Out Now! Raleigh Briggs' (Make Your Place) New Zine!

July 19, 2012

We are proud to announce the new zine by Make Your Place's Raleigh Briggs!

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Now's a ripe time to become our BFF!

June 27, 2012 — by joe biel

BFFin'! Hello Microcosm Friends!

We just wanted to let you know that now is a really good time to sign up as a Microcosm BFF and get all of our fall releases! 

Too awesome for your mind? Imagine a package each month with titles like Bill Brown's Action, Raleigh Briggs' Make It Last and Fix Your Clothes, Dan Moore's Mark Twain Was Right, Xerography Debt, Robnoxious' Unsinkable, and so many more!

As an added bonus, if you sign up by the end of July we'll throw in all of the upcoming Cantankerous Titles releases as a free bonus. That's a total of twenty one titles in the next six months!

Already a BFF? Don't worry, we love you too so if you renew your subscription before the end of June we'll throw in the Cantankerous Titles releases as a free gift for you too and you'll add six more months onto your existing subscription!


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Microcosm Contest! Create Our Next $20 Superpack and Win Big!

June 26, 2012

We are holding a contest to decide what our next $20 Superpack will be!

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Three New Published Titles! Out Today!

June 22, 2012

Yes THREE! Out now! Check it out!

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We just did a mega Pin (aka button aka badge) restock!

June 16, 2012

We just did a mega restocking of our pins (aka buttons, badges).

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Announcing the "Name the Microcosm Kitten" Contest Winners!

June 16, 2012 — by Jessie Duke

Our sincere thanks to Denise from Argentina for her awesome name suggestion! Henceforth our little kitty friend will be...

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Zine Spotlight! Stress, Anger, Depression, Anxiety: a Coping Skills Zine by The Icarus Project

May 31, 2012

This stress management skills zine from the Icarus Project is a helpful/healthy primer, a new best friend, and a solid watchdog when the world seems to be folding in around you.

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Homesweet, Homegrown book tour June & July!

May 15, 2012 — by Rio

The weather is beautiful and you're just aching to transplant those vegetable starters and add a layer of mulch. Well, what's better than reading about DIY gardening? Going to a book reading of Homesweet Homegrown with the author, Robyn Jasko!

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The sequel to Make Your Place now up for pre-sale!

May 11, 2012

The sequel to Raleigh Briggs' DIY powerhouse Make Your Place, Make It Last: Prolonging + Preserving What We Love is about keeping the things you own in good working order.

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World Book Night: Giving Thanks in April

April 22, 2012 — by Nicole Lynch

Once in a while it occurs to me that I ought to be a better person. Better in the selfless, I’m-going-out-for-coffee-can-I-get-you-anything kind of way. Better like my grandmother, who never forgets a birthday for any of her children, or her children’s children, or the steps, the halfs, or the otherwise affiliated but geographically estranged. My grandmother always bought me books for my birthday. I loathed getting books when I was younger, books which were always a few hundred pages beyond my yet undisciplined attention span, usually featuring protagonists who were a little too world-wise for a grade-schooler to appreciate. And, anyway, I was a materialistic brat of a tweenager– I wanted lip-gloss and nail polish and body lotion that would make my arms glittery.

As an adult, all I ever want to give anyone is a book. For a birthday, a funeral, a holiday, for an ‘I’m sorry’ or a ‘thank you,’ for a long train ride, or to strangers I meet briefly and with no expectation of seeing again. Like my grandmother, I usually give my favorite books, which is, I am aware, completely inconsiderate of the literary sensitivities of the recipients of these books, but it is something they will endure as I did, because eventually you will find yourself thinking of this person (be they a kind stranger or a far-from-home friend), and in the book you will find their company.

On the night of April 23rd tens of thousands of people will swell into the streets of their cities and neighborhoods to give 20 copies of a specially-printed, not-for-resale edition of a book of their choosing to 20 strangers. Launched internationally in 2011, World Book Night debuts in the United States this year, joining the U.K. and Ireland to celebrate the power of books, spread literacy awareness and bring individuals together on a date that famously marks Cervante’s death and Shakespeare’s birth. It is my instinct that this night will unwittingly inspire some new friendships, that insights usually reserved for classrooms will be exchanged without pretention or hesitation and that there will be much to be thankful for in April. It’s like Trick-or-Treat with books. Thanksgiving in spring. A birthday present for Shakespeare. It’s good-doing that’s really, really fun. 

This year’s deadline for becoming a giver has passed, but for those of you who were able to become givers this year, we invite you to share your stories of the events of the night of the 23rd with us. Please contact Nicole with your stories, comments, observations and musings. Learn more about World Book Night , or to visit their blog. Do you have your own blog? We’d love to share your posts about WBN on You can also view their Facebook Page, where other givers will be sharing their stories, as well.


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