Plankton Press is a micropress that currently puts out four zines, GRAPH(feeties), Tiny Joys, Wordlings & Dear Luna.As the press evolves, I hope to produce books that push the boundaries of genres/forms to explore ways people live positively on this planet. Like the tiny plankton that inhabit the world’s oceans, little drifters that may seem aimless yet help make life on earth livable (did you know phytoplankton provide 50-85% of Earth’s oxygen?), the press plans to stay small and wandering, while making a contribution (hopefully meaningful). I want to provide a place for artists/writers, who tell true stories in mixed visual and literary forms, to have their exploratory work published. My dream is to someday publish small books with covers printed on my Multigraph Press.
Regarding buying zines from Plankton Press, Paypal hasn’t been working for me, so I’ve abandoned selling them on this site, but you can find my zines to buy online at Wasted Ink Zine Distro. You can also e-mail me at fishewan “at” gmail.com about ordering zines. I love sending them out, but those darned paypal buttons glitch all the time and I don’t do html code. You can also sign up for my e-mail newsletter in the sidebar to get updates on the goings on at Plankton Press and with me and my zines/art/book/writings/cartoons. Also, some copies of my zines may still be at Fantastic Comics in Berkeley, CA, and More Fun Comics in Ashland, ORE. Wasted Ink also takes them on the road to awesome zine fests. I also table them at Phoenix Zine Fest.
Regarding submitting to Plankton Press. Currently, writers/artists interested in submitting work, can send hybrid work for GRAPH(feeties), a submissions-based zine dedicated to walking and hybrid-form storytelling. This link takes you to submission info. I’d love to see your poetry comics prose photos on walking!
The digital version of GRAPH)feeties) issue 1 is free, because I’m hoping it will inspire more submissions to future issues: GRAPH(feeties) 1 online. It features awesome pages by Jason Payne, Cait Scudder, Thea Gavin, Chip Sullivan, Carmella Guiol and some by me too. (note: the TOC flips Thea and Carmella’s page numbers. This was me learning InDesign and having my brain)
Issue Two: features poems by Heidi E. Blankenship, Rick Kempa and John Yohe; comics poetry by Paul Jeter (@pjet); prose by Peter Fish; Photographs by Matthew ‘Matty’ Carras; and my cartoon shenanigans.
Other Zines I Make
Tiny Joys has multiple issues. For Wordlings and Dear Luna, I just made the one issue and am now done.
Tiny Joys is a 1/4-size zine of words and cartoons about things that bring me (and hopefully readers) joy. Issue 1 is on butterflies and includes my imaginings of people whose work I enjoy as butterflies.
Issue 2 focuses water, one of my favorite elements on Earth.
Issue 3 is all about Big Things, like Giant Sequoias and the Cosmos.
Issue 4 is in the works and will be available soon (so July or August 2018)