Here’s a thing I’m doing from here until forever! Pet portraits make great, sentimental gifts. Just a heads up, if you think you would want one for the holiday season, it’s a good idea to ask early because the holiday season gets busy fast for folks who do commission based work!
I’ve been getting some really thoughtful reviews for my new book, Little Fish. Here’s a Little Fish Review Round-Up. These are excerpts, for the most part.
Read full reviews here:
My publisher is also doing a blog tour, where different people blog about the book or about topics the book relates to. A different blog is signed up each day for the whole month of September. You can see those posts here:
If you’ve read Little Fish and want to say something about it, consider reviewing it on Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com or Good Reads.
and of course, you can order the book here.
My new book is out today!
My new book is aimed at older teens getting ready to go off to college (or people who have been through that experience, which I know is not everyone) and it’s all about my first year at art school in Baltimore. Bearing in mind that you may not be the target audience for this book, you might like it just because you know me and possibly knew me when I was going through that period in my life. Or you might know someone going off to college, or with a child who is at that stage. Its release date makes it a nice going away gift for a college-bound young person. Or maybe you, the person who is reading this, is someone from that demographic.
Some ways you can help-
Buying the book: If you wanted to help me get a little higher kickback, you can purchase the book USING THIS LINK for Amazon specifically.
You can also purchase it here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/little-fish-ramsey-beyer/1114267270
or you can find an Indie bookstore near you that carries it by going here: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781936976188
Reviewing the Book: Another big way you can help is by reviewing my book on any of those sites once you’ve read it. More reviews means that it shows up higher on search lists, which can lead to better sales, especially if you review on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles. Reviews on Goodreads and Librarything are also helpful for spreading the word.
Tell your friends in the book biz: If you know anyone who works at a library, a bookstore, or teaches high school, maybe spread the word about my book to them! That would rule.
I said a long time ago that I would eventually put the rest of Year One online. That time is now! (…….maybe a few months later than I had intended.) That means the whole book is up on my website to read for free.
Here’s the entire series, starting at the beginning:
But you can also buy a hardcopy for $14! Buy it here if you’d like. It’s nicer in book format:
My friend Amanda and I are trying to put together a nanny zine. Submit something (soon)?
We’ve gotten three really great submissions for this already. a little less than two weeks left to collect submissions. Do you have something? Submit it!
I have the good fortunate of participating in two really cool events this weekend.
I’ll be speaking on a panel at the Drawing Power event in Pittsburgh this Saturday, April 20th.
Drawing Power: Comics Zines and Books in Pittsburgh and Beyond
A one day event celebrating and exploring the small press and self-publishing comics and zine community of Pittsburgh and its connection to the larger world.
Saturday, April 20th
Carnegie Museum of Art Theater (lower level)
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Moderators will be Bill Boichel from Copacetic Comics and Caitlin McGurk from the Billy Ireland Collection at OSU.
Panel 1: The Pittsburgh Scene, Bill Boichel moderator
Panel 2: Self-Publishing, Caitlin McGurk moderator
Panel 3: A Career in Comics, Caitlin McGurk moderator
There will be tables packed with locally produced zines and books for both perusal and sale, as well as new releases from our out-of-town artist guests and a selection from around the world.
Secondly, in Chicago, I’m part of a group art show about self-care and self-publishing!
Long Arm Stapler First-Aid:
Self-Care In Zines and Mini Comics
Curated by Liz Mason and Neil Brideau
Exhibition 4/20/13 – 5/31/13
April 20, 2013 6:00 – 9:00pm
The Annex @ Spudnik Press Cooperative
1821 W Hubbard, Suite 303
Chicago, IL 60622
The exhibit “Long-Arm Stapler First Aid” features pieces by a variety of zinesters and comics artists. The pieces discuss and/or illustrate self-care topics that both help themselves and inspire the reader to be their own advocate in self-improvement. In honor of self-publishing as a means to foster well-being, Spudnik Press is proud to host this exhibition featuring dozens of zine makers from across the country, including Edie Fake, Rinko Endo, Kathleen McIntyre, Ramsey Beyer, Liz Prince, Dina Kelberman, Sara McHenry, Maris Wicks, Beth Barnett, Nate Beaty, Raleigh Briggs, Danielle Chenette, Emilja Frances, Turtel Onli, Trubble Club, Caroline Paquita, Sarah McNeil, Milo Miller, Corinne Mucha, Kitari Sporrong, Missy Kulik, Cathy Leamy, Erick Lyle and more.
