Tuesday, November 20, 2012

See ya later, 2012

2012 is wrapping up and what a better way to conclude the year (the one where everything was supposed to END), then to release a couple more publications via Pegacorn Press?

Above are a couple pictures of the completed 2013 Paquita Calendar and of Those Fucking Unicorns, by Sy Wagon. I'm overjoyed to be able to print and re-release this for Sy, who is not only a complete "babely" genius, but she's also someone that is continually inspiring, both artistically and in the day to day, "real life," kind of way. 
Those Fucking Unicorns is a mini-publication that is definitely not kid friendly, or for anyone who is not sex friendly in general (lots of cocks in this). Just a little FYI for any potential unicorn lovers who just are into anything that has unicorns in it- this is XXX material, straight up.

To sum it up even further, this is what I have to say about the release of both of these projects, at the same time...
"It's all about love for the ladies and a better understanding on what exactly unicorns do in their spare time to help the transition into 2013, the year where all the previous problems in the world are supposed to disappear..."

Yeah, I'm turning into a crystal loving freak-a-zoid, but that makes for better art, right?

Hoping to update this blog more this year- I seem to be better at maintaining the stores and everything else besides the "blog-o-sphere." Gonna try harder! Just make sure to always check the online stores if you're wondering what's out and available, as those are definitely more up to date...

Happy 2013!!!


P.S. The limited edition of Those Fucking Unicorns that were printed for the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest are sold out! A new run should be available by December 1st.
P.P.S. Womanimalistic #1 has been re-printed finally and is available online. There's more than 2,500 of these floating around and I'm not sure if I'll re-print again. Time to move on!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pegacorn Press in CHINA + new print studio

Every single Pegacorn Press release (thus far) made it into this amazing show that Marshall Weber from Booklyn helped curate in Beijing, China! The first show of it's kind there, I feel honored to have all this Riso work included: 

Fag School #4 (listed as New Fiction under Pegacorn Press): Brontez Purnell
Burn Collector #16: Al Burian
Womanimalistic #1 +2: Caroline Paquita
Late Era Clash #24: Mike Taylor
Future TenseEdie Fake, Jo Dery, Anna Haifisch, Mike Taylor, Sy Wagon, Roby Newton, Josh Bayer, Al Burian, James Turek, Kasey Henneman + Caroline Paquita

Big thanks to Marshall, as well as to the artists that I've worked with over this past year.
Printed matter is still alive and thriving, despite what you may have heard.

-----PEGACORN HAS GONE "PRO" AND IS NOW HOUSED IN AN ACTUAL STUDIO--------------------------BLASPHEMY!------------

Having a real studio is a wildly new experience for me, particularly after exclusively working out of my bedroom for years. (Honestly, it's odd to not have a Risograph, or two, in the kitchen anymore, WTF?!) The change is welcomed though, as it's been super nice to have a completely dedicated work-zone and to not have to manage living and working in the same space anymore. Makes one focus more while making art, and helps make a bedroom an actual place to relax- who knew what I was missing all these years?

Spirit duplicator+ stencil duplicator+ decade old laser printer= printmaking wingnut

The new and petite print studio, located near the Brooklyn Navy Yard, has been GREAT. All my printing equipment has finally been moved in and it's only going to be a matter of weeks until some new material starts making it's way out of the machines and into the larger world. It's about time! After months of trying to get back on my feet after my dad passed away, the olde brain is starting to work again after being in total stasis. It's not in perfect shape, but it's doing something, luckily, just in time for the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest coming up on November 10th. Pegacorn Press will be tabling that, and more than likely, our favorite pal/partner in crime, Mike Taylor will be at the table too. The BCGF is always a great way to see new work and meet other comic/printing freaks, so definitely check it out cause it's, "super badass."

Ok- enough with the updates for now. More soon on what releases will actually be done by the BCGF, release events, etc, etc, etc...

Goodbye Glorious Summer, but hello Autumnal Equinox!



