See You at MoCCA!

MoCCA is just a few days away! I’ll be at the Paper Rocket table with Age of Elves author Colin Lidston and special guest MIKE DIANA! See us at table E 170.

 

And my two debuts have arrived from the printer!

The Tiny Report No. 5…

…and The Age of Elves Issue 3!

See you there! Kickstarter backers can pick up these books at the show.

 

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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.

 

 

Paper Rocket at TCAF!

Paper Rocket will be at TCAF in just one week! We’re at table 234, on the second floor between Hidden Fortress Press and Breakdown Press. Pretty good company!

I’m debuting two new publications: The Micro-Press Yearbook 2016 and The Age of Elves Issue Two. And for one more week, you can pre-order them both through our Kickstarter!

Penina Gal will also be at my TCAF table with a debut book. Penina’s debuting a self-published Risograph comic called Orbiting.

Hope to see you in Toronto!

2016 Spring Line: Twin Bed and Age of Elves

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It’s been a long year since my last update (!) but I hope I can make up for it with some exciting news.

First off, I’ve been somewhat absent from the micro-press world because I’ve been very present in the maxi-press world. Since February, I’ve been a full-time associate editor at First Second. I’ve been putting in some long hours at the office, and my side projects have taken a hit. (I’m 100% happy with this bargain.)

BUT! I still wanted to release two publications this spring. And one of those books was to be authored by ME, the world’s slowest cartoonist. (No really, I’m the one! Hi!) It’s been quite a while since I put out a comic of my own. It took a lot of long nights, but I was able to put it together right before MoCCA.

The second comics is by my friend Colin Lidston, who I first met when he wandered into Desert Island a few years ago. He’s a painter, and he was trying to learn how to be a cartoonist. I’m happy to have published his first comic.

With that, I’ll introduce you to the new books!

Twin Bed is a comic about a relationship, as told through a series of scenes from a small bed in a tiny New York apartment. The perspective never changes. (if you’ve read Richard McQuire’s Here, it’s a similar idea–but time only moves forward at a natural pace.)

tb1 tb2The comic itself looks like a twin bed: it’s nested in a slipcase that resembles blankets. To open the book, you must pull the covers of the bed. I actually conceived of the packing first, and built the story later.

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(I plan to talk a little more about Twin Bed in the future. It has an unusual construction that’s key to the concept of the book.)

Next up is Age of Elves #1 by Colin Lidston.

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The Age of Elves is a comic about the souls of geeks. It follows the story of Sarah Loeb, a teenager with aspirations of being a fantasy illustrator. Issue one introduces us to Sarah and her friends on a typical day in the summer of 2000. Pizza is consumed, RPG adventures are had, and there’s a particularly heated debate about what’s really in that suitcase in Pulp Fiction.aoe1

Both of the books are available in the shop. I also did a short and successful Kickstarter. (Check out the cool video!) I’ll be bringing these to a few conventions this year (SPX, Columbus Crossroads, etc.). And I’ll be getting started on the 2015 Micro-Press Yearbook soon. I’m not sure what my next big project is, but I have some ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-Order the Micro-Press Yearbook 2014

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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.

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Tiny Report / Paper Rocket Tour

SPRINGTOURLast weekend I looked at my calendar and FREAKED OUT, because I had gone overboard applying for festivals and committing to events. I had accidentally committed to six comics events over the next seven weeks. When I complained on Facebook, Box Brown pointed out that what I actually had done was booked a tour! So here’s the Tiny Report / Paper Rocket Accidental Spring Tour 2015.

March 28-29: RIPE in Providence, RI
Micro-Press and distro panel at 1pm on the 29th

April 5: KGB Comix Night in New York, NY

April 11-12: MoCCA Fest in New York, NY

April 20-21: CCS class visit in White River Jct, VT
Lectures with students about micro-publishing and editing

April 26: Brooklyn Zine Fest in Brooklyn, NY

May 9-10: TCAF in Toronto, Ontario

Hope to see you there! Please bring me words of encouragement and snacks. It’s going to be an intense month and a half.

Fall Bundle

I’m trying something new! I’ve been jealous of micro-presses like Oily or Youth in Decline that offer bundles or subscriptions. I’ve never had my act together enough to release a “fall line.” But this year is different! I’m releasing three handmade items this September: a comic (Limp Wrist by Scout Wolfcave and Penina Gal), an untitled screen print by Preston Spurlock, and a zine by me (The Tiny Report: Micro-Press Yearbook 2013). I’ve just Kickstarted this, so check it out!

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Forward Looking Statement and The Tiny Report

Gee, it’s been a while since I’ve updated. There’s a reason for that: I started a new blog that I update a few times a week called The Tiny Report. I try to track all the micro-pess news I come across. Check in with me there!

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A new book has been added to the shop since I last posted. Check out Forward Looking Statement, the latest work by Jess Johnson. Jess uses what he calls “lost and found text” to create sketches and collages that form a unique type of autobiography. This little zine is just $2, you can’t beat that!