Posts Tagged ‘Comics’

Arne Bellstorf

Published June 4, 2010 by Molly

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Arne Bellstorf may be a wizard of graphic novels and illustration, but he’s no lone wolf. Bellstorf also happens to have a natural instinct for collaboration and community-building, graphically speaking. Among the artist’s many projects are the annual magazine Orang, which he co-edits, and the small collective and independent publishing house Kiki Post, which puts out a variety of neat comics.

He also contributed to the 2wBOX collection with the above mini silk-screened comic, published by B.ü.L.B. comix from Switzerland. Explore the archives and parse continual updates at Bellstorf’s website.

Jim Stoten

Published June 4, 2010 by Molly

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Jim Stoten’s illustrations manage to have a distinctly wonky, vintage OZ Magazine vibe while also conveying their modern messages with precision and subtlety. Some things the artist is especially good at drawing include: pirates, bugles, ruddy monarchs, everyday activities such as hanging the laundry or reading a book, and balloons. And that’s just a sample!

Check out Stoten’s website for examples, as well as a blog chock full o’ sketches, updates, tip-offs and works-in-progress.

Jon Boam

Published June 3, 2010 by Molly

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Not only do we love Jon Boam’s mural at digital marketing and communications agency Code Computerlove, we love the process photographs on Boam’s blog that illustrate paintings-in-action (as well as selected shenanigans, naturally.) See here for more.

Luca Dipierro

Published June 2, 2010 by Molly

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Among the standard bits of information embedded within artist/filmmaker/writer Luca Dipierro’s biography is the sentence, “His life is based on a true story.” Cool! We love ontological riddles as much as the next guy/girl, and Dipierro’s work is studded with them in the darndest places.

There’s a lot to explore on Dipierro’s website. We recommend starting with the ART section, moseying on over to the FILM segment, and ending up with a tour of the WRITING archive. Neat stuff abounds—and it’s always refreshing to stumble upon a genuine polymath.

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.

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!?

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!

Andrea Kalfas

Published May 24, 2010 by Molly

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The lovely Andrea Kalfas lives and works in Baltimore and spends her hours drawing up a storm of illustrations, among them visual treats for children and serial treats for adults (see above). We love her giddy use of color and sense of restrained whimsy—nothin’ cutesy here, folks! Just pure and skillful loveliness.

To top it off, Kalfas maintains an adorable blog detailing her process and providing slices of the illustratin’ life, including a recent project that involved drawing Tarzan and jungle scenes. Jungle scenes! Gotta love ‘em.

Heart On Stage

Published May 13, 2010 by Molly

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Heart On Stage is a book-length collaboration between a Brazilian artist and illustrator (Luiz Risi) and a Finnish writer (Leena Yliportimo). The aim of the book isn’t simply to pair illustrations with poems, but rather to meld the two into a mutually-informative data stream that provides both intellectual and visual pleasure. A heady goal, but, from the looks of it, one that’s bound to be successful.

The project started with 400 poems “and the will to do something entertaining with them,” in the words of the two masterminds, both of whom currently live and work in Amsterdam. Check out the book’s progress here.

Grim Pseudonym

Published May 12, 2010 by Molly

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Svartkonst— the Swedish curators of art and culture whose magazine and website we refer to constantly for inspiration—has now released Grim Pseudonym, a zine by artist Patrick Kyle. The full-color publication comes in a numbered edition of 99 and is available for order from the Svartkonst page. Another thing: it looks rad.