Adam Gnade, Marc Saviano, Will Potter and I went to the mall casino Friday night because we knew it would be terrible. It didn’t disappoint. We got followed by security, despite being on our best behavior, buying their watered-down drinks and putting all our money into the “OMG Kittens” slot machine. But the reason I am sharing this collection of photos is because it proves that Will and I are still capable of laughter and having a good, stupid fun. (I think it’s safe to say that sometimes we take ourselves too seriously.) It would have been great to be able to fund Will’s next book on “OMG Kittens” slot machine winnings, but I’m sorry to tell you that we walked away empty handed.
Liam and Jack’s Big Diamond zine stapling/folding party. If you ordered one of these from us we’re battling to get ‘em all in the mail before the three-day-weekend stops the mail circuit mid-lurch. If you want a copy of Liam’s zine you can get one here. Huge thanks to everyone who has been including notes to him in your orders. He already has $28 in his “spinach fund” and he’s pretty excited about all the spinach-buying to come.
These are some of my babies: Hank Williams the pig, and two of our goats, Jackson and Teddy.
Had a really cool day at GRZF yesterday!! It was great to see gnade again (especially since we were only a table away from each other…sup buddy!) and pick up a bunch of wearepioneerspress stuff shipping-free, plus make a whole mess of new friends. The folks from thebanditzine were particularly amazing, and I threw a whole bunch of money at some of my favorite zine peeps and loaded up on really neat reading material and free vegan muffins.
A bunch of this crew is gonna be at MMZF in October, so maybe my haul won’t be as epic since I already have it all now, but I’m looking forward to it nonetheless. And shouts to annogus for the awesome photos and making me look so good! Thanks dude!!
Great shots from the Grand Rapids Zine Fest and my zine crush, Julia Eff!
Another new print.
Lino-cut on reclaimed paper.
For the curious, the plants in the mortar and pestle (from left to right) are Yarrow, Rose, and Bilberry.
Hanging behind (also from left to right) are Valerian Root, Colts Foot, Red Clover, Dandelion, Lavender, Meadowsweet, Gravel Root, Purple Coneflower, and Marigold.
You can get a print HERE.
Big Diamond is 3 year old Liam Ira Christian’s debut photo zine! He takes the photos, does the cut ‘n’ gluestick layouts, and writes (well, dictates) the hilarious/weird/brilliant/amazing captions. At 28 pages, and full of the people in his life, this zine is a lovable, inspiring piece of one little dude’s soul. (Big Diamond #1 also has an interview with Liam about his artistic process.) When we asked Liam what he’s going to do with the money he makes from his zine he said, “I’m going to buy a LOT of spinach.”
Liam’s response to selling the first copy of his first zine:
Me: Oh Liam, someone bought your zine!
Liam: What?! Now I won’t have it anymore?!
Me: Oh, no Liam. We’re just going to send them a copy of it.
SAN DIEGO — It’s the largest rescue operation ever for the San Diego Humane Society. The group joining the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to save 400 chinchillas from a ranch in Vista.
OMG. Southern California friends! The Chinchillas need you! If I still lived in San Diego, I would be all over this. Someone should adopt a chinchilla family and bring them out to me in Kansas! Chinchilla roadtrip to the Hard Fifty Farm! Whoo! I double-dog dare you!
P.S. Fuck fur farms. There were using electrocution on that farm to kill these little guys to make coats. Look at that little face up there. What the fuck is wrong with people?
P.P.S. The SD Humane Society is also looking for donations to help care for these little buddies. If you don’t have room for a rescue chinchilla in your home/heart, maybe you can pitch in a buck to help them get winter hats, new shoes, and age-appropriate reading material? I know it doesn’t seem like a dollar could possible make a difference, but we know from personal experience that every dollar makes a difference when you care for rescue animals. A 25 pound bag of chinchilla food costs about $20.