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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New titles available! Comics from Brazil, Spain and Mexico, impossible to find and all very much worthy to be part of your bookshelves. Remember that all our prices includes world wide shipping, plus a free postcard and mini stickers!

Two comic anthologies from Sao Paolo, Brazil, featuring local talent like Gerlac, Luiz Berger and Heitor Yida, as well as well known internet cartoonists like Sam Alden and Michael Deforge.

Gibi Gibi 2 (International $18 / México $120)
Goró (International $18 / México $120)

Another pair of comic anthologies, these ones come from Valencia, Spain. Edited by Martín López and published by Ed. Valientes, both are thick books full of varied styles from international cartoonists. Inside them you can find some of our favorites like Paola Gaviria, Dunja Jankovic, Abraham Díaz and Michael Olivo.

Kovra 4 (International $25 / México $220)
Kovra 5 (International $25 / México $220)

And to finish, a hot and heavy mini comic by Chacho, published by Ed. ¡Joc Doc! here in Mexico City.

Loope (International $3 / México $25)

I'm starting a zine distro and I WANT YOUR WRITING!

got a zine? thinking about making a zine? have some writing laying around waiting to be read? TALK TO ME.

I’m working towards starting a DIY distro/press for creative writing and art (you can interpret “art” however way you want) of course, nothing containing any sexist/racist/transphobic/queerphobic content or anything that promotes oppressive behavior.

if you are AT ALL interested in contributing please shoot me an email: alyssarorke@gmail.com

A NIGHT OF MUSIC + POETRY TO CELEBRATE OUR LAUNCH!

SUNDAY AUGUST 31 @ COOLER RANCH
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ

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READINGS FROM

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

MUSIC BY

I TRIED TO RUN AWAY WHEN I WAS SIX (HUDSON, NY)
new tape out now!!

WARM TAPE (LONG BRANCH, NJ)
3rd? 4th show ever? !!!

MERKIN (HERE)
just gets better and better

7pm // $5

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GROWING LIST OF FEATURED ZINESTERS:

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)

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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

http://spitandahalf.blogspot.com/2014/07/foibles-of-reconstruction.html

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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

http://spitandahalf.blogspot.com/2014/07/foibles-of-reconstruction.html

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

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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!

LOCATION:

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

A Rough Guide to Fighting Fair

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

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.

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Order here from Pioneers Press for $5

A continuation of the work started with his Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad, Adam Gnade’s new pamphlet is a series of peptalks and how-to’s on dealing with the overwhelming bullshit of modern life. From list-keeping as a survival skill to battling sleep anxiety, finding the wild heart inside you to kicking your life-long depression in half like a cheap ceramic statue, these tips, lists, and essays show a path toward a better, smarter, freer life. 

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Available Now from Spit and a Half:

http://spitandahalf.blogspot.com/2014/05/goose-cloths.html

AS YOU WERE #1: Punk Comics Anthology! - $6

AS YOU WERE #2 - $5

AS YOU WERE #3 (Double-sized!) - $10

Jimmy BEAULIEU: My Neighbor’s Bikini (Conundrum) - $15

Olive BOOGER: Crash Trash (Oily) - $1

Gabrielle BELL: Lucky Vol. 2 #1 (D+Q) - $4

Aaron COCKLE: Word and Voice #11 (Oily) - $1

Jo DERY/CAKE: CAKE 2013 Silkscreened Poster - $30

Michael DeForge: A Body Beneath (Koyama) - $15

Oliver EAST: The Homesick Truant’s Cumbrian Yarn - $5

Madéleine FLORES: Bird, Bear and Stag (Retrofit) - $6

Charles FORSMAN: Luv Sucker #1 (Oily) - $5

Pascal GIRARD: Petty Theft (D+Q) - $20

Réal GODBOUT: Amerika (Conundrum) - $20

Jesse JACOBS: Safari Honeymoon (Koyama) - $15

Seo KIM: Cat Person (Koyama) - $20

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

Jeff LOK: Ox and Co. #1 (Oily) - $1

Carrie McNINCH: You Don’t Get There… #29 - $2

Melissa MENDES: A Very Special Lou (Oily) - $1

PRESIDENTIAL LOSERS (Various Artists) - $30

Grant REYNOLDS: The Fold and the Creator - $3

Dash SHAW: Cosplayers (Fantagraphics) - $5

Conor STECHSCHULTE: The Amateurs (Fantagraphics) - $15

Chris TAYLOR: Les Belles (Floating World Comics) - $10

Noah VAN SCIVER: A City of Whiskey & Fire (with D. Landes) - $5

Noah VAN SCIVER: The Lizard Laughed (Oily) - $5

Dan ZETTWOCH: Cut-Away Comics #2 (Oily) - $1

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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

Just re-printed this one too! What a Beautiful Face--A Neutral Milk Hotel Fanzine! by Katie Johnson

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What a Beautiful Face is a brand-new fanzine dedicated to one of thee most fantastic bands on the planet, Neutral Milk Hotel. Between these lovely/lovingly hand-drawn/colored covers, you’ll find longer essay writing by Katie Johnson and Death in a Rifle Garden author Rich Baiocco, “fan fiction” by Adam Gnade, photography by Megan McIsaac, and a series of shorter live show reviews and small features by various authors from all over the world. This richly illustrated ode to all-things Jeff Mangum and co. is an ecstatic, wild-eyed lovenote to a band that has made a whole lotta people feel less alone. 

$3

Order here from Pioneers Press

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