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Illustrated vegan cookbooks to soothe your troubles by "goths eating things" artist Automne Zingg and traveling chef Joshua Ploeg. You can order the books directly from Microcosm.
Illustrated vegan cookbooks to soothe your troubles by "goths eating things" artist Automne Zingg and traveling chef Joshua Ploeg. You can order the books directly from Microcosm.
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Microcosm is pleased to present your soon-to-be most treasured cookbooks and works of art: 

Defensive Eating with Morrissey and Comfort Eating with Nick Cave are sturdy hardcover books full of art, recipes, and lots and lots of feelings, drawn by Automne Zingg and reciped by Joshua Ploeg.

You can think of them as hilarious art books featuring artful recipes. Or as vegan cookbooks with illustrations of sad rock stars drowning their sorrows in food. Either way, you'll laugh, cry, and learn to make some really tasty recipes.

About the Books:

 

Defensive Eating with Morrissey: Vegan Recipes From the One You Left Behind is a book of beautiful portraits of Smiths star Moz hoarding food; each portrait is accompanied by a poetic vegan recipe, so that you can eat what Morrissey is eating.

The praise is already rolling in! "To dine on these sides is such a heavenly way to dine," declaims Wes Allison, co-author of The Taco Cleanse.

Comfort Eating with Nick Cave: Vegan Recipes to Get Deep Inside of You contains portraits of Mr. Cave crying and eating those salty, noodly, cheezy staples that we all crave when we're sad—with recipes for every one.

What's the story behind these unusual books? We asked artist Automne Zingg to write an introduction.

Automne's Story:

In 2013 I was broke, living in Los Angeles, and going through a terrible breakup. It was probably one of the darkest times in my life and I felt inconsolable. I wasn't working. I wasn't eating. I wasn't drinking. I wasn't doing much of anything except writing depressing songs and listening to even more depressing ones from my youth. I found it curious that the bands that got me through the general malaise of being a sad teenage goth served as a type of sonic comfort food for me as an even sadder adult. Was I having a midlife crisis? The only thing that brought me comfort during this nightmare was drawing. I started to doodle images of Nick Cave crying over pints of ice cream, Siouxsie Sioux devouring tacos, and The Sisters Of Mercy stuffing their faces with Cinnabons. The more time passed, the more surreal these drawings became.

Nick Cave was a particular go to for me during this time and he became the musical equivalent to my grandmother's lasagna. I devoured his music and binge listened for months. It was familiar and comforting; I thought whatever feeling emotional eaters gained from consuming a pint of ice cream, I got from blasting "Your Funeral...My Trial." As heartbroken as I was, I reminded myself that Nick Cave had been through much worse. I wondered what he did during those trying times and found myself unconsciously doodling pictures of him weeping while eating. Each day the drawings got a little weirder and my mood got a little better.

Eventually I started sharing them with others and everyone wanted to see Morrissey putting things in his mouth. Who wouldn't? I obliged and started doing a series of drawings of Morrissey hoarding food.

Nom nom nom. Boo hoo hoo.

xoxo Automne Zingg

We fell in love with Automne's drawings, and asked Joshua Ploeg to write a recipe to go with each one. The spectacular results are here for you to see!

Why Kickstarter?

These books are sturdy hardcovers without dustjackets (the industry term is "paper over board"). They'll hold up to a lot of sad tears, exuberant tears, and kitchen spills. We're Kickstarting them for two reasons: 

1) The world needs to know.

2) We're committed to printing in the US. Most color books are printed more cheaply in China and then priced artificially low for consumers—so we are raising funds in order to pay for the printing without risking our building and staff, and to keep the price manageable for you, the reader.

By backing this project, you help us make an awesome book (and keep making more in the future!), you support manufacturing in the US midwest, and you get to never stop laughing. Win!

From the Moz cookbook
From the Moz cookbook

 

From the Cave cookbook
From the Cave cookbook

 

About the artist

The artist at work
The artist at work

Artist Automne Zingg originated the internet trend of drawings of goths eating things. Drawing these pictures started as a breakup remedy.... then things escalated. When not drawing, she makes video art and performs music as Lacey Spacecake. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

About the chef

Your chef in action
Your chef in action

Joshua Ploeg travels the world cooking vegan food for a wide diversity of parties and causes. He's the author of many vegan cookbooks, most recently This Ain't No Picnic: Your Punk Rock Vegan Cookbook. When not cooking, he sings in punk bands: currently Select Sex, and previously in pioneering queercore bands like Mukilteo Fairies and Behead the Prophet.

About the publisher

Our store at work!
Our store at work!

 

Microcosm Publishing produces brightly-colored books that empower readers to improve their lives and change the world. Inspired by the ethics and aesthetics of punk rock, we've been scrappy and independent since 1996. With our staff of ten and almost 400 titles and 2 million books in print, we still come to work at our Portland, Oregon office and have the most fun every day. 

We run Kickstarter projects for some of our books for two reasons: So more people can find our books and be delighted and inspired by them, and to pay the bills. Thank you for doing both these things!

About the other rewards

Henry, Glenn, Nick, and Steven
Henry, Glenn, Nick, and Steven

Publishing books is what we do best, so the rewards for this project consist of lots and lots and lots of our books. We've got something for everyone!

