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


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


U drive me crazy - Tshirts

Dans le cadre de l'exposition “On Earth”
Tshirt Chris Milic — U drive me crazy
Sérigraphie sur textile “Natural” Fruit of the Loom
Série limitée 25 exemplaires
Taille : S/M/L

-> Commander en ligne
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



Okay, here are the rules!

1) Post a new photo of you reading one of the books or zines we publish. Here’s a list of those. Bonus points if the photo is “beach party-themed” or at all beach-themed. (Though it’s not necessary.)

2) Post the photo on tumblr, tag it “pioneers press” so we can find it and reblog it! If you don’t use tumblr, post it elsewhere but email the link or photo to orders@pioneerspress.com

3) Winner will be drawn (randomly, from a hat) July 1st. The prize is EVERY BOOK OR ZINE WE PUBLISH FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR!

Ready, set, go!

(US Entries only please. Unless you want to pay postage for each new thing. That works too.)


We are very excited to be distributing Simon Hanselmann’s new book, Worst Behaviour, published by Pigeon Press in May 2015! This 56 page book features an all new adventure from your favourite disaster gang: Megg, Mogg, Owl and Werewolf Jones. It’s funny, heartbreaking and disgusting. A must have for all Megahex fans!

Pigeon Press titles are usually hard to come by, so don’t miss your chance to get this! We ship world wide and offer free shipping to the USA. We will also have copies this Saturday June 6 at New South Festival in Austin, TX!





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)


Meet the animals of the Hard Fifty Farm!

Part 1, Cometbus the cat. Pictured here in his new bed, the back-deck planter.

This is where your money goes when you order from Pioneers Press.

The Hard Fifty Farm animals are 100% supported by Pioneers Press sales. So buy books/zines and help us care for the animals. Everyone wins!



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