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 ...
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BACK IN STOCK! Aaron Cometbus' #55 issue is a “story about pen-pals” but, like any well-rounded work, it's a lot more than that. It's a story concerned with expectations and growing up; it's about fear of failure (and the future) and the (oft-times surprising) architecture of the things we withhold. It's also about a friendship—two young people (Aaron and Yula), very much the same in some ways but as different as can be; one reaching out for community and seeking acceptance, the other courting (what at first glance seems to be) a private world.
From page 26: “Yula preferred to be detached, while I yearned to be accepted. She was the one who really needed the P.O. box and the non de plume. The anonymity and isolation of a writer would have suited her better than it did me.
“We should have just traded our different ways then and there—but you can’t become the person you want to be while there’s someone already filling that role. We had to move apart before we could take on the qualities in each other that we admired most.”
This quiet, graceful 72-pager covers a lot of ground—both in terms of time and inner-geography. What you're left with is a very satisfying magnum-essay that doesn't compartmentalize or necessarily say "What Is." Like anything true, there are more questions here than there are answers and if you're at all like us, the questions posed will resonate and cycle back for quite some time. This one hit the Pioneers Press homestead pretty hard. His best work yet.
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/
Pioneers Press is proud to announce the release of its first published title, the deluxe, double-sized second edition of Adam Gnade's self-care mini-book, The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad! This beautiful new off-set printing of the guide features 16 brand-new pages of content along with all the lists and essays from the first volume.
This 28-pager 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.
This title is printed with plant-based inks on recycled and Sustainable Forest Initiative paper by a local, woman-owned, certified Sustainable Green Printer.
PRE-ORDER FOR PIONEER'S PRESS' NEXT PUBLISHED TITLE! OUT LATER THIS SPRING!
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
Microcosm Distribution is now Pioneers Press!
Hi gang! The big news around here is that we're working on changing our name from "Microcosm Distribution" to "Pioneers Press." This is a really healing and restorative move for us. (And we're super tempted to include a link here to Destiny's Child's "Survivor" or Christina Aguilera's "Fighter.") On to bigger and better things. Thanks for your ongoing support! <3 Jessie, Adam, Thaddeus and Rio
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 Microcosm Distribution/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 …
For those who haven't seen a small Slingshot, it's a book-bound calendar and day planner. It includes space to write your phone numbers, a contact list of radical leftist groups around the globe, a menstrual calendar, info on police repression, and extra note pages to record all your important revolutionary ideas. It also lists popular activist and alternative cultural holidays. If this wasn't enough, it also serves as a fund-raiser for the Berkeley radical newspaper, SLINGSHOT.Covers are printed with black ink unless otherwise specified. Actual colors are cooler than they are represented here! Likewise, we have described the colors the best we know how. We've tried to use obvious descriptions such as "light blue," or "caution orange." We're sorry if the color you received was not what you expected. However, we can't offer offer exchanges based on color! So choose carefully! Also: Some of these colors are limited so PLEASE list an alternate color or two.
For those who haven't seen a large Slingshot, it's a spiral-bound calendar and day planner. It includes space to write your phone numbers, a contact list of radical leftist groups around the globe, a menstrual calendar, info on police repression, and extra note pages to record all your important revolutionary ideas. It also lists popular activist and alternative cultural holidays. The highlight is how to say key phrases in multiple languages; phrases such as "freedom and mutual aid" and "where is the library?" If this wasn't enough, it also serves as a fund-raiser for the Berkeley radical newspaper, SLINGSHOT.Covers are printed with black ink unless otherwise specified. Actual colors are cooler than they are represented here! Likewise, we have described the colors the best we know how. We can't offer exchanges on colors so choose wisely! Also: Some of these colors are limited so PLEASE list an alternate color or two.
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!
Julia's 68-page (fully/beautifully-
From the author of Every Thug is a Lady, Julia Eff's All The Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues is a wild run through a harrowing, darkly funny, oft-times crushing/devastating adolescence. Says Julia the zine is "Part perzine, part horror story, part spelunking adventure into my mom’s tortured psyche, ALL THE BEST COWBOYS is 68 quarter-sized pages of heartbreak. Stories of dead squirrels, defrauding jesus, voicemails from hell, alcoholism, bipolar disorder, and the best music of the mid-nineties are all wrapped up in a hand-illustrated, hand-written zine. Sit back, relax, and let my traumatic childhood make you feel that much better about your own! It’s cheaper than therapy and there are even illustrations (by the lovely Heather Kelly, making their zine debut)!" This beautifully illustrated zine is something you'll keep forever. For serious, dudes: All The Best Cowboys is pretty damn outstanding. One of the best things we've read all year!
