Printable Press Fall Quarterly 2012
The Monsters Issue!
FALL 2012 A BRIEF NOTE Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Printable Press Quarterly! This mini-magazine was created purely for fun. There will be no advertising or promotional material. I discovered a craving to create something bigger and broader than a blog post, something hearty. Like experimenting with a new recipe that involves lots of ingredients and roasting in the oven for hours and hours. Each issue will be filled with work by young illustrators and writing on fairly silly things. We hope you enjoy it! Kimi Weart President/Creative Director A Printable Press PRINTABLE PRESS QUARTERLY ISSUE #1, FALL 2012 WELCOME TO THE MONSTERS ISSUE alloween is almost here, the night of witches and goblins, zombies and mummies, caped crusaders and sexy nurses. But this issue is dedicated to someone else. What really seems to define monsters these days is not their classic appearance in myths or movies, but rather the fact that you must be unique. Each one is different, in an infinite variety of appearances and personalities, levels of niceness or meanness. To all you vampires, zombies, aliens, and werewolves out there, sorry guys, you have become entire species! You don’t count anymore. I did a poll amongst my friends with children of talking age, asking about their children’s monsters. I expected that they wouldn’t respond with Frankenstein or Dracula, but I was very surprised by the nigh-universal response: “I don’t believe in monsters”. However, upon further prying, the same children would talk about unusual characters that creep about the house. For one three-year-old named Isobel, a statue of Buddha comes to life at night and steals her books and is simply called “the naked boy from downstairs”. ENDPAPERS AND SPOT ART BY TERESSA ONG Four-year-old Rocco believes in a nice creature named Happyface who sports a smiley face for a head. But note that the one named Smileyface is a different one and is not a nice monster. It’s rather terrifying, thinking of the evil smiley face monster coming at you in the dark intending harm and destruction. Rocco’s older sister Clementine has a companion creature named “Rosabella— she’s the monster of Valentine’s Day. Her real name is Bella, but because she is covered in roses everyone calls her Rosabella”. Rosabella may be the sister of Happyface, but Rocco and Clementine are not totally positive about the family connections. When you’re a grown up, the only things called monsters are people, like serial killers and tyrants. Jack the Ripper was a monster. Hannibal Lechter. All those humans whose hearts are impossible to understand and are truly truly horrible. But for today, forget about the things or beings that terrify us adults. Let’s raise a glass to Monsters in their infinite furry, feathery, leathery variety. Long may you live whether we forget about you or not! Come back, come back, we love you so! YOU NEVER KNOW WHERE THEY’LL TURN UP hey might even be hidden deep in the archives of the Library of Congress, tucked into the surveys of the National Park Service. I wonder if the park service knows that they are protecting more species than the public hears about... I bet they do. THE ARTWORK OF TERESSA ONG eressa Ong’s illustrations overflow with an inexhaustible supply of unique creatures. They are bendy and elastic, they are bright and saucy and flaunt their fashion sense. These are cozy monsters, secure in their love of a gentle domesticity. Confidently and seemingly effortlessly executed, it’s as though each one has just been waiting to pop out of Teressa’s pen, itching to run around in the grass. TO SEE MORE OF TERASSA ONG’S WORK VISIT CHOPSTICKROAD.BLOGSPOT.COM 1 2 3 5 4 6 7 8 10 9 11 When we did a casual search on our shelves to see what books we had that contained creatures of the demony variety, we were startled to see just how many there were—and how many little beast toys were tucked into any gaps. Do we happen to love manytentacled kooky-eyeballed things more than most? Or if you too trailed your finger along your own shelves would you discover that you love them just as much? MEET SOME OF OUR MONSTERS: 1. The Prose Edda, ancient norse myths compiled by Snorri Sturleson in the 14th century. Giant wolves at the end of the world! 2. A variety of fantasy and science fiction novels—need I say more 3. A monster book I made in 1996 4. A cactus stuffed animal from Japan 5. Dracula, by Bram Stoker, illustrated by Edward Gorey (amazing illustrations, they’re all dressed like flappers from the 1920’s) 6. We call this stuffed animal The Armadillo Monster 7. A “Soot Sprite” from My Neighbor Totoro, by Hayao Miyazaki 8. Moominpappa at Sea, by Tove Jansson, featuring my favorite incomparable and incomprehensible monster, the Groke 9. Primitive Mythologies, by Joseph Campbell, with all kinds of mythic beings and monsters from humanity’s earliest recorded cultures 10. The World of Edward Gorey, where even a curtain tassel can be a monster; next to Maus by Art Spiegelman, where Nazis are the greatest monsters of all 11. Hellboy, a series of graphic novels by Mike Mignola—killer monkeys, tentacle-covered evil gods, snakewomen and more (Nazi robots)! Our favorite monster books for all ages: LEFT PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM UPPER LEFT: RIGHT PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM UPPER LEFT: 1. Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak. This is the second copy I’ve owned—I kept mine from childhood and it traveled with me through college and beyond, until disintegration. 2. The Arrival, by Shaun Tan. A silent graphic novel about immigration, where the main character must flee human terrors turned monstrous to a land filled with gracious creatures. 3. Practically any book by Dr. Seuss qualifies, because each creature he draws is unique, and that is the prerequisite for being a monster! 4. The Book of Jim, by Jim Woodring, and Madman, by Mike Allred. These are for the comic geeks—two graphic novels of utter absurdity and whimsy. 5. