Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hallooo + Happy Spring!!!

Pegacorn Press will be tabling this Sunday at the Come Together Music Festival at Moma PS1 in Long Island City, NYC. It's a quick day (12-6pm), but should be exciting—more information can be found via HERE.
 

The LA Art Book Fair this year was AMAZING! The folks at Printed Matter are professionals at putting together a great fair and this year was probably my favorite so far. It's always a pleasure to participate in such an excellent event with so many inspiring artists + publishers, but the folks who come out for it are so stellar as well, which really makes it special.

While at the fair, I was did a short interview with Paper Mag, along with some of my favorite ladies I know through self publishing: Heather Benjamin, Tamara SantibaƱez, Girls Like Us, Sarah Faith Gottesdiener, Nicole Killian, and Emma Kolhmann. If you aren't familiar with these babes, you can find out more about them HERE to get an idea of what everyone is up to.

Also while I was in LA, I was also able to do an interview with Nicole Georges, queer-feminist comic icon and animal-lover extraordinaire. She is a prolific illustrator, author, and does the podcast Sagittarian Matters. We went out crystal shopping and then laid in bed petting her producer, Ponyo (a Chihuahua—see photo below), while chatting about the current state of politics, relationships with technology, punk, punk medical myths, and all around DIY ethos. It was super fun and if you have time and want to check it out, you can find the podcast HERE.

The Pegacorn Press Etsy is open again, with some new listings, which includes the second edition of Bar Dykes, as well as reprints of Let Go, Let Gaia, and Primordial Cooch. A new batch of GODDESS hankies will be listed in the next week or so, for those who are interested.

There are many things in the works and I hope that by the next post, I'll be able to share some of them. In the meantime, thank you for your continual support and I hope that you are enjoying the beginning of Spring, wherever you are!

XOXO,
Caroline Paquita//Pegacorn Press
 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

LA Art Book Fair 2017


 

Starting this Thursday evening in LA:


It'll be the third year in a row that Pegacorn Press is tabling at Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair and it's really exciting to be heading that way again. It's a really wonderful fair all around and if you're in the area, please make a point to stop by—it's also amazingly free and open to the public.

What will I have at this magnificent fair? A second edition of Bar Dykes, Dean Sameshima's Encounters publications + shirts, a new Primordial Cooch (that I made with Knust while in the Netherlands), all the Womanimalistic titles, publications and prints by Mike Taylor, new Goddess + CUNT hankies, posters, patches, and mini prints.

Preview: Thursday, February 23, 6–9 pm ($10, refer to the site for more info)
Friday February 24, 1pm-7pm
Saturday February 25, 11am-7pm
Sunday February 26, 11am-6pm

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-6222
moca.org

Thanks for reading and as always, thank you for your continual support in my Womanimalistic/Pegacorn Press endeavors!

Much love,
Caroline Paquita

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

So long 2016 and hallooo 2017

Greetings from Berlin---

Tomorrow:

I'll be working with Johanna of Colarama, Aisha Franz, and several other artists doing Colorama CLUBHOUSE. Excited! CC is a monthly collaborative project with different artists—a small group is invited to meet and produce a limited edition of folded zines. Coming from various areas of design, writing, and illustration, and ideally a combination that has not worked with each other before...

Sunday:

I'll be doing a talk on Sunday at 6pm at Anagram Books, in conjunction with an exhibition + programming that Sergej Vutuc and Matt Plezier have organized. The show revolves around punk/hardcore counter-culture zine making from the 1990s, the communities and relationships that grew out of those movements, and where we are today in the current social media take-over of how we are disseminating and sharing information/ideas.

Having pulled myself out of most forms of social media (besides Instagram, which is one of my last holds on a former photo-based practice), I'm happily giving a talk with my fellow quasi-Luddite best friend, Al Burian. We will both be giving presentations of our work and talking about our process together as friends, artists, self-publishers, and collaborators. We will probably be the only people in the room not on Facebook? ;) JOIN USSSSS...

More information on the programming during this exhibit can be found at:
https://sergejvutuc.wordpress.com/
http://www.anagrambooks.com/anagram-take-over-with-sergej-vutuc-matt-plezier

By popular demand...

There is a pre-order for a second edition printing of the 2017 Paquita Calendar, for those who may have missed the flash sale in November. I'll be printing and sending out the new edition when I get back to Brooklyn in early January—orders will be send out no later than January 9th. If you're interested, please check out: https://www.etsy.com/shop/carolinepaquita

"Dank je," beautiful people of the Netherlands!