We are in love with this one. Julia Eff's 68 page Every Thug is a Lady begins with a co-opting of a Jay-Z quote: "I've got 99 problems but a gender ain't one." Julia's zine deals with the concept of "neutrois," in which an individual has no gender and does not identify as either male or female. Says Julia, "Many have gender dysphoria very much like that of trans people. It is often denoted with the 'null' symbol meaning 'empty set.'" This look into the realm of non-gender is heavy illustrated, good-hearted, and dashed with a strong, youthful sense of humor. It's also a per-zine--in the best possible sense. This is Julia's look at life as one free of gender (though still coming to terms with it; Julia's in the trenches, knockin' around while the bullets fly). Julia writes, "I see my gender in the way people say things--it's not a tangible object or even a thing that can be described with a giant dictionary." This spirited, adventurous, gothy little zine is something special. Don't miss out.
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. Note: read an interview about this zine.an interview about this zine.
OUT NOW! 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 screenprinted covers (mocha ink on sandy cardstock, design by Rio Safari) you'll find longer essay writing by K. 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.
Each of these will be colored different. Crayons, colored pencils, paint, ink, berry stains, NO RULES! If you have colors you'd like to see on them let us know and we'll custom make them!
From SCAM's Erick Lyle: "Here at last is the long awaited new issue of SCAM, the story of the making of my favorite record ever, Black Flag’s classic first LP, Damaged. Based on an expanded version of a story I wrote for the LA Weekly last winter to celebrate the record’s 30th anniversary, the zine includes primary interviews with Black Flag members, Henry Rollins, Greg Ginn, Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena, Kira Roessler and others around the band, including Mike Watt, Joe Carducci, Raymond Pettibon, Ed Colver, and Dave Markey."
New pin design from Jessie Duke and Rio Safari! Direct action over direct eating.
This button set includes one of EACH of these designs. Seven buttons in all!
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.)
For bands stocking their merch table, organizations spreading their word, or anyone with a sweet design to share---Pioneers Press offers patch printing by Counteract Collective!
These patches are screenprinted by hand with water-based, environmentally-friendly inks on strong cotton. They are printed in black or white ink on the following colors: off-white, black, red, yellow, blue. Maximum patch size is 6"x6" (larger patches are available at appropriately smaller quantities, i.e. 18 10"x10" patches for $40).
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!
This is a GREAT way to help support the distro and the authors whose zines we carry!
Subscriptions are available for the following amounts: $25, $50, $75, and $100 (plus appropriate shipping upfront).
THIS ENTRY IS FOR U.S. CUSTOMERS ONLY. FOR INTERNATIONAL SUBSCRIPTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT JESSIE.
What do you mean "every new zine you carry"? We are constantly ordering new books and zines and usually have a few new arrivals every week. With your zine subscription we will send you every single zine that we add to our catalog that has a retail value of $5 or less. We also often order restocks of awesome zines that we've carried for years, and you'll get copies of those if we haven't sent them to you already. We'll keep track of what we send you, so no matter how many times you re-up your subscription you won't get the same zine twice.
I'm not sure I understand how the shipping charges works. Can you explain that to me? Shipping for the zines is a separate cost and does not eat up your subscription credits. When you order a subscription, our system will automatically charge you for shipping for your entire subscription when you check out. The shipping rates are based on average zine weights, and we've low-balled it so that we don't screw you on shipping. Shipping for a each $25 worth of zines is $5. Packages will be sent First Class, or Media Mail for larger shipments.
I bought a $50 subscription but then I found a $10 book I want. How do I use the money in my zine credit account to purchase it? Just check out normally and our system will automatically pull from the money in your account to cover the cost of the book and postage.
What if you don't have any new zines arrive during a two week period? We try to have new stuff coming in all the time but sometimes zines take longer to arrive than expected. In the rare cases when this happens your credits will just roll over to the next zine mailing. (And we'll shoot you an email to let you know that nothing is coming so we don't leave you hangin' at the mailbox!)
What if you get a TON of stuff in during a two week period? Is it possible I'll only get one or two shipments? Yes, we'll send you everything we get in a two week period so you could blow through your subscription credits in one shipment. But it's much more likely that even a $25 subscription will last for a few shipments.
What if I don't WANT stickers, patches, and buttons? Can't I just get the zines? Sure! Just write "no sidelines, please!" in your order notes at check out.
How will I know when my subscription has expired? What do I do if I want to keep getting all your new zines? We'll send a note with your last shipment letting you know that your subscription has run out and that you have received the last shipment for your current subscription. To keep your subscription going just head back to our site and pay for another subscription at the rate you are comfortable with.
What if there's like $0.50 left in my account and that won't cover the cost of another zine? We'll let you know and you can either use the balance towards your next purchase, or get another subscription and the $0.50 will roll over into your new subscription.
I live outside of the United States. Can I still get a zine subscription? Yes, but we'll have to charge you international shipping rates. To set up an international zine subscription, email Jessie.
I'm a wholesaler. Is there a wholesaler subscription option? Sure is! If you're interested in automatically receiving shipments of all our new titles for your distro, shop, library, etc. get in touch with Jessie and she'll work out an arrangement that meets your needs.
Still have questions? Please get in touch!
