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

Published January 30, 2013 by craftyweetzie

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A well thought out review of Maranda Elizabeth’s Telegram Anthology.

Originally posted on What Hannah Read:

Image***** (5 stars)

This is a beautiful, inspiring, absorbing book. It isn’t a traditional novel, nonfiction tome or memoir but instead a collection of self-published zines (if you’re unsure what a zine is, then google is your friend) which were handcrafted by the author themself. As a result, the look of the book’s pages are much prettier than that of an “ordinary” book, with text written on typewriters, computer and by hand and cute hand-drawn illustrations and embellishments, as well as cut-and-paste images. The text is the collection’s main focus though: Maranda Elizabeth puts a lot of time and effort into crafting their words – and it shows. As an established reader of personal zines (or perzines, as they are commonly known) I know that Maranda’s are among the most popular of the genre, and reading this it is easy to understand why – there is thought and depth in every sentence. Maranda Elizabeth’s style…

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5 Easy Ways to Help Us Out

Published January 26, 2013 by craftyweetzie

Being a super small company that focuses on zines and zine anthologies, we rely on word-of-mouth from our friends and supporters to sustain us. We’ve had an amazing first year, and are so grateful for everyone who has helped us so far on our publishing and distro dream, and have come up with a few simple things that you can do to help support us and keep us going.

Tell the World What You Think
Goodreads and Amazon are (as silly as it may sound) excellent places to leave quick reviews, and reviews help grow readership. So if you think one of our titles should be read by others, please do us a favor and leave a rating or review. Who knows, your review might even persuade someone new to zines to read an anthology and start making a zine of their own.

Tell Us What You Think
If there’s a zine you think we should carry, or title you would like to see put out, please let us know! We love getting feedback and always appreciate leads. Also, if you write a zine you think might be a good fit, we’d love to take a look at it. Drop us an email or send us a letter. Adoring fan mail and/or glittery stickers are also always appreciated…

Lets Get Together… Online and Off!
Just like Haley Mills and Haley Mills sang–let’s get together! Online, we can be found at facebook and tumblr, where we often post about upcoming events, new zines and releases, and what we (and others) have been up to when it comes to zines. “Liking” us on facebook  is an easy way for you and your friends to stay up to date with Mend My Dress Press.

While online networking sites are great, they are no substitute for interaction in the flesh. We’re upping our physical presence this year, starting in two weeks, with our mini-west coast anniversary tour and we would love to meet you! So if you can, come to one of our events, or come out to a zine fest we’re tabling and say hi.

Support Us By Supporting Our Authors and Other Zinesters
Of course we want you to support us by getting books and zines from our shop, but we also want you to support our authors and other zinesters by reading their zines, attending their events, following them online, and other rad things like writing them letters. Going to zine fests and readings and zine making workshops are great ways to meet new people and find good zines.

Share!
And we don’t just mean on the interwebs. We love lending books and zines to our friends (as long as we get ‘em back)! It’s a great way to introduce people to zines and share ideas. Also, donating zines you’ve read (or made, or have duplicate copies of) that you want other people to enjoy is a great way to share. There are many activist/communal/ radical places, from coffee shops to community centers to libraries that will gladly accept donations–all you have to do is ask.

xoxox,

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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New In Stock

Published December 15, 2012 by craftyweetzie

Well, the disto is up and running full speed ahead, and while we continue to grow our stock of zines (and hopefully soon some buttons and patches!), we thought we’d take a brief moment to highlight some of the titles new in stock! We’re still actively stocking the shelves, and are really excited for zines that are coming our way, and just wanted to remind you that if you’re interested in us potentially carrying your zine, just shoot us an email, we’d love to chat and see if it’s a good fit!

Jane
“Jane was a clandestine abortion counseling service which effectively provided safe, humane services to thousands of women prior to the legalization of abortion in 1973. Jane is an inspiration — a beautiful example of the battles that can be won without begging, of women taking their lives into their own hands and taking responsibility for their actions.”

Cheer the Eff Up
Reading Cheer The Eff Up is like getting to know a warm and inviting friend, and makes you just want to send Jonas a letter and become penpals. (Which, PS, is totally plausible). If you haven’t read Cheer the Eff Up yet, we suggest you start at the beginning.