$50 Vegan Cooking with Joshua: 

$75 Music & Humor Comix:

 

  • Henry & Glenn Forever: The original satirical comic about what might happen if two of the most macho guys on the planet were in a sincere, monogamous relationship with each other. You'll laugh til you cry. The only thing wrong with it? It's not a cookbook (at least not yet). By Tom Neely and Igloo Tornado
  • Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever It's the longer-form stories you crave after reading the original comics collection, also by Tom Neely and Friends
  • Meal Deal with the Devil a sing-a-long songbook for adults by hilarious underground rockstars Bobby Joe Ebola
  • The Snake Pit Book: Daily Diary Comics 2001-2003 Ben Snakepit's daily diary comics that started it all

$100 Vegan Ultra-pack:

 

$125 Punk Living:

 

$150: Big Old Comix Deal:

 

Moar rewards:

Want to have your own portrait eating your favorite food made by Automne? That's one option! Or want Joshua to cook you and your friends an elaborate meal theme on a suitable theme? We'll be adding more rewards throughout the project, so stay tuned.

Thank you! We are so excited that we get to work on books like this, and can't wait to make these happen with you.

Risks and challenges

We've been publishing books for over 20 years, and we do it well. So why Kickstarter? Printing is one of the biggest costs in publishing, and to put out two books at once is a real financial challenge. That's why we're running this campaign!

There's always the possibility that one of the fine gentlemen lovingly parodied in these books will sue us into oblivion. We ran a fine-toothed legal comb through the books and even asked both Morrissey and Cave point blank if they'd object ... or if they wanted to be involved in the books (Cave's agents graciously declined to be involved; no response from Moz's people). This is America and anyone can sue anyone for anything. But parody is protected under fair use and we think we're well protected.

The biggest challenge we expect to face is: Will we make our goal? These two books are drawn, written, formatted, edited, layed-out, paperworked, publicized, and basically completely ready to go to print. We've invested a lot in these already. But will we be able to afford to press the send button on that email to the printer? And will this work of art make it into your eager hands? That's up to you!

Thanks in advance for helping us create these books. They've brought us a lot of joy as we've worked on them in the last year, and we can't wait to share them with you all.

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    Defensive Eating with Morrissey

    One copy of Defensive Eating with Morrissey: Vegan Recipes From the One You Left Behind, mailed to your door.

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    Comfort Eating with Nick Cave

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    Both books!

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    Multiple Copies!

    Multiple books omnibus reward: So.... you want 2 copies of Defensive Eating with Morrissey. Or 2 Caves and 1 Moz. Or 10 of each book, or some other sorta combination. This is the reward for you! The base reward gets you 2 Morrissey/Cave cookbooks in the combination of your choice. Add $15 to your pledge for each additional copy you want total, and we'll work out the details in the reward surveys. (Fair warning: If you choose more than about 5 books, we'll ask you to throw in a bit extra for shipping, especially if you're outside the US.)

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    Henry, Glenn, Nick, and Moz

    Your own copy of Henry & Glenn Forever, the now-classic comic book about two rock stars getting in touch with their most authentic feelings... as well as Defensive Eating with Morrissey and Comfort Eating with Nick Cave.

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    Vegan cooking with Joshua!

    You'll get all of our vegan cookbooks and zines by chef Joshua Ploeg, including Fire & Ice, So Raw, In Search of the Lost Taste, This Ain't No Picnic, and of course the Cave and Moz cookbooks.

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    Music & Humor Comix

    When you're done crying, start laughing. Here you'll get the hilarious Henry & Glenn Forever comic, the hilariouser graphic novel style Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever, punk singalong songbook Meal Deal with the Devil, and the very first Snake Pit Book! And Moz + Cave will be joining the crew, of course.

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    Vegan Ultra-pack

    You'll get a huge stack of our vegan cookbooks in the mail, including everything by Joshua Ploeg at the $50 level, and Mama Tried, Think! Eat! Act!, Barefoot and in the Kitchen, Hot Damn/Dirty South, and Please Don't Feed the Bears. (And the Cave + Moz cookbooks too, of course!)

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    Punk Living

    Books to inspire and inform your DIY world. Includes: Good Trouble, Crate Digger, Underground, Punk USA, Scam, Beyond the Music, The Bobby Joe Ebola Songbook, and Snake Pit 2008 ... and the Morrissey and Cave cookbooks of course.

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    Big Old Comix Deal

    All the books in the $75 Music & Humor Comix pack, PLUS a whole bunch of other comics and graphic novels! Including Threadbare, On the Books, Yo, Miss, Manspressions, Sounds of Your Name, BFF, and Invincible Summer 1 & 2! (And yep, this includes the Cave + Moz books!)

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    You, eating

    Artist Automne will create an evocative line drawing of you with your favorite food, eating your troubles away. Plus you'll get a copy of each cookbook.

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    ALL THE BOOKS.

    You'll get a whole lotta books here: Morrissey, Cave, and Everything in the Punk Living, Big Old Comix Deal, and Vegan Ultra-pack.

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    A song for you!

    Artist Automne will compose a song about you, your feelings, and your favorite food. Plus you'll get a copy of each book!

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    EVEN MORE BOOKS

    Every book we've published between 2012 through September 2016, including the Morrissey and Nick Cave cookbooks of course. PLUS you'll get a BFF subscription to everything we publish for 6 months after these guys. Live the reading dream!

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    Joshua cooks you dinner

    Chef Joshua will prepare either a Morrissey or a Nick Cave-themed vegan meal for you and up to 10 of your friends, at a time and in a west coast setting of your mutual agreement. And everyone in attendance will get the book that goes with the theme! (We'll mail you a copy of each book right away so you can get inspired.)

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