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.

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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.

Paper Rocket at Paper Jam

So far, February has been jam-packed. On Saturday I was at the first-ever Paper Jam Small Press Festival at the Silent Barn.

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This was a special show for me. It’s just three subway stops away from home, and it’s run by my good buddy Robin Enrico. (Or, as he is sometimes called in my circles, Boy-Robin. I’m Girl-Robyn.) It’s a curated show, and, should you be honored with an invite, the tables are FREE. Admission is also free, though it was $7 to see the bands afterwards.

The Silent Barn is such a crazy place. It’s a concert venue/hair salon/bar/photo booth/lots of other stuff probably. This was my first time at their new location, and it seems that they’ve a built a strong community there. The show had a great turnout, despite the bitter weather.

I only snapped a couple of quick pictures, but here they are.

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See Characters Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is the big day! The ONLY day you can see the pop-up exhibition Characters: Portraits of Contemporary Cartoonists!

Characters: Portraits of Contemporary Cartoonists
LaunchPad
721 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn NY
2/3/4/5/C to Franklin Ave
6pm; $5 suggested donation

ONE NIGHT ONLY: Come see ONE HUNDRED portraits of your favorite contemporary cartoonists as rendered by local comics artist Jess Ruliffson. If you’re a cartoonist or comics related folk or enthusiast, the evening promises to be a great networking event outside of the confines of the usual post-convention stupor.

The book, Characters, arrived from the printer on Tuesday. I really am happy with the print quality. Jess’ colorful portraits print so beautifully!

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The book is full-bleed, printed 2-up, and thick enough to require a face trim. So, each book requires three cuts on my heavy-duty guillotine paper-cutter. Cutting and binding is slow going, but worth it!

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The cover stock is very thick (120 lb.) and semi-gloss (it’s called Coated Silk). It’s so thick it can’t fold crisply without being scored first. It looks great!

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Paper Rocket’s quality control officer, Lulu Hussein Pacheco-Chapman (Lulu for short) has given Characters the thumbs up. You can buy an advance copy at the show tomorrow, or at Paper Jam next week. After that, you can pre-order the book via Kickstarter.

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Paper Rocket to Publish Characters by Jess Ruliffson

Announcements, announcements, announcements!

I’m happy to introduce the newest addition to the Paper Rocket family. In February I will publish Characters: Fifty Portraits of Contemporary Cartoonists by Jess Ruliffson.

 

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I first learned about Jess’ portrait project earlier this month, when gorgeous paintings of familiar cartoonists were popping up all over Facebook. I contacted her and learned that she would be exhibiting the paintings at a one-day show in just a month, on February first (and no, she had yet to be approached a publisher). We worked out a publishing deal, and then the clock was ticking! I had just a few weeks to publish the book in time for Jess’ show. We’ve both been hesitant to release any news on the book, in case we couldn’t make the deadline. But the book is complete and I’m confident it will be printed by February first.

Characters collects fifty of the 100 portraits that will be featured in Characters: Portraits of Contemporary Cartoonists, a pop-up show at LaunchPad in Brooklyn. Check it out on Facebook (or here, if Facebook isn’t your thing).

Because of the quick turn around on this book, we will have a limited initial release for Jess’ exhibition and the Brooklyn’s Paper Jam festival. We will follow that with Kickstarter pre-order campaign. The book will be fully available in mid-to-late February.

Till then, tide yourself over with this preview!

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Post-Thanksgiving Comix Night at KGB

It’s that time of year again!

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Comix Night at KGB
Sunday, December 1, 7:00pm
85 East 4th Street, New York, New York

Join us for the annual Post Thanksgiving Comix and Graphic Novelist Night! With special guest readers Robyn Chapman, Aaron Cockle, Emily Flake, Jesse Reklaw, and Nick Sumida.

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.

CCS Deep Girl Exhibition Recap

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!

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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.

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The show is great, and there’s a room full of Ariel’s Deep Girl pages.

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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.

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Ariel and I, looking fancy. Here’s hoping I can make it back to CCS soon.

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