Mend My Dress Press

a small grrrl run publishing house & zine distro

brodiehubbard:

neelytherese:

loveandplaster:

I had a sour gummy fest the other night while I colored my paper doll guy from “All About The Boys…” zine. I made “Sweater Guy..” If you live in L.A. you can pick up a copy of “All About The Boys”  at Seite Bookstore.

Before I went to bed I read a cool zine titled “dig my dress” it was the sweetest story about how two people admiring each other’s work online and how their friendship bloom. I liked how it was written in both of their perspectives in how they viewed each other.

I have always been so enamored with the idea that people are able to connect and built friendships online by mutual admiration of each others work and this zine is a true testament of that.

I truly liked Neely’s opening introduction about  being worried if they were both giving us too much of themselves to us the reader. The fear of deciding to make the zine with her friend Brodie Hubbard Foster and what if their friendship went sour after they made it. All they would have left are the photo copies of a love that passed. Neely’s writing was so honest and personal that I felt like I was reading her personal journal entry. 

On the other hand Brodie’s point of view was very sweet in how he found out of Neely’s work and how he will read her anthology book “Mend My Dress” while he rode the train to work. They had mutual friends in common and he finally had the courage to send her a message and to thank her for her work and expressed hopes to meet up the next time she was in town. Aww! so gentleman like of Brodie to write such a nice thing to her. I really enjoyed reading their point of views of what they thought of each other the first time they met and their wonderful adventure.  

This is the coolest thing that could happen to anyone who writes a blog, makes a zine, creates art or is in a band. When a person is able to connect with you and they are willing to send you a message to say “thank you” and you realize that you made a tiny dent in their lives. 

I highly encourage everyone to  write a message to anyone you follow their blog or their fb page and tell them how much you like their work. You never know you might end up being friends and hanging out with them when they go to your town.

this is the sweetest review of our zine ever! thank you!

Suemi is the sweetest. Always lifts my spirits to see her out and about.

Thank you, Suemi.

(via welovezines)

mixtapecomics:

mixtapecomics:

mixtapecomics:

Hey there, wonderful artists of the internet!
I’m publishing a Wild Zero anthology/fanzine for SPX this year: full of illustrations, comics, and writing about everyone’s favourite Japanese, slapstick, zombies, aliens, "Love knows no boundaries, nationality, or gender!", rock-and-roll film.
In case you have no clue what I’m talking about: Wild Zero is a Japanese rock and roll zombie film from 1999. The trailer is up on YouTube (they play up the gore in the trailer but it’s not that bad in the film) and the wiki has slightly more info. If you like zombies or rock and roll: I would definitely recommend this flick. The specs for the anthology itself are below:
LENGTH: 1 to 6 pages
DIMENSIONS: 5.5” 8.5” portrait (Safe area 5” x 8”. Full bleed 5.75” x 8.75”)
FULL COLOUR or BLACK AND WHITE (email if you’re using halftones)
RESOLUTION: 300 DPI or higher 
FILE FORMAT: PSD, TIFF, or JPEG
DEADLINE: Sunday, August 3rd. September 15th! (Now debuting at APE.)
The profits from the books will be split between two charities: one LGBT-youth oriented and one music-oriented. [I’ve currently chosen The Center (an LGBT Youth Center in San Diego I’m familiar with) and the Fender Music Foundation. The prior may be subject to change if I can find a charity specifically focusing on homeless LGBT youth.]
For submissions included in the book, I’ll be compensating each artist with 5 copies they can sell at conventions.
Send submissions (or questions) to me at dukes.rachel {at} Gmail.
Please share and reblog. I love this film and want to create something fun with others who enjoy it as well. Remember: rock and roll never dies!

Deadline is looming. If you’re interested in submitting, give me shout. I’ll totally extend the deadline. I want all of you in this!

Hey, Internet! If you’re thinking of submitting to this, please shoot me an email. I want to start putting this one together (and get production done) pretty much right after I get home from SPX on the 15th.

(via welovezines)

I KNOW WHAT I AM by Gina Siciliano is out TODAY! Come celebrate the release at Left Bank in Seattle on Wednesday, September 24, when the author will be giving a talk about the importance of history comics, the relevance of the Baroque and Renaissance, the impact of Caravaggio, the era of the Catholic Counter-Reformation, the history of women’s resistance to sexual violence, and more!

