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Thursday, 10 February 2011

Jane Richardson, Dina Kelberman, Jordan Bernier, Bryony Jackson, Mildred, Pacolli...MORE!

Wellity well well well,

Feels like it's been blogades since I last blogged about recent arrivals. Here's an update on a small selection of new things that have descended since last blog. There's lots more to document and this blog was originally going to be of epic proportion but I decided to cut it down into bite-size (byte-size?) chunkies for the baby toothed (teethed?) among you. Play on playa.

BEGINNINGS #1 by Jane Richardson

The first of hopefully many comics by Jane Richardson in Good Grief! Manchester/York has got talent! Autobiographical one-pager comics musing on America, conserves and thoughts in transit. Flights of fancy, internal and external dialogue. Funny with high page turnability, plus the drawing stylings remind one of an early-day Lynda Barry i.e UH, YES! These factors combined = we like, we like, we like!

£3. Act fast, only a couple of copies remain. Stay tuned for Beginnings #2

IMPORTANT COMICS by Dina L Kelberman

Dina Kelberman is the bomb. Not only did she supply Good Grief! with numerous tasty treats from her native Baltimore, BUT she also creates red hot funny and innovatively composited comics like the ones here in this book. The colours, the textures, the papers used, the big titles, the contrasts, the characters, the conversations...YES!

A perfect-bound piece of pocket-sized perfection, yours for only £9.50

TRIANGLES by Jordan Bernier

Jordan Bernier (Baltimore) pops up with a tour de shape force of a zine. Screenprinted cover with photocopied insides courtesy of Baltimore's Kitty Cat Press. Triangles have been in vogue (en vogue?) for a while in illustration but these drawings are beyond that. Heavily worked pattern tapestries that give the impression that you should be able to reach down and pick them up off the page. Weighty!


LINES by Jordan Bernier

Ooohhh, now I loved 'Triangles' by Jordan Bernier but this is like Triangles...unleashed. Without the constraints of triangles as the only form. Not that Triangles felt restricted at the time but this feels wild. Weighty shapes flying around in space. I like the big shapes, I like the little shapes, I love lines! Baltimore, USA, stand up!

£4.50 again with a screenprinted cover by Kitty Cat Press


Eleven artists are showcased here in this zine celebrating the friends of Kitty Cat Press, Baltimore. Black and white contrasting drawing approaches with some real winners in the mix. The Bernier family is literally teaming with talent, they have three entrants. Special mention to Christian Bernier, who *might* be a child, very excellent especially "pre-life crisis" which *might* be the work of a genius.


PARIS by Lucy Lorell

Real nice off-kilter black and white photo zine of Lucy Lorell's (Manchester) trip to Paris. The grit of the photocopy works well with the quality of the original photog prints. The row of pigeons on page 5 is outstanding! A5 edition of 15 made.


THIS IS F***ING URGENT by Leigh Crow

Melbourne/Manchester man, Leigh Crow, creator of umpteen zines that we've stocked throughout our short ages, drops this envelope clad mini-bopper upon us. Photographer by trade but also a super tight collage masher upper (in the traditional sense) and draw star. This zine meshes the brutal alongside the mundane alongside the erotic. Some excellent source material.


Can't believe no-ones bought the above A2 screenprint by DYLAN HUGHES yet, there's only one people! Just sayin.


Handmade models by Bryony Jackson

Oh me! Oh my! Have you ever seen such wonder? Liar! Hand-painted and printed models (toys? soft-sculpts? squishies?) by Bryony Jackson, graduate of the Manchester illustration course (same year as Dylan Hughes no less!). Exquisitely illustrated 3-D models (moguls? showpieces? showponies?) that are so good that they're not even for sale. Strictly top-shelf display material. Golden era Nickelodeon twixed with mid-nineties zonked out MTV animation type eye-gorge(ous). Or something? A very current (not past) master. We're excited for the new toys that Bryony is readying for us. In the meantime, check out Bryony's website and get in touch if you need your special toy ASAP!

We do have Bryony's work in screenprinted 2-D form though...

OUCH! These A5(ish) and A3 screenprints in a smorgasbord of differing colour-ways be stinging our eyes. Wildly refreshing and exciting when you see screenprinting being done right. And by right (IMHO) I mean making prints that use layers and colours to full well as using amazing drawings as the original basis. Luckily we stock quite a few prints by people who manage this and Bryony is the latest to that stable. The A5'er prints even include hand inked elements BTW!

A5 £4, A3 £5

RIFF RAFF by Mildred

San Franciscan import from Mildred, whom we suspect is a dude. These stark classic black and white drawings confirm it, Mildred IS a dude. A non-gender specific dude. Cool dog/armadillo drawings with special mention to the Beavis and Butthead renditions. Grade A riffage with a nice mix between stoney simples felt-tip drawings and more laboured ink ladled penmanship, not that either one is better but we like seeing them riding in unison. Mildred, we think, is of Brazilian descent, as is his/her partner in crime, Mildred...

SHITFACE by Pacolli

A rose by any other name...San Franciscan import from Pacolli. Funny sweet drawings with annotation based upon real life and the dream world. Stoning sloganeering with slogans that deserve to be printed on flags a thousand feet tall. Or sleeveless t-shirts at the least. "Toughen up or die" and "There are Crows everywhere but when I think of you dear, I don't dare". More besides. Bumper-packed fun-fest!


Oh yes! This is a zine catalogue of an art show that happened in May 2010 at the outstanding Needles and Pens zine shop in San Francisco. Eight artists from Brazil were exhibited and now showcased here. We happened upon this via the hand and post of Pacolli, curator of the exhibition. A mix of photos from the show and reproduced drawings from the artists involved. Work by Stephan Doitschinoff, Carlos Dias, Dan Ielone, Silviana Mello, Luciana Araujo, Znort, Diego Medina and of course, Pacolli. Real nice!


HOTDOG! That's the end of the blog! Oh, come see us in Soup Kitchen. We get lonely you know. Though don't come see us this Saturday as we'll be at the Self Publishing Zine Fair at the Art Corner in Fallowfield 12-5. You remember the Art Corner, right? It's where we had the Good Grief! Group Show! Can't miss it, above Trof Fallowfield AKA the original Trof. AKA duh. You wouldn't wanna miss it. Super tight bros from way back when, Museums Press will be there as will a bevvy of other smallpress beauties. Cafe Royal and that! Plus lots of current freshmen from Manchester School of Art. Go on! 'citing.

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