Independent-Publishing

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This is “In a Dream” a.k.a. “Rococo on Acid” – one of my favorite photo shoots and collaborations to date, which was published in Auxiliary Magazine earlier this year. If you love seeing unusual editorials like this and want to support a publication that helps facilitate them, repost this and head over to Auxiliary Mag’s Kickstarter page and help fund its future in print!

Concept/model/art direction/wardrobe/makeup: Zoetica Ebb
Photography: Lydia Hudgens
Hair: RebeccaDoesHair
Feather fascinator: Miyu Decay

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Bred Box #1 is out!!!

Bred Box #1 is a collected print suite of invited artists, published by Bred Press. 10 Offset Lithography prints contained in a screenprinted envelope. 

Bred Box #1’s Roster is Alabaster, Abe LampertAndy BurkholderBen MarcusDanielle ChenetteInés EstradaMichael OlivoNatali Koromotoand Nicole Ginelli!

Edition of 150. Prints are 10" x 15.75" and the envelope is 13" x 18". Shipped flat.

Sales of the Bred Box help fund Bred Press directly. Each of the artists is receiving 50 of their own prints to sell and support themselves with, and if you want more than one (or just a single) of an individual print I implore you to purchase it from the artist directly when they make it available!

Available for Purchase at the Bred Press Online Store and on the Brohloff Webstore.

Thank you so much to the artists, and thank you.

Brad Rohloff 2014

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“Scram” is a self-published zine by Australia-based photographer Lloyd Stubber (previously interviewed here). The 28 page full colour publication documents his first year Melbourne. “I am prone at getting myself into strange situations, whether that is due to my good or bad luck is beyond me.”

While “Scram” was released back in 2011, Llyod Stubber is currently busy as editor-in-chief of Bloom Publishing and has made several other zines since then.

Get a copy here. Check out more publication reviews at our bookshelf.

Adora Belles vol 2 - Burlesque Beauties is up on gumroad!

Sorry for the delay everyone. My second volume of pin ups is now up for download. It’s half the price of the physical copy, with no shipping!

Check it out here! https://gumroad.com/l/AdoraBelles2

My patreon patrons can pick this up for $1 with a special code.

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Guest Fest: Rasheedah Phillips Discusses her Debut Novel and Black Motherhood

Black Speculative Fiction Author Alicia McCalla interviews debut author Rasheedah Phillips about the Black motherhood and intergenerational poverty themes in her debut novel Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales)

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Aidan Koch

How did you get into comics?

I didn’t really start drawing comics until college. I decided to attend art school and ended up around a lot of people who were involved in the comics scene in Portland, OR. I was an illustration major so it was easy for me to see how comics fit in with how I was thinking about drawing and where my ideas were beginning to expand. I started out making zines with drawings, words, and lists. From there I began integrating those ideas further and building narratives. I’ve never read many comics and I still don’t. It helps me keep a clear perspective on the type of work I want to make, rather than being influenced by what’s already been made.

You have an amazing hand - what is your drawing background?  Who have you studied and  admired?  

Both of my parents were artists so I was drawing and crafting from a very very young age. My sister was always a little better at the hands on projects though so I think it was easier for me to just dedicate myself to drawing. I have countless sketchbooks starting in middle school and used to draw on everything. Naturally, choosing an art school for college solidified it as more than a hobby. Right now I do art full time. 

My tastes have changed quite a bit over the years, but I will always be obsessed with classical and impressionistic art. My favorite artist of all time is Odilon Redon. Others to note: Balthus, Matisse, Degas, Titian, Delvaux…

Was it intentional to use variations on the golden ratio/divine cut for almost every page of The Whale? If it was intuitive, then your sense of design could very literally be called divine.  

Thank you. I must admit is was very much unintentional. Even looking at it now, that book is quite raw. I came at it with basically no forethought as to how a person ‘makes comics.’ I’ve always worked very intuitively, but I’m much more aware of tools and constructs in comics now.  

How did that story emerge?  It subtly resonates.  

It really started with about the last ten pages. I was living back on the Puget Sound, and there was a news story about a tropical whale getting beached on a nearby island. The character and scenario just grew out of that initial inspiration.

Where did your travels for Field Studies take you?  Can you tell us about that project?

That was a really incredible project. I happened to already have a good deal of travel plans for the year and as they continued to expand and grow I became much more compelled to find a way to tie them all together. The first step was simply creating a blog from which I could share small drawings from my various settings. It worked in so many ways. I didn’t have a camera most of the year, but I did have a scanner, so I used it to share with my friends and family where I was and the special little things I was experiencing. It helped me to raise extra funds as I was traveling so that I wouldn’t have to get nervous about being gone so long. On a personal level too, each time I would sit down in a new city or home to draw, it would connect me deeper with the physical reality of my environment, by having to really study it. 

I really believe in maintaining a strong life drawing practice to the point that this project felt very indulgent for me. And then getting to publish a book of it all at the end! 

 

Was Asymmetry based on a real experience?  

No. I have given quite a number of tattoos in my day, as well as received them, but its all fiction. I think I just wanted to express the intimacy of that experience. 

