Dear Friends,

I’m getting in touch to let you know that Pioneers Press is at a crossroads. The meritless lawsuit that Microcosm Publishing has brought against us is crippling our distro. Our lawyer is asking for more money to continue our defense, and our bills are going unpaid. We’ve struggled with how to present this information because we know it’s a turn-off to get pleas for help like this. But we also want you to know that we are at a critical point. We’ve been barely scraping by for a while, but this week we’ve reached an all-time low: the utilities have begun to be shut off and we are short on rent for the farm. As Pioneers Press sales have been the sole support for the animal rescues of the Hard Fifty Farm, it’s crucial that we not continue on this path.  We’ve decided to deeply discount a bunch of our stock in hopes that we’ll be able to keep the lights on and pay down invoices. Depending on how that goes, we will reassess to see if it’s feasible for us to keep the distro side of Pioneers Press running while we try to fight the lawsuit. If we’re able to save our distro (with your help!) you can still expect changes in how we operate, as we challenge traditional distribution and publishing models in search of new and better ways to support independent writers and publishers.  We still believe in indie publishing and even if Pioneers Press goes down, we have every intention to keep writing, keep publishing, and keep fighting. But man, it would sure be great if we could keep up the fight with Pioneers Press! We’ve got some great stuff on our site right now, and we hope some of you will take advantage of this sale to start (or grow!) your own zine libraries or distros. Up the distros! Thank you so much for your ongoing support, in all its varied forms!  <3 Jessie Duke, Pioneers Press http://pioneerspress.com/catalog/subject/save_our_ship_sale
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Whoa, okay. So here’s the deal — I should have an ALL-NEW, ALL-USER-FRIENDLY, 101% 21st CENTURY distro website online sometime in January. It’s going to be a lot of work, so please bear with me. Meanwhile, I’m pasting in a list of new stuff below. Feel free to order. Sorry no pics or descriptions, those will appear on the new site when it’s up. Thank you for your patience, and for your continued support!

John P.


Added December 22, 2014:

David B.: Incidents in the Night (Uncivilized) - $20

Olive BOOGER: Crash Trash (Oily) - $1

Simon BOSSÉ: Loiterers (Conundrum) - $18

Jon CHADURJIAN: The Bad-ventures of Bobo Backslack (Adhouse) - $15

Chris CILLA: Luncheonette/Labyrinthectomy (Revival House) - $5

Chris CILLA: Stun Nuts #10 (Sardine Can Press) - $3

Max CLOTFELTER: Buster - $1

Max CLOTFELTER: Andros 5 + 6 - $2 each

Antoine COSSÉ: Harold (Retrofit/Big Planet) - $6

Eleanor DAVIS: How to be Happy (Fantagraphics) - $25

Theo ELLSWORTH: The Understanding Monster Book Two (Secret Acres) - $22

Devin FLYNN: Hawd Tales #1 (Revival House) - $5

Kelly FROH: Nasty Day - $3

Kelly FROH: This Body is a Lemon - $3

Réal GODBOUT: Amerika (Conundrum) - $20

Trevor GRABILL: Another Instant (Flat Mountain Press) - $4

Trevor GRABILL: Paper Garden (Flat Mountain Press) - $3

Trevor GRABILL: Seven Mental Knots (Flat Mountain Press) - $1

Trevor GRABILL: Travel Drawings 2013 (Flat Mountain Press) - $4

Alex HOLDEN: West Side Improvements (Uncivilized) - $5

I HOPE THIS FINDS YOU WELL: Cartoonist Interviews ed. by Dan Stafford (Kilgore) - $12

