So I bought a few more zines recently. These two are from Nobrow press. These guys are really pushing design in their publications; they look great.
First book is Clayton Junior’s Temporama.
Temporama takes place in a city where, like any concrete jungle, technology favours the privileged, and nature is quarantined like a virus. A silent picture story told during one night of primal urges and strange happenings, Temporama is a beautifully simple tale told in Clayton’s trademark bold graphic style. – Nobrow
Honestly i bought this as reference for making animations! I picked this one up because of it’s amazing use of light and colour; Clayton coveys mood so well with his use of colour. Consequently, Temporama feels very cinematic, there is a real sense of space, time and movement in Clyton’s brushy drawings.
Next up is Ben Newman’s Ouroboros.
Inspired by the mythical serpent Ouroboros, Ben Newman takes the reader on a tale of action and adventure that juxtaposes brutal violence with ecstatic comic exuberance, where our protagonist fights a band of rogue, thuggish, drug peddling perverts after they murder his newly beloved mermaid. – Nobrow
Again, I bought this as reference for doing cut outs. I like the limited colour pallet and bold art style. Cute story, but it’s all about the style really.
You can get these books directly from the Nobrow site.
Just read this article on a zine iPhone app. And although I’d still prefer a to read a book than an iPhone, it looks quite cool.
DeForge can do no wrong! Dude has been one to watch for a while, but he is really hitting stride now. Spotting Deer is his most recent comic. It reads like a presentation on the elusive Spotting Deer, which is actually a kind of terrestrial slug.
The Spotting Deer is morose creature, prone to anxiety. The book describes its habits, diet, mating rituals and place in popular culture. And it’s funny. Learning that Spotting Deer have the same social anxieties that I do made me laugh.
DeForges art is great! His line work nods to classic comic strip art, though the style is his own. I really like the design of each panel and his use of texture and colour throughout the book. Big ups to Koyama Press, they keep on making attractive books!
You can get Spotting Deer at DeForge’s site.
I’m really looking forward to Loose 3 and Root Rot.