Good Art Guide Spring 2019
MAIZE Maize ANGIE SELLARS JENNIFER AULT Jennifer Ault Avery Hill Publishing Angie Sellars ELLICE WEAVER, TILLIE WALDEN, KRISTYNA BACZYNSKI, KATRIONA CHAPMAN, Avery Hill Publishing TIM BIRD, STEPHEN TILLOTSON, ALEX POTTS, LUKE HEALY, GEORGE WYLESOL, B.MURE, RACHEL SMITH, COMIC BOOK SLUMBER PARTY
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My name is maize and I'm a visionary artist from Australia. Starting out with a graffiti background, I went through a big transformative awakening in 2014 which drastically flipped my world upside down and then my art transformed literally overnight, with geometric patterns flowing out of me. Using acrylics (mainly poscas) and bold colours I love to create galactic/dmt inspired paintings that reflect my inner world, connecting the higher realms in the process! As above so below. I've traveled around the Australian festival scene exhibiting my artworks and continually striving to be the best version of myself.
Angie Sellars Montana born and raised artist,
Artist Angie Sellars grew up in the foothills of the Bull Mountains near Roundup, Montana, USA. Her creativity and imagination were fed by endless days of playing in the backwoods and when it was too cold to be outside, her time was spent drawing, painting, and creating. She received several awards throughout high school for various art work, including scholarships to Montana State University Bozeman which she attended for a year before transferring to Montana State University Billings. She majored in Art Education focusing on watercolor and later oil and acrylic. Throughout the years of raising a family, she has continued to pursue her love and passion for art, whether it be doodling with her children or endless late nights painting while babies slept. She is the proud mom of two boys, 24 and 21, and her 4 year old daughter. Her children are her life and her inspiration for much of her work. Angie has volunteered with several art school projects in her community and she and her sister opened a store featuring their art work and homemade jewelry as well as other gifts. She has painted and drawn many subjects from realistic to dreamlike surrealistic, ever evolving as life does. She has worked in pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolors, oil painting, and acrylic and has painted on everything from canvas's, feathers, mailboxes, to murals. She has had her work published on the cover of Rocky Mountain Rider Magazine and in 2016 was the Grand Prize Winner of the Bitterpill Rx abuse art contest to help campaign with the fight against prescription drug abuse. In 2017, her work was chosen for the Downtown Billings Traffic Signal Box project. Her work is displayed on a traffic utility box on the corner of Montana and 30th, the heart of Downtown Billings. Angie has participated in several art shows and groups including Roundup Memorial Hospital and Clinic, Roswell Fine Arts League, Yellowstone Art Museum Art Auction, Montana State Fair, several motorcycle rallies, and various other local businesses. She has donated several pieces for various fund raisers for her local nursing home to donated feathers for fallen soldiers' families. In 2015 and
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2016, she and her sister hosted a local Art Walk in their hometown of Roundup, Montana during the Fourth of July activities, which they plan on growing and expanding in the upcoming years. They also are doing projects such as 'Paint in the Park,' encouraging others in the community to be involved in the Arts. For the last couple of years, she has been working with acrylic painting on feathers found locally in her native state of Montana. Subjects range from local wildlife and flowers to commemorative feathers for fallen soldiers. She also continues to paint on canvas and some multimedia work, where she has more freedom for creating dreamlike, surreal images... she calls these her 'Me Pictures,' as they are more self expressive than room allows on a feather. Currently, she is 'collaborating' with her 4 year old daughter to create work.. Her daughter Irelyn paints the background, and Angie creates an image from her daughter's work. Each piece, whether it be a realistic rendering or more surrealistic, is intended to reach in and 'Tickle your Soul.' Angie uses a lot of symbolism in her work. For example, many of her pieces have a dragonfly, either quite visible or very hidden somewhere within the piece. To Angie, the dragonfly represents endurance, and inner strength to always keep trying, to keep moving forward. Each piece of her art comes from the heart to reach in, to let the viewer feel, believe in oneself, see the beauty in the simple, and sometimes the heartache (her more surrealistic work), but to always continue forward, always keep hope.
Jennifer Ault Jenniferault991.wordpress.com Instagram: @jenniferault991 Twitter: @jenniferault991
My art practice is concerned with exploring the boundaries between the internal and external self. The invisible processes of our bodies as a complex network of flow productions and flow interruptions fascinates me. This has led me to researching our brains and to discover â€˜ The Blue Brain Projectâ€™; a Swiss national brain initiative , that aims to create digital reconstructions of the brain.The digital images produced are like hand drawn maps of thousands of brains neurons. I have been transferring these brain maps onto perspex to gain a deeper understanding of the complexity of our brains. What interests me is how the brain microcircuits can cause psychiatric disorders such as autism, Schizophrenia and depression through certain malfunctions of the brains microcircuits. Scientists are now able to study how individual neurons behave electronically. Multi disciplinary research between art and science is of interest to me in how borders can be crossed between the two.
