when you make zines & your gf’s cat jumps on the desk while you’re brewing more coffee and their paw drags through your painted covers.
when you make zines & cut and tape the texts onto a piece of paper and there’s a cat hair stuck in the tape and you don’t have excess money to just scrap it all…
The Grand Rapids Zine Fest was awesome. A huge thanks to the good folks who put it on and everyone who came out. I met a ton of cool people which is exactly what I needed because let’s face it, I don’t get out much. When I first started making zines it was all fun and not very much work. I took the photos, did the layout, got em printed, put em together, and advertised on my various social networks about them. That’s it. Once the idea for Phone Home Press came along and things started to grow, I knew I either had to become more serious about it or there was no point in going for it. Fast forward to almost 2 years later and here we are. The distro is pretty healthy by my own standards. It’s nowhere near being a full time source of income or anything like that, but it’s definitely a full time job. In fact, after Paypal fees, there’s not much to be made, but luckily I didn’t get into this to become rich. My days usually consist of going to work for 8 hours (while answering emails and posting stuff on my breaks) and then I come home, crack open a beer, and get to work until 1 or 2am. There’s usually not much time (or money) to go out and party through the week or even on weekends, so when stuff like the zine fest does happen, it’s awesome to get out of this apartment and meet like-minded people while getting the opportunity to show off my work and my friends’ work. My biggest goal is to find more and more chances to set up shop and balance the online / real world presence of Phone Home Press and myself. So that’s what my biggest goal is currently. Being around other people who spend their free time folding and stapling or sewing pages together makes me super fucking happy.
I’ve spent part of today updating the inventory and all that good stuff, so the store is open again and updated. There are a few more copies of the Meanwhile Press #2 zine in stock so get on that before they’re gone again. I’ve got some other zines and cameras that I’ll be adding tomorrow so check back then! Thanks friends.