Thursday, December 23, 2010

Grimalkin Press releases Everything Dies 5 by Box Brown!

We just published a new comic by Box Brown! It is the fifth in the critically acclaimed Everything Dies series and hot damn if it isn't beautiful! You can get it here at the Grimalkin Press Store along with all our other books. Maybe you should buy a complete set today?

Saturday, December 18, 2010

News 12.18.10

Hey here is an updated sneak peek at the awesome covers Vincent Stall is screen printing for HIVE SIX!

Pretty fucking amazing right?
Also good news on HIVE FIVE it went to the printer this Monday! After a crazy amount of delays and hassle we've decided to go with McNaughton & Gunn for the fifth issue and also make the leap to offset! So yeah we're a month late but the end product will be WELL worth it.

Also you can now subscribe to HIVE in our store thus saving money on four issue annual subscriptions. Lot's of other cool books on sale as well!

HIVE FOUR at Double Danger Comics

Monday, November 8, 2010

The NEWS comes in TWOS!* *Threes!

Grimalkin Press News update! Yes faithful readers* it is that time again where the veils of your humdrum grey lives** are drawn back and for a brief shining moment*** you are elevated into pure comic making bliss.  So let the newsification commence.


First and foremost we'd like to announce that we will be publishing the next book in the wildly popular Everything Dies series by the continually astounding Box Brown of Bellen! fame.  We're proud to have Mr. Brown join us here at Grimalkin Press and can't wait to publish some goddamned comics!


Also our head editor Jordan Shiveley has since quit the job that kept him on the road for most of 2010 and will be back in the editorial chair full time.


We are now accepting submissions both for HIVE SIX and for a stand alone anthology with the theme of "Jobs in Food Service" The specs are as follows.


1-15 Pages
Black and white/Greyscale
5.5x8.5 Page Size
Tiff files of at least 300 DPI
No Theme Necessary
Deadline: February 15, 2011

Food Service Anthology Guidelines

1-15 Pages
Black and white/Greyscale
5.5x8.5 Page Size

Tiff files of at least 300 DPI
Theme: Stories about jobs in the food service industry
Deadline: TBA

Send all submissions to

*I swear we're not a cult
**Awesome and fully fulfilled life units
***Monday the eighth at 5:27 PM

Saturday, October 30, 2010

HIVE 6 Cover super early sneak peek!

Hey did you know that the incredible Vincent Stall, mastermind behind King Mini is doing the cover for HIVE SIX? Well now you do and your fecund little brains can start imagining what this obvious blueprint for AWESOMENESS will end up looking like. And I'm not talking high score on Skate or Die awesome I'm talking full of SOME AWE!

-J.M. Shiveley, editor

Sunday, October 10, 2010

HIVE 5 Sneak Peek!

Here's a peek at just some of the art included in HIVE 5 (due out soonish)!

Box Brown:

Andrew Waugh:

Cole Closser:

Craig Collins/Iain Laurie:

Jess Smart Smiley:

Hawk Krall:

Joe Decie:

Lilli Loge:

Lord Hurk:

Daniel Locke:

Reynold Kissling:

Dax Delap:

Chris Mostyn:

John Kinhart:

Jonathan Baylis and Thomas Boatwright:

Monday, September 27, 2010

New Items Up On Etsy!

Noah Van Sciver and O'Shell's new comics: up on Etsy!

Read 'em and weep, comic book readers. Read em' and weep, and then buy five extra copies for when your tears smudge the pages of your original copy.

Email me at if you have any questions about publishing with us, purchasing back issues, submitting for future issues, etc.

HIVE FIVE is almost ready! Sneak preview to come soon. Cover by Megan Frauenhoffer is going to be earth-shattering.

Reynold Kissling

Previous Post: The Epilogue

Mark and I missed our train to Minneapolis last month for MIX (long story [actually, short story: we left too late for the station]), so we ended up renting a car and driving the entire way. There's a lot of America between St. Louis and Minneapolis: about nine hours of cornfields, six hours during which the only song on the radio is "Take It Off" by Ke$ha, and three hours during which the only food you can purchase is cheese curds. There's also Iowa's Biggest Frying Pan.

Once we got there, though, it was a Small Comics Press Temporary Editor's dream: we met several Grimalkin favorites (including aforementioned Noah Van Sciver and Dave O'Shell, Sam Sharpe, and Reynold Kissling), networked with potential Grimalkin favorites, and got little pieces of our souls stolen by the local metromix page.

Mark showed me the ways of the big city, including how to use an ATM and how to order room service. I paid big money for a tiny gin and tonic.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

New Releases from Noah Van Sciver and O'Shell!

Mark and I are getting ready to embark on 15 hour+ journey to display our goods at the Minneapolis Indie Xpo (MIX). Hasn't aero-flight technology made it possible to get from St. Louis to Minneapolis in a matter of hours, you ask? The answer is: yes, it has, but Grimalkin Press travels in style, via Amtrak. Taking the Amtrak is a good way to double or triple your trip time, spend nearly as much money as you would flying, eat weird, grainy veggie burgers, pay $10 for a BudLight, and sit next to people who want to cut your head off, but Mark and I happen to enjoy these things.

