recorded. I much prefer to edit my words on the written page. But, Mark Lipinski was gracious enough to invite me on his show, so how could I say no?
It made my day that Tom Spurgeon called Lovf a “significant book” and linked to the Paper Rocket store. Thanks, Tom!
Thanks, gang! With your helpful suggestions, I now have a list of 46 micro-presses! I think it’s as complete a list as currently exists.
Here’s the next step: I want to hear from all you micro-publishers. Who are you? Where are you? What did you publish in 2013?
I have created a fun and easy survey to fill out.
If you are a micro-publisher, please fill out this survey by January 15th. If you know a micro-publisher, please send them the link. I’ll personally contact all the micro-publishers I can find.
I’m working on a new project, something big. I want to list, profile, and eventually write a book about all the active micro-presses in the US. I could use your help!
First, let me define the micro-press. My definition may not jive with your definition, but it’s the best I’ve got.
A micro-press is a small (usually one-person) publishing house that puts out a diverse line of comics by different authors. They often publish in pamphlet form. They generally self-distribute or use small, independent distributors.
So, for this project, I’m not interested in:
- Self-publishers who only publish themselves
- Publishers who only publish anthologies
- Collectives and distros who do not micro-publish as described above (actually, I’m very interested in those but that’s another list)
- Publishers who have never published a comic (or an illustrated book that is very similar to a comic)
- Publishers who are not currently active
Here’s where you come in: look at the list below, and if you know of a micro-press that’s not present, email me!
And a note to the biggest of the small publisher on the list (Koyama, Adhouse, Uncivilized, etc)…please don’t be insulted that you’re on this list. You’re probably too big for this list, and it’s a little dismissive to call what you do micro-publishing. Some of you have professional distribution and can get your books (if not your pamphlets) into most bookstores in America. I’m not sure you belong on this list…but then again, I’m pretty sure you fit my definition above.
Much thanks to Chuck Forsman’s Muster-List, where I got much of this information.
My Micro-press List (a work in progress)
Bergen Street Comics
Birdcage Bottom Books
Dog City Press
Drippy Bone Books
Floating World Comics
Hic and Hoc
Hidden Fortress Press
Milk Money Books
One Percent Press
Paper Rocket Minicomics
Ray Ray Books
Revival House Press
Sparkplug Comic Books
Study Group Comic Books
Youth in Decline
Whatta night! We had a full house at the Post-Thanksgiving Comix Reading, thanks to our regulars and a mention on the Skint. I was too preoccupied this year to take photos, as I was hosting AND reading. But here are some images from the slideshow.
The big news of the night was that Nick Sumida brought down the house with his reading of New Voicemails. Chandler Moses recorded the audio, and later Nick added video and uploaded it to Youtube. Then Buzzfeed posted it! They didn’t mention the KGB Comix Night by name (darn it!) but it was the biggest press the show ever got.
Jesse Reklaw read from his memoir Couch Tag, which was just released last week. This panel in particular got some laughs.
Aaron Cockle did his first comic reading ever. He chose Exit Interview, my favorite of his short stories.
Emily Flake read some of her rejected New Yorker cartoons, and a longer piece on motherhood.
It’s that time of year again!
Comix Night at KGB
Sunday, December 1, 7:00pm
85 East 4th Street, New York, New York
Our annual comic reading event is more than just a night of free entertainment—we also have a fun raffle with awesome prizes! A $5 donation will get you a raffle ticket. Raffle proceeds are split between the readers.
Robyn Chapman is a micro-publisher and the proprietor of a Paper Rocket Comics. She recently wrote an educational cartooning book called Drawing Comics Lab. She is currently working on micro graphic novella called Twin Bed.
Aaron Cockle is a cartoonist living in Brooklyn. He self-publishes a mini-comic, Annotated, and has an ongoing comic, Word & Voice, published by Oily Comics.
Emily Flake is an award-winning illustrator, writer, and cartoonist. Her work appears in Time, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Forbes, The Nation, and many, many others.
Jesse Reklaw is the author of the comic strip “Slow Wave,” which ran in multiple papers from 1995 to 2011 and was collected into the books Dreamtoons and The Night of Your Life. His graphic memoir, Couch Tag, was recently published by Fantagraphics.
Nick Sumida is a cartoonist hailing from Oahu, Hawaii. His debut comics collection, Snackies, will be released by Youth in Decline in Spring, 2014.
For me, CAB was a prefect show. The line-up was 100% quality, not a stinker in the house. And people were actually spending money! Add to the equation that it’s a local show (no travel, no lodging, no hassle). The room was filled with friendly people and good vibes. It was an intense day and I had a blast. I barely left the table, but that’s ok.
Before I launch into my CCS recap, I want to announce (loudly, boisterously) that Paper Rocket will be at Comic Arts Brooklyn this Saturday. CAB is Brooklyn’s newest, most anticipated comics festival. The show is managed by my boss, Gabe Fowler of Desert Island. I’m super excited!
I had a sweet, but way too short (less than 24 hour!) visit to The Center for Cartoon Studies last weekend. I was there to give a talk at the opening of Ariel Bordeaux’s new exhibition. It was great to see Ariel again, and we also got some quality time with James Sturm.
The show is great, and there’s a room full of Ariel’s Deep Girl pages.
I talked briefly about Ariel’s Deep Girl years, and then I went into depth about the production details of The Complete Deep Girl. I also talked briefly about micropresses, a concept that the students are familiar with–they have one in town (Good Pals) and CCS grad Chuck Forsman runs one of the best micropresses around (Oily comics).
Ariel followed my talk with a reading from her book. We had a smart and friendly audience. Lecturing for CCS students is always a treat.
Ariel and I, looking fancy. Here’s hoping I can make it back to CCS soon.