Silver Sprocket

tru-punx art, music, and activism crew

Catalogs are garbage. We try to make ours only half garbage by throwing free posters from our favorite artist friends on the back.

Two designs this time around from our very favorites right now;  “All Cats Are Beautiful” by Ben Passmore and a magical river scene by Lindsay Watson.

These are free with mail-order, in person, or just ask for one.

Don’t tell anyone, the catalog-sides list a few things we haven’t announced yet.

SLAM DIEGO COMMIE-CON FIELD REPORT
We’re putting the finishing touches on THE FRIEND ZONE, your sanctuary and ours from the San Diego ComiCon this weekend, with our dear friends at Mixtape Comics and Irene Comics
Booth N-03 in Small Press (listed as “Mixtape Comics”)

All weekend we will be slingin’ free haircuts, bad idea potion and a willingness to employ direct action to make up for comic-cons missing harassment policy (WE RIDE TOGETHER! WE DIE TOGETHER! WE HIT CREEPS WITH BIG FOAM SWORDS TOGETHER!) oh and also we will be doing things to help us pay for the table like slinging brand new screen prints, zines, pins and all kinds of other bullshit from the likes of Ben Passmore, Lindsay Watson, Ferin FickAndy Warner, Ben SnakepitMitch Clem and Nation Of Amanda. Not to mention the horse we rode in on of the rootenist tootenist stickers, patches, shirts, As You Were #1, 2 & 3, screen-prints, a fishbowl full of advice/everclear, healing crystals, hammers both large and small, tonka trucks, hoaxs, screams, a mirror that when you look into it it tells you the future, a mirror thats just a real mirror so you can see how pretty you are, whatever chotchkies we think will make doc hammer like us. so on.

If you can’t get down to Slam Diego, peek them graphics above for tiny previews, and we will premiere all this new artwork full-on with mail-order links when we get back starting July 29th.

Oh shit wait we have a crazy-comin-at-ya-straight-up-like-what? awesome and gigantic new screen-print from Liz Suburbia next week that won’t be ready for San Diego, but fuck it, I’m writing about it right now anyway because its about skateboarding and chopping heads off and you’re gonna freak out. 

COME MAKE FRIENDS UNDER THE FRIEND ZONE BANNER IN SMALL PRESS! FREE HAIRCUTS/TATTOOS AND IRRESPONSIBILITY ELIXIRS! NOT JOKING! NOT SORRY! REGRET THIS IN STYLE!

Come get a tattoo at Portland Zine fest ya ol goon!
Free haircuts with the acceptance of our friendship (no requests)

Portland Zine Symposium this weekend! Check us out at booth #24B, free haircuts, and we’re leading a panel about promoting your zine on Sunday at 11am. 

New zines, comics and art-stuff that we haven’t been to Portland with yet from artists like Ferin, Ben Passmore, Liz Prince, Nation Of Amanda, Mitch Clem, Lindsay Watson, Andy Warner, D W, Ben Snakepit, Will Laren, aw crap now its a list and I’m going to miss something. Point is, come visit us, this thing is free and great. Also Friday nightpre-party at The Red and Black and Saturday night at The Zine Prom From Outer Space

mixtapecomics:

PORTLAND FOLKS: I’m gonna be selling at the Portland Zine Symposium on July 12th & 13th, 2014.

As usual, I’ll be tagging along with / tabling near my buddies from Silver Sprocket. I don’t know where our booths are but just listen for the knuckleheads yelling about punks, cats, and free haircuts. You’ll probably find us. (Update: we’ll be at table 24! See map above.)

I’ll have copies of Frankie Comics #1Side AMaple Key Comics #1, and Silver Sprocket will have all the copies of As You Were #1-3 and maybe even some Turnstile Comix. There will definitely be stickers, buttons, patches, and other assorted nonsense. Rumor has it we’ll even have work by our good friend Andy Warner (an editor of the Irene anthologies).

If you’re in town before the show, I’ll also have two original pages from my Beyond anthology story (written by Gabby) on display (and for sale) at the Portland Zine Symposium Art Show at Floating World Comics on July 11th. That’s pretty exciting.

See you soon, Portland! <3

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The Portland Zine Symposium is an organization that since 2001 has put on events to celebrate and support small press and DIY culture. They host and assist with events throughout the year, then every summer hold a two day free conference with tablers from around the world, free workshops, and much more. The next Portland Zine Symposium starts with a skillshare event at the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) on July 11th and workshops and tabling is July 12th & 13th, 2014 at the Ambridge Events Center.

portlandzinesymposium.org

We&#8217;re up late getting our junk ready for The Portland Zine Symposium this weekend. 
Check us out at booth #24B, next door to Mixtape Comics and Irene Comics, and we&#8217;re leading a panel about promoting your zine on Sunday at 11am. 
We got terrible hair-cuts for it, along with new zines, comics and art-stuff that we haven&#8217;t been to Portland with yet from artists like Ferin, Ben Passmore, Liz Prince, Nation Of Amanda, Mitch Clem, Lindsay Watson, Andy Warner, D W, Ben Snakepit, Will Laren, aw crap now its a list and I&#8217;m going to miss something. Point is, come visit us, this thing is free and great. Also Friday night pre-party at The Red and Black and Saturday night at The Zine Prom From Outer Space.    High-res

We’re up late getting our junk ready for The Portland Zine Symposium this weekend. 