Anyway, the main purpose of this post is not to make you jealous about our train trip, but to announce the release of two new Grimalkin publications: Noah Van Sciver's hilarious memoir, Noah Novella, and Dave O'Shell's funny-sad memorial of his father, Owe Apostrophe. We'll get these up on our Etsy store and into your eager hands ASAP.

Noah's so good he has a religion named after him!

O'Shell does his laundries at the laundromat, just like you and me!

See you at MIX!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

New HIVE 5 deadline -- July 15

several people have requested that we extend the deadline for HIVE 5, so we've pushed it back to July 15.

the guidelines are the same as for previous issues:

1-15 Pages
Black & White/Greyscale
End page size is 5.5x8.5
At least 300 dpi

also, please send us a self portrait and a short bio at the time of your submission.

send these beautiful masterworks to me at by midnight on the 15th. i will sit here by my computer, literally paralyzed with anticipation, while the entries roll in.


in other news: anyone else going to MIX? we'll be there!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

In Honor of HIVE 4: New Banner Art Contest!

Four is a significant number, right? Four is the number of fingers you have on your hand if you put down your thumb. It's the number of doors that cars have (except when there's only two). It's the number of black eyes I've given to various ne'er-do-wells in my lengthy tenure as Grimalkin Press Substitute Editor (this is a tough biz, I'm finding). It's the number of rotten apples sitting in my fridge right now. And, most importantly, it is the number of HIVES that Grimalkin Press has released onto an unsuspecting world! [Unfortunately, most of the world is still unsuspecting, even now that our release date has passed -- I wish they'd get suspicious and visit our Etsy store...]

In honor of this milestone, Grimalkin Press is holding a contest to design the banner for this very blog! If we like it enough and you give us permission, we might even adopt it as our official logo! We're calling this contest...


It's pretty easy. Just draw something in a general banner-art size, make sure it says "Grimalkin Press" somewhere. Color, B&W, whatevs. Email it to me at by July 1.

Also, you might want to keep in mind that a tiny but significant percentage of our visitors also happen to be international Shakespeare scholars and know what the word "grimalkin" you might want to look that word up before you go sendin' us pictures of elephants and stuff.

Can't wait to see your submissions!


P.S. Back when he originally posted this, Jordan promised schwag to the winner. I don't know what he was thinking that would be, as the only thing I own is four rotten apples. Mayhaps a free copy of a back issue of HIVE? Or homemade apple pie?

Saturday, May 29, 2010

HIVE 4 is out!!

And what a pretty thing it is!

132 pages of comic brilliance, featuring a hand silk screened dust jacket by Daniel Zender and original comics by:

Malachi Ward
Noah Van Sciver
Mark Leicht
Joe Decie
Cole Closser
John Kinhart
Megan Borque

...and more!

Get your copy the snail mail way by sending $10 (plus $3 shipping and handling) to:

Grimalkin Press
407 N. 8th Apt. D
Columbia, MO 65201

Or, do it the 20th century way by visiting our Etsy store!

We will be mailing out contributor copies soon...

Friday, April 23, 2010


Okay let me introduce the new main editor for Grimalkin Press during my hiatus

Ingrid Bohnenkamp

All  submissions and queries should be adressed to her at:


Ingrid Bohnenkamp
407 N. 8th St.
Apt. D
Columbia, MO

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Slight Change of Pace

So for the past year I've been working two jobs at low pay to subsidize Grimalkin Press. And loved every minute of it. However I want to do more than just put HIVE out. I want to make Grimalkin Press something that can publish small minis for creators without the resources to do it themselves, I'd also not like to continue dodging student loan officers to do so. So I've taken a new job. One that pays a gross amount of money. Basically I will be traveling around nonstop catering movie sets. Which will of course take up all of my time for the foreseeable future. What?! Does this mean Grimalkin Press will disappear?! HELL NO! GRIMALKIN PRESS WILL CONTINUE BETTER THAN EVER. Basically I'm just taking this job to better afford bigger and better books to be put out. I'm installing two compatriots as team members to handle all the day to day business in this transitional phase. I definitely want to remained involved in an editorial facet but for the first few months it will take me a while to figure out the practicality of this with traveling all the time etc. So to repeat:

GRIMALKIN PRESS IS CONTINUING! Just at a different pace and staffing.

HIVE 4 is all ready to go and the bases are covered for getting it out and the rest of the publishing schedule will roll out as the wrinkles in this new set up are ironed out. I'll be posting contact information for the two new members in the next day or so.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Chris Mostyn Launches Graphic Novel Endeavor!!!

One of my favourite cartoonists and recurrent HIVE contributor, Chris Mostyn is starting up on a new full length book! You have the chance to watch it progress through his new blog and see the process and new pages as they emerge. Seriously folks this is going to be an epic book. Keep an eye on this guy!