A bit about the show in China:

Booklyn Artists Alliance is pleased to announce the opening of DIAMOND LEAVES: Artist Books from around the World. A collaboration between the Booklyn Artists Alliance and the Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Beijing, the exhibition is curated by Xu Bing, artist and Vice-President of the CAFAM, and Marshall Weber, artist and Directing Curator of Booklyn; it is the first major museum exhibition of contemporary international Artist Books in China.
A decade in the making, the DIAMOND LEAVES exhibition showcases over 200 masterpieces of the Artist Book form created by more than 100 visual artists, some well known and some emerging, who approach the creation of Artist Books as an interdisciplinary and multi-media practice. Using collage, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and digital and social media, artists are creating books that provide us with complicated aesthetic experiences and push the boundaries of book design far beyond the limits of the conventional book’s form. Just as photography liberated painting from its documentary function late in the 19th century, digital media has liberated the book from the burden of operating as a vehicle for text and data, spurring the renaissance of creative bookmaking celebrated by this exhibition.
Focusing on books created in the 21st century, the exhibit demonstrates how an Artist Book can function as both fine art and as an experimental laboratory for global visual language development. The exhibition consists of conceptually, materially and structurally ambitious hand-bound hardcover Artist Books published in limited editions of under 100. Another component of the exhibit features a reconstruction of a Brooklyn-style bookstore of inexpensive, image-based, softcover, populist, intimate, and artist-produced Zines and comic books published in editions of over 100. Other exhibits components contain examples of the early 20th century Soviet constructivist books that revolutionized book and typography design, and a small exquisite selection of antique European and Asian illustrated books that show the trajectory from older book forms to contemporary Artist Books.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Chicago, Coochies, Fermentation, Deals

Are you going to be in Chicago for CAKE? (Chicago Alternative Comics Expo) If so, come find the Pegacorn Press table and hangout with me and Mike Taylor, as we sit around and be goofballs. I'll be participating in the panel discussion, "Start Your Own Micropress," so if you're into such things, it's looking like a great line-up of folks. Check the CAKE scheduling for more details, but I believe that it will be on Sunday the 17th, from 2-4pm.
Mike and I will probably be doing some kind of Chicago pizza reviews for SLICE HARVESTER, so check his blog soon for the ridiculousities.
Chicago, twice in one year? I'd never thought that would happen.....



A limited edition, work in progress, made originally while doing an artist's residency at the Roberts Street Social Centre (Halifax, Nova Scotia) in October 2011. The first edition of 32 was made using their "people's photocopier" and had a two color screen printed cover. This third edition printing of 300 was printed on my Risograph- the inner guts are printed with blue ink, the inner cover burgundy, while the cover sports both florescent pink and blue. 

The zine itself is all about ladies, "coochie," and random thoughts on oppressive male culture. Some of it is straight from my sketchbook, while some of it is more intentionally drawn. If you like the ladies and can appreciate drawings of lady parts, then this zine is for you!
8.5 X 5.5 in, saddle stitched, 16 pages of content, Risograph printed by Pegacorn Press

You can order it HERE    

ROGUSZYS- Lithuanian God of Pickled Foods poster

Three color Risograph print
Woo-woo! The Art of Fermentation, by Sandor Ellix Katz. Roguszys poster in top right.

Since being reproduced in Sandor Katz's new, and truly amazing book, The Art of Fermentation, (Chelsea Green, 2012) it's time to bring this favorite poster back. In celebration, a new edition has been printed on the Risograph this week and it's a great gift for anyone who is into anything fermented. As a total side note, I completely recommend the book itself- and not only because another illustration of mine was used as borders on the cover and in the book (yeah!)- but because Sandy's love of fermenting is completely contagious and will change your life, and taste buds, forever. He really is a gem! It was his book, Wild Fermentation, that inspired this poster to begin with.

A 3 color print (blue, burgundy, and black) on a very light gray paper (the same type that I use for my yearly calendars), it's legal sized, which is 8.5" X 14." 

Each print is unique from another as Risograph printing is always a little irregular. It comes signed on the back and sent flat, with cardboard backing, in a large envelope.

Long live all things fermented!!!

You can order it HERE


If package deals are your thing, Pegacorn Press has one for you RIGHT NOW! You can get the four newest publications for only $16 (shipping not included). Check it out HERE       


Monday, April 23, 2012


I'll be honest: late winter/early spring has been ROUGH and I've just been trying to ride this crazy-wave, without being completely sucked into the insanity.  My pops, who has been seriously ill for many years now, is entering the final stages of his life- as one can expect, it's been a sad and hard process. I've gotten a lot of quality time in with him and am making peace/trying to accept the inevitable, but honestly, there's definitely been those moments where I've thought I might crumble. My poor dad- he's seriously gone through some hard-ass-shit! Even in the worst times though, this man can rally and to this day, he continues to inspire me with his dedication to life, humanity, and to always seeking/exploring/desiring more knowledge, even despite his failing health. An old badass, he is, without a fucking doubt.

