Books

A fun and fascinating gift for basically anyone, The Difference Between compares similar (or similar-sounding) things and provides straightforward definitions for each. Within: baking soda and baking powder, communism and socialism, krump and krunk, sympathy and empathy, turtle and tortoise, national deficit and national debt, girdle and corset, Dirty Harry and Debbie Harry, and so much more.

With contributions from Liz Mason and illustrations by Missy Kulik, Leslie Perrine, Ramsey Beyer, Jaime Tillotson, and Billy McKay.

164 pages, quarter-size.

The first ten years of Doris, one of the greatest and longest-running zines of all time. Much of what makes Doris so special is summed up by Cindy in the book's introduction, "Doris is about finding a life worth living and creating a world that will allow us to live: Creating a world full of meaning, that we can thrive in, that we can come together in, where we will be heard, where we will be able to believe in ourselves, where we won't think our thoughts and emotions are crazy. A world where we will know for real we are not alone."

315 pages, wide trade paperback. Illustrated throughout.

Reading Cindy Crabb makes me remember that there are magic in words. How truths told simply, written with a certain level of reverence, can add up to something so much bigger. The Encyclopedia of Doris collects a decade of her zine, Doris. The encyclopedia has alphabetized dives into ideas, places, authors, beliefs, ways to imagine the world differently. 

"I started writing a zine because I believed in the power of telling secrets. I believed that so much of our lives were closed up and hidden—the sweet things and the scary things and the small beautiful things and the ways we learned to survive."

322 pages, trade paperback. Illustrated throughout with Cindy's iconic comics.

Last copy! Ghost Pine: All Stories True​ compiles thirteen years of stories from Nova Scotia-based writer Jeff Miller. Collected from his long-running and glorious Ghost Pine zine, the book travels across Canada and the U.S., taking us on adventures, introducing us to a multitude of curious characters. Through it all, it's Miller's voice that stands out most—an open-hearted tour guide that you'd follow anywhere.

248 pages, trade paperback.  ISBN #9781926743042. Released on Invisible Publishing. 

This volume collects LB's writing from her first five years as a public school teacher. It is at turns powerful, hilarious, sad, inspirational, and always always always amazing. If any zine deserves a 400+ page anthology, it's Truckface.

"Through strikes, standardized testing, violence, bouffant wigs, school closings, and drawings of wieners, Truckface documents the life of one Chicago public school teacher. Simultaneously hopeful and hopeless, this volume contains Issues 12-16."

448 pages, compact trade paperback. ISBN # 9780991235407. Volume One also available.

“Eight years in the making, One More for the People is the first collection of Martha Grover's zine Somnambulist. Playful, wry, and conversational, One More for the People chronicles three generations in the life of the Grover family. As these idiosyncratic characters reluctantly confront adulthood, one Grover is always there to take notes. But after she's diagnosed with a rare and potentially fatal disease...One More for the People becomes something unexpected: a survival guide.”

"Martha Grover is a genius. Her story is unique, but as I read Grover, some part of me always feels that this is everybodys autobiography. This is what it means to fiercely love a changing self."-  Ariel Gore, author of Bluebird and Atlas of the Human Heart.

Trade paperback, 225 pages, hand-screenprinted covers. ISBN # 9780983632719

Selections from the long-running zine Tazewell’s Favorite Eccentric, collected into one smartly-designed paperback book.

Within: "growing up poor, queer and lonely in a conservative small town in Virginia, building and losing communities and friendships, loss, abusive relationships, survival, balloon artistry, and finding hope and love."

172 pages, tall trade paperback.

A collection of pieces from the We’ll Never Have Paris literary zine. Creative nonfiction that often ends up somewhere between heartbreaking and hilarious.

“Each short story featured in the collection focuses on the theme of things which were ill-fated, star-crossed, or just plain bad ideas…Tales of regret, poor decisions, and disappointment find their way to the pages of this collection of true stories that reflect the human condition.”

Small trade paperback, 4.25 × 7, 80 Pages. ISBN# 9781621064602.