P.S. Look at all that beautiful heavy black!!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Partial 2010 Publishing Schedule

Here's quick look at some of what we will be publishing in 2010

HIVE: A Somewhat Quarterly Comics Anthology Number FOUR
Release date: May 1, 2010.

"Dave the Wank" Minicomic by O'Shell
Release date: By August 2010

Grimalkin No. 1 by J.M. Shiveley
Release date: By August 2010

As yet untitled "Best of Blammo" minicomic by Noah Van Sciver
Release date: By September 2010

HIVE: A Somewhat Quarterly Comics Anthology Number FIVE
Release date: By September 2010

"Food Service Anthology" Stories from the salt mines!
Release date: TBA

NOTE: All dates are what we want to do and at the moment they seem to be completely feasible. Hopefully that won't change! :D So buy some books!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Stick this in your cap

Grimalkin Press has plans to do an stand alone anthology separate from "HIVE Quarterly" anthology about working in the food service industry. No set dates or anything but start those wheels turning and pens drawing.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Convention Schedule

We will definitely be at



So you should totally come by and hang out!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Gathering Info For Resource Sections

One of the main ideas that was in my head when I started Grimalkin Press was wanting to help and publish all the beautiful work that languished inside of sketchbooks and seldom visited blogs because of how daunting taking the next step to being published seems to lots of artists. I wanted us to be not just an anthology but an institution that helps and guides artists towards the goals of both self publishing and promoting their work. We don't claim to be experts in the field but we do have kindly avuncular natures and the desire to put the sweat and man hours into your project and see it succeed. We get totally stoked at the idea of your comics getting reviewed and people being able to hold the pictures and words that you worked so hard on.

With that in mind I want to put together a section on this site that is a resource pool of publishers that take unsolicited submissions and sites that will review your work. So when you have a new piece finished you can just come here and go down the list mailing it out to your heart's content. We have a list of places we've compiled just from a year or so of pouring over websites and finding new review blogs, but we'd like YOUR help.  Email us or comment with lists of all the review sites and underground publishers you know about. We'll continue updating the resource sections as we get your intel.

I think the spirit of community that exists within small press comics is one of the greatest strengths of the medium. Okay that's it kids we'll all meet up at the tree house after school!

Friday, March 19, 2010


Devout, the moment of annunciation is upon you. The call of the faithful is among us! HIVE demands your tithe in beautifully drawn rows of pictures!

Submission Deadline for HIVE FIVE: July 1st

1-15 Pages
Black & White/Greyscale
End page size is 5.5x8.5
At least 300 dpi

Also submit a self portrait and a short bio at the time of your submission

You can either email your submissions to


Mail them to:

Jordan Shiveley
722 S. Jefferson Ave.
Springfield, MO

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A Zine! Taking submissions

Some friends of ours in Columbia, MO have started a zine. They are fresh faced and zeal driven. They can make very reputable Thai peanut sauce. They like to go on long winter drives and have the fattest cat I've ever seen. They'd like to know if you want to submit things to them.

Jess Smart Smiley "A Map in the Dirt" Kickstarter

 Jess Smart Smiley is trying to fund the printing of a minicomic version of "A Map in the Dirt" through Kickstarter! We totally think this is rad.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Damn straight!

"You can read A Map in the Dirt in its entirety as part of Grimalkin Press’ HIVE FOUR anthology this April. Featuring some of the brightest talent on the small press scene, including Noah Van Sciver and ATF-favourite Lord Hurk, it’s looking more and more like a “must-have” purchase for 2010."  -Avoid The Future

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Blog Banner Art Contest

I was drawing a banner for the site tonight and had a thought. Know what would be more fun than me drawing it? You drawing it! Submit hand drawn* banners for this here Grimalkin Press site and we'll use and link the winner. If the submissions blow our minds there might even be some scwhag involved . . . .

And . . .GO!

P.S. The only text in your submission art should be "Grimalkin Press"

P.P.S. Grimalkin is an actual word, look it up.

*Well I guess you can use some P-shop too.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

HIVE Back Issue $5 Sale!

We've got slightly damaged back issues of HIVE One and HIVE Two for sale in the online store! Get you some!



Thursday, March 4, 2010

Our First Review

Well we've had our first review over at The Daily Crosshatch. She liked YOU guys at least! :D We think Sarah Morean is awesome! I mean c'mon! She has a Print-o-Matic stencil doohickey!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

HIVE FOUR Sneak Peak!

We have made a time machine! Here is what we found* when we traveled to April of the year 2010! Pages from HIVE FOUR!


Joe Decie



José Antonio Alonso Barrueco




Jarrett Dawson

J.M. Shiveley

Plus a comic by Mark Leicht! It will also sport nifty hand silk screened dust jackets by Daniel Zender

*We also found really good tacos! And became our own step children?! It got a bit crazy.