I KNOW WHAT I AM by Gina Siciliano is out TODAY! Come celebrate the release at Left Bank in Seattle on Wednesday, September 24, when the author will be giving a talk about the importance of history comics, the relevance of the Baroque and Renaissance, the impact of Caravaggio, the era of the Catholic Counter-Reformation, the history of women’s resistance to sexual violence, and more!

Gina Siciliano’s I KNOW WHAT I AM is a graphic novel about a female painter in violent and repressive 17th Century Rome. On presale now from our store, ships beginning tomorrow! #GinaSiciliano #graphicnovel #art #history #Rome #Italy #ArtemisiaGentileschi

Gina Siciliano’s I KNOW WHAT I AM is a graphic novel about a female painter in violent and repressive 17th Century Rome. On presale now from our store, ships beginning tomorrow! #GinaSiciliano #graphicnovel #art #history #Rome #Italy #ArtemisiaGentileschi

Congratulations to joshuajamesamberson (writer of Basic Paper Airplane) and Alexis Wolf (writer of Ilse Content) on successfully funding their Kickstarter! If you will be in the Pacific Northwest next week, go see them at any (or all!) of these dates as part of THE VOICE-BOX, a presentation of their split zine and a unique, experimental public reading:
Wednesday, Sept 10 (Daedalus Books, Portland)
Thursday, Sept 11 (Timberland Library, Olympia)
Friday, Sept 12 (Short Run Presents @ Black Coffee Co-Op, Seattle)

Congratulations to joshuajamesamberson (writer of Basic Paper Airplane) and Alexis Wolf (writer of Ilse Content) on successfully funding their Kickstarter! If you will be in the Pacific Northwest next week, go see them at any (or all!) of these dates as part of THE VOICE-BOX, a presentation of their split zine and a unique, experimental public reading:

Wednesday, Sept 10 (Daedalus Books, Portland)

Thursday, Sept 11 (Timberland Library, Olympia)

Friday, Sept 12 (Short Run Presents @ Black Coffee Co-Op, Seattle)

Mend My Dress Press is now on Twitter! You can tweet at us here:
@MendMyDress - http://twitter.com/mendmydress
You can “Like” us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MendMyDressPress…
…and follow us on Instagram - http://instagram.com/mendmydresspress
Our website and blog can be found at MendMyDress.com, with updated links to where you can buy our titles online and in person, including our constantly expanding catalog at http://mendmydresspress.bigcartel.com.
Thanks for reading and thanks for your support!

Mend My Dress Press is now on Twitter! You can tweet at us here:

@MendMyDress - http://twitter.com/mendmydress

You can “Like” us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MendMyDressPress

…and follow us on Instagram - http://instagram.com/mendmydresspress

Our website and blog can be found at MendMyDress.com, with updated links to where you can buy our titles online and in person, including our constantly expanding catalog at http://mendmydresspress.bigcartel.com.

Thanks for reading and thanks for your support!

for those of you that are not on Facebook.

neelytherese:

Those of you who know me personally know that this year has been hard for many reasons, and that some of my very favorite days are zine fest days. Traveling for zine events, visiting zine friends and sharing my work, the work of our press, and the works included in our distro has become a lifeline.

In 2014, Mend My Dress Press has tabled at L.A. Zine Fest, Portland Zine Symposium, and the Anarchist Book Fair day of Shout Back Fest on unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver BC Canada). Those days have been full of catching up with old friends, meeting new people and feelings of mutual respect and support. Some of my closest friends live hours, states away. A zine fest can often be an escape, a much needed vacation.

This spring, I was at a zine event when my former partner, an emotionally and sexually abusive man, showed up. The organizer of the event had him removed at my request. I was talking to my sister about it afterwards, and she said, “Well, he has just as much a right as you to be there. If you were upset, you could have just left.” And while that may be true at base, and while that is how most of the people in this country tend to think, I know that she was wrong. I like to think that I operate in a small slice of the world where survivors are given more space, where someone’s comfort and mental health outweigh someone’s “right” to be there. Sharing art can be a very vulnerable thing to do, and feeling safe emotionally and physically is paramount to this act. My sister came around and agreed with me, stating that she was proud of us for “giving a shit.”