I had an excellent time at the 2016 Magical Riso seminar at the Jan Eyck Academie and my talk, RISO FOR THE PEOPLE, went over quite well. With 120 people in attendance, the seminar was packed with amazing printers, artists, and designers that all utilize stencil duplicating machines to make their work. Thank you, Jo Frenken, master-printer-extraordinaire, for organizing such a powerhouse event and inviting me to speak at it.

On this trip, I was fortunate enough to be able to finally visit EXTRAPOOL/Knust Press, in Nijmegen—which was a dream come true. Over the course of five days, I produced an A2 sized mini (on the new humongous Riso printer) with help from the dream team, Joyce Guley and Jan Dirk de Wilde. They generously hosted and showed me the ways of their amazing printshop and home, which also serves as an experimental noise venue and art space. Big thanks to them and the Extrapool family for such an excellent and inspiring week! The new mini will be available this weekend at Anagram and will be listed online when I get back to Brooklyn.

COMING UP IN 2017:

 

 

 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

2017 Paquita Calendars...ARE DONE!


It will be an extremely short season for Paquita calendars this year (8th annual!), if, that is, you want them before first week of January. I'm heading overseas in a few weeks and will be closing my online store down on November 20th...til the beginning of next year. Now would be the time to get your calendars, especially at these early bird prices. This is also fundraising for a self imposed artist residency in Berlin, so all sales help keep me well fed on brotchen/cheap falafel and able to buy some art supplies while I'm there.

Orders can be done either through a paypal or venmo payment (to carolinepaquita@gmail.com), or if you're local, you can reserve copies via email and pay only $10 a copy for in person pick ups before November 20th. If you order through paypal/venmo, please make sure to include your mailing address with your order!

You can also purchase copies through my Etsy store, however, shipping charges will start applying after the first copy. Now would be a good time to grab copies of other Pegacorn Press titles listed, as some are almost sold out and will not be reprinted. ((I'm particularly proud of Bar Dykes and ENCOUNTERS, which both debuted at the New York Art Book Fair this year.))

The breakdown:
$12: 1 calendar + free U.S. shipping

$22: 2 calendars + U.S. free shipping

$50: 5 calendars +  free U.S. shipping

$100: 11 calendars + free U.S. shipping

Most of you know the drill with all this, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask. Prices will go up to their normal rate ($12 + shipping) next week in the online store, so now is the time to cash in!



Pegacorn Press events in November:


TODAY--->> I'll be at Comic Arts Brooklyn—It'll be my sixth year tabling at Gabe's (from Desert Island) annual comics fest and it's not to be missed! Mike Taylor will also be at the table with some of his gorgeous new prints that seriously make me drool.

Ace Hotel NYC//Artist in Residence

TOMORROW-->> I'll be doing a one night artist residency at the Ace Hotel—woo-hoo! In celebration of Printed Matter's 40th anniversary, Ace Hotel has been hosting a 40 nights of artists & events across their properties throughout 2016. I'm pleased to have been selected and look forward to making some work and lounging-hotel-style, a rare past time from my former rock 'n' roll life.
 
Saturday, November 12th:

I'll be tabling at the first annual New Women Print & Zine Festival—many thanks to Got a Girl Crush for inviting me to participate in the the first NWPZF at this new amazing space in Brooklyn! (If you aren't familiar, Got a Girl Crush, is an excellent women's magazine that you should make a point to check out.)

11/25: Pegacorn Press at Magical Riso

I'll be giving a presentation at the Magical Riso conference this year titled, "RISO FOR THE PEOPLE," about creating affordable and accessible editions using Risograph stencil duplicators. A little bit of personal history of being a punk rocker who makes zines, to where I'm at now, and why I run the press the way that I do—aka, as a Granny in the basement cranking out the manifestos, spreading an "artistic gaylord agenda." Excited to head to the Netherlands and see as many print studios as possible and then head to...
 

Germany//December
As I mentioned, I'll be back in Berlin on a self imposed artist residency with good friend, Al Burian. Time to relax after a very busy year, which has concluded with me recovering from a concussion since late August. The experience has been pretty intense and life changing—but oddly helpful in leading me towards slowing down in many ways. December is all about self care, working out some longer terms projects/goals, fun collaborations with a couple of my fave Berliners, and heading back to Berghain to dance it up like a teenage raver.

