A small publishing house and Risograph printing studio in Chicago.

Matt Davis, Owner/Operator | info@perfectly-acceptable.com

Perfectly Acceptable Press in collaboration with Pumpkin the dog is pleased to announce the second installment of Pumpkin's Remote Residency.

For the months of February through April we will work with three artists to produce three individual (one per artist) 16-32 page, 5x7", Risograph (4-color maximum) books that will be published by Perfectly Acceptable in May. The content of these books is (almost) totally up to the discretion of the artists. Like any of our publications, we will work closely with the artists to make objects that synthesize form and content.

The artists will each receive 100 books, $750, or some combination thereof after the publication of the book.

In addition, we are offering an $800 scholarship for artists who want to apply, but are currently undergoing financial hardship. Anyone who thinks this would be helpful to them may apply for it; we will not be doing any sort of investigation — totally honor system. We have enough set aside to award all three artists the scholarship if need be.

Check out the finished books from the first installment of the Residency here. You can read the write-up on the first iteration of the residency here, but it's largely unchanged this time around. Artists who applied to the first Pumpkin's Residency are encouraged to apply again.

We are looking for (ideally):

  • Artists who have worked in printmaking or Risography before.

  • Artists who are familiar with the Perfectly Acceptable catalog. Your project can be anything you'd like, but we primarily publish books of: experimental comics and narrative illustration with a cohesive theme. Consider looking at our projects from the first installment of the residency to get a sense of what we're looking for.

  • Original work — please do not recycle or revamp something you've previously produced. If you've already drawn most of a project, it's probably too far along for this residency. If you've just done a few sketches, it's a better fit.

The application asks for a biography of yourself and your work, and a description of your project. The bio may be informal — we don't need a proper resume or C.V. Likewise, your project can be just a sketch; we understand that things might change as you begin working. But please, no work directly addressing COVID-19 unless you have an extra-special reason.

Artists may apply in pairs with the understanding that they would be splitting the edition / payment / scholarship (if applicable). Include both names and bios in your application if possible.

You must be 18 years or older. Artists from around the world are welcome to apply.

The residency is remote — no travel involved. We will correspond by email.

If you have any questions, please email us at info@perfectly-acceptable.com.


Applications are now closed.

We will begin responding to applications the week of the 25th.

Please take the time to read this whole page before applying. Thanks!

Illustrations by Brian Blomerth.