Today and Saturday, you can visit Pioneer’s Press in Kansas City at the Unplaza art fair. A good chance to talk zines and get some new material.
Hey Kansas City! We’re tabling Pioneers Press today and Sunday at the Unplaza Art Fair!
Above you can find some of the things we’ll have with us.
If you can’t make it you can also find them here http://pioneerspress.com/
The meritless lawsuit brought against us by Microcosm Publishing is going to trial next month and we need your help!
The trial is happening in Portland and we are desperately trying to get funds together to get our family and our lawyer out to Oregon so we can defend ourselves in court. (To give you an indication of how dire our situation is, we received a “final notice” from the IRS today warning us that they are going to levy our assets because we haven’t been able to pay our quarterly taxes.)
As we’ve said before, we aren’t looking for donations, but if we’ve got a book or zine you’ve been eyeing, we could really use your support right now. To sweeten the deal for you, we’re doing CONTEST MANIA for the rest of the month.
Everyone who orders from Pioneers Press this month will get entered into a drawing to win one of four $40 Pioneers Press shopping sprees! We’ll announce one winner every Sunday afternoon.
AND if you reblog this here plea, we’ll enter you into a contest to win our new titles including Big Diamond, Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty, and the Good Luck Not Dying book!
We’re kind of freaking out right now about getting through the next two months (both financially and emotionally). We didn’t start this fight, but we’re damn sure gonna see it through to the end. Any help, hugs, signal boosts, etc would be much appreciated. We definitely can’t do this alone.
Huge thanks for your ongoing support!
xoxo, Jessie Duke and Pioneers Press
So many great zines and books offered by these folks!
Photos taken from the Hard 50 Farm mobile zine library. More information:
From Jessie’s tumblr…
Holy cow! Check out this great cover story of us in Kansas City’s The Pitch! Huge thanks to David Hudnall and the Pitch crew!
Pioneers press buds getting mad ups and being their rad n cutie selves in the pitch! Check it out!
Images from the COMO girls Rock band camp, June 2014 - Zine Making Workshop. Some of us drove out to COMO to facilitate the zine workshop.
Call for Submissions
Hello there! This is just a micro-message to let you know that there is still room and time to send a submission to Infoduct’s THINGSWAMP comic anthology. We are shooting for an early September release date, so the sooner the better, but if you’re working on something take all the time you need to make it kill! Drew and I are frothing to see your stuff. Comix! Drawingx! Textx! Polemix
Q:If a local library system were to instill a zine collection, would you be interested in hosting meetings there, donating or anything like that? Just curious? :)
Absolutely. We would love to have zine collective meetings there, and I’m sure members of the zine collective would donate copies of their own zines to the collection.
We may also be able to help with workshops and events.
We have a special collection that is built in part from leftover material from the former crossroads infoshop.We may be able to partner and install temporary (non circulation) exhibits for local libraries with this collection. We have one up right now at Vacant Farm with riot grrl, queer women’s, and feminist zines. We also have a collection of early 90s KC zines that could make for an interesting pop up zine library. This collection comes out for workshops, special events, and temporary pop up exhibits. While it’s on the backburner, but we have plans to digitize some of this collection to preserve the material. We would possibly be looking for an archival type of home for this collection, but in the meantime, it exists in boxes in our bedrooms of our members! We rarely check them out because some of the zines are hard to find extra copies of.
Contact us if you would like to meet about it. We also know a lot of local zine creators and would love to assist with getting the word out to get some zines for your collection.
Kurt: How did you decide to share all that stuff that’s in The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad? It’s a lot of personal stuff.
Adam: I was going through a pretty rough time a few years back and I needed some kind of toolkit to deal with this stuff, so I started making lists. I wasn’t thinking about it for publication. I wasn’t thinking about it being anything other than being my way of surviving the shit I was dealing with. Whatever I was dealing with at the time, I would come up with these lists to solve the thing—to get through it. And pretty soon I realized that it was a full zine of stuff and so I made a zine and then it became a book. I didn’t think it was going to take off like it did, but we’ve (Pioneers Press, his publisher) sold a lot of copies. People like it. It seems like there are a lot of people who are dealing with a lot of the same shit that I was dealing with. Some people are being helped by it, which is great. It’s a lot nobler than a lot of the fiction stuff I do, which is entertainment.
Kurt: Was it hard to come out with that stuff to share with other people?
Adam: I’ve been doing this stuff all my life, so it’s what I know. For better or worse, I’ve been releasing zines and records since I was a kid. So that’s how I know how to deal with the world. I’m not afraid of letting it out there. Some of my early records are all about wanting to kill myself and suicide attempts and, at that point, anything is fair. Once your parents read that stuff and get horrified, the whole world is open to whatever embarrassing things you’re going to say.
Kurt: Yeah, I was going to ask you what your parents think about all of your writing and music. I get the feeling your parents are pretty cool people.
read the full interview (and check out adam’s music) right here!
always great to see rad people getting the recognition they deserve! Adam’s stuff and other kc local zines sold at www.pioneerspress.com