Interview: Joe Carlough, DIY Publisher

Joe Carlough is a DIY publisher based in Philadelphia. He runs Displaced Snail Publications, and has collaborated with organizations such as Microcosm Publishing, Joyful Noise Recordings, and Portland State University; musicians such as Kishi Bashi, Hrishikesh Hirway, Sound of Ceres, Serengeti and Tall Tall Trees; and a slew of authors from unpublished to published by Random House. Keep your eye out for his zines as props in the upcoming movie production Adam from Ariel Schrag and Rhys Ernst.

Joe and Katie Haegele will be leading a Zine making workshop this Sunday, March 18 at the Tulpehocken Exchange in Germantown. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-a-zine-day-tickets-42911152412


Name: Joe Carlough
Age: 31
Hometown: Edison, NJ
Current town: East Falls, Philadelphia PA
Job description: DIY Publisher, part time Linguistic Annotator

Upcoming projects: I’m currently working on a prologue comic with Chicago rapper Serengeti to promote the creation of his full-length graphic novel, which I’ll also be publishing. As for my own work, I’m working on a new series of tiny books about pets, and a collection of recipes for an alcoholic non-beer alternative.

Select links: displacedsnail.com

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What themes and concepts does your work generally revolve around?

Lately, my work depends more and more on size than anything else. I’ve been getting a real kick out of developing books centered around how small I can make them while retaining legibility, and so I’ve been writing a lot of VERY short stories. To try and sum up my work in one sentence: Small, handmade books and zines, mostly nonfiction but sometimes poetry, about animals, celestial bodies, and my life.

What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?

I tend to flesh out design before anything else: if I have a good idea, I want to know what the zine will look like before I get to creating the content. I tend to measure my ideas by size – that story is only worth 6 pages of a quarter sized zine, or this one needs to be at least 20 pages, maybe half size. Mind, though, smaller doesn’t mean worse. There are a LOT of zines that I make that are tiny and I love that about them

Describe your current state of mind.

Harried and tired. I’m launching this comics project and it’s exciting and fun and excellent and…exhausting!

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Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?

Music. I’m currently in a band and managing a band, but managing a band is more social organization, and the band I’m in makes experimental noise music, which doesn’t offer much structure in a way. I’d like to get out more on my own, but I’ve been a bit shy about pursuing it!

What is your dream project?

House zine maker for a reputable record label. I also sometimes have to tour with the bands.

Are you involved with any organizations?

Not at the moment, but in the past I’ve belonged to The Soapbox, and a number of Meetup groups. I’ve been really toning that down lately to focus on my own work. Though, my partner Katie and I do run a zine library // show space, East Falls Zine Reading Room. That might count.

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Do you collaborate with other people?

Often. Katie and I make a lot of zines together, and I publish work for a few people. I also take on clients for book design and printing, and work in a more collaborative role with the record label Joyful Noise Recordings – I guess maybe I’ve almost accomplished my dream project, ha.

What are a few of your favorite spots in your area?

Well, I miss the Falls Taproom dearly, which just closed, but have been spending a good amount of time at Billy Murphy’s Irish Saloon. I’m always up for some fried chicken from Foghorn, and I’ve heard the new Le Bus is very good, so who knows, maybe that’ll become a haunt for a drink or two. I also love to walk around the city, and do a lot of that just for the walk. I also like the hermit’s cave in Wissahickon, which is a short walk from our house.

What are you reading?

I’m currently reading through David Sedaris’ Chipmunk Seeks Squirrel, and am about to start Bram Stoker’s Dracula’s Guest and Other Horror Stories. I’m also in a constant state of reading regional ghost stories in anthologies or online.

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What are you listening to these days?

Woof, let’s see. I just bought the Diners album Three. Cults’ Offering, Mount Eerie’s Now Only, of Montreal’s Innocence Reaches and Skeletal Lamping. Open Mike Eagles’ Brick Body Kids Still Daydream. Serengeti’s Family and Friends. Oh, and Sleep Party People’s Lingering is very good!

