Mon dieu! ‘Tis Friday once again and time to collect up all the treats scattered about the studio to show off to you good folks. It’s like the conveyor belt in The Generation Game, except there’s not actually that much to remember and you don’t get to win anything and there are no toasters, hairdryers or shiny saloon cars. Instead, of infinitely more interest, we have a zine, a collection of 100 word stories, a compendium of Andy Rementer’s work, a new Eyeball Comix comic and some delightfully designed city maps. Catch all that? Good, because I’ll be testing you later…
John Garcia & Rachel Levit: Only In My Dreams
In a few pages Brooklyn-based illustrator Rachel Levit has somehow captured windswept memories of salty skin from a holiday long long ago. Her risographed zine Only In My Dreams is a collaboration with John Garcia and whisks us away to a dreamy place where topless lovers plunge into indigo seas and wade like sleepwalkers towards the moon.
Felstead and Waddell: House Paint & Other Stories
Remember when Twitter first fluttered to everyone’s attention? “How can you possibly write anything meaningful in 140 characters?” the bemused masses cried. Well, turns out you can. In fact, you really don’t need that many words to say something quite meaningful or amusing or interesting. Performance artists Felstead and Waddell’s blog – and new book – is testament to this; they write stories, and each story is a mere 100 words long. Some are funny, some are puzzling and some, in their collection House Paint & Other Stories are partnered with funny drawings by Tony Felstead.
Andy Rementer: SSE Book
This monograph of “creative person from USA” Andy Rementer (as he describes himself) collects his paintings, drawings, editorial work, lettering, comics and sketchbook doodles into one tremendous tome. With almost as much going on as a Where’s Wally spread, his editorial illustrations let loose creative chaos. They’re basically one brightly coloured party which even the face cream and pot plants are going to, and looking at this book, you’ll soon want an invitation as well. It’s fascinating to see his characteristic style spread across various media in one publication and would make an awesome source of entertainment and inspiration on any shelf.
Brigid Deacon: Coma Deep
Eyeball Comix and London-based illustrator Brigid Deacon bring us Coma Deep, a black and white comic which they describe as “like a delirious fever dream interrupted by occasional intervals of matriarchal eye gouging.” There sure are a lot of eyes rolling in it, but I’ll leave you to discover just how…
Herb Lester Associates for Instagram
With a cities as massive and ancient and constantly changing as Paris, London and Berlin, it’s pretty much impossible to ever see everything they have on show. So Herb Lester Associates takes the cunning tactic of instead finding what’s fun and most distinctive about a place for their travel guides. They chat to city-folk to get their recommendations for restaurants, museums, nooks and crannies and, in these maps created with Instagram, use Instagrammers’ photos to present an even more personal take on a city.