Cattywampus Press

Kickstarter Campaign Results — $33,045 Funded!

Lindsay Starr

The past 45 days have been a rollercoaster of emotions—filled with hope, dread, and tireless social media promotion, but in the end, our efforts paid off with a fully funded campaign! We are so very thankful to Barney, his friends, family, and community for believing in this project and pledging to buy a book. The best part of running the campaign was hearing from the many people who have been positively impacted by the life and work of this gracious man! In return, we pledge to deliver a beautifully produced book that exhibits Barney's work in ink and paper, and will last a lifetime. 

Please join us May 26, 2018, at the beloved Toilet Seat Art Museum (239 Abiso Ave, San Antonio, TX 78209) to celebrate of Barney Smith's 97th birthday and the book release of King of the Commode: Barney Smith and His Toilet Seat Art Museum! The festivities will begin at 12pm with brief remarks by the publisher and a reading from the book. The Toilet Seat Art Museum will be open during the event, with Barney leading tours, sharing stories, and posing for photos. Mark you calendar and come help us celebrate this Texas treasure! More details here.

King of the Commode – Kickstarter campaign

Lindsay Starr

Today, we launched our first ever Kickstarter campaign to help fund/publish a book about one of our local hero's, Barney Smith and the people's museum he built at the corner of Abiso Avenue in the Alamo Heights neighborhood of San Antonio, Texas. For the past 6 months, we've worked closely with Barney and his family to research and photograph his life and artworks. We developed a design and are almost ready to go to press, however, we need your help to make the book come to life! Please visit the campaign website, pledge, and spread the good word, if you are able.

Experiencing Artists' Books Roundtable

Lindsay Starr
 Event poster by Jason Urban, 2-color risograph.

Event poster by Jason Urban, 2-color risograph.

Our very own Lindsay Starr will be representing Cattywampus Press as part of a public roundtable discussion about artists' book at the Fine Arts Library at the University of Texas at Austin, Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

The Fine Arts Library (FAL) contains over 200 artists’ books, exemplifying different binding techniques, materials, sculptural forms and conceptual approaches. The Experiencing Artists’ Books event will present attendees an opportunity to handle some of these unique volumes. This event is associated programming for the new Visual Arts Center (VAC) exhibition "Fool’s Romance: Books from Aeromoto" curated by Allison Myers, Art History PhD candidate and 2016-2017 VAC Curatorial Fellow. Myers will lead a dialogue between local artists and bookmakers including Jason Urban, Artist and Studio Art Faculty, Lindsay Starr from Cattywampus Press, and Claudia Zapata of Puro Chingón Collective. After the dialogue, audience members will have the opportunity to engage with the unusual books in our collection.

This event is free and open to the public, find more information here.

San Anto Zine Fest Success!

Lindsay Starr

We had a blast at this year's inaugural San Anto Zine Fest! Met a lot of cool folks and sold many books and goods. Thanks to all who came out to support the local zine and artist book community. Thanks also to organizers and our fellow tablers. In the illustrious words of Jem, the event was, "Truly, truly outrageous!"


We also worked the room, picking up zines, patches, calendars, and cards from Holy Press, Shelby Criswell, Ashley Robin Frankenstein, and Inés Estrada.

Risograph Lab Lecture Series

Lindsay Starr

Our very own cofounder, Lindsay Starr, was asked to be the first speaker in what is sure to become a great lecture series. Hosted by the Risograph Lab at St. Edward's University, the series brings conversations about timely ideas in design and publishing to a public forum. It is supported by the Risograph Lab's Designer in Residence program and their public workshops. She wrote and designed a publication entitled, "A Brief Cultural History of Snake Farm," which was wonderfully printed by the Risograph Lab. You can pick up a copy from RecSpec Gallery or at the next Risograph Lab Lecture. 


Lone Star Zine Fair

Lindsay Starr

We where thrilled to be asked to exhibit at this year's first ever Lone Star Zine Fair held at Cheer Up Charlie's in Austin, Texas, June 11, 2017. Organized by the University of Texas Libraries who house a large zine and artist book collection, the event brought out 30+ exhibitors and a constant flow of visitors throughout the day. Our "table" was a 1976 Ford pickup truck tailgate, filled with our wares, and accompanied by some hay bale seating, a record player, and of course a pop-up awning to help keep our patrons cool in that sweltering Texas summer heat!

You can read more about the Lone Star Zine Fair on the UT Libraries blog and you can still buy one of the posters we designed and produced to commemorate the fair in our shop.