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WELCOME TO PIONEERS PRESS!

ENTER OUR "GET RAD STUFF FOR A YEAR" CONTEST!

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It’s time for our yearly blog contest! Last year it was tumblr-only but this year we’re opening the doors wide to all online sites! Rules: post a (new) photo of you (on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, etc) holding one of the books or zines we’ve published and you're in. Full details right here! Contest ends August 1st!

PIONEERS PRESS JULY NEWSLETTER!

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We've got a big ol' update of the "life right now" variety here.

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY! Here are some quick tips for using our site.

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We've got hundreds of awesome books, zines, and other goodies on the site, but we'll be first to admit that our site can be a huge pain in the ass to comb through.



Someday we'll do a redesign, but in the meantime, here are some suggestions for navigating the site: 

 

  • Search by Subject. On the left-hand sidebar you'll find a "Subjects" icon that links to a list of popular search terms. Be sure to visit the "Freebie" section while you're there!
  • Check out the "Other" section using the link on the left-hand sidebar. Besides printed media we also carry DVDs, journals, note cards, organizers, tote bags and more. They don't have their own section yet, but there are some treasures hidden in there! 
  • Our search engine is picky, so you gotta play with it a bit. For example: "DIY" not yielding any results for you? Try "Do-It-Yourself" or "D.I.Y." 
  • Trying to place a wholesale order? Click on any product page and on the right-hand column switch the "order type" from retail to wholesale. It's that simple! Having trouble? Email Elizabeth@PioneersPress.com

 

Still not finding what you're looking for? Shoot us an email at orders@pioneerspress.com for help or suggestions. We'd love to hear from you! 

 

 

WE DO CUSTOM 1" BUTTON ORDERS!

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Pioneers Press now offers custom buttons through Punch Drunk Custom Buttons! Past clients include DC Comics, AK Press, PM Press, and GreenIstheNewRed.com.

 

If you're a non-profit or organization working toward social justice or animal rights, let us know before ordering if you'd like to discuss discounts.

Go here for more info, or email us at orders@pioneerspress.com!

 

Featured Titles

Next Stop Adventure: The Book! by Matt Gauck

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HOT OFF THE PRESSES! Two hundred and eighty pages on traveling by bike across the country and all the dumpster-diving, illegal rooftop-sleeping, pool-hopping, train-hopping, squatting, big skies, funny danger, dangerous fun, etc, that goes along with it. You will fall in love with Matt Gauck and want to live this book. You’ll want to step right into it and bike the lesser-known highways, dusty country roads, and secret lanes forever. A great collection of high adventure that doubles as a DIY bike-touring how-to manual, this is On The Road for the peak oil age.

New from Pioneers Press! Dear Shane: A Mental Health Resource about Staying Alive

Dear Shane: A Mental Health Resource about Staying Alive imageIn what began as a letter to the eponymous friend, Dear Shane: A Mental Health Resource about Staying Alive offers an absorbing account of the author's suicide attempts and subsequent hospitalization, providing pragmatic hope and a much-needed resource for mental health from the margins. Author Craig Kelly navigates depression and the psychiatric system as he writes about a litany of medications, gender identity, inpatient treatment, and temporary friendships made in the hospital. Dear Shane dispenses a vision of radical mental health to edify readers so that they may better support themselves and others.

The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad

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NOW A POCKET-SIZED BOOK! This book is Gnade's self-described "anti-depression guide/guide to a freer, more lawless life." Gnade's pamphlet looks at the root causes of sadness, anxiety, and general malaise/boredom and offers helpful point-by-point suggestions (in list form) and short essay pep-talks on how to move beyond your demons for a better, smarter, happier life. Like a letter from a trusted friend in the trenches, The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad will work with you through all phases of your life, thick and thin.

 

Looking for eBooks and eZines? Click below!

  Hard fifty farm 1 Hard fifty farm 2 Caveworld Big Sad Ringside How to lose friends and irritate people

Forever Falling Sideways

Out now! Adam Gnade's new novel, Caveworld

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Adam Gnade's second novel, Caveworld, is a howl of desperation as its characters fight to find love and meaning in a society with which they feel out of step. Richly encyclopedic and set in the twin border towns of Tijuana and San Diego, the book tells two love stories separated by a gulf of twenty years. Caveworld is made up of the various events (both subtle and seismic) that change lives in an instant. 

