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LA Zine Fest and New Titles

Published March 29, 2014 by neelybat

1794523_654842867910217_946082727_nIt’s been a month since LA zine fest, and we’re already planning next years visit. To start the trip off, we celebrated the presses 2-year anniversary at DisneyLand. We even got “happy anniversary” buttons, which confused the hell out the park workers but c’est la vie! Neely and Colleen’s wife, Lindsay rode every roller-coaster that was open, and we all shed tears that “It’s a Small World” was closed…again…for the second damn year in a row. wah! But we spent 13 hours at the park anyways and then crashed.

The next day we swung by Exene Cervenka’s moving sale where Neely scored some sweet rhinestone bracelets, some bangles, silk carnation hair-pins and other gifts for equally obsessed friends in the northwest. She even got Colleen a pair of dangly gold earrings. After a satisfying, well-balanced meal of french toast sticks and tatertots from the Sonics Drive-in (because, seriously, they don’t exist in Seattle and we clearly needed a junk food fix) we were back on the road to LA.

We picked up our books, including the newly released Truckface anthologies and Nights and Days in the Dark Carnival, and headed off to set up our table at the LA Zine Fest. A Major thank you to Colleen’s wife, Lindsey, for driving us all over town and helping us make our table look as stellar as possible. We love you!

So, anyways! L.A. is always wonderful, and Zine Fest proved just as wonderful as the city itself. We started off by delivering LB her first box if the newly released Truckface anthologies (and it’s quite possible a few happy tears may have been shed…and a few happy hugs may have been shared… by all of us…). We then settled up to the table for most of the day and spent the next 6 hours chatting with the gazillions of people that came by our table and our zine friends from near and far. Just a small sampling of titles we picked up were the newest Cheer The Eff Up by Jonas, the newly reformatted Rad Dad, Don’t Hide Behind Your Skirt by Aurora Lady and put out by Fair Dig press, and a mind-blowingly awesome set of zines about queer artists and activists from around the world by Miyuki at Queer Scribes Productions. We also scored a copy of Datacide by Amanda Rae and Nathaniel Eras… given to Neely because her outfit was so cool. ha!

1622172_655899321137905_48276425_nThe day was full of trades and meeting new people, workshops and panels (unfortunately, we were too busy to make it to all the workshops and panels, but did make it to a great panel hosted by the POC Zine Project on cultivating community and culture), seeing good friends and getting lots and lots of zines. At the end of the day, we packed up our books and unsold zines, put our piles of new zines in our bags to read later, hugged a ton of wonderful people, and said goodbye to another great year at LA zine fest. Colleen and Lindsey took off to go mail back books, and Neelybat continued her LA adventure.

A few words from Neelybat: After zine fest, I spent the evening  with Nyky of Brown Recluse Zine Distro and Ari (MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL). First we had dinner with a whole mess of zine buddies. Afterwards we swooned over the house of 10,000 leggings just down the street and drove to Mulholland Drive for some tough bitch photo ops. We drank tea in a diner, looking over the suitcase of zines Nyky had collected and eavesdropped on a d&d game the next table. I was dropped off at my dream apartment, snuggled under a pile of blankets I read zines in the blue light until I fell asleep. Monday was a free day, I was lucky to have a crew of people willing to help my high school wannabe mall goth babe dreams come true. Most of the day was spent with Brodie Foster Hubbard, Fiona Avocado and Alex Wrekk… and a bunch of dead people. If you are ever given the chance, Hollywood Forever cemetery makes a wonderful date spot, even if your date consists of four people and their five cameras. I kissed graves and whispered secrets. I made a pact with Janye Mansfield, and held hands over Dee Dee Ramone. 1913412_10103409146395191_733222278_o

Thanks for everything, L.A.! We love you, and can’t wait to come back soon!

Chicago!

Published March 17, 2013 by craftyweetzie

Last Thursday I was picked up at the airport by Jonathan, my guide to Chicago, and dropped off my stuff at my new home for the week. I would be staying in a warehouse–large windows, little bedrooms created out of old doors, 2x4s and plastic sheeting. A room full of recording equipment. Through the wonders of Facebook, I had gotten in touch with a friend that was on tour with her band, Bellow, and they just happened to be playing a short walk from home. The house was small, and smokey, and Bellow was amazing. Of course we met up with Osa of Shotgun Seamstress. Just my good luck! We bonded over our sadness than Colleen could not make it out with me. After the show Jonathan and I stayed up till dawn, talking, staring stories of the four months since we had last seen each other.

Friday was a long afternoon walk  through the Ukrainian Villiage. Taking pictures of churches and saints, eating Varenyky and candy sold by the pound. Drinking pear soda. Had lunch with another friend, Jail, who makes amazing creepy music. She was leaving for tour the next day and showed me the best place to get cheap copies. We walked to Quimby’s and was so excited to see two Mend My Dress Press books in the window display! Thank you!The Youth Reading and the Exhibitor Reading at the Boring Store was wonderful. I read from my brand new zine. I was nervous, but happy. All of the readings where really amazing and inspiring.

