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 Presshttp://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: email@example.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
We are now carrying copies of Black Mass by Patrick Kyle. Black Mass is Kyle’s first graphic novel and tells the misadventures of Turdswallo and Dingball, a pair of punk goofballs who get fucked up on beers and mess up with magic, time and other punks. Very stream of consciousness and totally funny. Get it now for just $28! World wide shipping included.
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:
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!
So I’m getting the Discharge seditionaries shirt reprinted within tha weeks. I don’t know which colorway to do. Gimme input. This time the run will be mostly smalls, so if you want a bigger size, let me know.
“THIS IS STORM SEASON” FROM I DON’T KNOW HOW TO HELP YOU
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