 

What was the last show you attended?

We try to go to a few shows a month. We recently saw Rabbits to Riches at The Pharmacy in South Philly, and will definitely see George Clanton when he’s in town in April.

 

Your websites: displacedsnail.com, scarymovieclub.com, displacedsnail on IG

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Joe and Katie Haegele will be leading a Zine making workshop this Sunday, March 18 at the Tulpehocken Exchange in Germantown. Tickets available: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-a-zine-day-tickets-42911152412

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Stitch n Bitch: Every Tuesday Night!

Join us every Tuesday evening! Bring a project or start something new while at the studio! Knit, crochet, embroidery, weaving or sewing. Other art media is welcome as well. Beginners are welcome, we’ll help you get started on a project!

Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to attend by emailing info@texphilly.com

Ages 12+.

$7/ per person (cash).

 

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Directions: 2nd side door, on the right. You’ll see a security box: type 00002 for entry.

Portrait Party: March 16!

We are hosting a portrait party.

What is a portrait party? So glad you asked…It’s an event with socializing and art. It’s a super-relaxed space for artists of all skill levels to come together and create portraits of each other. Bring a friend or come on your own. We will provide light refreshments.

Participants will gather in small groups, and each person will take a turn sitting for their group.

Rsvp by emailing info@texphilly.com

BRING: Your own art supplies Fun clothes, wigs and accessories

Ages: 12+. (Minors must be accompanied by an adult)

$10/ person (Cash only)

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Date/ Time: Friday, March 16 from 7-9 pm.

Address: 47 East High Street, Philadelphia

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/175733696385701/

Make a Zine Day: March 18!

Katie Haegele and Joe Carlough lead this zine making workshop at Tulpehocken Exchange. Build upon your knowledge by taking more than one session, or just get started by taking one class!

Next date/ Time: Sunday, March 18th from 1 pm – 4 pm.

Location: 47 East High Street, Philadelphia (in Germantown).

Price: $15/ online, $20 the day of the event

Light refreshments will be served.

Tickets available: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-a-zine-day-tickets-42911152412

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What is a zine you may ask? It’s a self published, small circulation book. DIY. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zine

Katie Haegele is a writer, zine maker, and book critic who lives in Philadelphia. She is the author of the memoir White Elephants, and the essay collection Slip of the Tongue: Talking About Language. Her written works have been published in Utne, Bitch, Adbusters, The Comics Journal, Philadelphia Magazine, The Believer Logger, and elsewhere. Find her online at www.thelalatheory.com/

Joe Carlough has been making zines under the name Displaced Snail Publications for the past ten years. He’s quietly entered the world of DIY publishing, becoming the zine and book maker for such outfits as QuillsEdge Press, Joyful Noise Recordings, and a range of clients from budding poets to Random House authors. He owns three different printers, six unique staplers, and literally tens of thousands of sheets of paper. Find him online at displacedsnail.com.

 

Tickets available: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-a-zine-day-tickets-42911152412

MARCH: SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING EVENTS

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Friday, March 9 from 7-9 pm

Letter Writing Club

Do you like to write letters the old-fashioned way? If so, join us for Letter Writing Club, a casual hang-out at Tulpehocken Exchange. We’ll provide the cards and writing paper (and snacks). Come write letters to your old friends – and maybe meet someone new.

Friday, March 9th from 7-9 pm.

Tulpehocken Exchange: 47 East High Street.

RSVP: info@texphilly.com

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/284049978794799/

 

Tuesday, March 13th from 7-9 pm

Stitch n Bitch

Join us every Tuesday evening from 7-9 pm. Bring a work in progress or start something new while at the studio. Knit, crochet, embroidery, weaving or sewing. Other art media is welcome as well. Beginners are welcome, we’ll help you get started on a project.

Light refreshments will be served (wine, cheese, hot tea + cookies). Please be sure to keep RSVP status accurate as space is limited. Ages 12+.

