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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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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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.

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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Star Fruit Book Release and Kickstarter

I’m happy to announce Paper Rocket’s next book: Star Fruit by Gretta Johnson! I just launched a Kickstarter, and I’ll debut the book at SPX.

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Star Fruit is Gretta Johnson’s first comic book. She beautifully rendered her comic using watercolor, ink, and dip pen. It’s a surreal and sexy story about a nude woman (and her cat) who encounters a witch and a magical fruit.

Gretta originally printed  just 50 copies of Star Fruit. Keeping it in print was proving a challenge for her, so I offered to re-publish it. It will be released as an oversized (8.5″x11″) full-color comic.

You can back this project for JUST $15,  and you’ll receive a copy of Star Fruit delivered to you. I’m not asking for a hand-out–$15 is just slightly more than the retail cost plus shipping. I use Kickstarter as a distribution method, and I’ve always set modest goals. I’m raising just $400, but it won’t be a walk in the park. Gretta Johnson is a new name in comics, so need your help getting the word out. Please back this project, but more importantly, please spread the word!

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LOVF Kickstarter

What’s next for Paper Rocket Minicomics, you might be asking yourself. A lot! Today’s big news is that I’ve announced my next publishing project: LOVF New York: Destination Crisis.

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But what is LOVF? It’s the intricate, vivid, inky, and manic sketchbook of Jesse Reklaw. LOVF New York: Destination Crisis is a 32-page excerpt of this sketchbook, drawn during an intense few weeks Jesse spent in New York. Visit our Kickstarter and listen to Jesse describe it, in his own words.

LOVF New York: Destination Crisis will be published in full-color, with a three-color screen printed cover. Just $10 will get you a copy–that’s basically the price of the book plus shipping. Consider this a pre-order drive, not a fund-raising drive!

Please spread the word! One of the reasons I’m using Kickstarter is to help cover the cost of paying Jesse. With both Deep Girl and LOVF, I am paying my authors. It’s a modest sum to be sure, but it does take a bite. With that added cost, making a profit on these projects is a challenge. And that is one of my goals: to make Paper Rocket sustainable so I can fund further projects.