Check us out at booth #24B, next door to Mixtape Comics and Irene Comics, and we’re leading a panel about promoting your zine on Sunday at 11am. 

We got terrible hair-cuts for it, along with new zines, comics and art-stuff that we haven’t been to Portland with yet from artists like Ferin, Ben Passmore, Liz Prince, Nation Of Amanda, Mitch Clem, Lindsay Watson, Andy Warner, D W, Ben Snakepit, Will Laren, aw crap now its a list and I’m going to miss something. Point is, come visit us, this thing is free and great. Also Friday night pre-party at The Red and Black and Saturday night at The Zine Prom From Outer Space

nationofamanda:

I have new stuff up in my etsy shop today, and new prices for older items. BUUUUUT, most excitingly, due to demand i have also added CUSTOM PET PORTRAITS for 25 BUCKS! i have a limited number up for grabs, so if you’ve been wanting a picture of your dog, cat or bearded lizard drawn in my  ”All I Want…” animal style now is your chance! Instructions are in the shop!

GIMMEE YR MONIES!

Our favorite Hard Girls are all grown up! From San Jose, CA, featuring Mike from Shooting Blanks (I mean, Shinobu) with Morgan and Max from November Trials (I mean, Pteradon), all three also jamming with Jesse Michaels in Classics Of Love even! Some of the best dudes and best musicians I know.

We’re honored to have put out their first release with The Albert Square, and to party tonight at the LP release for their brand new Asian Man Records full length, A Thousand Surfaces, at Bottom Of The Hill in San Francisco.

Check out their video on Alt Press, BandCamp album stream, and here’s tour dates coming up with Andrew Jackson Jihad and Dogbreth:

07.13.14-Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater w/ AJJ, Dogbreth
07.15.14-Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room w/ AJJ, Dogbreth
07.16.14-Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge w/ AJJ, Dogbreth
07.17.14-Rockford, IL @ Kryptonite w/ AJJ, Dogbreth
07.18.14-Minneapolis, MN @ 7th w/ AJJ, Dogbreth
07.19.14-Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret w/ AJJ, Dogbreth
07.20.14-Saskatoon, SK @ Louis’ University of Saskatoon w/ AJJ, Dogbreth
07.21.14-Edmonton, AB @ Brixx Bar & Grill w/ AJJ, Dogbreth
07.22.14-Calgary, AB @ The Palomino w/ AJJ, Dogbreth
07.24.14-Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret w/ AJJ, Dogbreth
07.25.14-Seattle, WA @ El Corazon w/ AJJ, Dogbreth
07.26.14-Portland, OR @ Alhambra w/ AJJ, Dogbreth
07.28.14-San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s w/ AJJ, Dogbreth
07.29.14-Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theater w/ AJJ, Dogbreth
07.31.14-San Diego, CA @ The Irenic w/ AJJ, Dogbreth
08.01.14-Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom w/ AJJ, Dogbreth

Ben (&#8220;Ghazi&#8221;) Snakepit is the comic juggernaut of the modern age.
Imagine a robot stuck in an infinite loop playing a game of peekaboo with the most enthusiastic infant on planet earth. Now imagine a narrator doing a whole bunch of drugs and developing a run on sentence trying to say how Ben&#8217;s daily comics have been a game of chicken between him and his fans to see who gets bored first, and so far, nobody has lost. To have a fan base be genuinely interested in your life from tour stories to the most mundane occurrences shows something is going right. We caught up with Ben in his Malibu beach house to get the scoop. The REAL scoop.
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Interview by Ion for Silver Sprocket

Who are, using as many swears as possible, you?
I&#8217;m a stupid fucking dumbass that can&#8217;t draw worth a shit but for some reason people keep reading the stupid shitty comics I make so I keep doing it. This cycle of abuse has perpetuated for over 14 years now.

How did you get involved in this thing I’m supposed to be plugging As You Were?
Mitch is an old friend of mine, I first met him when he lived in Austin and we&#8217;d see each other at shows. I knew he drew comics but I&#8217;d never seen them because I didn&#8217;t have internet access at the time. I think he knew I drew comics but he&#8217;d never seen them because he seems to have better taste than that.

