The Secret Powers of Time

Published June 1, 2010 by Dallas

The RSA has killed it, once again.

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Travess Smalley

Published June 1, 2010 by Molly

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We’re not clear on how we wound up at Travess Smalley’s web page, but we happily spent a solid chunk of time staring hypnotized at the never-ending wall of images Smalley has arranged for all to see. Imagine, if you will, that a Magic Eye puzzle book consumed the entire internet circa 1997, entered a wormhole, took a cat-nap, woke up and shouted “HELLO” to the world. That’s a starting description. We challenge you to come up with a better one.

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Time Fears

Published May 28, 2010 by Molly

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Nieves has done it again. Time Fears is a sixteen-page zine by Matt Lock (whose previous Nieves-produced work, Hey I’m Tryin’, numbers among our personal favorites) with a beautiful and occasionally chilling array of paintings and drawings. Time Fears was published in tandem with an April-May exhibit in Hamburg, Germany, and it deals candidly with the anxieties of our age. “I was drawing a lot of ruins,” Matt comments, “Ruins of a once high level civilization, landscapes of twisted metal, abandoned buildings and scattered garbage.”

As an artist statement of sorts to accompany the zine, Matt also says, “I seem to live in two worlds: the present and the soon-to-be…I hope that you who identify with my time-based worries will bond with these pieces, perhaps finding your own time fears in my drawings and paintings, and I hope those of you less inclined to worry about time will find something here to ponder on and smile about.”

Bravo. Preview the zine here and take a peek at Matt’s website for more.

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Gabi Kricheli

Published May 28, 2010 by Molly

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Gabi Kricheli’s sculptures and paintings are occasionally gruesome, occasionally pastoral and always intricate. We love the colors and the shapes and the abstractions and the crazy nuanced details. It’s not easy to describe, Kricheli’s work, but it is always worthwhile to spend time studying it.

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Mark Mulroney

Published May 27, 2010 by Molly

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Thank goodness for the web: it allows artists like Mark Mulroney to amass their high-concept weirdness into one viewing zone for home audiences to pore over. We dig the site’s surreal categorical distinctions almost as much as the work contained within: collages, drawings, scanned sketchbooks and more. Give it a look.

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Jillian Tamaki

Published May 27, 2010 by Molly

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How do we love Jillian Tamaki? Let us count the ways. The Canada-born and Brooklyn-based illustrator/artist illustrates for a huge variety of publications (everything from The Atlantic to Esquire), produced Skim, a graphic novel co-created with her cousin, and updates a delightful process blog whenever the inspiration strikes, which is (thankfully) often.

We love spying on Tamaki’s projects as they develop, including the tiny paper quilts made of rainbow squares which mingle with her thoughts on color theory and her spectacular, surreal collages. Check out the process blog here and don’t come crying to us if you get inspired to start your own!

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Mike Billington

Published May 26, 2010 by Molly

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Mike Billington’s zines are pastel-covered manuals of how to live in a world where there’s just not enough white space. Billington’s little vignettes and aphoristic/humorous drawings are rendered in a chicken-scratch scrawl that is sometimes opaque and sometimes cacklingly rad, in perfect correlation with the words conveyed. Check out snippets from the zines here.

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Chuck Groenink

Published May 26, 2010 by Molly

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We stumbled upon Chuck Groenink after moaning with awe at his submission to Terrible Terrible Yellow eyes (it’s so dreamy!) but became further enchanted upon taking a quick tour of his website, which showcases a roster of illustrations and serials.

For a biographical note, Groenink reveals that he grew up “in an overgrown village somewhere among the moors and peat bogs in the north of the Netherlands.” If that doesn’t sound like a fairy-tale recipe for productively unhinged imaginative activity, we don’t know what does! Groenink also lists as his interests old towns, damp forests, creepie crawlies and almonds, which fills out the picture perfectly.

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Famicon Express

Published May 25, 2010 by Molly

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Looking for a one-stop shop for all your zine and small-press book needs? Search no further than Famicon Express, which deserves permanent status on the ole’ bookmarks list.

The shop provides a vast selection of comics, special projects books, travel adventures, ghost stories, prints inspired by Grand Theft Auto imagery, and more, all of which are immaculately designed and many of which feature special crafty bonuses (like hand-pulled silkscreen covers or neat stitching).

We’re suckers for crafty bonuses. Who isn’t!?

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Jimmy Giegerich

Published May 25, 2010 by Molly

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Jimmy Giegerich has a sequential collection titled Rude Dudes With Bad ‘Tudes, and we think that epithet describes his illustrations and comics well: they’re loud, funny, often gruesome and totally rad. Check out Giegerich’s work here and tell him we sent ya!

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