It’s A Tough Economy! Book Release Party


This Monday April 7th at 7pm!

“OK I do a lot of dumb events but seriously come to this one OK?!” -Jarrod Shanahan, actual author Join Jarrod and Nate for a book party and tour kickoff event to celebrate their illustrated prose collaboration It’s A Tough Economy!. Featuring special guest readers, light refreshments, and copies of this and other boo…ks by “the dynamic duo of existential prose comics featuring Satan making out with the author” (The Village Voice). One part fantasy noir, one part all-too-real workers’ inquiry for the perennially underemployed, It’s A Tough Economy! plumbs the psychological depths of the current economic crisis through surrealist imagery and claustrophobic prose.

The sophomore collaboration of Brooklyn writer Jarrod Shanahan and Pittsburgh artist Nate McDonough, whose “Satan Was So Over It” (Grixly Press 2013) explored similar themes with much fewer words. Jarrod Shanahan is writer, truck driver, politico, and general eccentric living in Brooklyn. He is the founder of Death Panel Press, curator of Brooklyn’s Death Panel Reading Series, and a contributor to Vice, Gothamist, The New Inquiry, and other embarrassing hipster outlets. He released his first prose chapbook “Shh… It’s A Secret” on Death Panel Press in 2011, and his second, “Satan Was So Over It”, illustrated by Nate McDonough, on Grixly in 2013. Death Panel Literary Digest volumes 1-4 are currently out of print, never to returrrrrrn.

Nate McDonough is an illustrator living in Pittsburgh, where he has released dozens of comics and books under the Grixly banner, and the graphic novel Don’t Come Back, on Six Gallery Press. He is a permanent resident at Cyberpunk Apocalypse writers’ house. He is a fellow.