Jess JOHNSON: Forward Looking Statement (Paper Rocket) - $2

Megan KELSO: Cats in Service - $10

Akino KONDOH: Nothing Whatsoever Out in the Open (Retrofit/Big Planet) - $6

KU(Š)! #19: (Various) Mathematics - $12

Mini KUŠ #22: Oskars Pavlovskis “Lucky” - $5

Mini KUŠ #23: Ruta & Anete Daubure “Domino” - $5

Mini KUŠ #24: Anna Vaivare “Swimming Pool” - $5

Mini KUŠ #25: Roope Eronen “Magnetism” - $5

Mini-KUŠ #26 Jyrki Heikkinen “Little Hilma” - $5

Mini-KUŠ #27 Jesse Jacobs “Mathematical Solutions for a Global Crisis” - $5

Mini-KUŠ #28 Zane Zlemesa “Collector” - $5

Mini-KUŠ #29 Disa Wallander “Remember This?” - $5

Tim LANE: Happy Hour in America #1 + 2 (restock) - $4

Tim LANE: Happy Hour in America #4 (restock) - $5

Nick MAANDAG: The Libertarian (Pigeon Press, new edition) - $9

Jason MARTIN: Covers - $3

Joe OLLMANN/Andy BROWN: Milo and Sam (Conundrum) - $2

Grant REYNOLDS: Don’t Try to Save Me #2 - $3

Keiler ROBERTS: Powdered Milk #11-13 - $2 each

Ben SEA: Eyelash Out (Retrofit/Big Planet) - $4

Aron Nels STEINKE: Mr. Wolf #3 - $5

Liz SUBURBIA: Cyanide Milkshake #5 - $2

TINY REPORT: 2013 Micro-Press Yearbook (Paper Rocket) - $3

TUSEN HJÄRTEN STARK #2 (Various, Domino Books) - $3

Malachi WARD: Ritual #3 “Vile Decay” (Revival House) - $7

Nathan WARD: Fun-O-Planet - Failed Alien - $5

Scout WOLFCAVE/Penina GAL: Limp Wrist (Paper Rocket) - $4


I got two back issues of The Country Grind from Pioneers Press! They came with the best sticker, Pioneers Press pin, and a hand written note from Adam Gnade!

It’s been rather momentous that I found out about this publication because I’ve been struggling with social isolation even before I moved to a place that left me extremely physically isolated and it’s only gotten worse.

This paper makes me feel aligned with others, which is not something I’m used to feeling. When I go out and interact in the world there are always experiences that leave me feeling like I’m behind an invisible wall. Self-reliance and an un-conventional existence have been a consistent foundation for me and it’s comforting to see others doing the same, particularly in the same way. There’s lots of people doing self-reliant things but each path is different even if they are headed in a similiar dirrection. The truth is I’m burned out on observing people who can afford all their farm upgrades or who’s prepping focuses on overpriced “tacti-cool” gear. I’ve got a lot of empathy for anyone struggling to make things work and doing their best with what resources they have.

Zine excerpt! Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty by Adam Gnade

A Rough Guide to Fighting Fair

1) Figure out how to balance “virtuous” with “not giving a fuck.”

2) Find the good guys and stick with them while the bad guys continue to take advantage of people and fight over money and pretend to be your friend.

3) Be honest without exception but never mean under the guise of being honest.

4) Just the same: Be kind but don’t be a pushover.

5) Embrace strength without oppression.

6) Always stick up for those who can’t do so themselves. You’ll know an unfair fight when you see one. Don’t stand for it.

7) Be a better judge of character and see the assholes for who they are. Try not to be naive but don’t stop trusting. It’s a hard balance; a life-long process. Also: a lot of nice people will promise you things but most won’t deliver. This doesn’t mean they’re bad people. Flakiness is a huge part of the human condition. Be gentle with people and don’t get disappointed when their plans don’t pan out. We’re trying. All of us.

Order here from Pioneers Press!





Phillip Laudino (read his chapbook here)
Hannah Roe (student organizer poems)
Alyssa Rorke (something about 90s pop music)


new tape out now!!