THIS IS OUT OF PRINT BUT WE HAVE THE LAST FEW COPIES! Double Duce is a reprinted, repackaged version of Cometbus #42, a novel from Aaron Cometbus. His characters ponder life's mundane questions with the seriousness of ancient philosophers: How to get by on no money, where to scam free photocopies, and the finer points of dumpster diving are the subjects of endless conversations.
Grow Your Own! The perfect bag for your grocery trips to the store, farmer's market, or backyard.
This 13"x13"x3" black cotton tote bag has 14" handles and is constructed from sturdy 7-ounce herringbone-weave canvas. It's lovingly screenprinted by hand with electric water-based green ink on the front and opalescent water-based white ink on the back.
BACK IN STOCK! It's our first-ever GLUTEN-FREE COOKZINE! This 37-page vegan/gluten-free recipe zine features tasty guest contributions from Kittee Berns, Xerography Debt's Davida Gypsy Breier, Happy Thanksliving's Nathalie VanBalen, Megan Michelle, superstar vegan chef Joshua Ploeg, Laura Grant, Robin E. Osborne, Coleen Cata, Adam Gnade, and the multi-talented Rio Safari! Recipes include breakfast "sausages," mac and cheese, Kittee's "Occupies", faux pho, sugar cookies, carrot cake, waffles, and many, many more! Make a meal for your gluten-free self. Make something sweet for that gluten-free friend of yours. Cut out wheat for a while just to see how your body handles it. Whatever you choose to do with Let Gluten-Freedom Ring, this easy-to-use, friendly, comfort-food-lovin' zine is all about making the gluten-free diet not suck.
NOTE: This zine's second printing has an additional recipe from Green is the New Red's Will Potter!
An authorized reprint of the classic vegan cookbook. Over 100 recipes designed to destroy the government, complete with musical notes to accompany the chef. A sure-fire winner for every revolutionary palate!
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.
According to Martinez, "I call my brain 'The Idea Factory.' These gold flecks of super-genius come to me at all hours of the day and night and they arrive without regard to the fact that I don't want them." What you get are crazy restaurant plans, ideas for sure-fire movie blockbusters and video games, weird small businesses, food delivery services, blueprints for future YouTube viral sensations, hilarious parody singer concepts, book/zine/newspaper/comic publishing schemes; these 12 ambitious pages cover a lot of ground.
Says Martinez in the zine's intro, "The thing is I'm chill to the nth degree and, unlike my hero Indiana Jones, I don't care at all about glory. I don't want to get rich or famous from these ideas; I just want to put them out there and have somebody else do them [so I can] reap some kind of anonymous contentment from that. None of these game-changers are copyrighted, so first come, first serve."
With cut-and-paste layouts made from the illustrated pages of an elementary school California history textbook from the '60s, this zine will keep you laughing and scheming all day! Who knows, a mere $2.50 might lead you to a new career!
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.
This pack is a big ol' honking stack of zines and printed work by folks who work for Microcosm Distribution/Pioneers Press! For $20 you score: a pin ("Less Potlucks, More Protests"), a patch ("Join Or Die"), and a zine (The Hard Fifty Farm, by Jessie Duke; Adam Gnade's novellas The Growling Mouth and The Heat and the Hot Earth, his split zine with Bart Schaneman (They Will Stand On You and Spit) and three of his patches ("banjo punx," "Grow Your Own," "Write Your Own Books"); and two issues of Rio Safari's Make It Play It zine! If any of these are out of stock we will give you alternates from the above folks.
Really proud to have these back in stock! 8"x8". Big suckers. Perfect for hoodies or backpacks or to use as flags.
It had to happen....it had to be said...un-shiny gold on black!
Got these babies back in stock! Great, inspiring design by Rex Ray! 3x3", screenprint on vinyl
BACK IN STOCK! Some sizes of this t-shirt are also available in a ringer style (a ring at the collar and end of each sleeves) which run about one size larger than the regular style and are not as fitted. **Not all colors/styles are available in every size.**The ringer shirts are grey with black ink. Fittings: X-Small Chest 24 Small Chest 30 Medium Chest 36 Large Chest 40 X - Large Chest 44 XX-Large Chest 48
Creative Hands: The Complete Knitting, Dressmaking and Needlecraft Guide (used book, various issues)
Every time a new issue of Rachel-Lee Carman's excellent Show & Tell arrives, it is a rush to pull a copy out of the box and plop down in a chair (or better yet, as per the vibe of this zine, under a tree) and READ THE EFF OUT OF IT. Issue 10 is the summertime 2012 installment. In these 32 heavy-illustrated pages, we see Rachel-Lee's zine evolving far beyond the "comic diary" genre and becoming this swirling, organic, potent sort of life documentation where how-to's segue into personal stories, which dissolve into panels involving photography projects, beautifully arranged comics about boys singing The Smiths in the rain, blurry ghosted photos, charms, delusions, a buried self, omens, dreams ... all of it friendly and packed-deep with meaning and all of it a world you'd like you drop into like a kid into a pond from the top branch of a tree. Rachel-Lee is a budding zine superstar. You will fall in love with the wonderful, troubled, sun-lit, philosophical, life-affirming world she dreams up.