June 28, 2013

Interview with Abel Jiménez

Some time ago I ordered a little zine called „Atasco!!“ by Abel Jimenez, an illustrator and graphic designer based in Valencia, Spain. I love his work and especially the idea of publishing zines for children. So I’m very delighted to win him for a brief interview.

And yes, I forgive you for your Spanish-English, Abel, it's quite charming and I'm sure, everyone will understand you ;)

Together with your girlfriend Marta Insa you manage Paiorfa, a zine publishing project for children in collaboration with artists and illustrators. How did you come up with the idea to publish zines?

AJ: We love and collect zines, and we always had in mind the idea of illustration books at a reasonable price. Luckily we know a lot of friends illustrators who have helped to make this project.

Could you please tell me something about your fake books series? Are there any more „books“ to follow?

AJ: The first fake book, "Mum is drunk", was really a story in my head, which for lack of time I couldn't finish. Finally the first drawing illustrating the inner text ended up being the cover. Soon I will have finished most fake books, and try to compile them into a zine.

How does your working space look like? Do you work in a shared studio or do you have a workplace of your own?

AJ: Marta (Lana Pelana) and I shared a studio, we work very close, and we show almost everything we do. The only difference between her table and mine is that I'm a mess. I try to clean my desk every day before starting work, but sometimes it is impossible. I feel very comfortable in our workspace, in it we keep and share things, objects that have been with us forever. 

Are there any illustrators who have influenced your work?

AJ: Sure, a lot. There are plenty of young illustrators I admire right now, but my classic favorites are these: Quentin Blake, Abner Graboff, Eduardo Muñoz Bachs and Syd Hoff

And finally, which are your favorite books?

AJ: I love reading all kinds of books, but I love adventure books, animals, travel, explorers and nature in general. I like books that talk about landscapes, animals and plants in an euphuistic and detailed way.  The best example is Gerald Durrell's books, my favorite author.

Please visit Abel’s shop with prints and zines and the Paiorfa Etsy shop! All their zines are handmade bound and available in several languages.
Find out more about the authors/illustrators as well: Joana Rosa Braganca, Maria Herreros, Nuria Bellver and Raquel Fanjul (Cachetejack), Sofia Schiza, Maruta, Amanda Baeza (I wrote about Mr. Spoqui before).

June 25, 2013

Paul Rand

This is a really great website: www.paul-rand.com. Go there and have a look inside the books as well!

(All images: www.paul-rand.com)

June 21, 2013

Ashild Kanstad Johnsen: Kubbes Museum

This one today is a great children's book by Norway author/illustrator Ashild Kanstad Johnsen which has been published by ONKEL & ONKEL recently in Germany and originally in Norway by Gyldendal Norsk Forlag in 2010 ("Kubbe Lager Museum"). It's about a little tree trunk (why not) called Kubbe who collects loads of things and opens a museum to cope with all his finds. But then he realizes that he has no time any more for all the other things in life he likes. The solution in the end is to photograph all the treasures and to stick the pictures in an album. A very instructive and very charming book with awesome illustrations, for children from 4 years and all adults who collect too much things at home.

ONKEL & ONKEL is a small Berlin publisher with a very fine catalogue. Check out their online shop.

More Kubbe adventures via Gyldendal Norsk Forlag here and here.

June 17, 2013

Flavia Ruotolo: Zoo

Flavia Ruotolo works as a graphic and textile designer in Genoa (Italy). She is the woman behind Le Macchinine Design. Take a look at her work and shop with great T-shirts and many more for children.
(Image: www.lemacchininedesign.it)

I was very delighted to find Flavia's beautiful book "ZOO" in the mailbox on Saturday. This book is so much fun and just perfect for playing "What animal is it?". Inside you find a crocodile, a wolf, a frog etc. composed of yellow, red and green building blocks. Each animal is named in French, Italian, English, Spanish and German. "Zoo" has been published in 2011 by French publisher MeMo Editions. You can pick up a copy here for instance.

June 13, 2013

Lizzy Stewart

I like the work by London illustrator Lizzy Stewart and I'm a bit sad that the "Four Days in Iceland" zine is already sold out. Check out her website, blog and shop with zines, posters and prints. She's such a talent.

All images: Lizzy Stewart / www.abouttoday.co.uk

June 11, 2013

Eric Carle: Gute Reise, bunter Hahn!

Eric Carle once again. In English: "Rooster's Off to See the World" (1972). It's a counting book and good for children to learn numbers and sets. Good for me as well. It's a flea market find from last weekend. I saw it at the Human Empire shop as well among some other beautiful things like posters by Sabine Timm.

Eric Carle: Gute Reise, bunter Hahn! Deutscher Bücherbund, 1972 

Another one here and here and Carle's wonderful books altogether here.

June 07, 2013

Mr. Spoqui

I got to know Mr. Spoqui last week and I have to admit I'm very very late on it because this great zine has been founded in 2009! So you probably already know it. For all like me who didn't have all 40 (!) issues on the shelf: Mr. Spoqui is a family magazine and project by the sisters Amanda, Blanca, Milena and brother Tiago Baeza, living in Lisbon. The zine is published every two months and each issue is dedicated to a special subject. Check out their website and Amanda's tumblr. Every issue is filled with comics, drawings, interviews, photos. In the "Islands" issue you'll find contributions by Jean de WetAlessandro Ripane, Douglas Noble, Eduardo Vaz, Ji Hyun Yu, Kodi Fabricant and Thales Lira.

(Mr. Spoqui family magazine, #40, 02+03 / 2013)

Mr. Spoqui is handcrafted. The copies they sell allow them to produce the next edition. You can visit their shop here.

June 04, 2013

László Réber: Hokuspokus

With only a few lines ... Cartoonist and illustrator László Réber again.

László Réber: Hokuspokus, Eulenspiegel Verlag 1962

More books by Janikovszky/Réber here and here!