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.
Holiday Shipping Dates!
If you're buying gifts this year we want to make sure that you get 'em in the time that you want 'em!
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And hey guys, don't forget, we gift wrap!
A good companion to Aaron Cometbus' essential Back to the Land, the Punch Drunk Press-released Hard Fifty Farm is a brand-new collection of country and farm writing by Pioneers Press owner Jessie Duke and Adam Gnade, both of which went back to the land in 2010 after growing up in the city. These rural life stories (three short pieces by Jessie and a longer one by Adam) tell a tale equally healthy and harrowing. The verdant rebirth of spring paired with looming death. The strength in purpose up against utter soul collapse. This is no Prairie Home Companion as each story shows the realities of cutting ties with the city and living out where the real winds blow. Just the same, there is an intoxicating sense of movement, of belief in the future, and a push toward a better, more livable life. Welcome to the Hard Fifty Farm …
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 ...
This new zine about radical self-care is OUTSTANDING. Topics include mental health workshops, musical meditation, anxiety, consent, self-mutilation, coping, finding release, and much more! Our current favorites include the excellent piece "Happy Fats and Good Mood Food: A Holistic Biochemical Approach to Mental Health," the end-of-zine piece on herbs to help with depression, and Sascha Altman Dubrul's essay "The Golden Thread: Making Trails to the Other Side." At a whopping 72 pages, Forever Falling Sideways is a Pioneers Press favorite!
Yes! It's the new issue of the great Operations Manual zine! Operations Manual is subversive education with a sense of humor. There's no tired, beige-toned, academic droning here. Rather this zine reads like a punk show. But a smart punk show. And a funny one (y'know, without resorting to easy laughs and pandering). Religion, politics, scary end-of-empire-ness, print-out-able things you could graffiti the world with, conspiracy theories, fanmail, comics, the Martian Counting Table, there's a lot of ground covered here and all of it will keep you laughing and knocking tables over in rage for hours and hours! Get into this zine! Don't flake on it! This is the end of the world as we know it ... don't feel fine about it!
Ringside! A Companion Piece to The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad (digital edition/e-book)
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.
New from Pioneers Press! Pulling Ink: Build A One-Color Press & Start Screenprinting (digital edition)
Originally self-published by Move! Dance! Create! Publishing in 2012 for university workshops, Pulling Ink has been reformatted and expanded for its digital release with Pioneers Press.
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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!
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.
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
Brand new patch from Pioneers Press! Kind of a take on Daft Punk, as in "I'm up all night to get crafty." Idea by Adam Gnade, design by Rio Safari.
To put it very gently, we don't normally go for poetry zines. When we do it's a reflection of how hard the text has hit us, and Death in a Rifle Garden was a big uppercut from a prime-era heavyweight. John-Vincent Greco (a poet) is a character from SF-based writer Rich Baiocco's forthcoming novel. And John-Vincent Greco has written a zine (which is to say Rich has written a zine as J-VG.) The beautifully laid out (note: hand-painted covers, each one original), Death in a Rifle Garden is a war of ideas--images flash through a very modern and familiar landscape ... plastic guitar picks, prehistoric sharks' teeth, piers, the altar at a Saturday mass, hoary tunnels in Central Park, sweaty sheets ... these are places we've been, terrain that feels like home, but a home seen through someone else's eyes. Baiocco/Greco's writing here is humid with details and heavy-packed with mood. Themes emerge. Frustration is palpable (and so is humor). Sex is everywhere. This is a book of movement and heat, water and sensuality. And it's poetry. Great poetry. A rare thing, we think. Much, much recommended.
Just got these in! Our first Pioneers Press shirts, designed by our own Rio Safari! This is a limited-edition, sizes and quantities below! Proceeds will go to fund our NEXT limited-edition shirt design.
Note on quantities and sizes: 11 small shirts, 19 medium shirts, 11 larges, and eight XLs. T-shirt company: Next Level Apparel.