Long Arm Stapler First Aid will also include a limited edition exhibition zine, compiled by Liz Mason, encompassing relevant self-care themes in zines and mini-comics such as: healing, grief, fitness, and medical issues. The exhibit will also feature a limited edition screenprint by Ramsey Beyer, published by Spudnik Press.
About the curators:
Liz Mason is the manager of Quimby’s Bookstore, known for selling a variety of self-published works, as well as the editor and publisher for the zine Caboose.
Neil Brideau is comics artist and comics sommelier at Quimby’s Bookstore, as well as an organizer of CAKE, Chicago’s Alternative Comics Expo.
*Image Credit to Dina Kelbermann
If you’re in either of those cities, check out these events! They should be really fun. I’ll be in Pittsburgh in person, and in Chicago in spirit.
I’ve been kind of quiet in terms of posting new comics online because I’ve been working on a new book, which I just finished! You can preorder it here (only ten bucks)! This will be a 270 page, hardcover book.
"Told through real-life journals, collages, lists, and drawings, this coming-of-age story illustrates the transformation of an 18-year-old girl from a small-town teenager into an independent city-dwelling college student. Written in an autobiographical style with beautiful artwork, Little Fish shows the challenges of being a young person facing the world on her own for the very first time and the unease—as well as excitement—that comes along with that challenge."
Coming in September!
This is my first time working with a publisher and it’s been a really fun and interesting experience. Also, stressful! I cranked out this 270 page book in under 6 months, which is mind-boggling to me since it took me an entire year to draw Year One.
This book was inspired by my zine, List, which I’ve put out for the last ten years. It’s had 15 issues of its own. This isn’t an anthology, however. A large part of the content is entirely new (probably 85% of it), but I did borrow some lists from the earlier issues of my zine that I actually wrote when I was 18 and 19.
I also used entries straight out of my livejournal. I wasn’t sure how to tackle writing about my life as an 18 year old and was pretty afraid it wouldn’t feel authentic. My live journal was key in remembering exactly how I felt back then, and using my actual words as an 18 year old was pretty fun and interesting. I’m glad I had a lot to say back then.
If you’re a Year One reader, this is also the story of how I met Daniel.
Other things I learned about that year: the personal as the political, diy/punk ethics, feminism, privilege, discovered diary comics, made my first zine, etc. This was probably my most formative year in terms of who I am now.
Check it out!
You can also preorder it at:
Hi! I’ll be participating in two really rad events in the next week.
Locally, I’m part of a group comics show with some of my favorite comic artists. It’s called the Funnies and was curated by Joanna Quigley.
The opening is Friday, March 8th from 7-9PM and the work will be up all month! It’s at Benna’s Cafe at 8th and Wharton in South Philly.
So many rad folks are in it, including my buddies Kett Nerd and Liz Prince!
The opening should be really fun, but unfortunately I won’t be able to make it because I’ll be at the…..
I can’t wait to head back to Chicago to participate in the Chicago Zine Fest! It’s always so much fun, doubly so since it’s my old stomping ground and I get to see so many old friends at once. Fun fact: I was one of the original organizers of CZF! I helped organize it the first two years, so it’s near and dear to my heart. Come visit my table on March 9th! All the event details can be found at http://www.chicagozinefest.org
I’ll have preview zines for my new book, Little Fish (which will be coming out in September. I’ll be making a post about that in the next couple days!)
I just restocked my etsy store with a few items that haven’t been in there in quite a while.
There’s more OK Cupid split zines, List 14, and Everydaypants 1-inch button packs now, as well as Everydaypants #1, Everydaypants #2, and of course, my book, Year One. Check it out!
http://everydaypants.etsy.com if you’re interested.
"Four friends, Ramsey Beyer, Kettner, Leslie Perrine, and Liz Prince all joined Ok Cupid at different times to test the murky water of online dating. After many tiring conversations about how awful dating is, they decided to make this comic zine! "
"List #14 is all drawn by me (no submissions section this time). Grey, cardstock cover. This issue is about routine, the mundane, trying to figure out where I want to be and what I want to be doing, and dealing with feeling slightly uninspired. Some list samples are: getting older every day, the best things i’ve done in chicago so far, making friends is hard, things i need to get better at, in defense of fitness, and what i’m looking for in a place to live."
Hey y’all! If you go to my etsy shop now and enter in coupon code THANKSPAL you can get 20% off your order.
I generally think holiday buying is kinda weird, especially around Thanksgiving, but buying your friends comics and zines for the holidays is always a cool gift! And, selling things for cheaper around now is cool too.
Thanks for your support! Selling my zines and my book, Year One, in my etsy shop now.