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We’re Still Here

9 Feb

We’re still here!

It’s been awhile since the last post on 1134 Comix, but we’re still doing a lot at 1134. I just wanted to take a minute to touch base and run down some of the things we have coming up.

1134 Press:

This is were we have been focusing much of our attention. Some of you know, but for everyone else, here’s a brief history:

This whole thing started as an experiment in creativity. A handful of creatives came together and started Project 1134; which was a mishmash of crafting, arts, and comics. That was fun, but after maybe a year or so the collective aspects of the project fell away. It wasn’t like some big breakup; reality is that life happens, people need to take full-time jobs, and artists are like cats–hard to wrangle (I know I am anyway). So, Project 1134 became 1134 Comix. In a very off-and-on fashion, I continued making web-comics, and sometimes print, featuring various characters that I came up with over the years. In 2017 I wrote a book of fiction and wanted to self publish, so I started 1134 Press. For the next two-plus years, 1134 Comix continued to be where I posted comics and 1134 Press became the platform for publishing print material. Due to a bit of brilliance outside of my control, 1134 Press began to evolve into something more interesting; and in a way is bringing this whole thing closer to the original idea.

So far through 1134 Press we’ve published: my book, Gestalt, a collection of web-comics, one regular-size comic book, and For Us: A Self-Care Journal for Mamas, by Bri “Bam” Mobley. Where we’ve really been focusing, though, has been in journal crafting, bullet and junk journalling, and writing. The move toward handmade books and the craft of journaling was led by Bryonna Sieck, who was here at the very beginning of 1134 Press. It was her passion for bookmaking that moved us into a new direction with 1134 Press. What I like most about all of this is that, as an entity, we are really emphasizing craft. We’re not just trying to sell books. We want to show people how to make books, and we want to promote journaling as an exercise good for the spirit. I believe the videos posted on our 1134 Press and Bree Be Journaling Instagram feeds capture our desire to share the craft of it all. With every next step I feel like we’re getting closer and closer to what 1134 was meant to be all along.

So, what’s coming up for 1134 Press?

  1. A new book of fiction out in early/mid May 2020. This time, by Bryonna.
  2. Continued content on the 1134 Press and Bree Be Journaling Instagram accounts.
  3. Updates to the website and redesign of other platforms
  4. Later this year and into the next:
    1. Calls for submissions
    2. More robust, tutorial-style videos on bookmaking
    3. Additions to the online store that include: crafting materials, merch, and more books.

1134 Comix

1134 Comix has taken somewhat of a backseat. Some of you might have caught my post from a few months ago about the web-comics. In short, I’m not posting web-comics on any kind of regular schedule. Though I liked making weekly updates of News from the Crypt, I wanted to spend more time writing fiction. I plan to have a new book finished soon, as well as some new short stories. That said, new web-comics will pop up here now and then. Random comic-style art will pop up here once in a while, and every so often a new comic-book-size sequential art story will come through 1134 Comix. All of this will be secondary to our work with 1134 Press, though. Consider 1134 Comix as a side project, or something extra from 1134 Press.

So, what’s coming up for 1134 Comix?

There are no solid plans for projects under 1134 Comix at this time. That said, there is a nearly complete story (art pages, colors, etc.; just needs lettering). This story is currently on the shelf as we consider the best way to put it out. At some point, I’d like to continue the Blakbone story, but there is no timeline for this.

Things that are definitely on the agenda (but with no schedule):

  1. More News from the Crypt episodes (probably in connection to big news stories, holidays, and/or other times of cultural note.
  2. Random one-off comics

To wrap it up,

Look out for all the things mentioned above by following 1134 Press on Instagram, Facebook, and at 1134Press.com. Also, look out for news–probably later this year–about our YouTube channel (it’s not really a thing yet, but it will be). And follow Bree.Be.Journaling on Instagram–that’s where some of our coolest crafting videos will be found.

Before you go, check below for some character design/concept art for a sci-fi fantasy idea I’m working out. Do these look like characters you would want to know more about? Feel free to let us know.

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1134 Has Merch!

19 Jul

If you like 1134 Comix, now you can show it with our cool new shirts!

Both shirts are available in multiple color variations – Check it out!

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Also, check back soon for a new episode of News from the Crypt–and the finale of Pussies of Tomorrow is still in the works!

And find all of our print comics and other books at our store: http://www.1134press.com/store

Blakbone in Print!

23 Jul

Last summer, so many of our supporters pitched in to help give 1134 Press/1134 Comix a jump start. It worked out great, and we were able to meet almost all of our goals since then. We began production on a printed collection of 1134 Comix web comics, and a few months ago were able to publish the book! It can be found here, and soon will be available at our own shop. Speaking of our own shop, there are still limited copies of Gestalt available there–check it out if you don’t have a copy!

