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Denver Avenue Press Publishing brief, intelligent, and funny takes on challenging subjects. We're into what we write about. Come on along and we'll show you amazing things.

See this page? Pretty, isn't it? Shame she stole the cover image from Sage Adderley, one of the most capable, faithful, ...
09/19/2014
Mom's Got Ink

See this page? Pretty, isn't it? Shame she stole the cover image from Sage Adderley, one of the most capable, faithful, and decent people in the world of micropublishing. It's bad enough that too many people these days seem to think that anything they can snag a gif of is their's to use. But when a magazine does it, one about the arts? That's just sh*tty to a whole new level.
https://www.facebook.com/MomsGotInk

is a new online magazine for tattooed moms!

An interesting map is doing the rounds this week about most widely spoken languages in the various U.S. states. Too bad ...
09/15/2014
AAPI Voices

An interesting map is doing the rounds this week about most widely spoken languages in the various U.S. states. Too bad that it's evidently wrong on quite a few counts.

P.S. Read down into the comments for detailed information with links about just what the actual data says, the granularity of it, and links to the sources.

http://aapivoices.com/slate-youre-doing-it-wrong/

There’s a map that Slate made recently that’s been getting a lot of shares. The map is part of a post on language diversity, and it shows the top language in each state other than English or Spanish. We dug a little deeper, and found a few problems.

We'll certainly be keeping an eye on this. We've seen the page proofs and they're just as visually rich and textured as ...
09/13/2014
Z2 Comics announced Henni by Miss Lasko-Gross — The Beat

We'll certainly be keeping an eye on this. We've seen the page proofs and they're just as visually rich and textured as Miss Lasko Gross' previous work, not to mention that Z2 itself is quite the intriguing little venture. And how could we not love that cover?

http://comicsbeat.com/z2-comics-announced-henni-by-miss-lasko-gross/

Miss Lasko-Gross has gained attention for her two autobiographical comics, Escape from Special and A Mess of Everything, but her new book will be more of a fable. Henni is the tale of a young girl named Henni who lives in a structured society where religion is the last word of the law. She goes off…

Any good publisher knows how important it is to know the capabilities and limits of your staff and machinery. And to get...
09/12/2014
Printer's Devil

Any good publisher knows how important it is to know the capabilities and limits of your staff and machinery. And to get the story to press well written, accurate, and covering all the pertinent details.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQhYEK2xy-8

Douglas Winter, the editor of The Courier, a failing newspaper, feels there is nothing to live for after a number of employees quit, including the Linotype o...

It ain't over 'til it's over.http://www.slate.com/articles/business/the_edgy_optimist/2014/09/independent_bookstores_ris...
09/11/2014
Why Independent Booksellers Are on the Rise Again

It ain't over 'til it's over.

http://www.slate.com/articles/business/the_edgy_optimist/2014/09/independent_bookstores_rising_they_can_t_compete_with_amazon_and_don_t_have.html

The recent news of the opening of an independent bookstore on Manhattan’s Upper West Side was greeted with surprise and delight, since a neighborhood once flush with such stores had become a retail book desert. The opening coincides with the relocation of the Bank Street Bookstore near Columbia Univ…

09/11/2014

Seems there's some big to-do at the idea of Marvel creating a female version of their Thor character. Evidently a lot of people are all in a huff as to if this can be done and would it work and blah blah blah.

Funny, kinda seems like it's a little late for this.

How many years ago was the X-Men's Storm a weather goddess? And how many years back was her "Almighty Storm" created? Complete with Norse costume and hammer?

Okay, *calling* a female character "Thor" might be a new thing.

But a Norse mythos female god(ess) of thunder?

A longstanding badass.

And maybe worth a little more acknowledgement as such.

09/07/2014

"Y'know what's really lame? Blurring out the middle finger, but not the hands pretending to shoot you with invisible guns in rap videos."

