This month we've got five new publications for your discerning eyes: the latest from both Victionary and Nobrow, issue two of Fourth & Main Journal, issue eight of Popshot, and a look at new magazine, Perdiz...
First up is Victionary's latest, Geo/Graphics ($40) which collects a host of print and motion graphics projects which utilise simple geometric shapes. Contributors include Berg, Build, Michael Cina, Emily Forgot, Grafica, Hey, Magpie Studio, MWM Graphics, Non-Format, Studio AKA, Astrid Stavro and many more. Here's a look:
The motion section includes a still plus a write up of each project included and a handy QR code that readers can scan to watch each piece:
Next up is issue eight of Popshot Magazine (£8) which has changed its literary remit from just poetry to embrace other forms of new writing. The new issue contains 27 short stories, poems and flash fiction pieces, and is choc-ful of illustration by various image makers:
Simon Prades created the illustration that sits next to Zelda Chappel's poem
Jeremy Colangelo's story is accompanies by an illustration by Shaun Lynch
Rupert Smissen created the illustration for a flash fiction piece by Melanie Reitzel
And Zach Meyer's illustration sits next to a short story by Larry Lefkowitz.
Perdiz is a new Spanish and English language magazine "about people and the things that make them happy" according to the 'about' section on its website. And whether it's cycling fast uphill, practising taxidemy, creating an open air art gallery 13,000ft above sea level, collecting card games, flying pigeons in New York, or simply sitting around with no clothes on, the editorial team at Perdiz has done a great job of finding and interviewing an impressively eclectic bunch of happy folk.
In terms of its design, the magazine effortlessly incorporates both Spanish and English text boxes without ever feeling cluttered:
Fourth & Main has a small shop on London's Newburgh Street where it sells a capsule menswear collection and a bi-annual journal. Issue 2 just landed at CR towers and it's really very nice indeed. Yes, the menswear collection is showcased in the magazine, but it almost gets lost among the various chunks of great editorial content.
There are interviews with and profiles on actors Ben Whishaw and Nora Arnezeder, artists Pinar Yolacan, Simon Wheatley and Noémie Goudal, directors Terrence Lalick and Steve James. Plus features on musicians Money, Joey Bada$$, Breton, and Wise Blood and written contributions by Caitlin Fitzgerald, Anthony Neil and Joshua Bullock. In short, it makes for a suitably stylish, engaging read.
Nobrow's latest publication, Hilda and the BIrd Parade (£11.95), is the second Hilda book by Luke Pearson. In it, we find that the young blue-haired Hilda has moved from the magical Fjord setting of the first book to the city of Trolberg. Determined to explore her new environment, she falls in with the wrong crowd, befriends a large talking bird, and gets hopelessly lost just as darkness is falling.
Hilda fans might have spotted the below image on Nobrow's Facebook page today and a caption asking them to guess what it might be. The only clue I'm going to give away here is that the image is a photograph, not an illustration!
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I NEED GEO GRAPHICS IN MY LIFE!!!!
An appreciation for featuring Popshot - thank you!
-and a correction: Erica Williams was the artist who illustrated my flash fiction piece "Haeckel's Fable"
Micah Lidberg's illustration for Fourth & Main is breathtaking. Might just have to visit the intimidating F&M shop.
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