That being said, there's nothing like a little work, particularly creative work, to keep you on point. Keep you fresh, inspired, still seeking the light, even when you feel like a gigantic POS. Working with Al and Brontez these past few months have helped to keep me going, kept my brain sharp, and they both deserve big props for being so extremely patient and understanding of all that's been going on. I've had to skip town for family emergencies and then both of my Risographs broke. Printing was delayed, emergency packages sent out with photocopied versions of the publications, endless printing sessions, collating parties with Al... I was feeling this past Mercury in retrograde. It's been a wildly frustrating time, particularly because I've just wanted these publications to exist in a tangible format and every obstacle has popped up. BUT! We're over the hump now, everything is printed and ready to be out in the world, so... many thanks to them, as well as my friends, sweet partner, and family, for helping me through such difficult times and for being so supportive. 

On that note, that I present these new Pegacorn Press releases, FAG SCHOOL #4, and Burn Collector #16, both of which I'm super excited about. 

Stay safe, get outside and enjoy the weather, and don't forget be good to one another-
Caroline Paquita

P.S. As usual, there's always projects in the works. If all goes as scheduled, expect for The Lesbian Lexicon, Womanimalistic #3, and the 2012 Paquita Calendar to be released in the fall. In the interim, you can find me in Chicago for CAKE in June- with MIKE TAYLOR!!!


Brontez is back with this new split zine- with himself! On tour with Sister Spit, he’s blowing minds across the nation with his awesome styles, calling it as he sees it, making you laugh, cry, and everything in between.

One side, “Johnny Would You Love Me If My Dick Were Bigger?” is all new fiction and the flipside, “Join the Professionals,” is all interviews with such badasses as: Daniel Nicoletta, Kenyon Farrow, Michelle Tea, Javier Perez, Josh Cheon, Suppositori “Spaz” Spelling, Robert Yang AKA “Robot Hustle,” Justin Torres, Chris Owens, Tobi Vail, Juan Velasquez, and Stevie Shakes.

“Fag School is in session and I suggest you try to handle the full course load. This zine is fucking brilliant and amazing - always has been, and I think it might always will be.”-E. Fake

52 pages
7" x 8.5"
Blue and fluorescent pink ink
Saddle stitched

Currently, you can purchase it via Etsy, HERE

Frank J. Miles did this great interview with Brontez in January 2012:

"Most just live what they see. They experience it all, or not, but they dare not say it, and they remain out-of-sync. In his performances, multi-hyphenate artist Brontez Purnell sees things that rarely anyone identifies. And when he says it, the audience is left breathless, shocked by mirrors of recognition and familiarity.Purnell produced his first zine, “Schlepp Fanzine,” from his childhood home in Alabama. Since then, he moved to Tennessee and then to California to bring his original voice to music, dance, and the written word. In Oakland, he produced his next zine, Fag School, filled with filth, awe, and wonder. Because of his magnetic presence and lurid but honest portrayals of punk rock-infused queer life, Purnell has become somewhat of a star on the literary-reading circuit. His writing has appeared in Maximum Rock’N’Roll, the online edition of Jigsaw, and Mary: Literary. He also can be seen bringing his combination of truth-telling and heart to his punk rock band, The Younger Lovers.Purnell is not queercore – he is Brontez. Through all of his evolving art, he is in the world as himself. All of his art is unflinching and candid about the unspoken known: “Did he just say that?” – yes, he did, and he meant it, unselfconsciously, and he said it with a sweet touch and a relaxed empathy."

You can read the whole interview at:

Michelle Tea did this interview with him, before they set out for the SISTER SPIT 2012 tour:


Burn Collector #16 (April 2012) is sub-titled “Music and Mania,” and examines the intersection between creativity and losing your marbles. Street musicians, arena rock, classical vs. computers, Little Richard vs. Elvis, and a wide variety of other topics are discussed as Burian contends that “the modern musician is essentially a maniac, living on a delusional dream, whose basic project– putting forth a unique voice into the general din and calamity of the oversaturated information age– has so little chance of success as to make it an act of ultimate, incredible optimism.” The zine contains comics, essays, reviews, and interviews with musician Tim Remis and radical mental health activist Sascha DuBrul.

Al Burian is the author of the long-running personal zine Burn Collector. His work has garnered praise from such legitimate institutions as the Utne Reader and McSweeneys Best Nonrequired Reading. Beginning in the mid-nineties, Burian has distributed his work through the tight-knit network of the DIY punk music/art scene. He has published 16 issues of the zine, two anthologies, and a book of comics. He has been doing reading/speaking performances since the year 2000.

