It may sound like the remnants of your mate’s Halloween party but this month’s Things sees an enticing mix of sexy witches, robots, gaming and Ancient Greek torture as well as abstract ceramics, flora and fauna. Get ready for a selection of fine tomes.
Dan Stafford: amuseum
Edited by illustrator Dan Stafford, amuseum is a “magazine that sees objects differently.” Now in its second issue, it has features on torture in Ancient Greece, an Aeropress love affair and an interview with Paul Foot among many others. Everything down to the contents page of amuseum seems considered, as well as a regular listing of what’s to come, there’s an index of the objects included throughout, from “Jesus Pizza” to “Rare Green Biro.”
Read Only Memory: Britsoft: An Oral History
Britsoft: An Oral History tells the story of the early British games industry through a series of interviews and archival imagery of advertising, gaming studios and packaging. A companion piece to the 2014 documentary From Bedroom to Billions it recounts the tale through the voices of programmers, musicians, journalists and business people and was designed by London-based studio Julia.
Jeremy Sorese: Curveball
Published by No Brow, Curveball is Jeremy Sorese’s first graphic novel about the onslaught of complacency brought on by humanity’s dependency on robots and technological advancement. Printed in black and fluorescent orange, the comic is a story “of love and heartbreak set against the backdrop of… the threat of the beautifully destructive ‘bolt revolt.’”
Trinie Dalton & Lennard Kok: The Witch Has a System
A collaboration between illustrator Lennard Kok and author Trinie Dalton, The Witch Has a System is a story of a witch whose spells are adapted into common cocktails, who speeds around California wearing aviator sunglasses and instigates natural disasters. The accompanying illustrations show women locked in various trysts with plant-life.
Christopher Rey Pérez & Gabriel Finotti: Dolce Stil Criollo 2
Dolce Stil Criollo is a collaboration between poet Christopher Rey Pérez and designer Gabriel Finotti, their intention was to create a platform for artists and writers to reinvent the Americas by negotiating their relation to it. Each issue brings together a collection of works by friends and collaborators, strung together by its design and colour palette allowing greater creative freedom in every feature.
Anne Brugni: Metamorphosis
Published by Shelter Press, Metamorphosis is a collection of abstract drawings and photographed ceramics in strange still life arrangements with bright, lurid backgrounds. A mix of tubes, splodges and snaking lines, Anna’s book is a nicely abstract exploration of materials and tonal details.
Saint Lydia: On Flora
The second issue of the zine about plants and flowers, On Flora is a beautifully curated selection of photographs of plants and flowers in wild and domestic settings. Published by Alison Baitz’s studio Saint Lydia, On Flora makes for an interesting record of our relationship with plant life.
Studio Calm & Collected and Peckham Print Studio: Fluro Flora Fauna
Fluro Flora Fauna is a visual and text-based conversation between Studio Calm & Collected and Peckham Print Studio. A catalogue of drawings that serve as a capsule of visual references, the book is an experiment in freedom through restrictions, with Peckham Print Studio responding to the content with print that has visual presence without dominating.
About the Author
Billie studied illustration at Camberwell College of Art before completing an MA in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art. She joined It’s Nice That as a Freelance Editorial Assistant back in January 2015 and continues to work with us on a freelance basis.