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, and Moby Dick, by Herman Melville. If you haven’t read these since college, re-read them. They are amazing. 6. Pretty Monsters, by Kelly Link. Amazing short stories that revisit classic monsters written in a truly unique voice. 7. H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Fiction, by H.P. Lovecraft. Stories and novellas by the grand master of horror stories, these even keep me up at night. 8. One Monster After Another, by Maurice Sendak. Follow the Stamp-Collecting Trollusk, the LetterEating Bombanat, and the Bombanat-Munching Grumley! ... and monster books we once owned but have lost: 1. Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney (brilliant, ignore all other translations) 2. Grendel, by John Gardner, a reimaginining of the tale of Beowulf told from the point of view of the much-maligned monster 3. There’s a Nightmare in My Closet, by Mercer Mayer, the classic of classics 4. It, by Stephen King, where you learn to fear the sound of a honking red rubber nose and run as fast as you can THE CLASSICS GRADUATING CLASS DR. JEKYLL Band, Captain Basketball Team ANT FROM THEM Student Council, J.V. Lacrosse GIANT SPIDER French Club, Spirit Squad Captain FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER Chess Club, Swim Team MISTER HYDE Voted Most Charming BIGFOOT Band, Spirit Squad, Swim Team COUNT DRACULA President Student Council WOLF MAN Varsity Track, AP Calculus 50 FOOT WOMAN Debate Club, Varsity Track PHANTOM OF THE OPERA AP Biology, Wrestling Team CREATURE (from the Black Lagoon) Voted Most Likely to Succeed THE FLY French Club, Varsity Track Team KING KONG President Yearbook Staff BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN Debate Club, AP Art History INVISIBLE MAN Voted Best Fashion Sense ROBOT MONSTER President Debate Club MUMMY Sr. Class Vice President LOCH NESS MONSTER Glee Club THE ARTWORK OF MATT WENTWORTH Delicate scratchy lines define Matt Wentworth’s artistic style, almost exclusively in classic black and white. In fact his illustrations have an utterly classic feel to them, with timeless children and sensitive beasts (or most of them are). There is an almost hesitant look to the line work which conjures up a childlike hand, but this is deceptive. Each bit of outline and pattern may seem jotted down quickly, but is precisely placed. And each drawing tells an entire story, of creatures of delicate feelings and dreams. Monsters don’t like to get their feet wet TO SEE MORE OF MAT T WENTWORTH’S WORK VISIT MWENTWORTH.TUMBLR.COM They’re scared of heights They like bedtime stories and nightlights They like having company Some get scared of each other They like making new friends They get lonely Inside they’re fragile, just like you and me A TINY SAMPLING OF MONSTERS IN ART THROUGHOUT THE AGES Humans have imagined fantastic creatures from the moment they invented fire. While there is no way to do a comprehensive review of monsters in art, not even in a book with a million pages, nor can one even concretely define what qualifies (since the definition changes through time), we decided we wanted to do a round-up of some that we believe are assured of their place in the canon of art history. These will be around for as long as there are lecture halls filled with students trying desperately to not fall asleep during slideshows in the dark. Perhaps they will wake them up. CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: 1. Leviathan (detail from fresco of The Last Judgement), by Giacomo Rossignolo (unknown date, between 1524 - 1604) 2. Detail from The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymous Bosch (1490-1510) 3. Sea Monster Terracotta, Greek sculpture from Aegina (c. 460-450 BCE) CLOCKWISE FROM UPPER LEFT: 1. Dragon Rising to the Heavens, by Ogata (1897) 2. The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters by Francisco de Goya (1797) 3. Behemoth and Leviathan by William Blake (1825) 4. Chinese bronze sculpture of an antlered crane: Photo by W.M. Perl (c. mid400s B.C.E.) CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: 1. The Nightmare, by John Henry Fuseli (1781) 2. Inventions of the Monsters, by Salvador Dali (1937) 3. Detail from Visions of Rabelais, by Gustave Doré (1854) 4. The Great Sphinx of Giza, Egypt (c. 2558–2532 BCE), photographer unknown THE ARTWORK OF VIKKI CHU ikki Chu’s work is not typified by monsters, or you don’t think so, but if you look closely into some of her pieces you will discover little secret moments. Did you notice that her knights in shining armor are battling not only dragons and lions, but also muscular eagles and placid zebras? Her drawings combine minute details with fun wobbly linework, while her all-over compositions are reminiscent simultaneously of Japanese woodblock prints and battle scenes drawn by obsessive teenagers. Your eye wanders about, and through this meandering progress unusual things are unveiled. A flock of birds can be monsters Eagles can be monsters Monsters can be interior decorators and cat-lovers TO SEE MORE OF VIKKI CHU’S WORK VISIT VIKKICHU.COM MAKE EVERY THING JUST A LITTLE BIT ALIVE urprise! There’s a monster in your fruit bowl! When you’re a kid, everything has the potential to be alive, to be a character in your daily life. Why should that be just for them? Let monsters inhabit your home with these printable faces. Surprise someone with an Apple Monster or a Doorknob Monster, or make something for yourself. Then hide it, forget about it, and someday you’ll stumble across it and you will say “Why hello Shoebox Monster! So that’s where you’ve been all this time.” TO DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE FILE VISIT PRINTABLEPRESS.COM AND GO TO THE FREE DOWNLOADS SECTION Step 1 Print PDF on sticker paper, either full sheet or labels that are 30 per sheet Step 2 Peel off the sticker Step 3 Cut around the features, don’t worry about making it perfect Step 4 Choose what you want to make into a monster and stick on features HINT: To remove any glue left over from stickers and labels we love GooGone Sticker Lifter (say it 10 times fast). Voila! PRINTABLE PRESS WINTER QUARTERLY coming in December 2012