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

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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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CAB Recap

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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.

  

 

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My table.

 

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My crew.

 

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My haul.

SPX 2013 Report

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I feel good about SPX. This time last year, I was having a bummer time at SPX. But in 2013, Paper Rocket has three new books out. I’m feeling good. This might have been the most productive year of my life.

Sales weren’t great though. My con sales haven’t been for the last two or three years. This experience may be limited to me, but I doubt it. There are a lot of new publishers out there, but I’m not sure our audience has grown with us. With all this competition, it’s no longer easy to sell 30-40 books at a con, even when debuting a new title.

Unfortunately, the price of exhibiting has only gone up. None of this exceedingly troubling, as this game has never been lucrative. But it’s something to think about (I’d welcome any insight on the subject).

Regardless, I had a great time and was happy to see my cartooning cousins. And, I got to spend some time with Paper Rocket’s newest author, Gretta Johnson. Even though I just published Gretta’s first comic book, Star Fruit, I had only met her once, briefly. For all I knew, she’s a psychopath who can draw very well. I’m happy to report she is an awesome lady, totally not a psychopath. I had a lot of fun hanging out with her.

I’m back in New York, and I’ll be sending out the Kickstarter rewards this week. Star Fruit will be taking the world by storm.

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The Paper Rocket/Desert Island table (I sold some books for Gabe at the show). The Kate Beaton book sold out pdq.

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I helped Alec Longstreth and Josh Bayer with the CCS/SAW workshop.

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Gretta, Jesse, and Hazel.

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My haul. There was so much good stuff I missed!

SPX This Weekend!

This weekend I’ll be making my annual trek to Bethesda for the Small Press Expo. I’ll be sharing my table with my new roommates (!) Jesse Reklaw and Hazel Newlevant. Paper  Rocket’s newest author, Gretta Johnson, will also be joining us. Her book, Star Fruit, is debuting at the show. Kickstarter backers can pick up their copy right at the table! Speaking of Kickstarter, it’s not to late to back our Kickstarter campaign!

Look for Paper Rocket at table A12! I’ll also be selling a select number of Desert Island publications.

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Star Fruit just arrived from the printer, and I think it looks lovely. So does Lulu! Copies will be available for order on the website after this weekend.

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