New! New! New!
I’ve started to post on tumblr as Private Spectacle Press. I’m finding it a bit easier to keep myself updating using tumblr and connecting to folks. I’m still going to maintain this blog since I’ve put so much heart into it already, but the PSP tumblr will be seeing more action than this space, so give me a follow if you’re already a tumblr addict! (Not too late to become one btw…)
I have a new shop up as well, where you can buy some of my zines, comics, books and prints. I’m planning on adding many more items to it in the coming month, including my new comic, Last Playlist. I just posted my latest linocut print, a No Junk Mail sign to detract those useless flyers and real estate broker business cards from accumulating in your mail box.
Happy New Year to all! Here’s a peek at a print I’ve been working on for the past few weeks.
Suggested reading of the day: Shameless Magazine’s Money Issue!!
If you’ve never heard of it, Shameless is a fabulous feminist publication for girls and trans youth. I started reading it a number of years ago when I discovered it at the public library and I am so honoured to be a contributor for their latest issue!
My piece Art/Work consists of two pages of comics addressing the relationship of artists and money. It discusses conflicting feelings about money you may encounter as an artist and contains useful resources and information for anyone practicing art or hoping to get into art-making in a major (or minor) way. I also got to make a pull-out poster, which was extremely fun. I decided to do a paper cut for the poster. I have loved paper cut for a long time but had never found the incentive to try it before. Here’s a peek at the results:
I will definitely be using this technique again in the future. Though it was quite painstaking and occasionally frustrating, I am really happy with the results. There is a really interesting physical quality to a cut image that you just can’t get from drawing or painting. Relief printing, such as linocut, has a similar quality. Maybe part of the reason I found the paper cut process to be less frustrating than I expected is that even when you accidentally cut off a polar bear’s toe, you can do masking tape surgery on the back of the paper and no one’s the wiser; When you’re carving a linocut and you accidentally carve a piece you shouldn’t have, well…
Here is a little look at a copy of Boom Boom Boom. I sold out of the copies I had ready for TCAF but there are many left to bind. I’m going to have busy hands for the next few weeks!
Japanese Stab Binding with a hinged hardcover
Title and endpages
An image from my story Wild Seed
Back cover 🙂
Meanwhile, in the studio…
Studio work is always made happier with a robust selection of snacks!
TCAF is only a few days away and I am hustling to prepare my latest project for the viewing (and purchasing) pleasure of Toronto’s comic-loving masses. Here’s a preview of what is to come:
Boom Boom Boom is an anthology of woodcut and linocut stories about SEX. The artists involved are Stefan Berg, Dmitry Bondarenko, Colin Rogers, Megan Speers, Rihkee Strap, George Walker and myself. I am also the editor and bookbinder of the anthology. The book was printed on the risograph by Colour Code Printing. I am so happy with the results! It has been such a pleasure watching this book come together. I can’t wait to see it completed and in the hands of readers!
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is this weekend at the Reference Library and is totally free to attend. Come visit me on the second floor at booth 258!