Neelybat and Maranda Elizabeth

Neelybat and Maranda Elizabeth

Saturday morning was a chore: the train line broken, I arrived late to the zine fest, set up my table quickly and settled in. I spent the whole day excited and happy. I met so many friends, both new and old (I will not bother name checking everyone, heaven forbid I forget someone, but you know who you are). I did lots of zine trades, sold bunches of books and found some new stuff for the distro. It was a very productive day on all counts.  Thank you so much Chicago Zine Fest!

The rest of my time in Chicago has been become a bit of a blur. What night did I stay up at an after-after party dancing, waiting in the pouring rain, falling into bed at six a.m.? What morning was spent cursing the very real rain (so so unlike the northwest mist), hailing to meet friends at Quimby’s?  How many hours where spent eating and talking at the falafel place? How many hugs and promises to write. How many zines did we dream up? When did we eat ice cream sundaes at midnight? Whatever, all you need to know is that my week was magical and that CZF is already on my calender for next year.

xoxo, Neelybat

Starting From San Francisco

Published February 16, 2013 by craftyweetzie

The Bay Area has been good to us. Wednesday found us all hanging out together all day; which was really the first time this tour that’s happened. We kicked off the day by sleeping in late and eating tofu scramble, them heading to the beach, where we all just relaxed and walked in the sand.

Maranda and Neelybat at the beach!

Maranda and Neelybat at the beach!

Then it was burritos for all some quality book time at City Lights, and off to Needles & Pens for our San Francisco reading. The audience was warm and welcoming and Neely even scored some sweet death moon earrings.

Osa reads from Shotgun Seamstress at Needle & Pens

Osa reads from Shotgun Seamstress at Needle & Pens

After some much needed sleep, we all spent the day in Oakland. Some of us spent the day reading by the lake, or getting manicures, or drinking coffee and folding zines. The sun was shining, the air was warm, and we all just spent the day hanging out and soaking in the vitamin D.

We ended the night at the Holdout for our last reading on the tour. We got a tour of the Holdout (a community space with a bookshop, two event spaces, and a community bike workshop and printing studio. It’s totally fucking rad, and an awesome place to spend Valentine’s day and Mend My Dress Press’ official one-year anniversary. Maranda read from Telegram, Osa read from Shotgun Seamstress, and Neely and I read from our Corin Tucker Fanzine Split. A perfect way to end our time in the Bay Area, and now we’re looking forward to LA adventures at  LA zine fest!

Maranda reading at the Holdout in Oakland

Maranda reading at the Holdout in Oakland

Portland Recap and Hello, Bay Area!

Published February 13, 2013 by craftyweetzie

Monday morning, Maranda Elizabeth and I hoped in the car and made the short trek down to Portland to meet up with Neelybat and Osa (who had both gone down the night before). We passed the exit for Aberdeen (which I promised I would bring them to the next time they were in Seattle), and enjoyed each-others company (which included an impromptu “industrial history and micro-climates in Washington state” monologue from yours truly…) as we traveled the highway lined with evergreens on the gray foggy morning.

As soon as we arrived in Portland, we stopped by Powells books, spent too much money, and then met up with Neelybat for lunch and record browsing. And then it was time for the reading!

We started setting up at Portland Button Works and pretty soon the place was packed! We all mingled for a little while, meeting friends of friends, chatting, and drinking some delicious apple cider Alex had prepared for the reading.

The reading itself was awesome. Osa, Neely and Maranda all read in “mixtape order” and kept the audience captivated through the evening.

Neely reads from Mend My Dress at Portland Button Works

Neelybat reads from Mend My Dress at Portland Button Works

Tuesday was travel day–with Osa and I sharing driving duties (tho mostly Osa drove), and everyone in the car singling along with Greenday, Hole, and Sleater-Kinney Albums. We soaked in the beauty of northern California all day, and Maranda was in awe over the mountains (it was the first time they had seen so many!), and we made it into the Bay Area in time to make some delicious pasta and salad and pass the fuck out. It’s been an exciting tour so far, and we can’t wait for the reading tonight in San Francisco!

P.S.-It’s at Needles and Pens at 7:00. See you there!

x0x0- Colleen

Our Tour Begins

Published February 12, 2013 by craftyweetzie

Our tour has officially started! A wild rumpus kicked off the tour Saturday night at the Black Coffee Co-op in Seattle, WA, with readings, music, and ice-cream; and we read, danced, and partied. The six cop cars that showed up on a noise complaint just made us happy, it was a good sign that we where doing it right.