40 pages
5.5” x 8.5”
Blue, fluorescent pink, and raisin colored ink
Saddle stitched, with ROUNDED CORNERS!!!!

Currently, you can purchase it via Etsy, HERE

Author bio:
Born 1971 in New Hampshire (state motto: “live free or die”); grew up in North Carolina (state motto: “to be and not to seem”); was an iconoclastic character at an early age. In his early twenties he began touring incessantly with bands, simultaneously producing small-run photocopied pamphlets (“zines”). He has published two collections of his zine output, Burn Collector (2000) and Natural Disaster (2007), as well as a book of comics, Things Are Meaning Less (2003). He lives in Berlin.

For Al's most current rants and raves: 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Lot's going on this weekend here in Brooklyn! You can find me at these fine events, two of which I'm actively participating in:

 Adee Roberson, Anna Luisa, Caitlin Sweet, Sam Lopes, and myself. 
Opening is on FRIDAY THE 13th, 7-10pm, at Wayfarers Gallery (1109 Dekalb, by Broadway). 
Come feel the magic of a bunch of totally tripped out babes AND be surrounded in a room bursting with color.
(Official after party will be the JUDY PARTY!)

Saturday, 8-11pm. Pegacorn Press released both of their latest issues and it's time to sit back and see these awesome freaks do their thing.

 Come by Public Assembly between 11-6pm and check out all the zine madness. Pegacorn Press will be there in FULL FORCE, with Al Burian at the table as well.

(Also, hot of the press: FAG SCHOOL #4 (by Brontez from The Younger Lovers and Gravy Train!!!) is finally done and available! So gooooooddddddd!!! I'll post all the new stuff after this insane weekend)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Al Burian reading tour

Burn Collector is almost ready for print! After several months of sending files back and forth, it should be available as of April 1st, just in time for Al's east coast reading tour...
APRIL 2012 
 1 Book Thug Nation, Brooklyn
2 Black Gold Records, Brooklyn
3 Rider University, Lawrenceville NJ
4 Boston (TBA)
5 New Urban Arts, Providence RI
6 New Haven CT (TBA)
7 Grey Matter Books, Hadley MA
8 Molly’s Bookstore, Philadelphia PA
9 Towson University (day) Atomic Books (evening), Baltimore MD
11 Internationalist Books, Chapel Hill NC
14 Desert Island Comics, Brooklyn
15 Brooklyn Zine Fest, in, once again, Brooklyn
For the most up-to-date info, please check his site:


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Gainesville, Florida this weekend

Got the address wrong, but close enough:
18 S.E. 5th Ave is where to go.
Free event, but if you'd like to bring snacks and beverages to share, that would be amazing and appreciated...
See you in Gator town!

Friday, January 20, 2012

In the works

The desk is a mess and there's much going on here in the stables of Pegacorn Press. Whoa nelly! Hella projects being flushed out, but here's a little preview of what to expect in the next few months...

Zine Libs #1 & 2, Burn Collector

Yes, that's right- the sixteenth issue of Al Burian's, Burn Collector, is being put out on Pegacorn Press. Just in time for Al's east coast reading tour in April, #16 will be available on April Fools, no joke. It's an amazing issue and it's been a pleasure to work with him on this US version. There's no pre-ordering, but it once it's out, it will be available directly from him, the GET SOME page on this blog, my Etsy store, mailorder, and several distributors in the US. If you are a store or distributor that is interested in doing bulk orders, please get in touch and let's talk details.

Also, after several years in dormancy, I'm excited to announce that both issues of Zine Libs, a collaboration that I did with Erick Lyle many years ago, will be released together in one mega-blow-out of punk inspired mad libs. Think of how ridiculous your normal life is (or was)- living in collective houses, hopping trains, being chased by cops in protests- and then times that by a million as you sit with your friends laughing your ass off, filling in these Zine Libs. I've been working on re-formatting all our originals and hopefully this will be out and into the world by early March. "Fill in the blank fun with friends," will be back in action.

If you find yourself in Gainesville, Florida on February 4th, stop by the new Sequential Artists Workshop. I'll have some art up, be around for technical printing questions and comic geekery. Here's a  flier that Tom Hart threw together for the event:

If you're New York based, you'll be able to find Pegacorn Press tabling the NYC Feminist Zinefest on February 25th, as well as the Brooklyn Zine Fest on April 15th. Stop by if you're in the area and let's hangout. Both promise to be great events...

I think that's it? At least for now...