…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
hooray for organized offices!
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.
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!
The week’s books
Girls I’ve Run Away With
Little Otsu’s 8th Annual Planner
Pedal, Stretch, Breathe blank book
back of the blank book
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.
Amy was just in Ohio for her grandma’s 97th birthday. She is amazing, and Amy intends to grow up to be like her.
There’s a lot we love about our work–running our own shop, playing with machines the size of a small house, always learning something new or improving a process, and getting to support creative radical endeavors. We love all of it, from greeting cards to poetry books to posters to zines and in between.
Here are two projects we printed this week that made us feel especially excited about our chosen line of work.
The Big Feminist BUT is an awesome comic anthology that we are all in love with.
Bikes in Space is a collection of feminist sci fi stories about bicycles!
We recently started using recycled black ink, and we love it. It shows up by the pallet–we’re expecting a new shipment any day now.
Our own excess black ink no longer gets wasted; it goes in a drum that we ship back to Wisconsin to be recycled again. The company is almost ready to unveil full color CMYK recycled inks too, which we are of course excited about.
Some jobs use more ink than others, and this metal magazine is one of them. We used 25 pounds of ink on this–that is a lot of ink!
Did you know that we love to make greeting cards here at 1984? Well, we do. Here’s a selection hot off the press of cards we printed up for Little Otsu.