To kick off the party, Osa introduced us all and read from Shotgun Seamstress, Neelybat read from Mend My Dress, and Nyky Gomez joined us and read from her amazing zine, Skinned Heart. Unfortunately, Maranda Elizabeth, who was slated to read from their book, Telegram, missed the reading because their plane was landing, and I was picking them up from the airport, but we made it back in time just to see Little Debbie play some tunes.

Ire Adrift kept the party goin’ with their set (which resulted in the aforementioned cop attendance), and our awesome intern Helen and I worked the merch table through the next few sets by some great local bands (Fucking Magnets, RiverMark Harper and OH-DADANGDADEVIL!). There were make-out sessions, dancey-dancing, and a smudge stick that blessed/ narrowly avoided burning up all our books. At 2 am, we all sang “You are my sunshine,” called it a night, Packed up our stuff, and crawled into bed, dreaming of our adventures to come.

After a chill morning, we headed down to Olympia for the reading at the Northern. The evening was an intimate event, Osa introduced Mend My Dress Project (for the second night in the row!) and talked about her involvement with the POC Zine Project, their upcoming fall 2013 Race Riot Tour, and their legacy series. She then read from Shotgun Seamstress, and was followed by readings from Neelybat, Nyky and this time even Maranda got a chance to read!

Check out some pics from the Olympia event above, while we gear up for the Portland reading tonight at Portland Button Works!

xoxo- Colleen

We’re Goin’ on Tour

Published January 9, 2013 by craftyweetzie

Hello Friends!

What are you doing in February? Over here at Mend My Dress Press, February feels like it’s just around the corner. You see, February is the official 1 year anniversary of Mend My Dress Press and to celebrate, we’re hittin’ the road with some of our represented authors in a west coast mini-tour!

Neelybat Chestnut (Mend My Dress: Collected Zines), Osa Atoe (Shotgun Seamstress Zine Collection), Maranda Elizabeth (Telegram: A Collection of 27 Issues) and I will be heading down the northwest coast, making stops along the way do zine readings and even play some music. We’ll be joined by Little Debbi from Los Angles, who will be playing music with us at some of our stops. We’re still hammering out a lot of details, but we’ll keep you updated as this plan comes together!

In the meantime, here’s where we’ll be heading, and a list of shows we’ve booked so far. Hope to see you as we trek down the coast, and if you want to help us fund the tour, please grab some rad zines or books from our online shop, since pretty much any money we bring in till march will end up help funding this trip. We’ll also be posting the promotional fliers on the site and would love your help spreading the word. Thanks!

Saturday, Feb 9th:
Zine reading/ music show in Seattle, WA.
Neelybat, Osa and Maranda will all be reading, and Neely will be playing with her band, Ire Adrift, along with Little Debbie and others.
Black Coffee Co-op, 8PM

Sunday, Feb 10th:
Zine reading/ music show in Olympia, WA
Neelybat, Osa and Maranda will all be reading. Neely will be playing with her band, Ire Adrift, along with Little Debbie and others.
The Northern, 4PM

Monday, Feb 11th:
Zine reading in Portland, OR
Neelybat, Osa and Maranda will all be reading.
Portland Button Works, 7:30 PM

Want to help us spread the word for the Portland reading? Download and post flyers!
(you may need to right-click and download files)

Wednesday, Feb 13th:
Zine reading in San Francisco, CA
Neelybat, Osa and Maranda will all be reading.
Needle & Pens,  7 PM

Want to help us spread the word for the San Francisco reading? Download and post flyers! (you may need to right-click and download files)

Thursday, Feb 14th:
Zine reading in Oakland, CA
The Holdout, 7:30 PM

Want to help us spread the word for the Oakland reading? Download and post flyers!
(you may need to right-click and download files)

Friday, Feb 15th:
Potential zine reading in Los Angeles, CA
Place/ time to be determined

Sunday, Feb 17th:
Los Angeles Zine Fest!
We’ll be hanging out all day with all the awesome folks in LA at the zine fest, and running a workshop on different aspects of anthologizing zines.

And thus our tour ends. We hope you come out and see us on one of our stops!

-Colleen

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As of late

Published April 25, 2012 by craftyweetzie

Well, Neely and I have spent the last month or so scheming upcoming projects, and I’m excited to say we’ve got the rest of the year (and then some) planned! We can’t say anything yet, except that we are very excited for what the rest of the year has in store for Mend My Dress Press. We’ll let you know some of our plans in the near future, but in the meantime, if you haven’t picked up our flagship book yet, you should.

It’s getting great reviews, and is available through Amazon, Etsy, Doris Press, Fight Boredom Distro, Ms. Valerie Park Distro, Stranger Danger Distro, at Left Bank Books in Seattle, and Quimby’s in Chicago. Cool, huh?

oh, and we’ve registered for our table at the Portland Zine Symposium. woot!

More soon,
Colleen