Microcosm Blogifesto Independent book and bookette publisher based in Portland, Oregon focusing on diy, self empowerment, gender, punk, and hidden history. http://microcosmpublishing.com/ PHP/5.4.17 webmaster@microcosmpublishing.com Meet Our Spring 2015 Titles! <p>Check 'em out! Ten new Spring 2015 titles from punk rock to gender to bicycling to relationships to radicalism to humor to education to our classic DIY offerings!&nbsp;</p> <p> </p> <img style="display:block; margin:6px;" src="http://microcosmpublishing.com/http://microcosmpublishing.com/images/brochures15b.jpg" alt="Alt text" height="665" width="820" /> </p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:33:17 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2014/08/meet-our-spring-2015-titles Think! Eat! Act! Portland Release <div id="fb-root"></div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><br /> <div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=728020663906521&amp;set=a.728020257239895.1073741834.683108868397701&amp;type=1" data-width="466"><div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=728020663906521&amp;set=a.728020257239895.1073741834.683108868397701&amp;type=1">Post</a> by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Think-Eat-Act/683108868397701">Think Eat Act</a>.</div></div> Thu, 5 Jun 2014 11:27:33 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2014/06/think-eat-act-portland-release Reddit AMA w/ Joe Biel <p>On June 16th at 4pm-6pm EST, Microcosm founder and Aftermass director Joe Biel will be doing a Reddit AMA. Everything is fair game from the book business to making movies to the struggles with life and health that come along the way. </p> <p>He'll be answering questions under the Microcosmmm username and we'll post up the official info and link when they become available. Get your questions ready!</p> <img class="inlineleft" alt="Alt text" src="http://microcosmpublishing.com/images/20110824microcosm024photo1.jpg" /> </p> Tue, 27 May 2014 16:55:49 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2014/05/reddit-ama-w-joe-biel Bikenomics At Work in Michigan's Upper Peninsula <p><img style="display:block; margin:6px;" src="http://microcosmpublishing.com/http://microcosmpublishing.com/images/michigan.jpg" alt="Alt text" align="right" /> <p>As a result of the mining legacy of the Gogebic Range (Northern Wisconsin and the western end of Michigan's upper peninsula, two great railroad lines were built to haul out iron ore out of the region.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.3em;">And since the surrounding towns were built before cars took over the landscape, our downtowns, neighborhoods and schools are all located within an easy walk from the railroads. Now, these abandoned rail lines run right through the center of five cities on the Gogebic Range. And having two rail lines eliminates any argument about whether they will be converted for use by bicycles and pedestrians or motorized vehicles.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.3em;">Even so, despite these near-perfect conditions, many efforts to build a bike trail along this corridor were unsuccessful. Objections centered on the</span><span style="line-height: 1.3em;">&nbsp;question, “why spend money on bike trails with all those pot-holes that need filling?”</span></p> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 13:33:30 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2014/04/bikenomics-at-work-in-michigans-upper-peninsula Paralleling the Dinosaurs or How To Be The Biggest Small Publisher You’ve Never Heard Of <p>How To Be The Biggest Small Publisher You’ve Never Heard Of<br /> As Microcosm enters our 19th year, we hear nothing but doom and gloom about the publishing industry, but 2013 was our best year since 2006. Through business savvy and hard work, we paid off our old debts, re-instituted raises and a year-end bonus for our staff, published twenty new titles, and moved into a new, larger office that we are working towards owning. And we did all of this without a single book selling over 5,000 copies. </p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:25:33 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2014/03/paralleling-the-dinosaurs-or-how-to-be-the-biggest-small-publisher-youve-never-heard-of Financial Report for 2013 <p>In the name of fiscal transparency, like a 501(c)3 nonprofit, we publish our financial reports each year. You can also read them from 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009! We've worked very hard this year, one of our hardest ever, and we have a lot to show for it. We were able to re-institute a year end bonus for all employees. We've paid off all of our old debts. We feel that we have reached a place of stability with a certain future through the recession and the evolving publishing industry. We moved into a newer, larger building last month that we own. Thanks for all of your support and for sticking with us through our 18th year. If you want to help, the best thing you can do for us is to sign up for a BFF subscription or purchase anything from the site! </p> Sat, 4 Jan 2014 14:13:01 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2014/01/financial-report-for-2013 2013 - Top Things Made of Words <p>I'm generally not one for year end lists. Usually I'm late to the party. Often times I'm not invited to the party. Sometimes I get lost on my way to the party and end up at a different party, but still have a really good time. With that in mind, this is my list of 2013's "Top Things Made of Words." These days format is less relevant than ever, so for this list, everything qualifies. Whether it's an old book I didn't read until last month, a blog, a zine, or the post-it that was stuck to my shoe, it all has a chance.</p> <p>If you're here, you probably already know the things </p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:42:16 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2013/12/2013-top-things-made-of-words Our New Office Digs <p>December was a busy month for us! Between trips to Chicago, Oklahoma City, Houston, and Fort Worth, we've also been moving into our new location—2752 N Williams Ave. Portland, OR 97227!