Directions: 2nd side door, on the right. You’ll see a security box: type 00002… for entry.

We have supplies available, for donation.

$7/ per person, sliding scale (pay what you can). Free on street parking is available. Location is 1/2 a block from the 23 bus. Located 2 blocks from the Germantown train station, regional rail (Chestnut Hill East line).

Note: we are located on High Street!

RSVP: space is limited so please rsvp.

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/334588637049550/

 

Friday, March 16th from 7-9 pm

Portrait Party

We are hosting a portrait party.

What is a portrait party? So glad you asked…It’s an event with socializing and art. It’s a super-relaxed space for artists of all skill levels to come together and create portraits of each other. Bring a friend or come on your own. We will provide light refreshments.

Participants will gather in small groups, and each person will take a turn sitting for their group.

Rsvp by emailing info@texphilly.com

BRING: Your own art supplies Fun clothes, wigs and accessories

Ages: 12+. (Minors must be accompanied by an adult)

$10/ person

Date/ Time: Friday, March 16 from 7-9 pm.

Address: 47 East High Street, Philadelphia

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/175733696385701/

 

 

 

Sunday, March 18th from 1-4 pm

Make a Zine Day

Katie Haegele and Joe Carlough lead this zine making workshop at Tulpehocken Exchange. This is Part II of a three part series. Classes will take place monthly, on the third Sunday of each month. Take one class or take all three, it’s up to you!

Next date/ Time: Sunday, March 18th from 1 pm – 4 pm.

Location: 47 East High Street, Philadelphia (in Germantown).

Price: $15/ online, $20 the day of the event (Supplies are included.)

Light refreshments will be served.

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What is a zine you may ask? It’s a self published, small circulation book. DIY. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zine

Katie Haegele is a writer, zine maker, and book critic who lives in Philadelphia. She is the author of the memoir White Elephants, and the essay collection Slip of the Tongue: Talking About Language. Her written works have been published in Utne, Bitch, Adbusters, The Comics Journal, Philadelphia Magazine, The Believer Logger, and elsewhere. Find her online at www.thelalatheory.com/

Joe Carlough has been making zines under the name Displaced Snail Publications for the past ten years. He’s quietly entered the world of DIY publishing, becoming the zine and book maker for such outfits as QuillsEdge Press, Joyful Noise Recordings, and a range of clients from budding poets to Random House authors. He owns three different printers, six unique staplers, and literally tens of thousands of sheets of paper. Find him online at displacedsnail.com.

Tickets available: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-a-zine-day-tickets-42874439603

 

Tuesday, March 20th from 7-9 pm

Stitch n Bitch

Join us every Tuesday evening from 7-9 pm. Bring a work in progress or start something new while at the studio. Knit, crochet, embroidery, weaving or sewing. Other art media is welcome as well. Beginners are welcome, we’ll help you get started on a project.

Light refreshments will be served (wine, cheese, hot tea + cookies). Please be sure to keep RSVP status accurate as space is limited. Ages 12+.

Directions: 2nd side door, on the right. You’ll see a security box: type 00002… for entry.

We have supplies available, for donation.

$7/ per person, sliding scale (pay what you can). Free on street parking is available. Location is 1/2 a block from the 23 bus. Located 2 blocks from the Germantown train station, regional rail (Chestnut Hill East line).

Note: we are located on High Street!

RSVP: space is limited so please rsvp.

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/184548798940157/

 

Sunday, March 25th from 10 – 12:30 pm

Crochet Basics

Come out this spring and learn to crochet.

In a series of 3 classes you can learn how to chain, single and double crochet, work in the round and how to read a pattern. Come create simple crafts and have fun at the same time. Sign up for one class, or sign up for all three.
Locations vary:
On Sunday, March 25 and Sunday April 8, 10-12:30 class takes place at the Tulpehocken Exchange (47 East High Street, Phila.)
On Sunday, April 22 class takes place at beautiful Awbury Arboretum’s Agricultural Village, on Washington Lane from 3 – 5:00 pm.
Suggested materials: a J or K size crochet hook and some cotton yarn.
Price:
$20 per class, bring your own supplies.
$30 per class/ all supplies included.

