Leave me smelling of cigarettes
stuck at overlooks straining
to see turnstiles, sang stories
with air flowing through his lips
like air through hydraulic brakes.
We roll cigarettes with fingers tinged
like the ceilings of so many tunnels.
Welcome to the first issue of Space Demons, a comic so bold that it barely includes any reference to anything suggested in its title! Follow the adventures of Thrakgar, the computer programmer, as he makes his way through the happy wastelands of an abandoned civilization! Watch as he deals with issues of identity, violence, and the return of authoritarian government! Must he stand alone against the forces of patriarchy and fascism? What of the titular space demons? Will they descend upon the scraps of humanity like the ravenous raptors they might well be?
We’re happy to announce that we’ll be tabling at the anarchist bookfair in Minneapolis-St. Paul next month. We’ll have our usual assortment of free zines, as well as some of our fancier stuff like bandannas, SteamPunk Magazine, patches, posters, everything you’ve ever wanted!
Once, not so long ago but in a place very different from here, there lived a little goblin boy. As everyone knows, all little goblins are called boys until they grow up and pick whether they want to be a goblin man or goblin woman or something else entirely.
This little goblin’s name was Jessup, and he wanted to be a runner more than anything else in the world. In those days, people used runners to pass messages between one village and the next. They had telephones, of course, but ringing someone up was considered rude and was only done in emergencies.
Every spring, each village held competitions to see which goblins were the fastest. The winners competed against the human boys in the great summer festival. Human children, of course, are both boys and girls. But the girls weren’t allowed to compete because human culture is sexist.
We’re quite happy to begin to put up posters on our site! We’ve been tabling fancy prints of these for most of 2010, but now you can print them out yourselves. Each poster is available in 11×17 or Legal paper size (clicking on the image downloads the full size pdf).
A short essay exploring how anarchism has always been at odds with civilization. This is primarily earnest, but is a slightly tongue-in-cheek attempt to address the mind-boggling stupid essay anarchism vs. primitivism that still seems to be making the rounds.
When I was in Amsterdam I spent several days at the International Institute of Social History, which actually has a fascinating history of its own (such as smuggling documents out of Spain as fascist forces sweep through). Anyhow, the place is the world’s largest repository of anarchist history. Of particular note to me, it houses almost-complete collections of La Novela Ideal and La Novela Libre, two long-running, regular, widely distributed fiction magazines published by anarchists in Spain up into the Spanish civil war.
So I went and I photographed a lot of stuff, which I’ve put up on my Flickr. The catch is that I can’t really read enough Spanish to understand these things. So please, anyone with interest in this stuff, let me know. If the stories are good, I’d be happy to make them available in zine format. And if anyone is feeling really inspired, I’d be happy to print English translations as well.
Specifically, I’ve posted (books are in Spanish unless noted):