An emo looking couple sitting and smoking near the water with a pack of beer at their feet on a book cover

Distance Makes the Heart Grow Sick: A Book of Postcards

by Cristy C. Road Author

Basking in the trenches of leftover teen angst, punk rock, and brutal honesty - Cristy Road romanticizes the underdog like it's nobody's business! Here is the first collection of 5 years of her artwork featured on 90 postcards. Her work has appeared in the pages of Jane, Bitch, and Bust Magazines, as well as doing artwork for The Icarus Project, Plan-it X Records, INCITE, The Queers, Esther Bell, and other bands, books, and publications! Cristy is creating the visual voice of angry DIY punk rock youth. Featured on the Sister Spit tour!

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Comments & Reviews


"After many years of creating individual postcards and small books documenting her work, Microcosm publishing have now published a wonderful new book, featuring ninety of Christy’s pieces of work. You can keep all of the cards together, or tear them out and send them to family and friends.

Whether it’s a feminist protest flyer, a poster for a punk show, a magazine spread, or a hardcore album cover, Christy is your go-to girl for a top result. Her illustrative style is second to none, with bald, flowing lines and vibrant bursts of colour.

If you’re after something to place on the coffee table, this is not it… with subject matters covering sexuality, self-harm and drug use. However, if you’re after some thought provoking, inexpensive and inspirational art, then grab a copy now!?


"I was familiar with Chrsity C. Roads’ work and was one pleased mother fuckah when I found this book stuffed into my crappy post office box. I really like the way this woman expresses herself and she’s a damn fine artist."


“Road’s sharp line work, cinematically narrative drawings, and dedication to the punk scene without succumbing to punk-acceptable sloppiness is extremely impressive. More impressive is the idea to publish this compilation of her artwork as a book of perforated postcards, considering that sending many of these sex, drugs and dissident images through the mail may qualify as federal crimes. Viva the Road-volution!”


" ... a die-cut book of post cards features a whole slew of her best illustrations that you can rip out and share with your friends."


The queen of “Croadcore,” Christy C. Road, brings us a collection of her artwork in postcard form with Distance Makes the Heart Grow Sick. Road’s new book spans five years of her artwork spread over 90 perforated postcards. The artwork is a various collection of Road’s material, including the likes of her own ‘zine, Greenzine, as well as her illustrations, originally printed in magazines such as Jane, Bitch, and Bust. Road is no stranger to the music scene. She has produced cover art for pop-punk giants, including The Queers, The Unlovables, The Steinways, Ben Weasel, The Replacements, and many more. In addition to her own ‘zine and freelance work, Road has found the time to create artwork for many books, festivals, and documentaries, which can all be found in this postcard book. You can guarantee these will be the most unique postcards your friends will ever receive; a truly unique production and a must have!

Those who are familiar with Cristy Road's art will know what to expect. . . Lots of portraits and drawings of punk type kids doing what they do.

With this collection of postcards showcasing the art of Cristy Road, you are sure to find something appropriate to send to every friend in your address book. From bikes to dumpsters to dildos; from beautiful women with hairy legs, glasses, and healthy curves to fellows who don’t look like macho men or Hollywood studs; in black and white and color, this selection of six year’s worth of Road’s work includes plenty of images to make everyone you know smile/think/sigh/dream.

Several other images in this book contain such compressed honesty. Such exposure. Such a lot, on a relatively small canvas. And isn’t this the purpose of postcards? Finally, Road’s work surpasses the cliché, and the postcard embraces its form and function: to fly, to transfer – to communicate.