This is an expansion on our $30 Adam Gnade Mega-Pack. This one features:
Hymn California novel
Hey Hey Lonesome novella
The Heat and the Hot Earth novella
The Do It Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad book
The Hard Fifty Farm: Finding Home (with Jessie Duke) zine
Run Hide Retreat Surrender CD
Ebook download of The Do It Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad
Greater Mythology Blues download EP and zine
It's the long-awaited sequel to Rio Safari's zine of DIY games! These instructions for "parlorpunk" games include "Telephone Pictionary," "Anti-Celebrity," "Everyone is John," and more! Break out the dice and call some friends! In the words of Rio, "Don’t buy games; make them!" See issue #1 here..
Why pay to play games? Play It, Make It is a simple guide to DIY games you can play with friends. All that you need to play these punk parlor games is some friends, a minimum of materials, and kickass creativity. Eight games are outlined in the zine (including sample cards for one about dinosaurs racing toward extinction) and they give the foundation for making up your own. Or, as suggested in the zine, "CREATE YOUR CULTURE AND WRITE ME ABOUT YOUR GAMES!" Awesome! Note: find issue #2 right here!
We fell in love with this zine at first sight! This mega-hilarious zine is about the life and supposed "death" of Harry Potter's owl Hedwig. Author Paul DeGeorge (of the band Harry and the Potters) examines a super nerdy set of conspiracy theories that suggest (or prove!) that Hedwig is actually among the living. So good! And so funny.
Close your eyes. Imagine what it'd be like to receive $100 worth of zines. Now imagine if you could have such dreams come true for a mere $60. Open your eyes. It's here! And it's also perfect for adding zines to your store without having to wade through dozens of pages on our website. Or you could have just tons of reading material. You'll get a mystery assortment based on the exquisite taste of our staff. Perhaps it will even include some secret gems from eras past that are no longer part of our catalog! Get 'em before they're all gone!
Hymn California moves--and by "moves" I mean it is a book of motion, of MOVEMENT. It takes you from southern swamps to balconies in Brooklyn to Portland porches and back again--with a fluid, even pace. It is a road novel, an adventure book, a work of verbs and action. If the characters seem lost or restless, it's not because they're misguided wanderers or seekers, it's because there is medicine in leaving hard times behind you. It's because there is joy in the tires and highways of America. Gnade's book is about America and the road, but, more importantly, it's about PEOPLE, about their stories, and about the love they have for each other. Gnade is a damn good storyteller, and, not only that, he has some damn good stories. -Trans-Siberian author Bart Schaneman
Like the always-excellent Slingshot organizer, this small-size planner will help keep your life in order from Jan 1st to Dec 31st. Fully illustrated, and in full (glorious) color, this collaboration from Just Seeds and Eberhardt Press is ridiculously beautiful. Must be seen to be believed. Jaw-dropper here. Fill this little day-planner with great things and live well in 2014!
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.
Do you have a design you want to see on a 1" steel pinback button with a high-gloss, weather-resistant finish?
Pioneers Press now offers custom buttons through Punch Drunk Custom Buttons! Past clients include DC Comics, AK Press, PM Press, and GreenIstheNewRed.com. Send us your 1.3x1.3" 300 dpi design (templates & example below) and within 2 weeks your buttons will be in the mail. If you'd like help turning your image into a button design, get in touch and we can work out flexible pricing. (Rush service and quantities over 500 also available.)
Sticker taken from the inside spread of Adam Gnade's Do It Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad book.book.
Bart Schaneman's Trans-Siberian moves as fast as the Shanghai Maglev Train, as a meteor ripping through the Ulan Bator night, as a souped-up Mazda in a Moscow street race. The quick-paced narrative takes us to: the real life Pandora from Avatar in China, on the Trans-Mongolian Railway to the nomadic horse camps on the high desert of Mongolia, and to the Volga River Valley and White Night in St. Petersburg in Russia. This personal adventure is told in clear, precise prose--direct writing, straightforward storytelling. Schaneman was trained as a journalist and his attention to detail, to telling dialogue is on full display here. Like John Steinbeck's travel writing, or Joan Didion's essays, there is piercing insight and keen observations, with particular care for the rhythm of good sentences. This is the work of a promising young writer.
