Friday, April 21, 2017

A Photo of Three Publishing Heroes, and a note about Post-Asemic Press from the Publisher

Even though Post-Asemic Press will not at the moment be focusing on publishing verbal works, reading literary works is where I cut my teeth. Asemic writing is a counter-reaction to words, and to the physical authority of alphabets. Not all thoughts can be expressed with words, and so here is the mission of Post-Asemic Press: advance asemic free writing. I love words, except when they are used for manipulation and control. Asemic writing puts the reader in the driver's seat of the non-verbal asemic rocket ship. But where to go? What is the destination? Heaven of course! I have self-published chapbooks of asemic writing since 1998, and eventually in perfect bound paperback books since 2006. What I learned from self-publishing is to make mistakes and how to clean them up. I am a "practicing" author, that is, I practice creating abstract animated gif calligraphy and make planet poems; my publishing efforts will be reflective of my personal writing and reading tastes. Post-Asemic Press is my investigative proboscis into the book publishing world. The titles that this press will produce will be different from what every other press is doing, with the presses intention being to focus on the global post-literate asemic writing culture, and related forms, such as post-graffiti, undeciphered scripts, non-verbal communication, alien writing, and experimental literature (words) eventually down the road. Thanks to all the future readers and authors! It's because of you I get out of bed every morning, so send me some crazy good work (60+ pages of asemic writing), and check out our new titles!

 Michael Jacobson
Curator @ The New Post-Literate
& Publisher @ Post-Asemic Press

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Post-Asemic Press Official Launch and Book Signing with Michael Jacobson: 6 to 8pm Tuesday May 16th 2017 @ Minnesota Center for Book Arts

I will be signing books and meeting people in the gallery at MCBA from 6 to 8 pm on Tuesday May 16th 2017. This book signing will also be a closing event for the exhibit Asemic Writing: Offline & In The Gallery, though the show still runs till May 28th. It will be a laid back event. Three books will be available for purchase: Unknown Message by Spencer Selby, Zinc Zanc Zunc by Rosaire Appel, and Works & Interviews by Michael Jacobson. The gallery will be open till 9pm. I will have wine to share, and will be free to answer questions about asemic writing. Come down to see the amazing job MCBA staff did in presenting asemic book art, and view the first large scale group exhibit of asemic writing to be held in the US.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Post-Asemic Press #002: Unknown Message by Spencer Selby is now available at Amazon USA, UK, Canada, & Europe (Germany, Italy, France, & Spain)!

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“Here are some Petri dishes, each full of an alternative writing culture or sample of writing from an alternative civilization. Some of this writing appears to have been yanked and stretched, as if it had been written on a sheet of elastic material. Other pages resemble maps, diagrams, digital crystals, tattoo designs or ancient pictographs. Noise or wind or smeariness is a common feature. Throughout this work, the third dimension seems to be trying to push itself forward from the flat paper surface. There's a human presence hiding on one page, perhaps the author hard at work. I suggest that this book contains a message from the future.”
                        Tim Gaze

“The physical act of reading is altered here, it undergoes a shift. The challenge is to assess how a reader views and how the veiwer reads. A sentence carries information from one margin to the other. The line travels across the page. What happens between margins is open to interpretation, to some divine corruption. In UNKNOWN MESSAGE, Selby not only adjusts the content of the line and how it reaches a margin, but he takes alphabet to new visual potentials. Meaning is in the seeing meaning form new ways of seeing. These poems are derived from visual chromatin conveying the genetic material of a future language event. Again, the cycle of disintegration to renewal in visual language approaches. These asemic missives find you, are awaiting your attention.”
Nico Vassilakis

“Fuzzy-wuzzy, cranky, cryptic, vibrant, prickly, deterritorialized, endearing… no, these are not names of Snow White’s avant-garde dwarves but just a few adjectives that adhere to the overwhelming variety of Spencer Selby’s asemic marvels. These textural, textilic surfaces invite engagement of the most tactile kind, but they can’t be touched except with our loving, delighted eyes.  Poring over them is a wild ride into the possibilities of illumination and meaning. If Plato’s cave were the ideal rather than the simulacrum, its walls would feature these brilliant marvels. We are drawn toward these angelic morsels of signification, flickering sememes that reveal and conceal.”
Maria Damon

Spencer Selby

                                                                              ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Poet, artist and film historian, Spencer Selby has performed work and presented slide shows in many North American cities and in Europe. He is the author of nine poetry books, five collections of visual poetry and two reference works on film noir. Selby ran the Canessa Park Gallery Series in San Francisco, co-edited the visual poetry magazine Score and was a curating member of Glitch Artists Collective.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Coming soon! Zinc Zanc Zunc: An Asemic Conjugation by Rosaire Appel | Post-Asemic Press #003

Coming soon, in May 2017, Zinc Zanc Zunc: An Asemic Conjugation by Rosaire Appel. Zinc Zanc Zunc is an asemic journey through various abstract atmospheres and unlimited futures.

Her bio: Rosaire Appel (NYC) is an ex-writer, graphic artist exploring the betweens of reading/looking/listening. She makes books  (commercially printed, hand-made and recycled), ink drawings and digital drawings. Her subject is, basically, visual language. Using a combination of abstract comics and asemic writing, she develops sequences which remain open to interpretation by keeping the relationship between the viewer and the work active. Her website is:

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Coming soon! Post-Asemic Press titles will be sold at Minnesota Center for Book Art's bookshop.

photo by Marcia Brauer
Coming soon: Post-Asemic Press titles will be sold at MCBA's bookshop. Photo: Me @ Asemic Writing: Offline & In The Gallery @ MCBA which runs till May 28th 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017

Works & Interviews by Michael Jacobson is now available at Amazon USA, UK, Canada, & Europe (France, Germany, Italy, and Spain) | Post-Asemic Press #001

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Michael's Bio:

Michael Jacobson is a writer, independent curator, and artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota USA. His books include The Giant’s Fence (Ubu Editions), Action Figures (Avance Publishing), Mynd Eraser, and The Paranoia Machine; he is also co-editor of An Anthology Of Asemic Handwriting (Uitgeverij). Besides writing books, he curates a gallery for asemic writing called The New Post-Literate, and sits on the editorial board of Recently, he was published in The Last Vispo Anthology (Fantagraphics), and curated the Minnesota Center for Book Arts exhibit: Asemic Writing: Offline & In The Gallery. In 2013 he was interviewed by SampleKanon and Asymptote Journal, and in 2015 by Twenty Four Hours. Currently, he created cover art for Rain Taxi’s 2014 winter issue, and as of 2017 he has become a publisher at Post-Asemic Press. In his spare time, he is working on designing a cyberspace planet dubbed THAT.