I’ve been meaning to publicly thank all of you zine fest organizers for all of your hard work, and today seemed like just as good as any. I would like to send my special thanks to the people of Portland Zine Sympoisum (thank you for the best PZS ever) and to Shout Back Fest for having such thoughtful and meaningful Safer Spaces policies.

Mend My Dress Press will be tabling at Fierce Fest this October and the organizers are putting together a zine about issues around creating safer spaces. You can send submissions to fiercefestbellingham@gmail.com.

love and support,
neelybat

my life is not lived here. it is in my mailbox and on the internet. my friends are at least a city away. i do have a few people that are friends near by, but we hardly see each other.

Neelybat Chestnut, from Mend My Dress #11

I relate to this way too much.

(via rustbeltjessie)

katiepdx:

It’s official ! We just signed our contract for Portland zine symposium 2015! Mark your calendars: July 18-19! 🎉

yayayay!!!! thany you all so much for everything. xoxo

katiepdx:

It’s official ! We just signed our contract for Portland zine symposium 2015! Mark your calendars: July 18-19! 🎉

yayayay!!!! thany you all so much for everything. xoxo

(via antiquatedfuture)

Thank you lb for this most wonderful painting of the ladies behind mend my dress press. you are amazing.

Thank you lb for this most wonderful painting of the ladies behind mend my dress press. you are amazing.

Joshua and Alexis are two of our favorite people. Please support them, and their project anyway you can.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/744785078/basic-paper-airplane-and-ilse-content-split-collab

neelytherese:

shoutbackfest:

Our promo video is finally up! THANK YOU SO MUCH TO SAMUEL AND ALL OUR FRIENDS THAT PUT IT TOGETHER!

<3 <3 see you at the festival!

SHOUT BACK FEST BEGINS TOMORROW

see you saturday!!!

Mend My Dress Press will be tabling the book fair on saturday, we hope to see you there! xoxoxox

(Source: mensesmixtape)

3rd Annual Shout Back Festival & Anarchist Book Fair

neelytherese:

teeveedinner:

Lots more perks just added to the Shout Back Fest Indie gogo campain such as:

Queeraoke Tickets Women of the 90s: QUEERAOKE: ADVANCED TICKETS Thurs, July 31st 7pm —Heartwood community CAFE Shoutback is just ‘round the corner!!!! Its gonna be tops! but capitalism sucks and we still need money so let’s hang out and sing some songs and raise some funds! Alanis, Britney, Hole, The Spice Girls, TLC, Ani, Bikini Kill, Salt N Pepa, Portishead, and more!!!!!!!!

Radical Bookstore Gift A 30$ gift certificate for Spartacus Books! Spartacus (non profit/ all volunteer community bookshop) carries a diverse and up-to-date range of material including books and zines and more, in Gender, Queer studies, Feminism, Anarchy, Race and Society, First Nations, Prisons, DIY, Ecology and Radical History! Spartacus is the go-to resource for anti-capitalist, political books not found in big-box bookstores. Also included! Shout back! Full weekend Festival Pass! www.spartacusbooks.net

Tattoo
This is the real thing. BRing sketch or idea for consultation and your idea will get turned into a tattoo! SIZE LIMIT: 3x3 inches. (this is not a stick’n’poke). PLUS A super official full weekend pass! Plus shoutback shirt, mixed tape, sticker and a patch! wow!

Music Lessons
Three 60 minute sessions at the Mt. Pleasant Music Teacher Co op. The Co op offers lessons for guitar, bass, piano,saxophone and drums for students of all ages and all levels. Also comes with a Shout back! Festival pass and T-shirt. (approx value 130$) http://mtpleasantmusicteacherscoop.wordpress.com/

and if you dont live in or around Vancouver theres still lots of perks that can be sent to you, such as : mixed bag of tapes, tshirts, posters etc.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/3rd-annual-shout-back-festival-anarchist-book-fair

I am so excited to be tabling this event! friends in Canada, come see me/us!