The Hard Fifty Farm: What Becomes of the Brokenhearted by Jessie Duke

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Subtitled "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," this issue of the zine looks at love and failure, of dreams crashed and cars wrapped around trees. Spanning the course of a few years, the stories in this issue are a beautifully-written hard read, a tangled-up, thorny walk through contemporary back-to-the-land life. We see the characters looking for a better, smarter life out in the country but having a rough go of it. Things fall apart, change comes swinging, but amongst all the devastating moments, there is hope and fighting spirit and a desire to rise. Life isn't always easy but that doesn't mean it's not worth fighting for ...

 

What a Beautiful Face--A Neutral Milk Hotel Fanzine!

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What a Beautiful Face is a brand-new fanzine dedicated to one of thee most fantastic bands on the planet, Neutral Milk Hotel. Between these lovely/lovingly hand-drawn/colored covers, you'll find longer essay writing by Katie Johnson and Death in a Rifle Garden author Rich Baiocco, "fan fiction" by Adam Gnade, photography by Megan McIsaac, and a series of shorter live show reviews and small features by various authors from all over the world. This richly illustrated ode to all-things Jeff Mangum and co. is an ecstatic, wild-eyed lovenote to a band that has made a whole lotta people feel less alone.

Sad Kid Solidarity

Sad Kid Solidarity imagePut together by Ollie Elizabeth, Sad Kid Solidarity is about heavy/mean/awful beasts like depression and anxiety and self-harm and PTSD, and at the end of the whole thing you'll be left feeling a little less alone. That's what we look for when we pick up zines for the Pioneers Press catalog, the ideal really. What makes SKS such an important read is there's no preaching or fumbled attempts at answers. (Read: this is not self-help. Self-care, yeah, but you won't get any "oh it'll-be-fiiiiiine, just pray to a fucking crystal" new-age platitudes here.) Rather, Ollie has collected submissions from sad kids all over who detail a day in the life, broken up list-style and by time. Example: "9:25--you're sitting with your roommate on her bed, and the fact that she exists and that she loves you is enough" or "3am--Lay in bed/contemplate life/(try not to) cry over all the things."

How to Lose Friends and Irritate People by Justin Pearson

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In his new book, How To Lose Friends and Irritate People, Justin Pearson reveals his misadventures with two DJ duos borrowing him as a frontman, lending some “punk” street cred to their music. Known for being part of bands like The Locust, All Leather, and Retox, as well as the owner of Three One G Records, Justin has paved the way for bizarre, abrasive and political music, while pushing the envelope of what is expected or what can be done in a band. The Bloody Beetroots and Designer Drugs approached him to sing on their albums, and what came out of those two experiences is both pathetic and hilarious. From being forced to lip sync at Australian festivals in front of thousands, to being lost in the woods somewhere in Pennsylvania at a music video shoot gone wrong, Justin questions not only the DJ’s motives, but his own as well. Embracing actual musical instrumentation instead of laptop playlists, Justin trudges through the murky waters of musical capitalism.

Justin Pearson reveals his misadventures with two DJ duos borrowing him as a frontman, lending some “punk” street cred to their music. Known for being part of bands like The Locust, All Leather, and Retox, as well as the owner of Three One G Records, Justin has paved the way for bizarre, abrasive and political music, while pushing the envelope of what is expected or what can be done in a band. The Bloody Beetroots and Designer Drugs approached him to sing on their albums, and what came out of those two experiences is both pathetic and hilarious. From being forced to lip sync at Australian festivals in front of thousands, to being lost in the woods somewhere in Pennsylvania at a music video shoot gone wrong, Justin questions not only the DJ’s motives, but his own as well. Embracing actual musical instrumentation instead of laptop playlists, Justin trudges through the murky waters of musical capitalism.
 

Quitter #7 by Trace Ramsey

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"Quitter #7 is a perzine collection of creative non-fiction consisting of "memoir vignettes"--#7 deals with months and seasons with specific stories arranged in no set order. Color-printed cover, staple-bound. It's a snappy little zine, immaculately set-up and easy to read (it's got a crisp layout and clear typeface). November's a little about hunting, what the author called "deer processing" and about family--which is a theme that runs through many of the stories. Influenced by memory (weather real memories or constructed ones). Solid writing, complex sentences, evocative." --Anne Thalheimer

 

Ringside! A Companion Piece to The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad (digital edition/e-book)

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In Ringside, Kansas-based author Adam Gnade continues the work he began with his best-selling Pioneers Press release, The Do It Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad. As a companion text to the original work, Gnade's new e-book looks at taking an inventory of your life, finding the things that bring you down, and working to eliminate them in your path to a better life. It's about brutal reassessment and outlaw living, cutting away toxicity and vowing to live more honestly.

