Blogifesto for May, 2010

Hey pals! Help us Publish the New Scam Anthology!

May 29, 2010 — by Microcosm

Yo dudes! Check out our campaign to publish an anthology of the awesome Scam zine!

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Microcosm's 2009 Financial Report

May 21, 2010 — by joe biel

In our continued efforts to be more transparent in everything that goes on at your friendly neighborhood radical zine store, here are our finances from 2009:

ze store!

2009 Income $313,423.46

Expenses

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Total staff wages (divided between Nate, Jessie, Adam, Joe, Matt, Rio, Sparky, Steven, and Chris) $84,616.02. (Paying an average annual wage of $9,401.78)

Printing Bills $76,188.34

Shipping $41,286.31

Publishers and distributors $38,303.33

Zines bought from makers $37,558.21

Rent, utilities, insurance, phone, office supplies, etc $14,709.02

Royalties to authors $13,417.13

Travel $11,151.01

Catalog Printing $6,851.93

Donations $4,825

bike moveStaff Healthcare $3,165.06

Advertising $2,316.89

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Total Expenses $334,388.25

Total $-20,964.79 (loss)

(which was partly borrowed, partly taken from income from the following year, and partly from savings)

It was a pretty rough year for us. There was one point where it looked like we might have to start working for free, but several factors converged to carry us into the forseeable future.

Despite not being a 501(c)3 organization, we are working hard to act in accordance to the rules opposed on these type of nonprofit organizations. This way we will keep our mission statement in mind through all of our decisions and show you our annual finances.

As a teenager, I used to read and really appreciate the financial reports in Maximum Rocknroll—even when I didn't understand more than whether they made or lost money. And then in 1994, it was strange to see that as punk broke, so did MRR's finances—in a positive way! I can't wish such a burden on zinemaking again, but perhaps something less obnoxious can be our financial boon.

2009 tour

So here's to many more years of successful supporting of zine makers, distribution of radical literature, and giving people access to information—in print—that they find hard to come by.

All that said, now is an excellent time for financial donations of all shapes and sizes. We will be launching a campaign on Kickstarter.com in the coming weeks to support the printing of our next book: Scam: The First Four Issues.

But you don't have to wait for that and sending financial donations just to support our general operating expenses are always needed and appreciated!

You can send paypal donations to orders@microcosmpublishing.com or checks to Microcosm 222 S Rogers St. Bloomington, IN 47404. Please specify it's a donation with your check so we don't think we need to mail you something beyond our eternal gratitude.

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Meet Microcosm, Episode Five—Compounds, Trailers, and Treehouses, The Joe Biel Interview!

May 14, 2010

For this episode of our Meet Microcosm blog series we talk to Joe Biel about weirdo funlands, nontraditional tours, and the importance of trash.

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Tom Neely Talks--The "Henry and Glenn Forever" Interview!

May 11, 2010 — by Microcosm

Recently called "the most talked about comic in America" the Henry and Glenn Forever comic is a sweet lovestory between punk/metal superdudes Glenn Danzig and Henry Rollins. We talked to co-creator Tom Neely about all-things Henry and Glenn!

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Meet Microcosm, Episode Four, Talkin' with Mr. Steven Stothard!

May 10, 2010

For this episode of Meet Microcosm we meet Bloomington collective member Steven Stothard and hear about his super busy life.

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Visit us in real life!

May 01, 2010 — by joe biel

the counter

We're Open:

MONDAY!

TUESDAY!

WEDNESDAY!

THURSDAY!

FRIDAY!

SATURDAY!

From 11 AM to 7 PM!

And full disclosure: Nathan is almost always working on Sundays too. Just call first to make sure.

Head on over to the 'cosm office and store at 2752 N Williams Ave. (that's in Portland, OR folks).

Inside you will find everything that we've published and anything you can find on this here website plus a curated selection of zines and books from other publishers. Our selection also features remaindered (read: cheap!) and hurt books, i.e. books with minor dings that are deeply discounted—half price or less!

The store also has the addition of tons of unique and forgotten gems from the past—with sections like DIY, espionage, graffiti, bikes, gardenz, activism, and graphic novels! We may, in fact, be the only store in Portland where you can learn to build your own submachine gun and practice square foot gardening! But to us, you're worth it (at the expense of our FBI files)!

Give us a call if you want to make an appointment to stop by at other times. 

Microcosm hQ Store

2752 N Williams Ave.

Portland, OR 97227

(503) 232-3666

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