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hey everyone–
i’ll keep it brief.
first, thanks to all of you who responded to the Sammy Book 2 pre-sale offer. we got about half of the print bill covered at present, and that is a wonderful thing.
i’m writing for 2 reasons:
1) there’s THREE DAYS left on this thing– it ends on July 31, so if you still want to do it but haven’t done it yet, or were going to tell someone about it or whatever… well, you know. tick tick. it’s right here:

2) the limited edition print is done (i mean, it’s drawn anyway), so here’s what you’ll be getting along with your book (well, the rough, lo-res version):

looks like i’m going to do them on the Risograph, and i’m going to see what color drums i can borrow from pals, so the actual 2 colors will most likely differ from what you see here. size of the print is 6″ x 8″, on this real nice cream colored watercolor-paper-looking stuff (with deckled edges!) that i came up with. i’ll print these up as soon as the offer ends and get the books sent out quick as hell. i promise.
that’s it.
thanks again and my best,


any sane person with a rudimentary grasp of the concept of “promotion” would have posted about this weeks ago, but there you go: say everyone, i’m having a Sammy book 2 release party.

when? funny you should ask: it’s TODAY. in about 10 hours, actually.

i’ll be signing books and…well, signing books at Minneapolis’ own Magers and Quinn Booksellers, from 7 til 8.

then i’m going to burn ass down to Grumpy’s downtown and hopefully Pretty Ladies will play (their first show) somewhere around 8:30 (fair warning: it is very loud) and sign more books and whatever happens after that is probably fine with me.

so, there you go.



so, a couple years ago i had the opportunity (and honor) to do illustrations for my friend –and one of my favorite living writers– Brian Evenson‘s collection of short stories, Fugue State.

i’m now putting some of the original art from that book up for sale.

these include the title illustrations and the lettering (but in different configuration than in the book, where they were reformatted). each piece measures around 10 x 7.5 inches, and is pen and ink on paper (exceptions are the illustration for “Desire With Digressions”, which is 15 x 7.5, and “Fugue State”, which is manipulated photocopies. also note, some have rubber cement/ pasteup cuts).

each is $150 (plus postage and handling), shipped to you flat (i’ll sign them if you’d like).

here’s a couple examples:

preferred payment is paypal, but i can make whatever work.

NOT FOR SALE are the illustrations for “The Adjudicator”, “Younger”, “Mudder Tongue”, “Life Without Father”, and the comics pages for the “Dread” collaboration (which remain in Brian’s personal collection, or my own).

all the rest are first claim. email me at orders@lamano21.com and please name the one you are interested in.

for those of you who have no idea what i’m talking about, i would urge you to run out and pick up one of Brian’s books immediately (his most recent is Immobility, which i really, really loved– but his short stories are masterful, and any collection you pick up will be a winner. TRUST ME).


SAMMY the MOUSE BOOK 2 is HERE/ special pre-sale offer


i told you something was up. go to this link to read my long, rambling thing on what the pre-order is and why we’re (and by “we” i mean myself and Uncivilized Books, who published the new volume) doing this, and what you get (signed book, special print). oh alright here’s the url too:


but, yeah: i want people to get the new book FROM ME. i like that. i always have. if you like it too, spread the word.

there’s some signings and events and all that stuff in the works, but for now– Sammy is halfway done. 98 all new pages in a 104 page book. this one  just about did me in (i know i know, don’t they ALL?) but you don’t want to hear about all that and besides, now it’s done. this pre sale thing lasts through this month (july 2013).

thanks, all of you.

best, zak.