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In Praise of Human Power: An Interview with Andy Singer

April 22, 2015 — by Elly Blue

I use cartoons as a way to experience and understand life, the way a writer might use words or a photographer might use photos. I make cartoons about everything—personal experiences, relationships, art, philosophy, politics, religion and anything else I am experiencing or thinking about. In college and after college I was trying to give myself as much time to draw as possible so I was trying to live as cheaply as possible. Not owning a car and getting around by bicycle and walking was part of that attempt to live cheaply.

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Challenging Stereotypes: An Interview with Lisa Wilde of Yo Miss

April 13, 2015 — by Elly Blue

Yo, Miss is my first book. I’d never drawn cartoons before, and I turned 60 this past summer – all of which fits with why I teach at Wildcat. In many ways, what the school is about (and what I hope the book is about) is confronting stereotypes. In other words, the potential that is inherent in all of us that just needs a little help or the right circumstances to allow it to come out. In society’s eyes, I have no credibility in terms of making a graphic book, much less getting it positively reviewed. In society’s eyes, most of our students are perceived a little like Ellison’s invisible man—either as a threat or not seen at all. What we at Wildcat try to do is to allow our students’ potential to come out, and challenge whatever stereotype society wants to place on them, along with the stereotypes they may place on themselves.

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Meet the Microcosm Staff: Jeff Hayes, Warehouse Manager

April 10, 2015 — by Elly Blue

I like to call myself a "box-pusher." But it could also be called "Inventory Control" or "Warehouse Management" or even Shipping/Receiving..? I mostly put everything (books, zines, shirts, patches, stickers, buttons, butt-bags, etc..) where it goes, so I know where everything is. Then I constantly count them all, over and over again, to make sure the numbers are correct on the website. And somehow they still get off every so often. I put most of the new stuff up on the website. I order more stuff when it's low. I pull most of the orders. Sometimes I ship things off. I do a lot of t-shirt folding, re-arranging, box lifting, and a million other things. And I answer a lot of the emails from our wonderful customers. :)

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Memoir, community, and zine tours: An interview with Katie Haegele

April 07, 2015 — by Elly Blue

If you've ever had anything you wanted to write, even if you don't consider yourself a writer, make a zine! Participating in the culture of zines has brought so many good things into my life, including several dear friends, a lot of really beautiful and interesting pen-pals, my beautiful and interesting husband, even unexpected but very nice "professional" opportunities, such as interviews with major publications. Making zines is the thing that, when all is said and done, helped me to feel like the artist I always knew I was.

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Snake Pit Gets Old and other tales: An Interview with Ben White

April 06, 2015 — by Elly Blue

Q: How would you describe your books to a total stranger you met at a bus stop? A: Every day, I draw a comic strip about what I did that day. It's not supposed to be funny or profound or anything other than a basic document of the day. Every three years or so, I compile those comics into a book, which usually ends up being called funny or profound by other people that are not me. I have been doing this every day for the past 14 and a half years (it'll be an even 15 years in July of 2015)

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Meet the Microcosm Staff: Tim Wheeler, publicist

April 04, 2015 — by Elly Blue

I mostly do the press and publicity type things for Microcosm—doing my best to make the world know our new books exist. I got here by way of Los Angeles. I lived there for about 6 years, spending most of my time there working in the most corporate parts of the corporate music world. I had more than enough of that and was looking for a change. I, along with my two roommates and another friend, did what most people do when they're fed up with the expensive, stressful life that comes with living in Los Angeles...we moved to Portland.

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Cooking, writing, and bicycling: Interview with author Anna Brones

April 03, 2015 — by Elly Blue

"Ultimately I really do believe that when you're marketing something it has to be a part of a larger story. A link isn't enough. For starters, your product has to be good. But after that you want it to be a part of a bigger picture. You're not just selling a book, you're selling a vision, a lifestyle. That might sound like I'm an aspiring life coach, but there's a reason that so many brands and individuals nowadays are so focused on "storytelling." Because stories are what we care most about, and we all have one. So make sure yours is one you believe in and that you can talk about for hours again. People seek authenticity and I think when marketing doesn't work is when it feels inauthentic. "

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Record Store Day!!

April 01, 2015 — by Erik

What's almost as good as records falling from the sky? Record Store Day!!! As one of our favorite days of the year spins closer and closer, we've decided to spotlight our music books in celebration! We're offering a special deals on all our most popular music titles.

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Rampant Media Consumption - February/March 2015

March 29, 2015 — by Microcosm

RMC is going monthly (turns out we're all too busy producing media to consume enough of it to report on a weekly basis). So: here's what we took in during the last month+.

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Self-Promotion for Introverts: Getting Psyched for Self-Promotion

March 26, 2015 — by Elly Blue

Hello again! This is a series for Microcosm authors (and other curious bystanders) about book marketing and publicity. The first post in the series was a rapid-fire outline of our job as the publisher of the book. There's a lot of misinformation out there about what publishers do and don't do (and a lot of variation in the reality, too), so hopefully this is helpful. This next post gets started on the author's role by focusing on a pretty common anxiety among authors: Self-promotion.

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