Zak Sally’s ongoing project Recidivist is now another volume heavier. He completed it just in time for last weekend’s Rain Taxi Festival, and it should soon be on sale online.
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Today (Saturday, Oct. 11, 10am – 6pm) we’re camping out at the Rain Taxi Book Festival. Tom Kaczynski and Peter Wartman are holding down the fort at our table (63) but don’t miss special festival guests Zak Sally (new Recidivist!!!) and Anders Nilsen who are both debuting new books! Don’t miss their panel at 3:30! Tom Kaczynski will have advance copies of The Mammoth Book of Cult Comics in which he has a comic.
Stop by and say hi! Table 63!
It’s our first-ever proper sale! Books by Gabrielle Bell, James Romberger, Crosby, Kevin Huizenga & Dan Zettwoch, Zak Sally, Jon Lewis, Derek Van Gieson & Tom Kaczynski. 20-50% OFF! Check it out!
Speaking of Zak (Sammy the Mouse) Sally… We got to see his newly fixed-up Risograph in action the other day (see above). We were printing a new cover for the 2nd edition of the Michael DeForge Structures 24-34 zine. The Riso’s really humming now! We tried a few different colors. Love the red version, but it looked too much like x-mas:
Scoop! We spotted a test-page from Zak’s future super top secret project(!):
Turned out pretty good! The pictures don’t really do it justice! There are 3 kinds of green on there! Get yours here.
2D Cloud recently released Raighne Hogan‘s extended interview with Zak Sally (Sammy the Mouse). Sure, they talk comics, but they also discuss the rise of micro-publishing, some 90′s nostalgia, & the history of La Mano (Zak’s printing/publishing house). Here’s one of our favorite quotes from the interview:
I don’t buy that thing of art as masturbatory. Like, I do this so that people can read it and interact. I want people to get this. I’m not some god damn painter who does a painting and puts it up and the wall and is all, “Screw you all.” Comics are about this wonderful means of getting things out in the world, and it’s a wonderful way to do it. I’m not done unless somebody’s reading it. That makes them done.
“Through out the story we see there’s a disembodied voice that talks to Sammy at certain times in the comic and at times takes control of the people around Sammy. I have an idea about this voice; I think it’s Zak Sally. It’s Zak Sally talking to his creations, creations that have come to life and are able to live almost without Sally. When we first see Sammy he’s doing nothing, and would probably continue to do nothing until nudged into action. That nudge comes from the voice from the sky. I think that’s Sally talking to his creation while moving the story and certain plots forward.”
He also praises the books for “great characterization, darkly-humored dialogue, masterful pacing, and Sally’s almost immaculate ability to time his jokes.” Read the rest of the article here!
We never got around to posting this great video of Zak Sally (Sammy the Mouse 1 & 2) and talking to the late & great Dylan Williams. They discuss things like running your own press, touring, teaching, and more! Not to be missed!
Over at his blog Zak Sally started a series of posts on the history of La Mano! It’s seriously compulsive reading! Here’s his first encounter with a printing press:
what happened, eventually, was that i found myself in the Bay Area of california, with fuck-all. my pal Spanky had moved out there from minneapolis and was living in a punk house. and i took over his room for a while, then got in on an open space in an east oakland punk rock ware house (Blake from Jawbreaker had vacated his room, and a 16-year old kid named Derek– who would end up being in the Murder City Devils, Cave Singers, and a bunch of other stuff–had just moved in. Jux and Deb and ah hell i forget who else lived there. Paul Lee? anyway.) i put out a toxic mini comic called “BENZENE” and a couple minis, and then found a room in a garage (where i got scabies TWICE); somewhere in there, Jux had purchased a printing press that he was going to teach himself to use (he was OLD, back then–35!!). i immediately called him and said “let me be your apprentice; show me how to use this thing and i’ll work for you for free.”. he said “sure!”. i don’t even remember what kind of press it was, now, but one night i went down to the old warehouse while the thing was running, and after hanging out for a couple hours and being 100% bewildered while he explained and showed me how the thing worked (and also probably kind of drunk), i decided “jesus. there’s no way i could ever run one of these things.
And there’s so much more! Check it out, and when you’re done head over to check out his newest work: Sammy The Mouse 1 + 2 (out now from Uncivilized Books!). Better yet, get it from Zak himself on his La Mano site!
We have a few specials running on the Uncivilized Books site:
- If you order before December 20th all books by Peter Wartman (Over the Wall), Zak Sally (Sammy the Mouse), Tom Kaczynski (Skyway Sleepless, Beta Testing the Apocalypse) and Derek Van Gieson (Eel Mansions) will be signed!
- Because Zak Sally is having a sale over at the La Mano site, we can have a special price on Sammy the Mouse 1 + 2. you now get them both for $20! That’s almost ten bucks off!
- Tom Kaczynski released a new mini-comic: Skyway Sleepless. It’s $3. BUT, if you order $15 or more of our books, you can have it for free!
- Last but not least, there’s still time to get our Fall 2013 Subscription! 5 Books + 20% off + 4 free minis! What a deal!
What are you waiting for?
Taking his cues from an earlier generation of artists gives the book to date a timeless look for a timeless dilemma, making a personal story that much more accessible.
And ending on what’s to come:
Though the story’s only half done as of this volume, reading it feels like Sally is snapping a rubber at the reader, a clever little shock that reminds us that he’s “going somewhere, I promise” with all this, as “sincerely, no one” assures us on the book’s French flaps.
Read the rest of this great review here!