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!

 

 

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Paper Rocket at TCAF

I’m leaving in a few hours for Canada! It’s my first TCAF. If you’re going too, look for me at table 176.

 

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The talented Vreni Stollberger will be lending a hand at the Paper Rocket table. Come by and buy her comics!

I’m debuting the new zine by Jess Johnson, Forward Looking Statement.

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Easter Sunday KGB Comix Night

It’s that time of year again!

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Easter Sunday KGB Comix Night
Sunday, April 20, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
KGB Bar, 85 E 4th St, New York

(NOTE: Katie Skelly had to cancel. But we still have five readers!)

Join us for our annual Easter Sunday KGB Comix Night, a free night of live comics readings.

KGB Comix Night 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 host and readers.

Hosted by Robyn Chapman

Stephanie Mannheim grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she began self-publishing her own minicomics in high school. She currently resides in New York City, where she is completing her senior year at Barnard College of Columbia University.
www.stephaniemannheim.com

Hazel Newlevant is a cartoonist in her senior year at the School of Visual Art. She has drawn and published many minicomics, including the Xeric Award-winning Ci Vediamo. Her work was recently honored with the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant.
www.newlevant.com

Connie Sun is a New York-based cartoonist who draws an autobiographical webcomic every weekday. She is a self-taught cartoonist who works in higher education by day and sleeps at night.
www.conniewonnie.com

Mike Taylor is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work includes the long-running zine Late Era Clash (started in 1994, and currently in its 25th issue). Mike recently had his first solo-show, NO/FUTURE, at the Booklyn Art Gallery.
www.late-era-clash.tumblr.com

Jess Worby is a cartoonist, illustrator, and teacher whose clients include the New York Times, Wired.com, and McSweeney’s (among others). He draws pictures that feel alive and makes stories about how strange it is to be a person.
www.jworby.com

Birthday Release Party Recap

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The Paper Rocket & Friends Birthday Release party was a hit! I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday. The room was filled with friends enjoying cheap beer and cake pops (as of late, my favorite things). I gave a little presentation on the production process involved in Character (because, why not, I think it’s interesting) and Jeffrey Lewis showed us some illustrated music videos he’s been working on. Jess did a painting demo, using Desert Island owner Gabe Fowler as her subject.

Good times. I feel good about being 36.

 

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Paper Rocket & Friends Birthday Release Party

The Characters Kickstarter made its goal (in the first 24 hours, even!). I’m ever so grateful to all the folks who have supported it.

I’ll be having a release party for Characters. A birthday release party!

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Paper Rocket and Friends Birthday Release Party
with Robyn Chapman, Jess Ruliffson, and Jeffrey Lewis
Desert Island, 540 Metropolitan Ave in Williamsburg
Thursday, March 6, 7-9pm

March 6 is the birthday of Robyn Chapman, and it’s the 1-year anniversary of her micro-press, Paper Rocket Minicomics. It’s also the release date of her latest publication, Characters by Jess Ruliffson. Jeffrey Lewis is also celebrating a release, a triple release in fact! Jeff is debuting Fuff #9 (his latest comic), Jeffrey Lewis & The Jrams (his latest cd), and Sonnet Youth: Daydream Nation (his latest zine).
Jess will do a live portrait painting and Jeff will do a slideshow reading. There will be cupcakes.

Pre-order Characters via Kickstarter!

The Characters Kickstarter is live. Check it out!

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My goal is modest, I’m only trying to raise $600. But this is a short Kickstarter: only two weeks long! It’s not a given that I’ll make it. Your pledge could make the difference!

Why set a goal so low? Because I’m trying to use Kickstarter as a distribution mechanism, not as a fund-raising mechanism.  For a pledge of $9, you get a copy of Characters. The retail price of Characters with shipping is just about $9. And Characters will ship IMMEDIATELY after this Kickstarter ends and funds have cleared. You don’t have to wait for me to actually publish Characters. (Here’s a secret: I’ve already published it.)

I use Kickstarter often, with every book in fact. I hope my modest goals will assuage Kickstarter fatigue and Kickstarter skepticism.

The thing is, I need to get my books to people. There are few distribution options available to me, so if I find one that works I stick by it. The other thing is, I need to make my publishing sustainable. My books (eventually) need to pay for themselves. I don’t have enough working capital to operate any other way. The last thing is, I pay my authors. Not a lot, but I pay as much as I’m able to while keeping my publishing sustainable. All this means that even if I am a little skeptical about Kickstarter (and I am) I can’t afford to ignore a way to sell my books that actually works. I can’t afford to be too proud to use Kickstarter.

And, anyway, if Fantagraphics is using Kickstarter, isn’t it officially ok? What am I apologizing for? Get off my back!

Honestly, if there was another app that offered a pre-order system that was as popular and efficient as Kickstarter, I’d use that instead. But until then, I’ve got Kickstarter. And I’m thankful for it.

For more thoughts on how I use Kickstarter, check out the Risks and Challenges section of the Characters Kickstarter.