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Apr 1, 2010
Ossuis ex Musicae

Hey Deadlings,

It's been awhile. How are you? I have something cool to show you!

Yep, that's a skeleton made out of cassette tapes.

Brian Dettmer is an artist who uses old media items, like tapes and books, to create amazing works of art. There are more pictures of the skeleton, which was part of a 2007 exhibition at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago, here (potentially NSFW ad at the top.)

If you want to see his other pieces, check out his flickr stream or there's a piece on his "book autopsies" here. Warning, if you don't like to see books that have been sliced and diced, I don't recommend those last two links ;-)


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posted by Anthony at 12:18 AM | permalink |  1 Comments
Jan 12, 2010
Health! Books! Imbolc!

Thanks for all the well-wishes; wouldn't you know that right as I was getting better my husband caught it? Jeez. All healthy now, though, just with a lingering cough, which means we're back to shipping out books and all other orders!

We've has sold books in all but 15 states. There are 18 books left. Coincidence? I think not. (Arkansas, Arizona, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming, in case you are wondering.)

I mean, Hawaii I get. Who wants to knit with wool or wear black there? But Kansas, oh Kansas. Every autumn you prove to me you can be awesome if you just try, but now this? The woe, the betrayal! And Wyoming, don't you remember when I came to visit and (in theory) ride horses in 1982, before I knew I had a severe allergy and the beasts would kill me? Don't you still love me?

Also, I promise the Imbolc issue will be up before Imbolc. Stick a needle in my eye!

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posted by Zabet at 11:07 PM | permalink |  6 Comments
Nov 18, 2009
For our fans in the United Kingdom

You now how your own book order button under the book tab. The price is $16.76 (~£10), including shipping. Enjoy!

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posted by Zabet at 11:12 AM | permalink |  0 Comments
Nov 16, 2009
Going Out of Print Sale!

When life gives me lemons, I turn off all the lights, listen to The Cure for 24 hours straight, and write horrible poetry on black paper with black ink while I weep black mascara tears all over it. Then I go make narcotic lemonade.

I got a letter from our publisher saying that they have found themselves in an "overstock situation" with Anticraft: Knitting, Stitching, and Beading for the Slightly Sinister (really, I will never stop hating that subtitle). So, the bad news is that it will not be reprinted, but the GOOD NEWS is that I was able to buy 150 deeply discounted copies, which I will in turn sell to you, signed and personalized. I will even go so far as to steal a page from Amanda Palmer and Om Nom Nom on them if you so desire, despite the warning I put in the back of the book about NOT LICKING IT because it was printed in China so Gods only know what might be on it. That's right, I'm totally putting my personal health at risk FOR YOU. That's love, baby.

We ordered the books Friday morning, and they will reach HQ in 10 business days. Which means that you can preorder a personalized book right now and have your holiday shopping done and out of the way in a trice, and we'll ship it out as soon as we have them in our hot little hands. Aren't we so helpful?

Profits from these book sales are going to be put into a savings account to one day fund... are you ready for it? ANTICON. Coming in the next 24-36 months or so to a city probably not very near you (and very likely in Ohio, unless Carin manages to put together AntiCon West first, in which case it will be somewhere nearish to San Francisco), so start saving now for your airfare!

And speaking of holiday shopping, if you want to give a gift to us, you can totally shop via our portal on the Materialism page, where we'll get little kickbacks for anything you buy. Not that you shouldn't buy local (BUY LOCAL!!!!), but when you can't get it local and have to shop online anyway, you can enter Amazon through our portal, get whatever you like, and we get a little kickback. It's all sorts of awesome.

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posted by Zabet at 10:26 AM | permalink |  3 Comments
Mar 18, 2009
My favorite thing is when peope hate us for not being what they thought we were!

If anyone shops and would like to post reviews about the AntiCraft book, it would be much appreciated. The only review there is from one of those crafters who won't lower herself to learning how to crochet or do anything else. *eyeroll*


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posted by Zabet at 4:47 PM | permalink |  6 Comments
Mar 13, 2009
Not a Lot of Spendy for Your Thrifty

Shannon Okey is selling deeply discounted, signed copies of AlterNation—$8 including s/h, but AntiCrafters only pay $6.50 with this discount code: anticraft

(Remember to click "update cart" after entering the code.)

Grab one while you can!
"AlterNation’s subtitle is Transform. Customize. Embellish. and that’s what we hope you’ll do! The book is designed to teach even a novice sewer how to make totally unique, one-of-a-kind garments from thrift store finds… though more advanced seamstresses will also find plenty of tips, tricks and ideas, too."

[more, including photos...]

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posted by Zabet at 10:08 AM | permalink |  2 Comments
Jan 21, 2009
Mortal Coils

I reviewed Mortal Coils for this issue, but if anyone wants to check it out, you can download the first nine chapters from the author's website.

Eric Nylund: Novels: Mortal Coils
Now with cover art!

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posted by Zabet at 7:09 AM | permalink |  4 Comments

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