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 Richard Brautigan of the Portland, Oregon poetry scene, Chris Maday writes poems that are funny, puzzling, and perfectly odd. 

82 pages, tall pocket-size, letter-pressed covers. Published by Two Plum Press.

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.

Brilliantly styled as a Choose Your Own Adventure book, this book is “about being an ace starfighter pilot who has crashed on a planet of malevolent space ants, but it is actually about a four year relationship with an incredibly self-destructive alcoholic.”

Amazingly raw, familiar to anyone who has been in a bad relationship, and sometimes tragically funny. Landing it somewhere between outstandingly clever, sad, and hilarious.

116 pages, small trade paperback size. ISBN # 9780983632726

In short: this book is such a pleasure. Sarah Mirk—journalist, author, comic artist, zinester, editor, and activist—is one of our favorite creators and a general force for good in the world. Her new book, Year of Zines, collects 100 one-page comic zines from her year-long project of making a zine a day. Some of these are personal, some are focused on positive reminders we all need to hear, some serve as brief introductions to political movements, some are silly and playful.

There's a dating guide, a history of the U.S. working against democracy in Chile, a working theory of cats as anarchists, one about the prevalence of guys with guns on Tinder in Mirk's rural hometown, and so many more. Perfect to put on any coffee table (and so affordable!). 

Year of Zines is a documentation of a year of zine-making, but also a resource for anyone who wants to see what happens when they put pen to paper more often. The material in this book is made to be photocopied—educators are welcome to photocopy pages to use for classes and workshops.

212 pages, oversized trade paperback. ISBN #9780578638812