Pikabooks: Evergreen Jim & Tulip - Pikaland
I’m really excited to launch our latest zine for Pikabooks! Evergreen Jim & Tulip: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough is the brainchild of Ana Benaroya, and what better way to celebrate than to interview the lady herself? Melanie Maddison gets down and dirty with Ana, so read on! ——————- Ana Benaroya is an illustrator, designer, typographer, and screen printer making adrenaline-fuelled, energizing, insanely bright, bold, loud and colourful work that smacks me in the face with how joyously unashamed it is. I don’t think I have enough adjectives to describe it! Her illustrated zine, Evergreen Jim & Tulip: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough is being published and released by Pikaland’s book imprint, Pikabooks imminently, so we thought we’d catch up with Ana to ask more about the zine, and her other artwork. Website | Blog | Paintings blog | Shop | Tumblr Hi Ana, how are you? Could you tell Pikaland readers a little about yourself? Hello! I’m doing pretty well. I am a freelance illustrator and designer working out of Jersey City. I love eating, drinking coffee, and drawing. Could you tell us a little about Evergreen Jim & Tulip, both about the project came to be, and also the story within it? I came up with the idea for this story while on a trip to the Pacific Northwest (Portland, Seattle, Mt. Rainier, Vancouver). It was my first time to this part of the country and I was amazed at the difference in trees and nature…and the mountains. My surroundings inspired my story…I wanted to create a romanticized version of the people who inhabited this part of the country. And of course, insert my own ridiculousness and sense of humor. I love writing love stories. What is your history in independent or self-publishing? I’m guessing Evergreen Jim & Tulip isn’t your first zine? I don’t have a huge history in self-publishing…though I did self-publish a newspaper with a good friend of mine called “Egg on Bread.” It was a satire on what a newspaper typically is, containing the weather, horoscopes, an advice column, etc. I also self-published a book called “Men Eating Fruit” which is a collection of paintings of nude men eating fruit, along with a short story about each of their lives. I like self-publishing because there’s no one telling you what you can and can’t do, or warning you about the marketability of something. Do you think zines are a good way to share art, to display art, and to reach (new?) audiences or artistic communities? Yes, I definitely think so… though the tricky part is getting the world to know that your zine exists. But there is something very magical about discovering a zine that you love… because you know it was hand-crafted and purely made. A zine represents true creative freedom and expression. What appealed to you about working with Pikabooks? I’ve been a big fan of the blog for a while, and how could I say no to the offer of a story of mine being published? This is my first real opportunity to have my writing and my art appear together and I’m very excited about it. —————— You can get a copy of Ana’s limited edition zine, Evergreen Jim & Tulip: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough over at Pikabooks! —————— CLICK HERE to read the entire interview with Ana!