Now, we are very close to finishing the next printed Blakbone story. See some of the penciled pages below:

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This book features a bunch of our supporters as characters–and they all have important roles in the story! Unfortunately, you can’t see many of them in the above photo (sorry about that). The book is 22 pages long – a regular size comic book – and page 20 is currently being drawn. We hope to have this published by the end of summer/early fall. That said, these this things always take longer than we hope …

Keep a lookout for The Outer Space Adventures of Blakbone, where you will see our favorite anti-hero travel the cosmos and, with the help of a new cast of characters, face one of his old enemies!

Blakbone is in Print!

21 Apr

After quite a process, followed by quite a wait, The Adventures of Blakbone is finally available at Indy Planet!

We want to thank all of our supporters who helped make it possible to create this collection. And on that note, the art for the next Blakbone comic is well underway. We are shooting for a summertime release. The next story features some of our favorite readers–look for them in the pages of next issue!

Follow the link below to get The Adventures of Blakbone and Other Stories in print, or as a digital download!

http://www.indyplanet.us/comics/159659

Here are some images from the book:

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And the Winner is …

30 Jan

A couple weeks ago we asked what you would like to see as the next 1134 web-comic. After going through the responses here on the website, on Facebook, and to our post on Instagram, well, it was nearly even.

Since both ideas (Shifty Elephant and Pussies of Tomorrow) seem to have some support, we will do both. One will be a web-comic that will start running here, at 1134 Comix, soon. The other will be made into a one-off print comic that will be scheduled for later this year / next spring. We haven’t yet decided which will be which, but that choice will be finalized soon.

In other news:

The Adventures of Blakbone and Other Short Stories has gone into the printing process. It might still be a couple more weeks to go over the proof and make any adjustments. We will be making an official announcement soon in regard to the release date.

Also, the long awaited update to our web-comic platform is still on the agenda. There’s a lot in the works here and we can’t wait to see it all through!

In the meantime, grab a copy of Gestalt from our online store!

In Her Boudoir: An 1134 Press Journal Collection

15 Oct

 

This collection of handmade journals, Boudoir, was inspired by Victorian grandeur and kitschy eclectic styles. From images of decadent furniture, traditional portraits and jewels, I not only wanted to capture what I saw happening in fashion this fall, but to create journals that inspired me to write.

boudoir 5.jpegWho says your travel journal can’t match your floral sweater and mustard skirt?

 

boudoir 2.jpegGet it HERE on Etsy

Of late, I’ve been thinking about the intersection of the act of journaling and the physical journal. Aside from the journal being a place to jot down ideas and observations, and its use a therapeutic tool, there is something about journaling that is sensual. What you doodle, or write in your journal are presumably for the self—like an act of cognitive masturbation. When thinking about my personal journaling in those terms, I wanted to create a journal that created a romantic atmosphere. Thus, in this collection there are rich pinks, deep blues, golds, and floral patterns that adorn the covers. Boudoir is nothing short of feminine. The choice to use images of furniture grounds the journals in a home of magnificence.

 

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Follow me @bryonnajay on Instagram for your handmade journal fix!

In perfect travel size, you can take romance and extravagance with you everywhere.

 

Pack Rat, Book Junk Queen

20 Aug

The bookmaking possibilities are endless when you use the materials laying around the house. From empty wine boxes to broken junk jewelry, there is an incredibly unique and eco-conscious book waiting to be made.

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When I first started making books I would spend so much money going to craft shops to buy book and chipboard. But then I wised up and realized that I could eat my elbow noodles and make a journal out of it too!

 

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 One of favorite materials to use in crafting books is through upcycling library books. I like spending a day going “book hunting,” by hitting up the different libraries in my area searching for books that found themselves abandoned on “free” shelves.

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You might be asking yourself if cutting up a book is ethical. I wrestle with this moral question constantly, especially while browsing book art sculptures on Pinterest. The truth is that some publications will inherently end up never being read again due to a lack of interest, over publication, and so forth. While I don’t make sculptures from published books, I do reclaim covers, colored end pages, and images. To maintain a moral compass while out on a book hunting expedition, I keep two things in mind: 1. Do I want to read the content so I can save interiors for reading later? 2. Is the cover interesting?

 

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Reusing materials can help to reduce the carbon footprint in a small way. Reusing materials also forces you to use creative problem solving skills by reimagining what an object could be. Check back here next Sunday for a tutorial on how to make your own upcycled library journal!