You are close friends with our fearless leader, Mitch Clem. Got any embarrassing stories?
He doesn&#8217;t know the difference between the singer for the Big Boys and the drummer for Danzig.

If money/responsibility/time allocation was of no consequence what would your dream project be?
I would be either the singer of the Big Boys or the drummer of Danzig.
You&#8217;ve been on the daily comics train for a long long time. Do you ever miss a day and does it ever become overwhelming?
I&#8217;ve drawn a comic for every day of the last 14 years and change. I haven&#8217;t necessarily drawn each comic each day. Sometimes if I&#8217;m traveling or something, I&#8217;ll leave my sketchbook at home because I&#8217;m afraid if I lose it I&#8217;ll lose all the comics I&#8217;ve drawn for that year. In those cases I will usually write out the captions each day and then catch up when I get back home. Once I accidentally went on tour with the Fleshies and ended up being like 40 days behind. catching up all that was pretty overwhelming but I got it done.

How has the comic affected the way you live? Does it come with a certain zen or is it more of an endless marathon?
In the earlier days I would purposely do stupid shit because it would make the comics better, but now I don&#8217;t care that much anymore. If you read through them all you can see the change. I&#8217;m cool with it. People either like what I do or they don&#8217;t.

How do you think instant access to people&#8217;s work has affected artist community/fan interaction/chances of success?
I think in the short term, it&#8217;s a great thing for building a fan base. But in the long term, you build a fan base that is constantly expecting quality work on a consistent basis, and that can be hard to keep up with. My &#8220;business model&#8221; of releasing a book every three years works great in terms of having a huge amount of new stuff to release, but sometimes my readers get frustrated having to wait so long between books. If only I could control the speed of time.
What the damn is success anyway?
For me, success would mean being able to quit my job and be able to pay my bills solely with money from my comics. I do not foresee this happening within my lifetime.

In As You Were we get to see a style outside of you journal comics. Do you hope to do more long form comics in the future?
I&#8217;ve done other stuff in anthologies, and my regular column in Razorcake, so it&#8217;s not really that new. Also, the 2-pager I did in AYW #2 is the longest one I&#8217;ve ever drawn. I kinda try to make it a point to only do 1-page comics.
You have become the treasurer of a resource rich Marxist archipelago for some reason. What do you do with all that money?
I would buy a three-bedroom house within the city limits of Austin. That would pretty much use up all the money.

The Internet presence for your art is somewhat bare-bones. Is this on purpose?
Sort of. If you befriend me on facebook (please feel free to do so, I accept every request I get) you will see I am quite present on the internet. I just try to downplay the &#8220;dot com&#8221; part of it. What I mean is that I don&#8217;t like being a salesman, I&#8217;ll occasionally mention if I have something new for sale but I try not to be too over-aggressive with the sales pitches.
Whats one fictional character you wanna pick a fight with and what did they ever do to you?
Kai Winn from Star Trek: DS9 because she sucks so bad.
Check out Ben&#8217;s website, demand his friendship on FaceBook, and check out our selection of books and junk on our store thing including exclusive comics in each issue of As You Were and the limited run split with Mitch Clem&#8217;s My Stupid Life!
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Ben (“Ghazi”) Snakepit is the comic juggernaut of the modern age.

Imagine a robot stuck in an infinite loop playing a game of peekaboo with the most enthusiastic infant on planet earth. Now imagine a narrator doing a whole bunch of drugs and developing a run on sentence trying to say how Ben’s daily comics have been a game of chicken between him and his fans to see who gets bored first, and so far, nobody has lost. To have a fan base be genuinely interested in your life from tour stories to the most mundane occurrences shows something is going right. We caught up with Ben in his Malibu beach house to get the scoop. The REAL scoop.

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I have been wearing a shirt with Ben Sears art on it for years and only now know what brain it mulched itself up out of. I want a bumper sticker like the I know who grew my food ones that Wavy Gravys in Berkley got, but instead, I know who drew my shirts. The way our weird fucked up punk rock world bridges itself together is pretty kooky like that. Having Ben in As You Were is sick. as. hell. This dude&#8217;s art is my new favorite discovery. It has this brooding sick-brained effect like waking up in the catacombs crosshatched with the awe-inspiring &#8220;haha! look at all these skulls!&#8221; waking up in the catacombs feels. We corresponded with Ben one question at a time in accordance with the visitation rules of space-jail, where he is still serving out a sentence for a crime he may or may not have committed. freebensears.com
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Interview by Ion for Silver Sprocket
Who are, using as many made up words as possible, you?
Cromulent.
How did you get thrown into the big As You Were milkshake?
I&#8217;ve been a huge fan of Mitch and his work for a while. For some reason he likes my stuff and keeps asking me to submit things. It&#8217;s still an honor to be a part of such an awesome collection of artists.

