self publishing Tag

Reflection Press Crowdfund- The Gender & Infinity Book

 

Hey, my folks Maya and Matthew of “Reflection Press” just launched a new kids book project! It’s called the Gender & Infinity Book and it’s a story/guide for all children.
Go to the campaign with THIS LINK
All the good info you need to know about the project is on their site, but I’;; just say that these two have been doing pioneering work to develop stories, art, books, curriculum, and games for all people to enjoy, but especially for gender fluid and Queer kids and those who support them. Feel me? 

Right now you got mayors, governors, etc actively trying to criminalize young people who identify outside of Boy or Girl, or who are Queer. For no more than fear and ignorance. So this work is serious for those kids and families who are going through it and looking for more tools to reflect with and to share. 
Again, check out their project HERE and spread the word to open minded people.
Dig this? Check out this organization that is putting more Lgbtq/Queer stories into schools

New Book! “We are Yoga/ Somos Yoga”

 

Fam, my latest and greatest is here. A new bilingual picture bk written by Maestra/Yogi/Author Jill Guerra , designed by Innosanto Nagara , translated by Marianne Teleki , and illustrated by me 😎. 


What Actions can u take to support?
1. Spread the word. Word of mouth is how we get it to folks, so please spread the good word.
2. Please follow miss Jill on Instagram now @thelovecurriculum
3. Get a book by requesting it from your local independent bookstore. If u know Jill and are in the Bay Area u can get a copy from her.

Stay tuned for the store link for Jill’s site but in the meantime you can see some of her work and other books here “The Love Curriculum”



Thx for your support as we slowly introduce this beauty to the babies, classrooms, libraries, Yoga studios, and offices round the world. It contains reflections, affirmations, and words about yoga poses and mindfulness in English and Spanish. It is for families, kids, teachers, and therapists! 


Check out this podcast interview w/Jill for “Teacher’s Aligned”

And peep this artwork I made for Jill awhile back. Thats how long we’ve been working on this. 

PDF – Curious about how to make a kids bk?

 

So, you’ve always wanted to get into kids books but you’re not sure where to start? 

1. Read this free post I made about the start of my journey.

2. Purchase this downloadable pdf which details some of the key things I talk to newbies about when they ask me for advice.

If you’d like to get to know me a bit better you can check out some of the press and interviews I’ve done here. Peace!

-Rob

5th Annual Social Justice Children’s Bk Holiday Fair”

 

Hey fam, I’m excited to bring you the 5th annual “Social Justice Children’s Book Holiday Fair”. Every year a small team of volunteers get together and throw this event to connect you with kids book makers of many stripes. We focus on Bipoc, Lgbtq, and Social Justice minded creators and their books. Although covid is still real af, we will gather in B-Town (Berkeley, CA) masked and outdoors. So, come through, get some books, meet the creators, and spread love.
Date: Dec 5th
Time: 11am-2pm
Location: Teance
Who: Laura Atkins, Ann Berlak, Angela Dalton, Hayley Diep, Alejandra Domenzain, Girls Garage, Michael Genhart, Jill Guerra, Laneha House, Kamaria Lofton, NJ Mvondo/Multiculturalism Rocks, Innosanto Nagara, Christina Newhard, Meenal Patel, James Shields, Robert Liu-Trujillo, Justine Villanueva, PM Press, and more!
What: Not your average book fair 
Why? : Parents, kids, teachers, librarians, bk store owners, etc are hungry for these books and want to meet the people behind them.
Facebook LINK
Eventbrite LINK
If you’re in the Bay Area, come through. If not, tell a friend who is in the Bay!
Video: Here’s the link from last years virtual event w/ Mr Limata and Lydia Yamaguchi
Photos: Here are some photos from the past 5 years

Video: SOL Con Panel

 

Here’s a video recording of a panel discussion I did which was fun featuring artists from Ohio and other places across the US for the annual SOL-CON. Shout out to Katlin Marisol Sweeney for moderating!

John Jennings on Afrofuturism

This is such a great talk by John about the history of Afrofuturism and Black independent comics. I feel a sense of revitalization from this talk. Its a helpful reminder that our people have been doing this and continue to make stories with or without attention.

Flashback – Zines

2010 Zine
Reminiscing, I found some artwork from some old zines I made. I’ve been thinking a lot about doing some new ones for fun and to work in a different style. The image above is from a class project I did with a few other students at Oakland’s “Youth Empowerment School” or YES which was a progressive high school in East Oakland. The class was not popular but I think making zines is a fun activity for kids who are into it. 
2008 Brooklyn
This photo is from the Brooklyn store Fresthetic. Those who’ve been following this blog for a long time know. But if you’re new, I used to live in Brooklyn NY for a short time which was ages ago. This show was in 2008 I believe. I starred making zines in 2007 and learned a lot about the community, events, stores that carried them, and how to make my own project. Basiclym, this was a precursor to learning self publishing kids books.
Wanna see more? 
Check out my first Zine “SS-Still Searching”

Furqan’s First Flat Top UPDATE 16 -Where you can buy the book (NYC-CA)

So I’ve been slowly getting the book into some other spots online and actual brick and mortar stores. For you folks who dont live in the Bay Area or NYC there are some other places where you can cop the book online such as Ashay by The Bay (Cali) and UGHH-Underground Hip Hop (Mass). So here are the new spots where you can purchase the book. If you’d like to purchase the book from me directly, either regular price or wholesale for libraries, stores, and organizations who promote literacy.

1. Strand Books in Manhattan, New York

2. Word Up Community Bookstore in Washington heights

3. UGHH Online-Underground Hip Hop Site based in Massachusetts

4. Rare Device in San Francisco

5. Pegasus Book on Solano ave in Berkeley

6. Underground Books in Sacramento, Ca (Black owned bookstore!)

And shout out to two organizations promoting literacy that purchased the book to give away to their constituencies. Egleston Square out there in Boston/Roxbury Massachusetts and Tandem Bay Area based in Oakland. Please support these independent book, online stores, and non profit organizations.

 

And if you still have not seen the book trailer, please watch it and share with potential libraries or bookstores who’d dig the story.