I'm looking forward to 2017 and hope that all is well, wherever this finds you—many thanks for getting through this epic email. There may still be one email blast in the next couple weeks to announce a mega flash sale on art, as I do some fall time studio cleaning/prep for my trip, so be on the lookout.

As always, thanks for your support in this wild thing called life and HAPPY 2017 in advance!

XOXO,
Caroline Paquita//Pegacorn Press




Wednesday, September 14, 2016

NYABF and fall events



New York Art Book Fair 2016

It's that time of year and Pegacorn Press is pleased to be tabling the New York Art Book Fair again, starting tomorrow! Come by A67 in the zine tent and check out all the new titles (images below), Dean Sameshima's amazing screenprinted t-shirts, Happy/Sad dolls, CUNT hankies, and Riso prints...

I'm super excited to be debuting three new publications at the fair:
BAR DYKES: a collaboration between Merril Mushroom, Faythe Levine, and myself
Encounters: by Dean Sameshima
Lost Love//Love Lost: a new experimental prose/photo book of mine that I printed at Colour Code (in Toronto) during a week long visit/work camp

Special Events
The NY Art Book Fair preview and reception:
Thursday, September 15, 6–9 pm
MoMA PS1

Ticketed Entry $10 (Members $5)

Hours and Location
The NY Art Book Fair is free and open to the public:
Friday, September 16, 1 pm–7 pm
Saturday, September 17, 11 am–9 pm
Sunday, September 18, 11 am–7 pm


http://nyartbookfair.com/

COMING UP:

Many things happening this fall—here's a little preview...
October 22-23rd:
2016 Queer Zine Fair at The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division

November 5th:
Comic Arts Brooklyn at Mt. Carmel Gymnasium

November 25th:
Magical Riso #2 at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands
That's all for now...enjoy these last days of summer!

XOXO,
Caroline Paquita//Pegacorn Press




Sunday, July 31, 2016

Late summer//early fall events

(*Berlin photobooth, one-a-week-ritual/souvenir)

LATE SUMMER:

Hey all! Happy summer! It's been a hot minute since I've written, but it's been busy times since an amazing month in Germany (thank you, universe!) and then getting caught up in the typical NYC whirlwind of "reality." PEGACORN PRESS is deep in some major projects and before I forget, here's the list of what's happening in the next month and a half...

 

THIS SATURDAY:
August 6, 2016--->12PM-4:30PM
Travis Fristoe Memorial Zine Fest
Dekalb Public Library: 790 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221


Come celebrate the new zine library at the Dekalb Public Library, in honor of my best friend (and dear friend to many), Travis Fristoe, who passed away last year. It's totally in the spirit of who he was to start a zine collection in a public library, so I'm stoked to be a part of this event and to help perpetuate all the goodness he shared in this world. I'm still so terribly sad to have lost him, but look forward to this event and hope that if you're in the area, you can stop by.

If you are unable to come, but would like to make a donation to a fund for his daughter, Astrid, you can do that HERE.


 

ZINE DREAM//TORONTO


2016 has been a "year of the Canadian" for me, so I'm pleased to finally make my way to Toronto, for this great event that my friends from Colour Code put together! (Excited, excited, excited!!!)

Saturday August 20th: 11-6pm
The Great Hall *lower level*
1087 Queen St W, Toronto
http://zinedream.com/


 

It's almost that time of year again:

THE NY ART BOOK FAIR
September 16-18, 2016
Preview: Thursday, September 15, 6-9pm
MoMA PS1

Hooray! Pegacorn Press will be at the NYABF in the Zine Tent again, at A67. There are many projects in the works:

BAR DYKES:
I've been blessed to work with best friend, Faythe Levine, on a publication titled, Bar Dykes, centered around our friend/queer elder, Merril Mushroom. In the early eighties, Merril wrote Bar Dykes, a play about lesbian bar culture in the 1950's—the play will be republished, accompanied by a long form interview with her. A prolific writer and all-around-badass, Merril is, and has been, an influential elder to queers everywhere. I've been fortunate to have spent time with her on multiple occasions when I've visited Dowelltown, Tennessee, so this project means a lot to me—it's also quite flattering that she was excited to do this publication with Pegacorn Press! (Big thanks to Faythe for initiating this project and for being such a great collaborative partner/interviewer/editor/BFF!)

