Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Maximum Family Story Hour!

The wonderful stay of our current visiting writer Max Wheeler is coming to a close. If you haven't met him yet, you have less than a week to right that wrong. His end-of-the-residency event will be on Friday, July 29 at 7 pm at the house. He will be reading stories from his own family and encourages you to do the same. Bring a 1-5 minute story to read/say aloud. You know, one of those funny and/or touching family favorites? Yeah, one of those. Max will also be showing the prints he's been working on at AIR this month.

Thanks to everyone who helped us reach our house Kickstarter goal, by the way. We're excited to have so many more sbscribers to our Zine of the Month Club. Meanwhile, Max still has a week left of his Kickstarter project to put out a record and comic for the band Spooktober.

(Also coming up on Saturday, Artnoose and the zine Ker-bloom! will be at the DC Zine Fest, so if you're in or around that city, stop on by and say hello.)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hours TO GO

The end is near, and we're over 80% of the way toward our goal. If we reach it the Cyberpunk Apocalypse Zine of the Month Club will be sending Pittsburgh local writing and comics across the US and Europe. We just need one more little push.
Thanks to everyone that's supported so far, and we hope you'll check it out if you haven't already.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hours To Go

Only hours to go to support your favorite fly by the seat of your pants philanthropic writers' organization. We just hit 60% thanks to the nicest man in Providence. Remember you can pitch a buck or two and get a "I support the Cyberpunk Apocalypse" collectible letterpress printed card.

Monday, July 11, 2011

this close to landing in Oz

This afternoon it looked like rain, so I brought my towel down off the line. Dan and I were in the kitchen, and the sky darkened a little.

"Maybe we should take the tent down," he said, looking out the window at the large farmers' market style tent we keep up in the summer time, "It looks like it could get gusty."

I pondered for maybe two seconds and then the deluge began full force. The storm had its foot on the accelerator, and Dan and I ran out into the yard to greet it. The tent was already starting to dance around with the threat of doing a pirouette into a neighboring yard or street. Dan and I struggled to collapse the tent as the rain soaked us and the wind kept trying to blow the tent out of our hands. I wondered if this was a tornado. I'm from California; I don't know much about tornadoes.

Max leaned his head out the door. "Get inside! You need to get inside!" he yelled. I panicked, thinking that when the guy from Ohio tells you to get inside, it must be a tornado. We were so close though, so we finished collapsing the tent. Dark as it was, I could just see across the yard that the wind was throwing patio furniture everywhere, including into the tomato plants. We stashed the tent in the stairs down to the basement door and ran to the back house with Max. I lifted a patio chair off the tomatoes on the way in.

Although the winds died down, the rain was still coming in sheets. The downspout was on the ground and water was pouring down the side of the house like a river. Already drenched, we reattached the downspout with a dog leash and jammed some boards under it to keep it from falling off. The rain barrel was overflowing at this point, and Dan had to transform a garden hose into a siphon to get the water down into the working drain.

The storm subsided and we were soaked down to the skin. Later the cat returned, her fur spiky from being sopping wet, her feet black with mud. It wasn't a tornado, by the way.

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Reading tomarrow(11th)! 7pm Belvederes. Remember!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Visiting writer Max is putting out a 10 inch

This month's visiting writer is Max, from Athens OH. He's the jam. He's a print maker, a comics creator, and he runs his own record label (Gnarly As I Wanna Be). He's got a kickstarter right now to pre-sell a 10 inch/comic from the band Spooktober. Check it out. And also keep an eye peeled for his event coming up near the end of the month.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

27% and counting

The house is packed right now. 4 traveling zinesters are sharing the floor. Max is our new visiting writer, and tonight we're having a dinner with some of our previous residents. It's as good a time as any to point out what the Cyberpunk Apocalypse is doing to connect writers from outside Pittsburgh to our town. Within a few weeks of each other we are hosting readings for folks from California and Australia. We have people here from all over America--I mean right now (they're in the same room as me while I write this).

If you like what we're doing, and you haven't looked at our Kickstarter yet, please do. We have a great start--we're 27% funded--but we've started to slow down as we come toward the middle of our campaign.

If you like how we connect writers to our city, help us connect with you and your friends. Join the zine of the month club.

It's going to be great.