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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.

Envelope book.JPGA new journal made up of recycled envelopes and cardboard. Get it on Etsy!

 

 

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!

 

Book Trash.jpg This is chipboard! These boxes will be used for semi soft covers.

 

 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!

It’s Pronounced Eleven-Thirty-Four: Who We Are

13 Aug
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If you type 1134 in a calculator and turn it upside down, what does it spell?

1134 Press is an independent publisher and bookmaker based in Baltimore founded by G.J Sieck (a comic artist, writer, and metal head) and myself, Bryonna Jay (writer, book artist, and #carefreeblackgirl). We joined forces through our love for writing, books, and an affinity for outsider-hood, weirdness, and the strange.

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1134 Comix’s, Blakbone, the rock n’ roll demon, procrastinating in world domination.

We are nerds, skeptics, and we make free web-comics too! We also make handmade journals, available on Etsy and in our store.

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Bow Down B*tches

Earlier this summer 2017 we published our first book, Gestalt by G.J. Sieck, a collection of short stories and sequential art. Give it a read, it’s a trip.

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Get it here!

Here at 1134 Press we are coffee lovers, night owls, and…

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Gary and me as kitten and sugar skull

We’ve been hard at work creating content and hand crafting products, and we want to take you all on for a ride as we continue to grow as a press and artists. Follow this blog for updates on what’s new with 1134 Press, bookmaking tutorials, calls for submissions, and other 1134 shenanigans.