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Sometimes you see something and you just have to have it! I am a big fan of Nobrow press and their gorgeously printed books, the attention to detail and the roster of illustrators makes them one of the best publishers of new work out there. Browsing through the latest Nobrow compilation I realised that i spent all of my time thinking that Jon Mc Naught (of Dockwood/Pebble Island fame) had won, and that i wished Blexbolex had some stuff included…. then i saw this man’s work- Raymond Lemstra. What a talent! I love pretty much everything about them. I had to buy this book- its one of Nobrow’s limited edition ‘Big Mother’ books- an A3 printing on deliciously heavy stock featuring Lemstra’s disturbing and yet strangely satisfying work! And the cover has spot UV that makes it sing! 

this one gets pride of place on the shelf… if i can just find a shelf big enough! 

get yours here

— 2 months ago with 13 notes
#nobrow  #big mother  #raymond lemstra  #lemstra  #illustrations  #drawing  #pencil  #masks  #illustrator 

Reading List: Flying Eye books have done a brilliant job restoring Dahlov Ipcar’s enchantingly stylised children’s introduction to dinosaurs ‘The Wonderful Egg’. Paleontologically dubious but delightful to look at! 

— 2 months ago with 1 note
#Dahlov Ipcar  #Ipcar  #Flying eye books  #the wodnerful egg  #dinosaur  #dinosaurs  #illustration  #paleoart  #children's book  #prehistory  #prehistoric 

Also from watdafac gallery in Madrid- Makuu Kuukan by Motohiro Hayakawa. These drawings remind me so much of the sort of thing my brother and i would cover reams and reams of paper with as kids- nebulous armies locked in mortal combat with gargantuan monsters and alien warriors… i could look at them for hours.

buy here: http://watdafac.bigcartel.com/

— 4 months ago
#watdafac  #madrid  #espana  #makuu kuukan  #makuu  #kuukan  #motohiro hayakawa  #drawing  #illustrations  #painting  #fantasy 

watdafac gallery did a mighty fine job on their Jon Boam book- which has just arrived here- love the ‘Boamiverse’ of Z-E-N-D-O-R and the almost hieroglyphic style and presentation in the book. Highly recommended.

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buy here: http://watdafac.bigcartel.com/

— 4 months ago with 1 note
#jon boam  #boam  #zendor  #z-e-n-d-o-r  #watdafac  #gallery  #madrid  #espana  #drawings  #illustration  #comics  #drawing  #comic  #book  #small press 

Reading List: YEAAAAAAHHHH! for George Saunders- who won the folio prize today! I am a big fan and have devoured all of his wonderful words since stumbling upon Pastoralia a couple of years back. He makes the world seem normal by highlighting just how fucking insane it actually is. Tenth of December is his most recent collection of stories and it is truly excellent too. Well done George… more please! 

— 4 months ago with 1 note
#Folio  #Folio Prize  #Saunders  #George  #George Saunders  #Novel  #Short Stories  #Tenth of December  #Pastoralia  #Gappers of Fripp  #brief and frightening reign of Phil  #reading list 

Reading List: Ballad by Blexbolex. A tour de force semi-cyclical narrative that reads just as beautifully as it looks. When i read a Blexbolex book i get madly jealous at the guy’s skills, his colour choices, the huge amount of information he puts across with a limited palette and stylised idiolect. Ballad is also interesting because Blexbolex has decided to utilise halftones which makes the colour overlays delicious indeed. Also highly recommended are: Abecederia and No Man’s Land both published by Nobrow. 

— 5 months ago with 4 notes
#blexbolex  #french  #graphic novel  #illustration  #illustrator  #abecederia  #no man's land  #printed  #limited palette  #ballad  #nobrow  #enchanted lion  #stranger 
And check out this wicked little postcard of guns sent with my copy of ISLES&#8230;. hooray! 

And check out this wicked little postcard of guns sent with my copy of ISLES…. hooray! 