Avery Hill Publishing Avery Hill is a publishing company based in South London that helps aspiring creators reach their potential and is a home to the geniuses that the mainstream has yet to recognise. AveryHillPublishing.com
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Something City by Ellice Weaver
An exploration of modern day living through representations of the lives of different groups of people in an imagined place. Segregated communities of young people, elders, fanatics, techies and the religious live side by side, interweaving and cohabiting in a city they build around themselves. ellice-weaver.com “Ellice Weaver’s comics have such a unique and charming style that you can’t help but be pulled in with each page.” – Tillie Walden “Stunning artwork and wry, odd and moving stories come together to produce a book that is as much an inspired work of imagination as it is an examination of what is important, unique and also universal, about the cities we live in today.” – Almost Normal Comics
Tillie Walden is a cartoonist and illustrator from Austin, TX. Described by Saga’s Brian K. Vaughan as “A creator who’s half my age and twice as talented as I’ll ever be”, the 22-year-old’s star power has risen immensely as she continues to create incredible stories and illustrations. Her first book, The End of Summer (2015), was published by Avery Hill when she was just 18 years old. On a Sunbeam is her fourth publication with Avery Hill. Nominated for more than a dozen awards in under four years, Tillie is just getting started! tilliewalden.com
The End of Summer by Tillie Walden In a secluded castle, at the beginning of a winter that is predicted to last for three years, Lars is battling illness, boredom and the pressures of family life. Locked inside for the duration, he passes the time playing with his siblings and his giant cat, Nemo, while tensions within the family begin to simmer. Tillie Walden tells the tragic and moving story of Lars and his twin sister, Maja. A melodrama full of subtle and tender character moments and set in an exquisitely rendered castle, it's a hauntingly beautiful work, widely considered as one of the great comics debuts. â€œWalden is able to just as easily spin an enchanting web of stories as she is to evoke a range of emotions from just a few sparsely illustrated panels.â€? â€“ Nivea Serrao, Entertainment Weekly Winner: Outstanding Artist, 2016 Ignatz Awards
On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden On a Sunbeam is the story of Mia, interwoven between her time as a rebellious schoolgirl at a boarding school in space and her time as crewmember aboard the spacecraft Aktis, where she travels the deepest reaches of space to rebuild and restore beautiful broken-down structures. As the past and present weave together, we discover more about Mia and her roots and how they connect with her present on Aktis. “Every now and again, there’s a comic that will stop you dead in your tracks and consume your time until you take in every last page and dialogue bubble. That’s the case with Tillie Walden’s fantastic On a Sunbeam.” – Andrew Liptak, The Verge Winner: Best Artist, 2017 Broken Frontier Awards Nominated: Best Webcomic, 2017 Eisner Awards
A City Inside by Tillie Walden Now available in a new hardcover edition. Shifting between the everyday and the surreal, A City Inside recounts one woman’s life – from her childhood to the first love she will never forget, to the creation of a new idea of a self that she can grow old with and a home that she can grow old within. Lyrical, poetic and beautiful, this universal story explores how we come of age not just once, but many times throughout our lives. “A City Inside is impressive because it says what’s on its mind so clearly, while maintaining a fluid, dream-like flow that other comics exploit to be flirtatiously vague.” – Alec Berry, The Quietus Winner: Best Artist, 2016 Broken Frontier Awards Winner: Best One-Shot, 2016 Broken Frontier Awards
I Love This Part by Tillie Walden Two small town girls kill time together as they try to get through their days at school. In the process they form a deep connection and an unexpected relationship begins to develop. In her follow up to the critically acclaimed The End of Summer, Tillie Walden tells the story of a small love that can make you feel like the biggest thing around, and how it's possible to find another person who understands you when you thought no-one could. “Poetic… as soon as I finished reading I Love This Part I flicked right back to the beginning and read it again.” – Jenny Robins, The Quietus Winner: Promising New Talent, 2016 Ignatz Awards Nominated: Best Single Issue, 2016 Eisner Awards
Retrograde Orbit by Kristyna Baczynski
The debut long-form graphic novel from Kristyna Baczynski – popular British creator, Eisner Award-nominee and the first artist in residence for Thought Bubble Festival. Set in the outer edges of a remote solar system, young Flint questions whether to stay with her family in the mining colony they’ve made their home, or whether to heed the lure of a new path on a mysterious, far-away planet... Exploring notions of home and the desire to leave it, Retrograde Orbit is a story of relationships, of time, of the motion of the universe. kristyna.co.uk “Observant readers are constantly rewarded for taking their time to appreciate Baczynski’s gorgeous art.” – Orbital Comics “Incredibly accomplished… beautiful and poignant. An utterly wonderful book.” – Pipedream Comics
