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Work / Illustration

Jan Buchczik illustrates the effects of jetlag in new zine, Of Coursica

Jan Buchczik is back! The formidable illustrational talent of Jan is a regular on It’s Nice That and this time he has teamed with another firm favourite, Chicago-based publishers Tan & Loose Press.

Of Coursica is a new zine from Jan and is “a collection of riso-printed drawings based on the phenomenon of the jet lagged mind wandering off while you are travelling and exploring new places,” the illustrator explains. The mind altering feeling of not knowing where, or what time zone you’re in is illustrated by Jan through “tired eyes rendering the most mundane scenes into mirages and just for a second the mind seems to burst through reality”.

Suitably, “the ideas for this series were collected while I was on vacation,” Jan tells It’s Nice That. “I thought it would great to have the drawings in some kind of book form, like a photo album some people make of their holiday photos.” The wobbled narrative of Jan’s zine, someone smoking a curvy elongated cigarette or a gigantic wave forming out of a bath, is balanced with a nuanced selection of simple, primary colours.

A short text introduces the publication inspired by an article the illustrator read, “on jet lag and how every organ takes a different time to adjust to a new timezone”. Together, Jan’s illustrational style, the context of the publication, introductory text stating, “by the time our mind arrives it is time to check out again,” and even the zine’s title is a smile inducing, warped and wonderful collection of drawings.

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