Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter Poem

This is a poem I wrote for Jack and Ella and Jenny two years ago. This year we're displaying it at Spring Art Scene. 

The Borrowers, a Poem By Thomas L. Vaultonburg

The Borrowers

Everyone in my neighborhood can afford
Someone else's heart.
Each dawn we lace up the expensive German
Sneakers Chinese children
Assembled for us,
And run Indian style
Through the streets named after
Civil war generals.

The only thing we can't afford
Is conscience.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Rhinos Dancing In Paris

This is page 28 of a lovely children's book I wrote for my four year old, Jack, when he was only 18 months old and had stubby little legs that reminded me of a rhinoceros. I got the book off the shelf a few weeks ago, and he had never seen it, and he said "I don't like that book.." Then I showed him his name was in it and he still was pretty uninterested. Which I think is the proper response. I' hope you'll be interested enough to pre-order a copy of the second printing . It's a nice book. The Toughskin Rhinoceros Wrangler Company

Monday, February 16, 2015

A Good Day At Zombie Logic

I got a late start today. let's be honest, I rarely get moving before noon. Unfortunately, that's when most of the business of a day gets done. I don't really care much about business, though, I make things. I'm in the creative department. Of course, since I am the CEO of Zombie Logic Press, I'm also the accounting, promotions, and janitorial department. If it can be done after sundown I'm your guy. This morning, though, everything happened before I even woke up. For instance...

Zombie Logic poet Jesus Abraham Correa VII was on NPR this morning talking about his book Iced Cream. Pretty cool, right? I listened to the podcast and he even said our name, and they put a link to my blog in the story and everything. Frequently the news source won't even put a link to the website, and sometimes they don't even mention Zombie Logic Press in the story. As if the book spontaneously generated. Concurrently with the radio broadcast this was happening...

For those of you born after the turn of the millennium, those are books. Boxes of them. Arriving via UPS. Jenny thankfully didn't even wake me up to tell me they had arrived. I assumed if there was some egregious error my phone would ring. Silence was golden in this case. All in all a very eventful day here at Zombie Logic Press headquarters. Oh, those are copies of our latest book, The Zen of Beard Trimming. On schedule and under budget. The book release party is the 28th. Then all my energy will turn to the next publishing project, which I still haven't decided upon, despite having multiple options. In fact, once people know you publish books it's hard to leave the house without someone pitching one to you. Shit, if I could just get as many people to buy a book as submit one I'd be on easy street. Nonetheless, even as evening creeps towards late night I'm starting to relax and unwind and think of today as a good one. Zero sales of course. Bought more books this week than I've sold. Fuck, read more books this week than I've sold. Jenny finally got all our Zombie Logic Press books for sale listed in one place.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Last Supper Reunion by Bradley Lastname

The Last Supper Reunion

Judas Iscariot arrived at the Vatikkkan Mariott in a broken down chariot,
his horsewhip a lariat, and asked the concierge if their cable
showed reruns of Ozzie and Harriet.
He wanted to bury the bone in his toga,
so they sent up a squaw from the Ticonderoga.
The maitre d' seated him next to the saviour,
and hoped that he'd cease all his whack misbehaviour.

With doubting Tom came pouting Dick who was hairy.
From the maid's cart he swiped all the soap he could carry.
He bought an alley abortion for poor Virgin Mary,
and shared nitrous whippets with a coal mine canary,
he inspected the chocolate square left on his pillow,
and fed it right quick to his pet armadillo.

Christ cheesed off the table when he hogged the tequila,

and saw his own face in his pork quesadilla.

His collection plate let him grease his stigmata.
He wished that he had Hugo Ball for a dada.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Jason Russell of KONY 2012 To Write Forward For The Zen of Beard Trimming By C.J. Campbell

1/2/15 Rockford, IL - Zombie Logic Press is proud to announce the upcoming release of it's 6th book “The Zen of Beard Trimming: Stories of Punk Rock, Poverty, and the Search For Peace” the personal memoir memoir of speaker, writer, and activist C.J. Campbell. C.J. wakes up every day with the weight of the world on his shoulders; shoulders held up by a pair of crutches. The book is a journey of trying navigate a world not built for him as walks through life with Cerebral Palsy questioning everything from Capitalism to the very existence of God. When Campbell is not looking for love with Scandinavian models and a good burrito. He looks to smash the social constructs and apathy by any means necessary. If it means putting his own body on the line by walking 75 miles. This irreverent, brash, and at times heartbreaking memoir also includes a foreword by co-founder of Invisible Children and creative force behind the infamous viral documentary “Kony 2012,” Jason Russell. “The Zen of Beard Trimming: Stories of Punk Rock, Poverty, and the Search For Peace" will be on local store shelves in February 2015 and is available for per-order at 
                   Zombie Logic Press


C.J. Campbell at Conveyor

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Unique Christmas Gift Ideas From Zombie Logic Press and Rockford Illustrating Company

Over the past five years Jenny and I have created a great amount of work that we are very proud of. So much so that we actually forget most of the things we have created. As small business Saturday approaches, I thought it might be nice to set up a small shop here where Christmas shoppers can see some of our best work. Perhaps what I'm most proud of this year is...



Jenny made a lot of cool things this year. This is probably my favorite. It's a chart of Freshwater Mermaids of North America. She put a lot of time into studying the various species of fish to make them anatomically accurate. It turned out great. This really pops full size. 
Mermaids Poster From Rockford Illustrating

What's that? Did I hear someone say they wanted to buy one of MY books? That's nice. Here's how...

Buy Books By Thomas L. Vaultonburg