-Brandi Valenza

This is a HUGE part of why it takes us *years* to bring a product to press. It is also why you can regularly find custom...
09/04/2014
Let’s talk about margins

This is a HUGE part of why it takes us *years* to bring a product to press. It is also why you can regularly find customers in bookstores picking up our chapbooks and running their hands down the paper, flipping the pages back and forth, pausing to hold them up to the light, and saying that they found reading our creations a surprisingly satisfying experience though they can't say just why.

https://medium.com/message/lets-talk-about-margins-14646574c385

We’re making a book. The margins are important. Do you know how important?

09/03/2014

From Jennifer Marie Joyce:
"Of COURSE, because I have a writing assignment and deadline coming up, my kitchen is SPOTLESS and my inbox is suddenly MANAGEABLE. I also got an oil change and made SOUP.
Haha... writing is funny business."

And there's the second caster.
08/31/2014

And there's the second caster.

Our little crew has spent some time discussing this phenomenon and we've long felt that it had implications well beyond ...
08/27/2014
In the ’90s, Cocktail Nation offered a swingin’ alternative to alternative rock

Our little crew has spent some time discussing this phenomenon and we've long felt that it had implications well beyond pop music.

http://www.avclub.com/article/90s-cocktail-nation-offered-swingin-alternative-al-208231

“When ‘Hell’ broke, it took everyone by surprise, not just us,” writes Tom Maxwell, formerly of Squirrel Nut Zippers, in his new memoir Hell—named after the hit single the band released in 1996. “The lyric, the melody, the style, and the production values were obstinately different from, say, Hanson

A true original.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moondog
08/27/2014
Moondog - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A true original.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moondog

Moondog, born Louis Thomas Hardin (May 26, 1916 – September 8, 1999), was a blind American composer, musician, poet and inventor of several musical instruments. Moving to New York as a young man, most days he could be found in his chosen part of town wearing clothes he had created based on his own i…

08/23/2014
Whedon Three Way (one shot) at TFAW.com

Just get a look at all the dark lipstick on all those full, bee-stung lips. Which is appropriate. Yeah, Joss likes 'em with a bit of character to 'em but he also suuure does like 'em pretty.

http://www.tfaw.com/Comics/Profile/Whedon-Three-Way-one-shot___457828/

Jump into the comics of Joss Whedon with a value-packed issue that contains three number ones of the newest Whedon series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10, Angel & Faith Season 10, and Serenity: Leaves on the Wind . * Whedon's best creations live on in comics-right here at Dark Horse! * Joss…

While we don't publish any erotica, we certainly support it and are proud of the thriving Pacific Northwest scene. We re...
08/21/2014
Erotic Comics

While we don't publish any erotica, we certainly support it and are proud of the thriving Pacific Northwest scene. We recommend this handy little guide to making your own from local wonder Erika Moen and featuring our amazing friend, Molly Kiely.

http://www.ohjoysextoy.com/eroticcomics/

Aaaaaand we conclude my four comic break with this stunning strip by none other than legendary erotic cartoonist Jess Fink! She is best known for super dirtyadorable Victorian p***o comic, Chester ...

For any of you only now discovering our press or perhaps just this Page, keep in mind, we are one of four presses, all w...
08/21/2014
Streetcar Press

For any of you only now discovering our press or perhaps just this Page, keep in mind, we are one of four presses, all working from the same core of editorial staff, production, and interests. You can find them at:
https://www.facebook.com/StreetcarPress
https://www.facebook.com/IrreverentApe
https://www.facebook.com/ReedandWright

You will also find that just about every product that we publish has its own facebook Page and, in some cases, community.

You can find some of them at:
https://www.facebook.com/AndFrom.Their.Hearts.Grow.Gardens
https://www.facebook.com/Crown.Leg.Tooth
https://www.facebook.com/GrabandGoGuide
https://www.facebook.com/Couchpotato.Cookery
https://www.facebook.com/DIY.In.Stumptown
https://www.facebook.com/ListenUp.NYCGuide

Check out the Likes on each of these. We have put some small effort into making each Page a resource for people interested in the subjects that publication covers.