There is this goggle-faced recurring character in your art. I&#8217;m trying to figure them out but there aren&#8217;t enough clues. Do you have a story, even an unorganized internal one, for goggle kid and where he came from/what he is up to?
Yeah, he&#8217;s in an ongoing comic I&#8217;m doing called Doubleplus. It&#8217;s serialized over at Study Group Comics, and a print version will be out this summer. If I could confidently say that anything in my life is organized right now, it would be my plans for Doubleplus.
Also, skullfaces. What are those guys on about? Are they a signature move like a Stone Cold Stunner, or do they have a backstory?
They were just something that was easy to draw, so I did it a lot and I guess developed a certain look through lots of repetition.

If money/responsibility/time allocation was of no consequence, what would be your dream creative project?
I&#8217;ve found through working on Doubleplus that I really enjoy writing, as well as character design. Doing those things on my own is fun enough, but I think it&#8217;d be really cool to work on a collaborative project with some other artists. I&#8217;ve already compiled a dream team of artists in my head in the unlikely event that it ever happens.
Favorite conspiracy theory?
Creationism

There is a faint but unmistakable Mike Mignola influence in your work. What else, human or fictional, tangible or hippy dippy, do you think shaped the way you move pens?
Hey that&#8217;s cool, I&#8217;ve never really gotten that before. Mike Mignola is a huge influence, but I think the way I&#8217;m drawing now is more along the lines of Akira Toriyama or Edward Gorey. I used to be afraid of drawing lots of characters in a scene, but after watching a ton of Tati, Chomet, and Zucker Bros movies and getting my mind blown by old Jack Davis posters, I view it as an opportunity to go wild with funny interactions or subplots with background characters that come up and resolve over the course of a few panels. I&#8217;m still trying to find a consistent voice with dialog, but I really dig how dry (but still really funny) the characters in Jodorowsky and Jason comics are. Maybe it&#8217;s something that happens in the translation from another language, or maybe it&#8217;s intentional. I really like it though.
How do you think the Tumblr age of instant access to art has affected artist community, fan interaction and chances of success?
It can be great for getting in touch with other artists, or promoting stuff that I make. As far as success, the sad truth is that likes/reblogs do not equal monetary compensation. There are definitely artists out there who know what the people of the internet like, and they service that. Making things with the intention of them being popular on tumblr seems pretty creatively limiting, so these days I draw what I want to draw. If it blows up on the net then that&#8217;s cool, but I don&#8217;t try and force what I don&#8217;t care about. As far as fan interaction goes, I love when people who enjoy my stuff ask me questions that are genuine and thought provoking. I&#8217;m not so much into the questions about what kind of pens and paper I use.

What the fuck is success anyway?
I guess it&#8217;s different for everyone. Success for me would be making enough money off my stuff to be able to keep making it and not be worried about losing my ass on anything.
If the internet were on fire and you could only save three things you have ever done from falling out of circulation, what would they be? Anything you would rather leave to burn with all the ones and zeros?
The internet has been around the entire time I&#8217;ve been doing the whole semi-professional art thing, and in a way it&#8217;s shaped how I make things. It&#8217;s a crucial part of how I communicate with clients and stuff like that, but it would be interesting to have it just be gone one day. I imagine I would get a lot more finished. There are a couple drawings from a few years ago that keep circulating around tumblr that I&#8217;m not really into. I put them up there, so it&#8217;s my own fault, but I&#8217;m always terrified an artist I like will see them and assume my current stuff is just like that.

I just finished the book I was reading, any good sci-fi recommendations?
I&#8217;m more of a comic guy than a book guy, so I don&#8217;t know how much help I&#8217;ll be. Ray Bradbury books are always great, though. There are a ton of really great science fiction comics out right now, so you&#8217;re in luck. Black Science, Prophet, Nowhere Men, and Manhattan Projects are some of my favorite monthlies. Even though they are all in the science fiction genre, each one is drastically different from the other and somehow are all pushing the boundaries of what science fiction comics can be. They are also all creator owned, which is pretty rad.
Check out Ben&#8217;s Tumblr site, DoublePlus at Study Group Comics, and of course, contributions to our very own As You Were punk-comix zines.

I have been wearing a shirt with Ben Sears art on it for years and only now know what brain it mulched itself up out of. I want a bumper sticker like the I know who grew my food ones that Wavy Gravys in Berkley got, but instead, I know who drew my shirts. The way our weird fucked up punk rock world bridges itself together is pretty kooky like that. Having Ben in As You Were is sick. as. hell. This dude’s art is my new favorite discovery. It has this brooding sick-brained effect like waking up in the catacombs crosshatched with the awe-inspiring “haha! look at all these skulls!” waking up in the catacombs feels. We corresponded with Ben one question at a time in accordance with the visitation rules of space-jail, where he is still serving out a sentence for a crime he may or may not have committed. freebensears.com

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