TABLEGEDDON, coming soon to an expo near you (namely, SPX on Sept. 14th & 15th). Inside are alternately sweet, hilarious, darkly satirical and even harrowing tales all about the experience of tabling at comics expos and conventions. The “TABLE” of CONTENTS (get it? Table? Ha ha, how droll) includes all-new stories by an awesome roster of some of my very favorite alt-comics creators: Cara Bean w/ Sally Carson, Tony Breed, Mark Campos, Max Clotfelter, Kelly Froh, Gabrielle Gamboa, Justin Hall, Robert Kirby, Jason Martin, Carrie McNinch, Matt Moses w/ Jess Worby, John Porcellino, Aron Nels Steinke, Rick Worley, and Zine Crush!  (Cameos by many comics folk interspersed throughout.)

You know you want it. 

Carrie McNinch looks back at her first girl kiss in this scene from “Toot Toot Heyyyyyyyy, Beep Beep.” Carrie is one the great heroines of the small press minicomics genre. Creators like her are in fact a major reason that I keep putting these comics anthologies together. We only have a couple more weeks to meet our goal on the Kickstarter campaign for QU33R, which will help bring this huge amazing book to light. Please help fund and/or spread the word if you can! xo

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: Small Diary and Carrie McNinch

Delaine Green of Small Diary and Carrie McNinch of You Don’t Get to There From Here will be sharing a table at this year’s LA Zine Fest.

Describe your work in two sentences or less.

DG: My Small Diary and Not My Small Diary are zines chock-full of personal comic goodness. The Small Diary empire started in 1993 and is going stronger than ever, bringing you every facet of real life in a visually pleasing way.

CM: You Don’t Get There From Here is a daily diary kind of comic, filled with cats, running with dogs, cappuccinos, and life in LA.

What are you working on for the Fest this year?

DG: I will be debuting a ‘Portable Not My Small Diary’ book filled with selected comics from Not My Small Diary issues 1-17. I will also have 5 other wonderful zines.

CM: A new issue of You Don’t Get There From Here will debut there and if I get my act together I’ll also have a new travelogue comic out about Japan.

Read the rest of the interview on the LA Zine Fest blog!


The book I edited, QU33R (2014, Northwest Press) has been nominated for an Ignatz Award, in the Outstanding Anthology or Collection category, at SPX this weekend! If you’re attending SPX, consider a vote for QU33R! The awards ceremony will be held Saturday night, 9/13. 

Here’s the last of the excerpts I’ve been running this week to celebrate the book and the nomination. Naturally a lot of the comics in QU33R focus on romance, sex, & longing, as in these pages from Carrie McNinch, Sina Sparrow, Justin Hall, Kris Dresen, and me, Rob Kirby. Once again, major props to Michael Fahy for his gorgeous face-of-QU33R cover. Ignatz hype aside, I’m very proud of this book and grateful to all the creators who helped make it a success.

QU33R will be on sale at SPX both days from the great ED “Wuvable Oaf” LUCE at table K7!  

Reading List: April 2015

Reading List: April 2015

 January | February  | March | April | May | June | July | August

April, where did you go?
I’ve been really busy with University applications and trying to find myself a job. I didn’t read or write as much as I wanted to this month, but I am being productive. Yippie!
I picked up a small collection of H.P. Lovecraft’s work and I just need to say this: I am enamored. Blown away by the way he uses…

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We have added so many new zines and books to the Pioneers Press catalog!

Check it out!

Here are some ziney glamour shots!

Like the very small handful of superior comics diarists, like John Porcellino and Vanessa Davis, Carrie knows how to delineate a seemingly mundane anecdote and transform it into something universal and relatable. Using her pared down, high-contrast, black-and-white visuals, she can capture with zen-like simplicity rain pouring outside a window, a brilliantly starry L.A. night sky, or the poetry in a drunken midnight swim.

—A consideration of Carrie McNinch, the “original punk dyke chick autobio cartoonist goddess.”



My next zine, coming this fall, is a little anthology called PRATFALL, a new collection of stories by cartoonists recalling true painful and/or humiliating accidents & injuries. In this new collection of excerpts (from up top) Carrie McNinch recalls a bloody run-in with a car door in “Thumb Stitches,” a teenaged Tony Breed takes a rather elegant pratfall in “Tough Grrls,” Becky Hawkins has a major, (hilariously) painful accident in “The Quad Bike Story,” and Max Clotfelter gets punched in the stomach by an irate classmate (but his troubles don’t end there) in “Sonny!”

Pre-ordering info coming soon! See more excerpts from other artists here and here.

Copy This! #15 is a 32-page, B&W info/news mini comic zine published by D. Blake Werts. In this issue Blake interviews Billy McKay.

As of the writing of the interview Billy was expecting a new son and that’s where the two begin the conversation, talking about preparations. From there Billy reveals Copy This! was the motivating force that got him (and others) back into the mini comics scene! Billy also opens up to Blake about his background in comics, music, making videos, and the appeal of self-publishing. The two then get into Billy’s creative process before losing themselves in a nostalgic reflection on video games of yesteryear!

The remainder of this issue provides info and news from O’Ryan, Joseph Tenney, Charles Brubaker, Brian John Mitchell, Jim Ryan, Mission Mini Comix, Larry Blake, Delicia Williams, Everett Rand, Bruce Rosenberger, Carrie McNinch, Matt MacFarland, Delaine Derry Green, Michael Neno, George Erling, Michael Kraiger, and John Porcellino. Plenty of mini comic goodness to pour over!

And, an added bonus with Copy This! #15 is the 8-page mini Gray Matter by Billy McKay himself! It’s a superbly drawn riddle dealing with the Gray Matter between your ears! Great stuff!!!

To get more info on Copy This! contact:
D. Blake Werts
12339 Chesley Drive Charlotte, NC 28277
or email Blake at: bwerts (at) vnet (dot) net

A great BOOK by You Don't Get There From Here's Carrie McNinch! On sale for $10!

I Want Everything To Be Okay Book

by Carrie McNinch


Carrie McNinch, author of the long-running zine You Don’t Get There from Here and definitive pioneer of the autobiographic comics movement, returns to the genre she helped create. Tracing a year in her life, I Want Everything to be Okay is a funny, tender, honest and ultimately, hopeful story of a woman haunted by depression and alcoholism as she rebuilds her life from the inside out.