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


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


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






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 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 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


Winter is nearly upon us and we’re hunkering down on the Hard Fifty Farm with some huge books and hot soup. All the rescue animals are cuddled up in the barn, the big quilts have been broken out, and we’re READY to be snowed-in. Whether you celebrate the holidays or not it’s nice to buy winter gifts for people you love. Here are some of our suggestions. (The rest of our catalog is here.) Stay warm, pals! We love you!


-Pioneers Press

2015 Lunar Phase Calendar by Nina and Sonya Montenegro, 11” by 17” on super heavy linen blue cover stock. These are incredibly beautiful in person. Order here for $16.


Pioneers Press Full Collection Package Deal, all our published titles in one bundle! Five books, one zine, three buttons, two ebooks. Order here for $50.


2015 Slingshot organizer. Two sizes, all colors. Order the small size for $6 hereand the large for $12 here.


The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad
by Adam Gnad
brand-new printing with royal blue covers! Battle the winter blues and win! Order here for $7.



Big Diamond by Liam Ira Christian. Zines for kids by kids! Soon-to-be-four-year-old Liam’s debut zine (his birthday is next week!) Get your kids into zines! Order here for $4.50.


The $60 Mega-pack: Zine and Book Mystery Pack. Eighty dollars worth of zines and books for $60! Order here.


Gift cards! Available as $20-$300 cards! Find them all right here.


Perfect-bound (paperback book) blank tiger notebooks. Order here for $8.


Birds in the forest sketchbook (blank, coil-bound). Order here for $5.


Self-Care Reminder Magnet Pack. Keep your reminders where you can see them! On the fridge! Order here for $8.


Quitter Full Collection Pack! This pack gets you up to date with Trace Ramsey’s excellent Quitter zine! The Quitter: Good Luck Not Dying book collects issues 1-6, which are followed by one of our favorite zines of all time, Quitter #7, and the brand-new Quitter #8! You also get aQuitter button and a sticker! Order herefor $15.


"Winter is Coming" Self-Care Pack!Two books, two zines, two buttons, two ebooks! Order here for $30.


Deluxe $65 Adam Gnade Full Catalog Package Deal! ONLY AVAILABLE UNTILDECEMBER 31ST Order here.

A $22 savings! This huge pack of books, records, and zines contains:

• Caveworld novel

• The Growing Mouth novella

• Friends, Get Wayward zine

• Ringside zine

• Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty zine

• Run Hide Retreat Surrender full-length CD

• Greater Mythology Blues downloadable EP plus zine of the lyrics

• Do It Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad book

• 1 Adam Gnade button

• Farmhouses, Tour Vans, and the Wild Homesick 32-song digital boxset download

• Do It Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad and Ringside: A Companion Piece to the Do It Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad ebooks


Blank (coil-bound) spider print notebooks. Order here for $5.


Farm Punk Starter Kit! Two issues ofThe Country Grind Quarterly (aka the rural punk’s bible), issues 1 and 2 of Jessie Duke’s zine The Hard Fifty Farm, a Farm Punk button, a Country Punk Can Survive button, an Up the Country Punx button, our new Grow Your Own button, and one package of hand-selected seeds from the Hard Fifty Farm seed bank! Order here for $16.


Snake notebook (blank, coil bound) from Eberhardt Press. New! These pocketsize notebooks are stunning. Black on silver. Dig it. Order here for $3. We also have a TON more blank notebooks from Eberhardt. All of them are outstandingly beautiful. Find those here.


Body Conscious Birth Controlzine. This thorough and informative zine gives a responsible walkthrough of FAM—Fertility Awareness Method. FAM teaches you to use fertility signs as a highly accurate form of birth control (more accurate than condoms when used correctly!). Orderhere for $4.


Go Fight Win! button. We have had a ridiculously hard year but things are finally evening out. “Go fight win” has been our rally cry during some truly awful days and sometimes you need a rally cry more than just about anything. Oh, and it worked. Here’s to 2015! Order here for $1.


Available Now from Spit and a Half:


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


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 added A TON of new comix to the distro site, please take a look!


Billy BURKERT: Noise #3 (Oily)

Jessica CAMPBELL: Rave #1 (Oily)

Aaron COCKLE: Word and Voice #8 (Oily)

COMICS AS POETRY Anthology ed. by Franklin Einspruch (New Modern)

Charles FORSMAN: Teen Creeps #3-4 (Oily)

Chuck FORSMAN: Working on the End of the Fucking World (Oily)

Renee FRENCH: Hagelbarger and That Nightmare Goat (Yam Books)

Daniel FROST: Atop a Hill in Frostville (Little Otsu)

HAPPINESS 1-3 Anthology, ed. by Leah Wishnia (Spithouse)

Alex KIM: Dumpling King #3 (Oily)

Carrie McNINCH: You Don’t Get There From Here #26

Melissa MENDES: Lou #17 (Oily)

Laura PARK: Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream (Uncivilized)

John PORCELLINO: King-Cat #74 (Spit and a Half)

Alex SCHUBERT: Blobby Boys #3 (Zine Police)

Daryl SEITCHIK: Missy #1 (Oily)

Ryan Cecil SMITH: SF #3 (Koyama)

Benjamin URKOWITZ: Real Rap #4-5 (Oily)

Jon VERMILYEA: Fata Morgana (Koyama)

Peter WARTMAN: Over the Wall (Uncivilized)

Leah WISHNIA: Gut Feelings #1 (Spithouse)

Jenny ZERVAKIS: Strange Growths #16