Issue #1: What part of Cheer The Eff Up is fiction? What isn’t? In the end, it doesn’t even seem to matter. Issue #1 starts with a letter to an unborn daughter and takes us traveling through Jonas’ life. Going to college, making friends, losing friends; supporting friends. Most of the zine is about what happened to all of Jonas’ friends after college, and stories about family, peppered with little wisdoms for aforementioned unborn daughter, including “cheer the eff up.” There is a  also bittersweet story that ends with a passive aggressive message on a cake. And that’s amaze-balls.

Deafula:
Deafula is a rad zine about a girl and her deafness

Issue #4: The employment issue. This issue is all about how the authors hearing loss has related to her ability to get a job. stuff about ssdi, ada compliance, and the ways in which being deaf has affected job searching and holding down a job.

Skinned Heart:
A Personal Political Mexicana perspective zine dealing with issues such as mental health, health, abusive relationships, race issues, sexual abuse, and generally living and learning.

Numero Quatro: About surviving abusive relationships, feeling disconnected from culture and finding a way back, health issues and healthcare and living in the northwest.

Live Through This:
A Retrospective, the early work of Leigh Riibe (1995-2000) is part of a retrospective of my teenage years. This collateral zine includes some of the photographs in this collection, mixtape art, and hand painted stories from Leigh’s life in the nineties. As stated on the first page in the zine, “this is a mixtape archive and a photo herstory of one girl in America.”

A brand new issue of Mend My Dress:
#9 Vol. 4: They were all my friends, and they died. Writings about death

Also in stock is Maranda Elizabeth‘s ever popular “Permission to Be Weird” poster on their favorite color, purple!
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Saturday Sale!

Published November 21, 2012 by craftyweetzie

Wow, it’s been a while since we updated y’all with our recent shenanigans (perhaps, in part, because we’ve been so busy), so it’s high time for a post!

Earlier this month (November 3rd, to be exact), Neely and I trucked a bunch of stuff from my house all the way over to the other side of town to take part in Seattle’s Short Run Small Press Fest. It’s always fun going to events, but I have to admit, it’s really fun going to events in your hometown. While mostly comic artists were present at Short Run, there were also some more text focused zines, and Neely and I had a really awesome time looking through everyone’s items, which ranged from Small Press books, to small handmade books of drawings, to beautifully drawn and printed comics, to old school copy and staple zines.

Neely at our table at Short Run Small Press Fest

It was really great to connect with some new local artists and writers, and to see friends from all around the Pacific Northwest, plus, I scooped up the Invincible Summer 2013 calendar, which is pretty rad, along with some other sweet zines and comics.

And for the past few weeks we’ve mostly been focusing on filling orders, getting stock out to distros and bookstores (Which brings me to a side note: Bluestockings in NYC will have all the Mend My Dress Press zine anthologies in stock soon, so keep an eye out if you’re in the store for our titles), and getting stock ready for our own distro, which is launching in just a few days.


That’s right, ya heard me. We were going to wait to the new years to open up the full distro store, but figured we had a decent amount of stock so we should open up early. So, in the cheery spirit of the winter holidays, we are officially opening up the online shop on Small Business Saturday (aka Nov. 24th) and running a 10% off sale store-wide through Monday, Nov 26th.  To stock up now, just use the code SMALLSAT2012 at checkout to get your discount.

oh yeah, you can also access our shop right from our facebook page. nifty, eh?

Short Run is Almost Here (and so is Telegram!)

Published October 24, 2012 by craftyweetzie

It’s been a busy month over here at Mend My Dress Press! Right now, we’re gearing up for Seattle’s Short Run Small Press Fest (which is November 3rd at the Vera Project. That means we only have 11 days left to get our shit together)! We’ve basically means we’ve been taking inventory of our books, and collecting some last minute zines and artists books to bring with us. So it’s a good thing the rain has started in the Pacific Northwest, because it’s a good excuse to hide inside and do inside-y type things.

We’re also anxiously awaiting our first shipment of Telegram: A Collection of 27 Issues By Maranda Elizabeth (which we’ll be bringing with us to Short Run, of course)! The pre-sale is already going on, and if you order by the 31st, we’ll throw in a special edition Telegram button, a vinyl sticker, and an 11×17 lilac “Permission to Be Weird” poster by Maranda Elizabeth. Pretty sweet deal!

We’re also busy reviewing zines and getting stock together and starting to build the base for our full distro that will be opening this winter. It’s going great so far, but we’re definitely on the look-out for more titles, so if you’re interested in distro-ing your title with us, please shoot us an email or note, as we’d love to take a look at your zine.

xo,

Colleen