DEAN SAMESHIMA:
I'm also in the process of working on a project with artist, Dean Sameshima, an American expat living in Berlin. Currently untitled, it's a photo-based publication of images—I won't say too much about it until it's done, as we are still very much deep in our process ;). Nonetheless, I'm happy to have connected with him in Berlin and also really looking forward to this publication. Besides his amazing art practice, he makes awesome shirts as well—check out his ETSY.

2017 CALENDAR:
2017 is creeping up and fingers crossed that I will actually have the new calendar ready by the fair. Potentially, this is a tall order, but seeing that I will be spending another month in Europe later this fall, I'm trying to have 2017 calendar sales completed by the time I leave again. (There will be early bird discounts and package deals as usual!)

Why back to Europe so soon? Well, I was invited to speak at the Magical Riso 2016 Seminar in the Netherlands—WOWZA! For the person in the Risograph community that sometimes feels like I'm the granny diligently cranking out manifestos in the basement with an ancient machine and doing everything so DIY or die style, this is a humongous honor! It's not until late November, but I'm truly excited to be included and do a presentation at this international conference, so much so that I felt compelled to announce this event months in advance.

There is still a couple more projects slowly stewing on the burners, but it's still too far away to tell if we'll get them done in time for the NYABF—wish me/us luck!


Photo from Miss Read: Berlin Art Book Fair, June 2016

#2BLESSED2BESTRESSED4REAL

Thanks for getting through this post—I try to pack it all into occasional meta blasts, rather than constantly putting them up. I've got one foot halfway through "the Luddite door" and constantly reminisce of the days before cell phones//personal computers, when we all sent letters instead. Yeah, I am a granny in a basement talking about the past here (!!!), but I do try to keep on top of things via Instagram as @lilmizpaquitata, if you'd rather follow along via that format.

Nonetheless, it's always such a pleasure to do PEGACORN PRESS—I love it as an extension of my personal practice that keeps me engaged with other artists, as well as the larger world. I truly appreciate all the support that has been extended to me + this publishing adventure throughout the years and look forward to what the future holds.


Hope all is well, wherever you are—get some swimming in while you can and enjoy these warmer months!

XOXO,
Caroline Paquita//Pegacorn Press


P.S. The Pegacorn Press Etsy store is back up, if there are any titles/hankies you want to grab before they sell out during "fair season."


 

Friday, May 20, 2016

June in Berlin

 

DEUTSCHLAND!

This upcoming month will be spent in Berlin, which is exciting news indeed! It's been five years since I was last there and it was during that fateful five week European rock 'n' roll tour that Pegacorn Press was conceived. I had already been self publishing since 1996 and printing with my first Risograph since 2009, but had been vision questing ways to formalize what I was already doing—to expand my personal artistic practice to publish works by friends and artists that I admire. It's mind-blowing to think how far things have come in those five years—nearly thirty publications have been released, with new projects always in the works. Thanks for all the support throughout the years, as that is a huge part of what keeps me going!

Before leaving the US, there is a major "everything-must-go" sale via my Etsy store (starting NOW!!!), in order to help fund this epic trip. There are handmade CUNT hankies, Risograph prints, publications (including copies of the cult SF classic, THOSE FUCKING UNICORNS), and the last of the HAPPY/SAD plush dolls. The store will be closed from May 27th through early July, so if anything catches your eye, now would be the time—many titles listed are almost out and won't be reprinted.



Reading (June 5th) +  Miss Read: The Berlin Art Book Fair (June 10-12th)

 

YAY—I'm so excited for these events! All the relevant info is listed on the fliers below...

Mike Taylor's new mini, RANCHERO, while available now in the US, will officially debut at MISS READ.  Al Burian will be tabling with me sporadically throughout the fair, so come by and say hello!
 
 

OTHER BERLIN EVENTS:

I'll be tabling a small comics event on the 18th with Al Burian + will be having an exhibition of Risograph prints at WE MAKE IT, tentatively set for June 24th. When I have all the details sorted out, that info will be posted!

While the month will be busy, if you know of any spots to check out, or queers/freaks/artists to meet while in Berlin, please get in touch. I'm also looking for any leads on queer land projects in Germany (like Ida or Raven's Crossing), so any help with that would be appreciated.

Thanks for reading and happy spring----->>summer!

XOXO,
Caroline Paquita//Pegacorn Press