books

All posts tagged books

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?

A Zine, A Book, A Distro?

Published September 23, 2012 by craftyweetzie

It started with a zine, which turned into a book, which turned into a small publishing venture, to which we’ll soon be adding a distro. A year ago, this whole thing was just a concept, and I’ve gotta say, I’m pretty damn proud of us, and I’d like to share a bit of our story with you.

Almost two years ago Neely asked me to help her with the layout and production of turning the first few years of her zine, Mend My Dress, into a book anthology. I couldn’t have been happier, and we spent the next six months casually finding old flats, scanning (on a borrowed scanner) and starting the layouts.

We took a road trip to the 11th annual Portland Zine Symposium, and on the train back from Portland, we were discussing finally finishing up the design and going to print with the Mend My Dress Anthology, and threw up our hands and decided there were just too many good zines out there that had been around for years and they should be collected in books. And so Mend My Dress Press became a concept.

Then, on February 14th, after months of research, layout, working with printers, reviewing proofs, making logos, getting our business license, creating a little blog, and making buttons, we received the first shipment of Neely’s book.

And we were over the moon! So we delivered some to Left Bank Books, packed our bags, and went off to the windy city (where neither of us had ever been) to the Chicago Zine Fest. We had a blast, met some people, like Osa Atoe of Shotgun Seamstress, Maranda of Telegram, Amber Dearest of Culture Slut, Jonas of Cheer the Eff Up, and so many more. We bought a bunch of zines, sold some books, and we totally fell head over heels in love with the city.

When we returned to the gray northwest, we debriefed and strategized. I took a class on photography books, which led to our release of The Cartography of Farmers Wives and A Traveling Song, and we started working with Alexis Wolf on An Ilse Content Anthology.

We officially released An Ilse Content Anthology at the 12th annual Portland Zine Symposium. The Symposium was 2 days of attending quite a few workshops, swapping stories, sharing evening beer with Jonas and Julia, getting a bunch of cool new zines and stealing Nathan Wade Carter’s personal fan from the table next to us because it was hot as hell. Oh, and we picked up a few zines for our upcoming distro.

The rest of August was pretty much non-stop. Alexis did a mini tour of readings in Seattle, Olympia, Portland, and Berkeley before flying across the pond to England, and Neely joined her for a few stops as well. Then we were in layout and proofing overdrive and we’re about a week away from the release of Osa Atoe’s Shotgun Seamstress Anthology (Pre-sale on now!) and the book will officially be released Monday, September 24th, at the first stop of the POC (People of Color) Zine Project Race Riot tour.

This next month we’ll be focusing on finishing up our last release for 2012, Maranda’s Telegram: A Collection of 27 Issues and sending it to print. We got the proof a few days ago, and we’re pretty excited about the whole thing. It’s over 440 pages of Maranda’s inspirational writing. Plus, it’s purple!

We’re also gearing up for Seattle’s Short Run Small Press Fest, where we’ll be showcasing all the books and some of our zines. The fest is on November 3rd, so if you’re in the Seattle area, please stop by and see us!

Along with this we have managed to work on our smaller projects, including a lyric book for Neely’s band and a split fanzine about Corin Tucker.

So, what else does the future hold for us? Well, we’ve got some cool books lined up for 2013, and as if running a small publishing house wasn’t enough fun, we’re starting a distro too! Sometime around the new years we’ll be rolling out the online distro. We’ll be spending the next few months indoors, hiding from the rain and reviewing zines, collecting inventory, rebuilding the website, and partying like it’s 1999. So please, send us some samples if you’re interested in being distributed by Mend My Dress Press.

We’re both so happy and inspired we’ve been able to meet and work with some awesomely amazing people this year, and we just can’t wait for all the new faces, projects, and places that await us.

Also, we’d like to introduce you to the newest intern over at Mend My Dress Press: Bernard Pickles. His favorite activity is shredding paper, but he also excels at being totally effing adorable!

xoxox,

Colleen

Super Secret Project Announcement: Shotgun Seamstress Anthology

Published September 3, 2012 by craftyweetzie

We are so super excited to announce another book we’ve been working on for the last month! Shotgun Seamstress, a zine for & by Black punk rockers, is being made into an anthology. Shotgun Seamstress Zine Collection will include all six issues of Osa Atoe’s zine, which includes a ton of interviews, reviews, and so much more!

Layla Gibbons of Maximum Rocknroll has this to say about Shotgun Seamstress, and we couldn’t agree more.

Punk rock is a rule book. Punk rock means no rules. Punk rock is a dogma, punk rock is freedom… So many value systems working against each other, creating small pockets of possibility.  Making our own culture in the face of war, unearthing artifacts lost to time, smoothed over by a less complicated version of history that wipes out the girls, the people of color, the queers that have always been architects of punk rock. Because punk is more than three chords, it’s a DIY network of those who have chosen to resist, those who have no choice but to make their own path.

Shotgun Seamstress exists for those that realize that punk rock is an idea and a possibility that must be forced open in order to fit everybody that needs it inside. Shotgun Seamstress is for those that understand the necessity of making a refracted reality available to the kids, especially in an era where it seems possible to unearth everything, where there lies no mystery, a barrage of images and icons displayed on computer screens for five seconds until the next thing appears…This is something to hold onto and reread over and over. A six zine blast that manages to blow apart the apathy and restore faith in the idea of punk rock as a strategy for resistance! Creating a separate currency for those that are not interested in replicating boring ideals in underground existences, Shotgun Seamstress is like the best mix tape anyone has ever made, where radical politics are never sidelined for an easier ride, where good times are never in doubt and where subsumed experiences are revealed as real… The Gories and Void, Nasty Facts and X-Ray Spex, Brontez, Vaginal Davis, punk rock.  It’s an endless adventure and this is another way in.

Shotgun Seamstress Zine Anthology will be available to order later this month, and will make its debut at the POC Zine Project tour, where you can thank Osa herself for creating this amazing body of work. Check out the tour dates below, and make sure to get your butt to one of the tour stops.

9.24 New York, NY
9.25 Philadelphia, PA
9.26 Pittsburgh, PA
9.27 Athens, OH
9.28 Detroit, MI
9.29 Ann Arbor, MI
9.30 Chicago, IL
10.01 Champaign, IL
10.02 Bloomington, IN
10.03 Columbus, OH
10.04 Pittsburgh, PA
10.05 Washington, DC
10.06 Baltimore, MD
10.07 New York, NY

The Accidental Titles

Published May 30, 2012 by craftyweetzie

I’ve been taking a class on photo books for the last three months, and while I have been working on a hand-bound hardcover accordion book (more on that later) I became inspired and made two small paperback photo books.

The first title, The Cartography of Farmers’ Wives: Photography from 1915-1976, is a short paper-back book with sampling of photography from my great-grandmother and my grandmother. Many of the photographs are landscapes from eastern Washington, although there are a few portraits as well in this contemplative story of one families relationship with the land. I look at this book as a small meditation on a much larger project that I think will probably take me the next 2-3 years to complete. Now that I know I can complete a small project with some of the information and items I have in this collection of family history that has been handed to me, I feel ready to embark on the larger journey.


The second book, A Traveling Song is a small paper-back of Hipstamiatic images I took on my phone on the road-trip my wife and I took when we moved across the country from Washington, D.C., to Seattle, Washington, in 2009. We pretty much drove straight through, and most of the images were taken from the car window while passing through middle America.

xoxo,

Colleen