 

Go Fight Win button

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Life is fucking hard and miserable and mean sometimes but you can do this! Idea by Pioneers Press owner Jessie Duke. Art by Elizabeth Thompson.

 

Pioneers Press Zine Subscription Program!

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Want every new zine that Pioneers Press carries to be delivered to your doorstep, plus new buttons, patches, and stickers, too?!

When you sign up for our zine subscription, you'll receive new zines every two weeks! How does it work? The amount you pay is deposited into your "zine credit account." On the 1st and 15th of the month, we'll send you all the new titles since the previous mailing, or as many as your credit account covers. Any leftover credit goes toward the next mailing. It's like zine payday!

And if you'd like to purchase something else from the catalog, you can use the credit on your zine credit account toward that purchase at any time, accessing it through your My Account. (Be sure to sign up for your My Account before ordering!) As an added bonus, first-time subscribers get a Support Independent Publishing book bag with their first shipment!

Under the Radar: Notes from the Wild Mushroom Trade by Olivier Matthon

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Nearly year-round, the wild edible mushroom circuit is at work. Under the nose of authorities, migrant pickers in the Western U.S. supply wild edibles for some of the fanciest restaurants in the country. In Under the Radar, Olivier Matthon takes readers on a firsthand account of northern Californian seasonal work communities in the wild mushroom trade. This ethnography takes place in small-town motels, private logging property, and a marijuana growing operation. Matthon highlights the struggle and need for community among migrant pickers, crafting a thoughtful and well-researched story about clandestine mushroom trade in Under the Radar.

"A little-known facet of the town of Willits, California, is its community of wild mushroom pickers. Every year a few migrants arrive to overwinter and a few local people join in as well. This book gives a rare glimpse into the work and lives of these pickers…" —David Arora, author of Mushrooms Demystified and All That The Rain Promises and More...

"Olivier is a sport. He appeared at our 'mushroom' palace at what is always the most difficult time of the year and gently fit himself into the remaining mushroom tribe at the roughest end of the picking season. He writes with kind wonder about a world few see." —Connie Green, author of The Wild Table

$50 Mega-pack: Distro Starter Box

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A perfect way to get your own distro or online zine store started with a huge grab-bag box of zines, patches, stickers, and pins. $70 worth of loot for $50. We'll even tailor it to your preferences; just let us know what kind of zines you're looking for (comics? DIY? gender? activism? fiction? animal rights? etc.) in your order notes at check out! Just want zines and none of the other stuff? That's cool too. Again, just tell us in the order notes. We want you to be happy with your starter box so let us know what you're looking for and we'll do our best to meet your needs. 

 
 

In The News

Volunteer/Internship Opportunities at Pioneers Press

Are you interested in volunteering or interning at Pioneers Press? We have opportunities from passing out catalogs and proofreading manuscripts to assisting at the local Kansas office. For more information, see our volunteer application. Thank you!

Announcement! Pioneers Press has been awarded a RocketGrant!

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We are very excited to announce that Pioneers Press has been awarded a RocketGrant to fund our traveling zine gallery and shop! The RocketGrant program is a collaboration between the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO and the KU Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, KS. (!!!) Huge, huge thanks to the selection panel and to Wonder Fair Gallery in Lawrence for their encouragement. Stay tuned for more information about the Hard Fifty Farm Zine Mobile! http://rocketgrants.org/

 

Events

Pioneers Press on tour! Upcoming events we will be at!

 

  • Hard Fifty Zine Mobile at Johnson County Library, part 2! July 19th. Blue Valley Neighborhood Library, noon-2pm. Free.
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  • Hard Fifty Zine Mobile at Johnson County Library, part 3! August 9th! Gardner Neighborhood Library. Noon-2pm. Free.
  • Grand Rapids Zine Fest, August 23rd
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    Events & Tabling with Pioneers Press!

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    Would you like Pioneers Press to attend your event? Are you interested in volunteering to table for Pioneers Press in your hometown (or on the road)?

    We're gearing up for a season of getting our titles out to the masses and would appreciate your help! For information, please contact Marc.