3rd? 4th show ever? !!!

just gets better and better

7pm // $5



Rachel Ang (melbourne, australia)
Katie Bennett (forever on tour)
Megan Manowitz (brooklyn, ny)
Jim Joyce (chicago, il)
Stephanie Knipe (purchase, ny)
Heather Levinsky (long island, ny)
Charlotte Shreve (newark, de)
Edy Modica (new york, ny)
Cynthia Schemmer (philly, pa)
Alyssa Giannini (olympia, wa)
MK RIX (new brunswick, nj)
Alyssa Rorke (new brunswick, nj)
Sara Sutterlin (montreal, quebec)
Lauren Lamatina (montclair, nj)
Cara Petrokonis (mayfield, pa)
Elisa Chaudet (purchase, ny)
Josh Didriksen (rockaway, nj)
Maira McDermott (san francisco, ca)


Sparkplug and Retrofit, together at last!  We’re pleased to announce Sparkplug has begun distroing a small selection of Retrofit books in our store.  Hopefully we’ll be adding more in the future, but for now please check out and enjoy:

Theth by Josh Bayer

Bear, Bird and Stag by Madeleine Flores

The Ignatz Award winning Wicked Chicken Queen by Sam Alden

Keep Fresh by Zejian Shen


New comics up at Spit and a Half!!!

Added July 10, 2014:

Antony HUCHETTE: Brookyln Quesadillas (Conundrum) -$15

INSECT BATH #1 (Various Artists, Profanity Hill) -$4

Jesse JACOBS: Safari Honeymoon (Koyama) -$15

KU(Š) #16 - “Villages” (Various Artists) -$12

KU(Š) #17 - “Sweet Romance” (Various Artists) -$12

Mini-KUŠ #18: Michael Jordan “No Place To Stay” — $5

Mini-KUŠ #19: Berliac “Inverso” — $5

Mini-KUŠ #20: Jean De Wet “Crater Lake” — $5

Mini-KUŠ #21: Renata Gasiorowska “Jungle Night” — $5



Hey Friends! If you are going to be anywhere near Lawrence, Kansas this week, head over to the Wonder Fair Gallery to help us celebrate the launch of our Hard Fifty Farm Zine Mobile! 

Here are the hours the zine mobile will be showing this week: 

            June 26: 9 PM - Midnight (coincides with Girls In Front music showcase @ Wonder Fair Gallery)

June 27: 6 PM - 10 PM (coincides with YWAs: Young Women Artists exhibition opening reception @ Wonder Fair Gallery)

June 28: 10 AM - 7 PM 

June 29: 11 AM - 5 PM Special Zine Mobile Launch party!


The little pop-up oasis in front of the Wonder Fair Gallery

803 Massachusetts Street

Lawrence, KS 66044

Go here for more info! https://www.facebook.com/events/650621208357355/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

We just sent Adam Gnade's The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad book to its FIFTH PRINTING! To celebrate, today and only today, the e-book version will only be $2!

Order the print and/or e-book versions of the book here!

ABOUT THIS BOOK Adam Gnade’s The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad is a self-described “anti-depression guide/guide to a freer, more lawless life.” Gnade’s book looks at the root causes of sadness, anxiety, and general malaise/boredom and offers helpful point-by-point suggestions (in list form) and short essay pep-talks on how to move beyond your demons for a better, smarter, happier life. Like a letter from a trusted friend in the trenches, The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sadwill work with you through all phases of your life, thick and thin.


New stuff up at the distro today:

Mark CONNERY: Rudy (2D Cloud) -$22

Nick MAANDAG: Facility Integrity (Pigeon Press) -$10

Corinne MUCHA: Get Over It (Secret Acres) -$15

Jason MURPHY: Me Nut Nut Nut #2 (Space Face) -$6

Jonny NEGRON: Loose Joints #1 (Space Face) -$12


Rudy is a classic and Facility Integrity might be even funnier than Streakers!


Hey Hey! Ho Ho! These t-shirt racks have got to go! 

We’ve got a shortage of two things on the farm right now: Space and Money. Solution: T-shirt close-out sale

Most of our shirts our now $5 and $6! Plus, we still have a ton of FREE SHIRTS and other rad freebies up on our site here. You pay the shipping, we send the loot. 

Hope everyone is enjoying some warmer (t-shirt) weather out there. 

Love from the farm, 

Jessie and Pioneers Press