We have many more Pages even beyond those. But these should be quite enough to get you started, no?

Information. Clear, accurate, and to the point. Who says that data need be dull?

Denver Avenue Press's cover photo
08/21/2014

Denver Avenue Press's cover photo

What a cool idea. It makes me sad that he's only doing fifteen of these. I'd think that there'd be hundreds of people ou...
06/23/2014
Balsa wood plane - printed on 1/16" balsa wood from Tiny Bird Press

What a cool idea. It makes me sad that he's only doing fifteen of these. I'd think that there'd be hundreds of people out there happy to buy such a thing, even at a higher price.

http://tinybirdpress.storenvy.com/products/8000829-balsa-wood-plane-printed-on-1-16-balsa-wood

While I was working on my Ready for take-off print, I thought it would be cool to design my own plane and do a mini-print of it. I had some scrap balsa wood in my studio. VERY FRAGILE 2 colors, hand-printed on 1/16 balsa wood Edition of 15 6 x 7 in size Signed and numbered $10.00 plus shi

This isn't complicated. It isn't cryptic. Just one simple thing that shouldn't be possible. An endless, unrelenting proc...
06/21/2014
Accidental Gun Deaths

This isn't complicated. It isn't cryptic. Just one simple thing that shouldn't be possible. An endless, unrelenting procession of tragedies because so many guns are just kinda *there* in our society.

http://accidentalgundeaths.wordpress.com/

No good guy with a gun could have prevented this.

06/11/2014

From Bradley Gawthrop:

What EXACTLY is a school shooting? (Warning : This is pretty long)
So they say there have been 74 school shootings since Newtown. Let’s have a closer look at that.
Starting at the given data set of 74, 34 of those are included because they happened on college campuses. I consider this problematic. College campuses have porous borders, if somebody had been shot in front of the apartment building I lived in ten years ago, it would just have been a homicide, but if they’d crossed the street, it would have been a “school shooting” by this definition because thats where the VCU campus started, so let’s restrict ourselves to examining schools where children go, rather than adult environments.
So that's 40 events at K-12 facilities. Start looking these events up, and it becomes clear the definition of a “school shooting” being used here is pretty pliable. 7 of these are suicides - tragedies to be sure, but not really what you think of as a “school shooting” per se, they just shot themselves at school rather than someplace else. So, now we’re down to 32. Of these events, eleven are neighborhood violence which spilled onto school property after hours. People found murdered out behind school buildings for example, or in their parking lots. Often nobody involved had anything to do with the school, they just happened to be on the campus when the crime happened, or were discovered there. Again, these are tragic events, but “School shootings?” - not really. So of the remaining 21, what have we got?
Well I think we can also exclude the 70 year old teacher who shot a former (expelled) student who tried to assault him and the two students he was escorting to their cars in self defense. The police did.
I don’t know that the two kids who brought guns to school which accidentally discharged injuring either nobody, or only that kid carrying them are really “school shooters” either, but feel free to disagree with me.
I suppose we’ll include the kid at Madison High who was arrested with weapons despite never firing a shot as a “shooter” based on intention, so that’s 19 events with 8 fatalities between them in a year and a half. There are more than 132,000 K-12 schools in this country, many of them in pretty rough neighborhoods, their combined enrollment is north of 54 million students. So a K-12 student’s odds of being killed in a “school shooting” which actually lives up to the name in the data set provided is something like one in six and three quarter million. Actually somewhat less, because the 8 fatalities include a few teachers.
19 events is too many, 8 fatalities is too many, but let’s keep an ounce of perspective.
To be clear, I'm not making an argument about guns one way or the other, or about violence, except the violence done to statistical reality by distorted scare numbers like these. The problem is bad enough without exaggerating for greater effect. If anybody wants my spreadsheet with links to the news stories about the events, I'm happy to provide it.

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