Follow Me In by Katriona Chapman
The first long-form work from Katriona Chapman – known for her awardwinning Katzine and for her work in anthologies like the Ignatznominated Deep Space Canine – combines the very best of travel writing and memoir. Recounting a life-changing trip to Mexico, Follow Me In is Chapman’s memoir and coming-of-age story, interspersed with pages of her travel sketchbook and her explorations of the mosaic of cultural and bio-diversity that make Mexico such a special place. It is a love letter to a fascinating, alluring and richly-varied country and the story of a difficult but loving relationship between the two lead characters. katrionachapman.com “One of my favourite books of the year, absolutely gorgeous and heartwrenchingly honest.” – That Comic Smell “A beautiful, devastating and hauntingly fragile triumph.” – Broken Frontier “It is this raw humanity – this embrace of both beauty and peril in her adventures – that makes her story feel as vast as the country she traverses.” – Publishers Weekly
TIM BIRD Tim Bird is a master of using the comics medium to give us beautiful, quiet, understated stories that demand the reader’s careful consideration. timothybird.co.uk
The Great North Wood An atmospheric, mythical history of South-East London’s long-lost ancient woodland, The Great North Wood, stunningly brought to life through Tim Bird’s beautiful storytelling and tender illustrations. “Inside a lovely framing sequence, featuring one of London’s ubiquitous urban foxes as our guide, Bird takes us on a time-hopping tour of the area, tinged with poetry and fantasy.” – Broken Frontier “Another triumph from Avery Hill.” – Down the Tubes
Grey Area: From the City to the Sea Tim Bird travels east out of London to the North Sea, through the outskirts of the City, suburban streets and marginal spaces, loosely following the route of the River Thames to the estuary and beyond. Winner: Best Comic, 2015 British Comic Awards “This is a beautiful work, Bird creating images that sit there and demand that the reader ask questions, images that look gorgeous yet also demand that the reader engage.” – Forbidden Planet
Grey Area: Our Town Tim turns his focus to remembered places. He recalls memories from childhood and draws on his relationship with his wife, to investigate how our lives are informed by the environment that we experience, and the times and places within which we exist. “Grey Area ... looks and feels fantastic. This is a comic of few words that resonates quietly afterwards, a quick read that leaves you going back for more, and the work of a confident, maturing cartoonist trusting his storytelling instincts.” – Pete Redrup, The Quietus
Untitled Ape’s Epic Adventure by Stephen Tillotson
Untitled Ape (a giant purple ghost-beast) has decided he needs to see his family. His friend Cat (a cat) doesn't think it's a particularly good idea, but at this very moment a massive storm rolls in, and their epic adventure begins. Without a map or much of a plan, they journey through flooded cities and stormy seas, across frozen plains and snowy mountains, and even up into the world of the clouds on their quest to find Ape's home in the jungle. (on twitter @banalpig) “A joyous undertaking… each step forward in this charming and poignant comic reveals new truths and extends the depth of every character introduced… It is a damn fine journey to go on.” – Comics Bulletin “A graphic novel that is entirely at ease with its own cynical wit and one that will undoubtedly propel Tillotson to a whole new level of deserved recognition.” – Broken Frontier “If you are looking for something that puts a smile on your face as you read it, this is an excellent choice.” – Pete Redrup, The Quietus
It’s Cold in the River at Night by Alex Potts
Somewhere, in an isolated corner of Western Europe, Carl and Rita rent a house on stilts. Due to the pressures of spending so much time only in each other's company, cracks in their relationship start to appear. To relieve the pressure and secretly hoping to meet someone he can look up to, Carl embarks on a search for the last remaining practitioner of an ancient local tradition. alexanderpotts.com “Neatly captures the feel of a man on the edge.” – Jonathan Rigby “An intriguing and entertaining read that is all the more interesting and enjoyable for not being what you expect it to be.” – Pipedream Comics
Permanent Press by Luke Healy
Luke is depressed, afflicted by a severe case of metaphoritis and deadlines that don't really exist. Afraid of being forgotten by the comics community and unable to find motivation in anything besides jealousy, he sets out to create an award-winning comic that will remedy all of his problems. Exploring themes of art and existence through worlds of worlds and numbers, Luke Healy's new graphic novel includes the Ignatz-nominated and Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize-nominated story, ‘The Unofficial Cukoo's Nest Study Companion.’ lukewhealy.com “A book that will no doubt underline Luke Healy’s status as one of the most exciting new prospects in comics.” – Broken Frontier “A wonderful experiment in how to make comics more dramatic.” – Rachel Bellwoar, comiccon.com
Ghosts, Etc. by George Wylesol
