7th Mar 2012
The first thing you’ll notice about Microcosm Publishing is the design. It feels like a crossover from your favourite literary magazine mixed with a teenage girl’s diary; professional yet very clearly a business run by people who have a lot of love for what they’re doing.
A new arrivals bar frames the rest of the home page alongside easily navigated tabs to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. The over-all feel of the site is incredibly welcoming and straight away you’re drawn in by wanting to see more.
The brief manifesto under the About Us depicts a publishers that aren’t trying to catch the next big thing, which is sadly the vibes you tend to find around the huge co-operate publishers, rather they seem to want the writers to decide what their personal ‘big thing’ is, and to just go with it.
“Microcosm Publishing nurtures self-empowerment, shows hidden history, and fosters creativity”
This statement sets them up well for readers of this site since we’re all about empowerment and creativity, and it all continues to add to the fact that this website is actually pretty interesting to browse through rather than a pit-stop for whatever particular piece of information you’re looking for.
A brief scan of the catalogue list shows they feature every topic from A (for Activism) to Z (for Zombies). I decided to go through the feminism tab to see what kind of work they have to offer and, while ignoring the few sales pitches for discount stickers obviously featured in every section, there is something for every branch of feminism you might be looking for.
There’s a particularly interesting looking child’s author named Jacinta Bunnell, and they’ve published Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away With Another Spoon colouring book, as well as Girls Are Not Chicks colouring book.
Alongside this are feminist zines, the history of feminism, menstruation, body image, abortion…the list goes on and for a company that doesn’t particularly focus upon feminism specifically, this is a pretty impressive line up.
If you really want to get a feel as to what the company is about, check out the stickers and patches. They’re really keen on biking which is fair enough since they’re also all about the environment, hoping to get to a point where they can use vegan ink for all their publications, as well as publishing a large amount of vegan cookbooks and basically celebrating everything vegan.
They also love people of all sexual orientation, celebrate animal rights, and seem to be firmly anti-establishment, showing that while they’re artsy, they’re defiantly about more than just the aesthetic.
Microcosm’s zines and books make for a fascinating browsing session, and you’re sure to find something you’ve never heard of before, but that really pushes your buttons.