July 22, 2014

B.ü.L.b Comix: 2wBOX Set Z

I'm a bit late on this. The independent publisher B.ü.L.b Comix has been founded in 1996 in Geneva by Nicolas Robel joined by Mathieu Christe and Heidi Roethlin. The first small box with mini leporellos has been published in 1997 and marked with the letter A. In 2013 with the Z box the unique series is completed now. Within sixteen years B.ü.L.b Comix presented an impressingly high quality range of more than 120 international artists as so in the last box Z, with Blexbolex experimenting with photography (surprise, surprise) and Yuichi Yokoyama playing with frames and abstraction. Nicholay Baker (aka Nicolas Robel? no, I don't believe the story of the little known author living in Tiraspol, Transnistrie) provided a zoetrope to be animated on a turntable (not approved). Famous Swedish contemporary artist Jockum Nordström (author/illustrator of e.g. "Vart ska du ga?" and the "Sailor & Pekka" books) combined pale watercolors and silhouettes to a forest scenery with humans and animals interacting with each other. The psychedelic pencil drawings by Elvis Studio aka Helge Reumann/Xavier Robel tell a story each revealing a little more with every sight.

The editorial aim of B.ü.L.b Comix is to focus on international artists, renowned ones as well as upcoming artists, in the fields of illustration, comics and contemporary art and to remain independent at any time. If someone is asking them why spending so much time and effort on folding boxes, filling them with tiny albums for over sixteen years without making financial profit (profits of the book sale are used for new projects) they answer with a quote: "We're still here, you bastards!" - against all doubts. They face the challenge and they are doing right. Such a consistency in independent publishing deserves to be supported. You can order your own box here (scroll down for the terms of purchase in English). It will be sent to you unfolded and that's where the fun begins!

July 15, 2014

Madalena Moniz: Hoje Sinto-me...

The Orfeu Mini series has been lauched in 2008. I'm very delighted to show you their newest publication "Hoje Sinto-me..." (Today I Feel) by Lisbon-based illustrator Madalena Moniz. It's a very special alphabet book about feelings from A to Z, like A for Audacious, C for Curious, P for Patient etc. Every emotion is shown on a separate page. I'm really liking Madalena's watercolor and ink paintings. They are so full of ideas and very poetic. My favourite is the "Forte" one on the bottom.

Orfeu Negro has already released an impressive number of picture books in Portuguese by well-known authors/illustrators like Jon Klassen, Joelle Jolivet, Beatrice Alemagna. Don't miss their fantastic book trailers!

July 10, 2014

Jimmy Liao: Skogens Hemligheter

Taiwanese illustrator and children book's author Jimmy Liao enjoys cult status in his homeland. His many picture books have been translated in several languages like in English, Spain or French. I'm not so much into Jimmy Liao's colourful picture books of the last years, but with this black and white one I'm really in love with. A beautifully illustrated, dreamy picture book dedicated to his daughter which describes an Alice in Wonderland-like adventure: A little girl follows a huge, furry rabbit into a large forest full of secrets... "Skogens Hemligheter" (Secrets in the Forest) was Liao's breakthrough as a children's book illustrator/author in 1998 and has now been published in Swedish by Mirando Bok.