Ghosts, Etc. is a collection of graphic short stories from Baltimorebased illustrator, designer and writer George Wylesol. His work deals with environments, his 'characters' are objects or abstract shapes. In these stories, a nameless speaker works night in the tunnels beneath a hospital where he sees glimpses of ghosts; a stranger in a wooden mask wanders around a forest where he meets a rabbit; three teenagers hear a disembodied voice coming from a pipe that leads to a trippy journey through heaven and hell. wylesol.com "A tour de force... one of those books which defies description, and stays with you long after you have finished it.” – Pipedream Comics “This is a collection of poignant, unsettling stories that explores environments of abstract shapes and ideas. Masterful storytelling… heart wrenching… trippy as hell. Ghosts, Etc. is a compelling project… a graphic novel that explores the medium outside of what the major companies produce; and while it is presented in a form we know (graphic novel) it’s anything but what we’ve seen before.” – Rogues Portal
Comic Book Slumber Party Comic Book Slumber Party is an award nominated anthology showcasing comics from female identifying, non-binary, and trans creators. Our mission is to tell stories as bad ass as we are! comicbookslumberparty.bigcartel.com
Escape from Bitch Mountain Comic Book Slumber Party and Greasy are compellingly hilarious as ever. Far famed for its cruel Warlock overlord, Bitch Mountain is the deadliest destination on any adventurer’s map. But with its rumoured riches and guaranteed bragging rights, it’s a quest that Greasy can’t refuse... even if it forces her to face the hangover from hell and, her most dire peril yet, the Friend Zone! Can she fight her way out of the depths with her treasure (and her dignity) intact?
Deep Space Canine Life in space can be tough - and when you're balancing a hydro-herb habit, mysterious intruders and an impending reunion, things get even tougher. Luckily, Space Commander Greasy is not alone, and with the help of her best robot pal, she (and her ship) might just get through the next 24 hours in one piece! “Comic Book Slumber Party’s series of anthologies – featuring their signature mascot character Greasy – have been a (semi) annual treat, bringing together a diverse array of international women artists with often wildly different approaches to comics storytelling. With Deep Space Canine they are back in all their fabulous, uncompromising, in-yer-face glory!” – Broken Frontier "If we had to sum Deep Space Canine up in lazy journo clichés it would be that it feels like a mix of Tank Girl and Lumberjanes, but in space, and told with a generous dose of underground comix sensibilities. But perhaps a better description is that it feels like a book put together by a bunch of friends having a great time.” – Pipedream Comics "The art is superb. The storytelling is great fun, and it makes a refreshing change to see a sci fi comic where the only characters are female and truly badass.” – Pete Redrup, The Quietus “Fantastic… I can only imagine how much fun the ladies had putting this together, and it's the sort of comic project I would love to see happen a lot more. It's a brilliant showcase for their unique talents, and a thoroughly rip-roaring entertaining read.” – Read It Daddy
B. Mure B. Mure is an illustrator with a particular interest in characters, comics, social issues and sustainability. bmurecreative.co.uk
Terrible Means Set many years prior to the events of B. Mureâ€™s fantasy mystery, Ismyre, Terrible Means explores the backstory of this mystical old place and its weird and wonderful inhabitants â€“ not limited to anarcho-wizards with terroristic tendencies!
Ismyre Exploring themes of loneliness in cities, ecology, craftsmanship and the self-doubt that goes with making things; Ismyre is a quiet and fantastical mystery tale, set in an old world of ordinary magic. “An amazingly eccentric and beautiful book to read. It is simple and surreal. The story balances the visual and the literary elements perfectly… an amazing indie comic.” – Rogues Portal
Rachael Smith Rachael Smith is a wildly inventive weaver of transformative stories with plenty of humour throughout. rachaelsmith.org
The Rabbit Eleanor and her younger sister Kathy have run away. They may also be running from reality itself, as they seem to have acquired a new friend in the form of a talking cartoon bunny rabbit. As Craig grows bigger and bigger, the girls soon discover exactly what kind of creature has joined them on their adventure. Running away is not as easy as it seems... “The comedy that Smith does so well is still there, the dialogue as always just right, but there’s a menace and sense of simmering heartbreak here as well. Smith just gets better and better and better. This is her finest yet.” – Forbidden Planet
Artificial Flowers Siobhan is trying to make it as an artist in East London, but no one seems interested in her work. When her anti-social little brother is sent to stay with her as part attempt at rehabilitation, part banishment, the two discover a way in which they can help each other… “Smith's greatest skill as a writer is making a mess of her characters' lives and then figuring out the pieces of the puzzle that will put them back together.” – Rob Clough, High-Low
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