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Fire Relief Benefit posters – featuring Green Day!

May 20 2015


Since the fire, the response from the entire community has been overwhelming. One of the most amazing moments came last week when Green Day got on stage at 924 Gilman for the first time in 20 years at a Fire Relief benefit concert. You can read all about it in Rolling Stone!

This was the second of two benefit shows that 924 Gilman put on to raise recovery funds for us, AK Press, and the many other building residents affected by the fire. We have printed up these beautiful posters from the event and you can purchase them directly from us.  All proceeds directly benefit 1984 Printing, AK Press, and residents from both warehouses affected by the fire.

Thank you everyone for the support! It’s hard to believe sometimes, but we think we’re really going to make it. Things are looking brighter, thanks to you.

A month after the fire

Apr 23 2015


We’ve been so busy but we want to post this update. First to thank everyone for the squeegees, the sandwiches, the help with cleaning up and patching the work, donating to our Go Fund Me campaign, the words of support—it was hard for us to ask for help, but we’re so glad we did.

Also, our friend Fly made this incredible art, above, in support of everyone affected by the fire.

A lot of people are asking us about the state of 1984 Printing. It’s hard to say what the future will hold, but for now: We are printing. We are finishing jobs that were in progress when the fire hit, and we are accepting new jobs. If you do not have a hard deadline for your project, we would love to print it for you. Here is how to submit a project.

We’ll be at the Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair this weekend—come say hi, pick up a free journal, and check out our new t-shirts and sweatshirts!

Finally, we’re about to reach 1,000 likes on our Facebook page — and we’re having a little giveaway when that happens.

Help us recover from the fire

Mar 23 2015

This weekend, our print shop suffered major damages in a fire that spread from the warehouse next door. In order to get back on our feet, we need to do something that doesn’t come naturally to us: Asking for money.

Amy, Peanut, and Honey were in the office at the time, but thanks to our functioning smoke alarms and concrete ceiling, we managed to leave the building in time. Some of our neighbors were not so lucky.

We are grateful to be alive and for the community’s support. Our big printing equipment is mostly ok, but we lost all of our paper stock, computers, and a million other small but essential pieces of equipment and documentation to smoke and water damage. We are seeking to raise $50,000 in order to keep afloat and start printing (and reprinting) again. Please help and spread the word if you can. We are so thankful for your support. Now please go check your own smoke detectors!

Upon reflection…

Sep 14 2014

…it’s been a rough year, here at 1984. Amy had 3 deaths in her family, including her beloved grandmother, Lillian. She was an amazing woman who left her permanent mark on this world, and Amy was lucky to have learned so much from her experience and strength of mind and character and to have experienced so much love from her.

After 4 trips back to Ohio in 6 months, life finally feels like it’s back to the status quo around the shop which means less stress and more productivity, and hopefully, more time for Legos.

We’ve been happily very busy lately making zines and comic books and printing posters and postcards, and we’ve finally uploaded the new and improved price list and info guide to this website (here) AND Amy even added two new 5 x 5 Ikea shelves in her office to hold our overflowing samples (did I mention we’ve been busy?)

Honey, sleeping on the job again

Honey, sleeping on the job again

Lego bunny!

Lego bunny!

hooray for organized offices!

hooray for organized offices!

Pricing for Vinyl Packaging finally added!

Mar 21 2014

At long last, we are back to blogging, back to updating our website, and as always, continuing to print and bind awesome work for awesome people! Finally just added a “new” pdf with pricing for 7″ diecut and glued pockets, innersleeves, 7″ and LP fold-over covers, LP inserts, 18″ x 24″ posters! Download pricing here.

Hot off the press

Sep 09 2013

Dear blog, sorry we’ve neglected you. We’ve been busy playing with our new press, and it’s helping us print more things than we were able to before.

Here’s a spotlight of some recent projects that we especially love.

Girls I’ve Run Away With, a novel by Rhiannon Argo that Amy is excited to take home to read this weekend! It’s Argo’s second novel and the first publication of Moonshine Press, a new queer, feminist micro-publishing house.

– Little Otsu’s new Annual Weekly Planner — Peanut’s favorite page features a very sexy dog sketch.

Reich #10, a comic book from Sparkplug Comics with the most beautiful cover…Love!

– And a perfectly simple blank notebook for Pedal, Stretch, Breathe/Taking the Lane with a gorgeous two spot color cover. Silver metallic ink really is awesome!

Meet Lynda Carter

Jul 09 2013

We are pleased to announce a new member of our print shop family: A new (to us) Heidelberg S Diecutter. We’ve decided to name her Lynda Carter.

This is a smart machine that can do a lot—once she’s up and running, we’ll be able to make LP and 7″ record pocket covers and so much more!

Here are some photos of her move into the shop:

1984 in the Oakland Local

Jul 01 2013

We’re so pleased to get to share this great feature about 1984 over at the Oakland Local blog.

Here’s a snapshot:

In the beginning, nearly ten years ago, Amy hand-collated projects in her living room and printed from negatives. A women’s studies major, Amy found how-to books on ebay and taught herself everything about the business, from building her own darkroom to operating a stitching machine.

As sole-proprietor, Amy is part curator, part designer, and part heavy lifter. One of her goals, in starting a small business was to find creative work to do with her husband, Richard Northam. They met back in Ohio when Richard was working as a roadie and driving a bus for the Primate Freedom Tour. Their partnership allows a fair division of labor. On a perfect day, Richard, a union contractor, never has to deal with computers, and Amy doesn’t have to pour concrete.

What the very end of the article says is true. We love our work, but the best part is all the people we get to work with.

Out with the old

May 06 2013

Remember that new printer we moved into the shop earlier this year? The one that is the size of a small house?

Well, we finally moved out the old printer, which was only as big as a large shed, but still taking up plenty of space and getting in our way.


Apr 19 2013


Amy was just in Ohio for her grandma’s 97th birthday. She is amazing, and Amy intends to grow up to be like her.

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