— 5 months ago
#guns  #drawing  #illustration  #postcard  #editions FP CF 
Reading List: another genius bit of graphic novellry- Jeremy Perrodeau&#8217;s ISLES, published in a gorgeously minimal and pleasingly thick book by editions FP CF. just get it. you know you should

Reading List: another genius bit of graphic novellry- Jeremy Perrodeau’s ISLES, published in a gorgeously minimal and pleasingly thick book by editions FP CF. just get it. you know you should

— 5 months ago
#editions FP CF  #FP CF  #ISLES  #La Grande Odyssee  #Jeremy Perrodeau  #comic  #graphic novel  #wordless  #black and white 
Reading List: The Dinosaur Heresies by Bob Bakker. My lifelong fascination with dinosaurs has meant that i have learnt to take for granted lots of the things that Bakker was positing back in the 80s- things that back then seemed totally at odd with the accepted norm with regards to how dinosaurs looked, lived and died. Still it is wonderful to read them, along with some lovely anecdotes from his field seasons digging up the remains of the very beasts he loves so much, from the pen of the man himself. And the drawings are ace too. 

Reading List: The Dinosaur Heresies by Bob Bakker. My lifelong fascination with dinosaurs has meant that i have learnt to take for granted lots of the things that Bakker was positing back in the 80s- things that back then seemed totally at odd with the accepted norm with regards to how dinosaurs looked, lived and died. Still it is wonderful to read them, along with some lovely anecdotes from his field seasons digging up the remains of the very beasts he loves so much, from the pen of the man himself. And the drawings are ace too. 

— 5 months ago
#dinosaur  #dinosaurs  #dinosaur heresies  #heresies  #herecy  #heretic  #bob  #robert  #bakker  #bob bakker  #paleontologist  #dinosaurs with feathers  #warm-blooded 
King Rollo always held a special fascination for me- i remember his joyous skipping cavorting frivolity so vividly from my childhood. This DVD was scheduled for release and then withdrawn/delayed for a few tortuous months before finally arriving on my doorstep- as a present for my 17 month old son naturally. I was quite amazed to discover that there were only 13 episodes, but each one is glorious- from Rollo tying his laces (which helped me learn to do it), to Rollo&#8217;s insistence that chocolate cake is better than bread and the sudden change of heart he has towards King Frank (he&#8217;s very nice- he&#8217;s coming over again tomorrow). I was struck, not only by the beautiful music - Queen Gwen&#8217;s theme is a work of magic - or the wonderfully simple animation, but by how enchanting my son found it- sure he&#8217;s young and takes a lot of more prosaic stuff in his stride, dutifully sitting through the Cloudbabies and other such junk. Rollo made him actually smile all of the time it was on- he dances to the theme music, he has a genuine delight in the antics of Hamlet the cat and when the TV is off, and I put Rollo on- he lights up! Nothing from the modern slew of generic CGI blandoramas does he enjoy as much, Octonauts he will stomach but gets easily distracted, Bob the builder has become a travesty of its former self and the less said about Chuggington the better. Only Postman Pat and Meg and Mog come close, but King Rollo wins hands down. Children are such discerning critics.

King Rollo always held a special fascination for me- i remember his joyous skipping cavorting frivolity so vividly from my childhood. This DVD was scheduled for release and then withdrawn/delayed for a few tortuous months before finally arriving on my doorstep- as a present for my 17 month old son naturally. I was quite amazed to discover that there were only 13 episodes, but each one is glorious- from Rollo tying his laces (which helped me learn to do it), to Rollo’s insistence that chocolate cake is better than bread and the sudden change of heart he has towards King Frank (he’s very nice- he’s coming over again tomorrow). I was struck, not only by the beautiful music - Queen Gwen’s theme is a work of magic - or the wonderfully simple animation, but by how enchanting my son found it- sure he’s young and takes a lot of more prosaic stuff in his stride, dutifully sitting through the Cloudbabies and other such junk. Rollo made him actually smile all of the time it was on- he dances to the theme music, he has a genuine delight in the antics of Hamlet the cat and when the TV is off, and I put Rollo on- he lights up! Nothing from the modern slew of generic CGI blandoramas does he enjoy as much, Octonauts he will stomach but gets easily distracted, Bob the builder has become a travesty of its former self and the less said about Chuggington the better. Only Postman Pat and Meg and Mog come close, but King Rollo wins hands down. Children are such discerning critics.

— 6 months ago with 1 note
#King Rollo  #Rollo  #King  #Kids  #Childrens  #Animation  #80s tv  #80s cartoon  #david mckee  #McKee  #Rollo is better than anything on today  #CITV  #Cbeebies  #Cartoon  #Elmer  #Not now bernard  #dvd  #buy it now  #hamlet  #queen gwen  #magician  #king frank  #cook