Coming to you from Toronto, Canada since 1995, Broken Pencil is a magazine devoted exclusively to underground culture and the independent arts. A mix of the Utne Reader, an underground Reader’s Digest, and Factsheet5, Broken Pencil reviews the best zines, books, websites, videos, and artworks from the underground and reprints favorite articles from the alternative press. Also, ground-breaking interviews, original fiction, and commentary on all aspects of the independent arts. From the hilarious to the perverse, Broken Pencil challenges conformity and demands attention.challenges conformity and demands attention.
From the author: "the employment issue. this issue is all about how my hearing loss has related to my ability to get a job. stuff about ssdi, ada compliance, and the ways in which being deaf has affected job searching and holding down a job for me."
"Deafula is a neat little zine about being deaf! The author could hear within a normal range for the first five years of her life, then contracted scarlet fever and began to lose her hearing. By the time she had finished high school, she essentially could no longer hear." --Lily Pepper review
This rad project featuring pieces from 12 contributors addresses the topic of self-care from the perspective of folks dealing with activist burnout and mental health issues. It's full of strategies and stories, illustrations, and more to help address this important topic.
"Doris 25 is much less political than the other issue of Doris that I own. Issue 25 is more thoughtful and allows an insight into Cindy's dreams, life goals and struggles.
I really like the format of this issue. Each article is opened with a question from a reader, which gives Cindy the opportunity to write in her conversational tone that is her specialty. The topics she covers are also very interesting. She has a good story about her discovery of anarchism that includes a great recommended reading list, which I know because I have read most of the titles on her list.
Issue 25 ends with an article about Cindy's relationship to drinking alcohol that is notew orthy because it shows her very gentle yet stubborn approach to making peace with it. She eventually joins a mutual support group for alcoholics and I hope she has continued to attend those meetings because they are founded upon some great anarchist principles that I am certain she would love." -review from Sean Zio's blog.
(Note: this edition of the zine was published by Cindy.)
Shameless is an independent Canadian voice for smart, strong, sassy young women and trans youth. It's a fresh alternative to typical teen magazines, packed with articles about arts, culture and current events, reflecting the neglected diversity of our readers' interests and experiences. Grounded in principles of social justice and anti-oppression, Shameless aims to do more than just publish a magazine: we aim to inspire, inform, and advocate for young women and trans youth.is an independent Canadian voice for smart, strong, sassy young women and trans youth. It's a fresh alternative to typical teen magazines, packed with articles about arts, culture and current events, reflecting the neglected diversity of our readers' interests and experiences. Grounded in principles of social justice and anti-oppression, Shameless aims to do more than just publish a magazine: we aim to inspire, inform, and advocate for young women and trans youth.
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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!
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/
Microcosm Distribution is now Pioneers Press!
In case you haven't heard, Pioneers Press has changed its name from Microcosm Distribution. This is a healing and restorative move for us-- on to bigger and better things! Thanks for your ongoing support!
Upcoming events with Pioneers
Adam Gnade UK Tour-dates. DIY Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad author hits the road. Get his book in person! Tour-dates below.
- 11/20/13 Netil House with Big Cosmos, London, ATP show, tickets
- 11/23/13 Jericho Tavern with Pet Moon, Califone, etc. Tickets.
- 11/24/13 ATP “End of an Era” festival with Godspeed You Black Emperor, Dinosaur Jr, Television, Scout Niblett, Mum, Blanck Mass, etc, tickets are sold out. Live show and Caveworld book reading.
Events & Tabling with Pioneers Press!
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 Rio.
Preorder: Will ship by December 7.
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.
Dear Shane: A Mental Health Resource about Staying Alive
Pre-order for January 15th, 2014 release. In 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.