You know what makes the increasingly chilly January mornings easier? Knowing that you’ll be essentially drowned in great new work on arriving in the studio each day. It seems that everyone has been keeping to their resolutions, producing countless brilliant books and magazines. We’ve got new publications, great new issues of more established journals and exciting new books from the worlds of artists’ books, comics and illustrated children’s books.
Posterzine, People of Print
Posterzine does exactly what it says on the tin, it’s part poster, part zine and each issue features an interview with stars of the design world. With interviews with Anthony Burrill and Eike König already under their belt, Posterzine is bound to be going from strength to strength.
Adbusters: Aesthetic Terror
The new issue of the Vancouver based magazine is the last chapter of the “Manifesto for the World” series, where the editorial team delve into a visual attack on the mood, tone and feel of everyday life.
Counterpoint, edited by Sam Bradley and Bethany Thompson
Counterpoint is an independent publication for thoughtful journalism, photography and illustration, and in the current issue the features are framed on the theme of “rebels.” This includes a look at roller derbies, zine-making, political revolution in Madrid, gender neutral fashion and football fans.
Big Kids, Michael DeForge
Comics overlord Michael DeForge has just published Big Kids with Drawn & Quarterly . It’s billed as a “dark coming-of-age tale of teenage misfits and adolescent rabble-rousing” and if his previous work – such as Ant Colony and First Year Healthy – is anything to go by, it’s sure to be brilliant.
Earth Art, Rejane Dal Bello, Elodie Boyer and Jean Segui
Published by Éditions Non Standard, Earth Art is the first issue of UPO , an occasional magazine aimed at emphasising the work of one artist each time. In this instance it’s Rejane Dal Bello, whose practice involves re-working Google Earth images and turning them inside out. Her work is accompanied with a love letter to the earth, written by Jean Segue and translated by Nigel Forrest.
Jill & Dragon, Lesley Barnes
Illustrator Lesley Barnes has just published her first book with Tate, a children’s book that tells the story of a young girl who discovers the hidden talents of a widely disliked dragon. The drawings are great and drive you through a story of changing landscapes and interactions, all the way through to Lesley’s new take on “happy ever after”.
The Collective Quarterly
The Collective Quarterly is a new magazine “about discovery”. Each issue is focussed on one journey, this time to Topa Topa. In the current issue there’s everything from a point break manifesto, to the Ojai raptor centre or an exploration of Ventura spirits.
Drawings Volume II, Alan Campbell
Illustrator Alan Campbell sent in his newest edition of hand-printed drawings, a book featuring Ernest Hemingway covers, churches, birds and anarchist theatre as well as cats, disembodied arms and geometric patterns.
Francesco Nazardo, published by Draw Down Books
In this new book of photographs by Francesco Nazardo the lens is cropped in close on subjects such as stubble, fleshy fruit, body parts and hairlines. Francesco’s photographs depict a variety of abstract and intimate moments and convey a great array of everyday textures.
Issue 10 of Victory , the journal “concerned with the eternal glories and ignominies of players and pursuits the world over”, covers the art of John Ahearn and Rigoberto Torres, ski jumps and The Muppet Show amongst many other features. It’s impressive in terms of its scale, but particularly in the tone with which it tackles the subject of sport, making it interesting to the seasoned pro and the rookie.