</p> <p> </p> <img style="display:block; margin:6px;" src="http://microcosmpublishing.com/http://www.microcosmpublishing.com/uploads/IMG_3615.JPG" align="center" width="500" /> </p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 07:03:57 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2013/12/our-new-office-digs Behind a Wall of Books <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml><br /> <o:officedocumentsettings><br /> <o:allowpng/><br /> </o:officedocumentsettings><br /> </xml><![endif]--><p class="MsoNormal">Anybody ever watch that old movie Night Train to Munich? For<br /> some reason every time I get on a tr<br /> <img class="floatright" alt="Alt text" src="http://microcosmpublishing.com/images/erikkk.jpg" />ain I expect spies and espionage. The night<br /> train from Portland to San Francisco, lovingly called, “The Coast Starlight”<br /> has a time schedule based on approximations at best, and aside from the uncouth<br /> and suggestive remarks from the café car over the loudspeaker, little to no<br /> excitement is what you can expect. But for anyone tenured to the ways of rail<br /> transit, I’m sure you could amalgamate a fine story, riddled with excitement<br /> from all your Amtrak adventures.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <p class="MsoNormal"> <p class="MsoNormal"> <p class="MsoNormal">Last week I journeyed by way of the “Starlight” to the Bay<br /> area for the great Alternative Press Expo (APE). I was to be joined by Corbett<br /> Redford of the nefarious satirical duo, Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children<br /> MacNugget’s, for a two day tabeling event behind a wall of Microcosm! The event<br /> took place at the Concourse; this place was, to my guess about the size of two<br /> football fields, that’s approximately 116,000 square feet of comics, books,<br /> fans, and various collected art from all facets and corners of the imagination. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <p class="MsoNormal">I arrived a few days early to pound the sidewalks and<br /> disseminate the volumes of Microcosm’s gamut to the eager public. Most of this<br /> I accomplished on foot, however my friend DJ Freshstep occasioned to scoot me<br /> about the city on the back of his Vespa. This was the one, quasi euro transit<br /> attack I managed. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp; </p> <p class="MsoNormal">Corbett, harnessing his impressive clout, succeeded in<br /> shepherding me, during one of my afternoons, though the&nbsp; backdoors of some of<br /> the great legendary record and comic shops of the city. The two Amoeba’s,&nbsp;<br /> Rasputin, and 1-2-3-4&nbsp; Go, gave us the royal welcome and what seemed like every<br /> comic shop in the city was well enthused to shake the hand of an affiliate of<br /> Henry &amp; Glenn.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;<br /> <img alt="Last gasp" src="http://microcosmpublishing.com/images/img_27853.jpg" /> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">A who’s who mixer at the opulent office of Last Gasp<br /> prefaced the two days of the APE. If you’ve ever wondered what it’d be like to<br /> walk around in a Robert Crumb drawing, while glancing through old photographs<br /> of William Burroughs gripping his iconic pistol, Last Gasp wont disappoint. It<br /> was like a museum but more along the lines of the home of your parent’s awesome<br /> hippy friends. Think of the Barthes collection, but superimpose all the<br /> bizarreness of the 1960’s drug culture. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;<br /> <img class="floatright" alt="Alt text" src="http://microcosmpublishing.com/images/img_2798.jpg" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The two days of the APE, Corbett and I huddled, side-by-side<br /> behind the great wall of Microcosm titles I created for our display. Corbett<br /> was mostly occupied preaching the good word from his newly debuted Microcosm<br /> release(s),<a name="_GoBack"></a> The Bobby Joe Ebola Song Book, and Meal Deal<br /> With the Devil; Signatures were given and reluctantly received! No time to sit<br /> and a near 19 hours of collected alternative press left us dizzy and<br /> hyper-conscious of the mistake of building a wall, behind which there can be no<br /> sitting, less you leave the books to speak for themselves.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">APE, see you next year!</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 13:25:54 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2013/10/behind-a-wall-of-books Analog Media Party <p> <img style="display:block; margin:6px;" src="http://microcosmpublishing.com/http://microcosmpublishing.com/images/amp1.jpg" alt="Alt text" class="floatright" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;">We had a really stellar first meeting for the Analog Media Party this month after Wordstock!</span></p> <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><div style="font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-family: arial, sans-serif;">It's a publisher's meetup group with the goals of forming both a regional publisher's association and organizing an annual bookselling event!</p> <div style="font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-family: arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">We identified some things we are interested in last time: networking, brainstorming, cover review, helping each other grow, developing the business end, meeting each other, venting/kveching (a new word for me), creating a supported industry, sharing resources, and eventually developing some clout.</div><div style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"></div><div style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="line-height: 1.3em;">We envision a one day bookselling event partnered with a one day trade show with programming for publishers&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.3em; font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif;">in Dec 2014</span><span style="line-height: 1.3em;">.&nbsp;</span></div></div><div style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="line-height: 1.3em;"><br /></span></div> <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">We'll be having our second meeting at the Lucky Lab on 9th/Hawthorne on Nov 3 at 4 PM.</span></p> <p> </p> <div><p> </p> </div></div> <p><span style="line-height: 1.3em;">While other local festivals are extreme micro or focus on author services and promising big dreams with big publishers, t</span><span style="line-height: 1.3em;">he Analog Media Party is Portland's newest mid-sized publishing festival focused on programming and networking for publishers with a bookfair for the public to sell your books!</span></p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 22:31:56 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2013/09/allied-media-party