Sunday, March 25th from 1 – 4 pm

Think Ink

Join us as Dre Grigoropol leads this inking workshop at Tulpehocken Exchange. Experiment with permanent ink and learn techniques on how to ink your drawings like the professionals. Students are encouraged to bring pencils drawings that were done previously to ink during the workshops. Or you can pencil in a new drawing at the event.

Dre Grigoropol is an Illustrator, Caricaturist, Cartoonist and the founder of Dretime.

Price: $15/ online, $20 the day of the event … Supplies included.

This class is for Ages 12+.

Light refreshments will be served.

Tickets Available: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/think-ink-tickets-43437827712

 

Tuesday, March 27th from 7-9 pm

Stitch n Bitch

Join us every Tuesday evening from 7-9 pm. Bring a work in progress or start something new while at the studio. Knit, crochet, embroidery, weaving or sewing. Other art media is welcome as well. Beginners are welcome, we’ll help you get started on a project.

Light refreshments will be served (wine, cheese, hot tea + cookies). Please be sure to keep RSVP status accurate as space is limited. Ages 12+.

Directions: 2nd side door, on the right. You’ll see a security box: type 00002… for entry.

We have supplies available, for donation.

$7/ per person, sliding scale (pay what you can). Free on street parking is available. Location is 1/2 a block from the 23 bus. Located 2 blocks from the Germantown train station, regional rail (Chestnut Hill East line).

Note: we are located on High Street!

RSVP: space is limited so please rsvp.

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/863430240485455/

 

Pastel Portrait Class, Show at Newark Arts Alliance, and New Chinchilla-centric Painting

Pastel Portrait Class

Today I taught a pastel portrait class for beginners at Tulpehocken Exchange. It was the perfect activity for a rainy Saturday afternoon. It was an intimate group with creative folks including musicians and a sculptor. I taught them some basics using dry pastel and offered tips on facial proportions, color, the blending vs. texture balance, and various methods of achieving different styles. Pastels are a great way to get vivid, painterly affects. They’re a wonderful step into painting. (Or use on their own.) Check out the slideshow below to see photos from the class.

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All Kinds Pop-Up Art Exhibit 

My next show will be at the Newark Arts Alliance in Newark, Delaware. It’s a pop-up exhibit “featuring artists that fall at ALL points on the weird spectrum.” CLICK HERE to visit the Facebook event. I hope to unveil some new pieces there.

Important Info

Time/Date: March 25th, 12 – 4 PM

Location: Newark Arts Alliance
276 E Main St, Suite 102
Newark, Delaware 19711

More info on the Newark Arts Alliance can be found at newarkartsalliance.org .

Chinchilla Floral 
Those who know me in person know that I have 2 ornery chinchillas that I love to pieces. I created this small watercolor painting of a chinchilla floral print. It’s now available on Society6 on phone cases pillows, travel mugs, stickers, and other projects. Personally, I think it’s perfect to show your chinchilla love with a snazzy phone case. You can visit my shop  HERE Chinchilla Floral

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Click on the image to go directly to the chinchilla floral products.

 

Pastel Portraits for Beginners: Tomorrow!

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Learn the basics of using chalk pastels and portraiture in this informative class. Create a beautiful portrait to take home. During the class we’ll be learning about blending techniques, proportions, light and dark, and more!
The class is hosted at Tulpehocken Exchange, a new arts space in Germantown, Philadelphia. The cost of the class is $30 per person. Sliding scale admission is available on an as-needed basis. Light refreshments and wine will be served. Email info@texphilly.com to register!

Saturday, February 24 from noon to 2 pm

Address: 47 E. High Street

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