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Grimalkin Press founder Jordan Shiveley cites some favourite novels and talks about publishing...

READERSVOICE.COM: What are some novels or biographies or magazines or anything else you’ve enjoyed reading?

JORDAN SHIVELEY: The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano;
Knives at Dawn by Andrew Friedman;
Lucky Peach magazine.

RV: Where did you grow up, and learn about printing and book binding?

JS: Well, I grew up in southern Louisiana and the state of Oaxaca in Mexico but I didn’t start learning printmaking and bookbinding until I was in Missouri working on my masters. I started making band posters and putting together zines and chapbooks and it just went from there, trying to make each one better than the last.

RV: When did you first start publishing and what are some lessons you’ve learned about it?

JS: I started officially doing things under the name Grimalkin Press in 2009.


Do it for love and not for money or it will break your heart. It will still occasionally break your heart.

Never pursue a project solely because you think it will be a financial success. Because if it fails you will have nothing but disgust for the endeavor. If you fail commercially on a project but you believe in the artistic vision behind it and are emotionally invested then the very act of creating it makes it a success.

Don’t talk shit.
Pay your artists.

It’s better to publish fewer books of higher quality than a flood of shoddily thrown together crap.

RV: Are there any HIVE comics anthologies coming up?

JS: Yes. Possibly in 2015.

RV: Is there some way to produce a printed version of the anthologies on a bigger scale, or would it sacrifice too much in the end product?

JS: No, I think each anthology is different in design and aesthetic so I don’t think something with a larger print run and thus a lower price would preclude artistic integrity. I just haven’t felt the urge to print a anthology in that manner yet.

RV: What are some of your plans for books published by Grimalkin Press and other endeavors?

JS: We will be publishing a beautiful full length book by Simon Moreton sometime in late 2014/early 2015, a children’s art activity book by Nicholas Straight, a new HIVE, I am working on some food based illustration/ recipe books, and several other projects that are in their infancy so it wouldn’t be prudent to put a clock on yet.

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