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
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



The NEW Spit and a Half site is all designed, it’s just taking me awhile to upload the OVER 600 Kool Komix and Zines I have in stock to the new system.  Right now I’m about 1/3 of the way there.  Jeez.  I will of course let you know once it goes live.  I’m hoping for late April.

Meanwhile, here are some grand new titles I have in stock JUST FOR YOU!  No descriptions, but feel free to order!

Niv BAVARSKY: Piggy (Retrofit/Big Planet) - $4
Josh BAYER/Pat AULISIO: The Greater Good (SAW/Yeah Dude/IAMWAR) - $4
Box BROWN: Sock (SAW Editions) - $3
Gabriel CORBERA: Days Longer Than Long Pork Sausages (Space Face) - $15
Antoine COSSE: Harold (Retrofit/Big Planet) - $6
Max DE RADIGUES: Bastard #1 (Oily Comics) - $5
Eamon ESPEY: Wormdye #5 (Self-published) - $6
Kelly FROH: Nasty Day (Self-published) - $3
Kelly FROH: This Body is a Lemon (Self-published) - $3
Marthe JUNG: Substrat (Space Face) - $6
Alex KIM: Dumpling King #6 (Oily Comics) - $1
Akino KONDOH: Nothing Whatsoever All Out in the Open (Retrofit/Big Planet) - $6
KUŠ #20: All-Portuguese Issue! (KUŠ) = $12
Tim LANE: Abandoned Cars Softcover (Fantagraphics) - $19
Matt MADDEN: Drawn Onward (Retrofit/Big Planet) - $5
John F. MALTA: Baboom #2 (Space Face) - 6
Olivier SCHWAUREN: Mowgli’s Mirror (Retrofit/Big Planet) - $8
Ben SEA: Eyelash Out (Retrofit/Big Planet) - $4
Josh SIMMONS: Dip Your Dock (Sketchbooks) (Oily Comics) - $6
Josh SIMMONS/James ROMBERGER: Daddy (Oily Comics) - $2
Liz SUBURBIA: Cyanide Milkshake #6 (CZAP Books) - $2
Jack TEAGLE: The Unmentionables (Retrofit/Big Planet) - $6
Noah VAN SCIVER: Blammo #8.5 (Kilgore Books) - $6
Steven WEISSMAN: Mutiny on the Mousey (SAW/Sweat Press) - $7
Julia WERTZ: Museum of Mistakes - The Complete Fart Party (Atomic Books) - $24






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


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


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


It’s a quiet rainy day here on the farm and I’ve been lying in bed all morning. This is storm season. Last night Elizabeth, Alyssa, and I stayed up late drinking cane liquor while a wild lightning storm lit up the woods behind the farmhouse. The rain lashed the windows and streamed down the glass and the thunder shook the floorboards and we talked about the things you talk about when half your house is heartbroken. We talked about purpose in the face of adversity and fighting for your dreams in the middle of depression and how sometimes you don’t see the good in yourself when the blues storms inside you. (And it’s storms all around—inner, imagined, literal, external—a time of great shake-ups.)

This morning I woke up hungover (a bit) and I’ve spent the day thinking about what I have to offer—as a friend, a partner (whether in business or love), as someone who wants to be a helpful influence in the midst of The Shitstorm. (You try to help but sometimes that just makes you feel helpless.) This is my conclusion, take it how you will: I don’t know how to help but I’m going to try. Of course my truth is not your truth—and maybe it’s not truth at all—but it’s what’s worked for me and that’s what I have to offer.

One thing I know for certain is I don’t have answers. Stay away from the ones who will tell you they’ve found The Way. They’ll sell you a DVD or a book or a class and none of that will help. Because here’s the thing: we’re all broken in some way or another. We will all (at some point, as goes the song) carry on in quiet desperation and we will all suffer and we will all cry out—though some of us (a lot of us) will wait until no one is looking. (Some people have it easier but no one has it easy. The story of life is, at its base core, a tragedy—death comes for all, be it swift or drawn-out.)

To read the rest get the zine here. I Don’t Know How to Help You, compiled by Jessie Duke, $5 via Pioneers Press


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 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