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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.

G.J. Sieck

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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.

1134 Press: Campaign

7 Jun

Good afternoon everybody,

Last month we launched our new site, 1134 Press. We have a lot of big plans for that project. With that in mind, and considering some financial realities, we’ve started a GoFundMe campaign as a way to jumpstart this project.

Please follow the link to help us out – we’re also offering some pretty great rewards for your donations!

gofundme.com/funding-for-1134-press

Thanks!

It’s Been A Long Time

13 Apr

Hello,

It’s been a long time since the last comic has been posted to the site. Sorry about that. Blakbone will continue were it left off (at some point in the not too distant future). That said, there are some pretty big things in the works at 1134 Comix!

First, we’ve finally locked in our very own domain name. Now, we’re simply 1134comix.com–we’re on our way to the big leagues now!

Also in the works, is what will be our sister site. Here you will find all the goofy web-comics that have always lived on this site. The new site will be something altogether different. We will be focusing on print editions of fiction, graphic novels and comics (at some point), and we would love to publish some interesting poetry as well. We hope to publish work that fits with the essence of 1134 Comix. What we’re most excited about is a plan to publish a yearly anthology. More will be revealed about all of this over the next number of months.

1134 Comix will also be getting some help moving forward. Hello, also unpaid partner in online publishing. You will all be experiencing her contribution sometime this summer.

The last bit of news, for now, is that we will be releasing our very first, full length, book of fiction next month. This book features sequential art, mind bending flash fiction, hauntingly gritty art pages, and a number of short stories that walk right up to the edge of reality. Look out for Gestalt, coming in May!

So, stick around for an all new era of 1134 Comix!

Submit your Writing

11 Sep

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Writers’ Bloc is a University of Baltimore student organization that promotes writing within UB and the surrounding community. Writers’ Bloc is interested in submissions from writers of all levels from the Baltimore area. That said, submissions from outside the Baltimore area are also welcome. Comic submissions are also welcome (1-2 pages total).

Submissions to Unbloc Zine are accepted year-round, but get your work in by September 30th to be considered for the October edition.

Writers’ Bloc / Unbloc Zine accepts:

Fiction, memoir, poetry, experimental forms, comics, and art.

Submit to unbloczine@gmail.com

Visit the Facebook page for further submission guidelines at: facebook.com/ubwritersbloc

1134 Sunday Comix: Blakbone Continues!!

3 Jul

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Check back for more 1134 Comix!

Some Art Inspired by Rafael Perez Estrada’s Poem, The Eye

11 Mar

The following images are mixed media pieces inspired by, The Eye, a poem by Rafael Perez Estrada. The text on the pieces are from the poem.

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Art by G.J. Sieck