Can you tell us about The Dark?  

This was one of my first minis. When I started drawing comics, I was especially interested in more abstract content and visuals. I still am, but the form it takes is much different.

What art materials do you have on you at any given time?  

Only a mechanical pencil. I keep a lined notebook with me, but I very rarely draw in it. 

Are you still working on the Letter Project with Jaakko Pallasvuo?  

Oh, no. We ended it quite some time ago. It was a really interesting endeavor but we did it without any objectives or constraints, so it just naturally tapered out as our lives got busier.

What sorts of projects do you have in the works right now?  

I just made a big move to California. I’m hoping to make this my base, so its a bit more serious than the traveling I’ve been up to. This has taken away from my being able to focus much on any personal projects. I’ve got ideas, but mostly I’ve just been doing a little this and that for other people. Once things have settled down here a bit, I’m hoping to start oil painting again. I’m quite excited to see where that might go. 

Any upcoming shows or publications we should be looking forward to?

I have a show opening May 3rd at Nationale in Portland, OR and a show in December at Farewell Books in Austin, TX. Those are the bigs ones this year. As far as publications I’m in the upcoming Sonatina anthology edited and published by Scott Longo as well as putting out a little collection of artist related comic strips I did for The Comics Workbook blog with the help of Colour Code printing in Toronto. 

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Papersafe Issue #03: The World and the Totality of Facts, October 2014 / 8.25"x10.75", 100 pages, full color digital offset printing, perfect bound, softcover, edition of 80.

Issue three showcases the work of eight photographers residing outside of the United States, and two interviews conducted by Don/Dean.

Featuring: Alexi Hobbs, Tom Griggs, Pauline Magnenat, Joanne Ratajczak, Wouter Van de Voorde, James Bennett, Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt, and Alex Crétey Systermans.

A special thank you to our co-editor Carl Gunhouse, our copy editor Annie Sollinger, and Jessica Dean Camp and Cole Don Kelly, all of whom are talented artists in their own right that graciously volunteered their time to help make this issue something we’ve very proud of.

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER (SHIPS MID-OCTOBER), or better yet, come visit us on October 18th at Aviary Gallery in Jamaica Plain and pick up a copy in person!

The fourth Limited Edition cover has been chosen and it happens to be the same photo VICE ran as their headline yesterday afternoon. Thomas Prior shot this in Las Vegas. Do you see the helicopter?

Alex Thebez of Lintroller purchased this one, and we couldn’t be more excited to make it and send it to him. See the rest of the covers that have been chosen here! The finished book (the off-set edition of Issue Three) will have a photograph on the cover, but it won’t be full bleed like these.

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Title: Super Special 10, 2013

Artist: Sofia de Guzman, Mary Gaudin, Maxime Guyon, Garrett Lockhart, Juan Madrid, Ina Niehoff, Hans Nøstdahl

Details: I picked up this zine at the LAABF this past February from the VUU Collective(vuu-studio) table. I was four months into my monthly zine project and was instantly attracted to the simplicity and various collections of photos within each zine (as this is #10 of 12, 1/month for a year). This was the last of this particular issue on the table and the website is listing it as sold out so I’m very glad to have gotten one. The color photos inside are curated in a humorous and fluid way with plenty of full-bleed action going on. It’s a great little publication, I wish I had bought more! Check out the collective’s site below as well as the sites of the artists I could find !

More: VUU Collective /Sofia de Guzman / Mary Gaudin / Maxime Guyon / Garrett Lockhart / Juan Madrid / Ina Niehoff / Hans Nøstdahl  

garrettlockhart inaniehoff hansnostdahl 

For its fourth issue, Papersafe is currently seeking film-based photographic work and/or writing (from any genre) which explores the relationship of photography and memory. We are interested in images and writing that investigate how photography helps or hinders the process of remembering, and conversely, the process of forgetting. Click here for details!

It’s your friendly neighbourhood Lai here, asking for your help!

You may remember me posting about how we’re hosting an indiegogo fundraiser (found here) to publish a book all about the rad women that history forgot. It’s a compilation of essays that includes awesome women like Josephine Baker, Rose Fortune, Khutulun, Calpernia Addams, and many, many more. 

Here’s the thing. We have just a week left, and have only raised 26% of our goal. We have flexible funding, which means that we get to keep whatever we raise, but as it stands right now, we don’t have enough to even go to print. We’re going forward no matter what, but it’s going to make it harder. There’s only three of us in the company, and we’re all incredibly busy women. Two of us are working our way through school, and one has just opened up a cafe. This is definitely a labour of love for us, but we really want to get these amazing stories told!

What can you do to help?  Please, please, share the fundraiser with everyone you know: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rad-women-and-the-things-they-did#/story If you know anyone who likes women, or supports feminism, please let them know about the project. 

And if you have anything to spare, even a dollar, I would take it as a personal favour to me if you would consider donating it. This is as awesome project to be a part of, and I’d love to see more people involved. (Plus we’ve got some pretty rad swag for different donor levels!)