As an illustration enthusiast, I had to write something about this year’s edition of Pick Me Up. This was my first time ever of attending Pick Me Up. However, I felt really glad I did, and that would not have happened if my girlfriend hadn’t forced me to after a long shift at my other day job.
The thing that stoked me the most was the amount of independent illustrators, DIY and craft fellows that were present. Even though I didn’t talk to any of them, I felt like they were all very approachable and easy to speak with. I always wanted to start selling my own stuff, and for that reason, it was a good thing to actually go out there and see what was going on.
In the Pick Me Up Selects, we could see the works of Edward Carvalho-Monaghan, Thibaud Herem, Kyle Platts, Jack Hudson,and many more.
I am always happy to discover new illustrators and I was pleased to be introduced to Lynnie Zulu‘s afro, colorful and 80’s influenced work. While looking at her section I felt like going back in my childhood and looking at my dad’s first paintings. It also reminded me of a 90’s cartoon called Hammer Man.
My favourite part of Pick Me Up was probably the fake record store that Comms Bureau displayed. The idea of buying a 12″x12″ print just like if you where digging through a whole bunch of crates is just brilliant.
The guys and girls from Skull Paradise was also there with great prints and awesome leather jackets!
I really enjoyed it and realized that you don’t have to be a great designer or whatever to start making your own stuff. You just have to do what you like and make sure that it is good enough for you and worth showing. That always freaked me out, but now that I saw people doing stuff that I could relate to easily, I am ready to start working on some stuff of my own. So for those of you who didn’t/couldn’t go an check out Pick Me Up 2014, do it next year! It is a must see event!!!
Have a sound day everyone!
“Oh no!” is a 8 pages mini-zine by Belgium illustrator Max de Radiguès. All in black white, we discover little characters that all had the same costume idea. A classic! I love it and it reminded me of an epic TBBT episode in which the main characters had the same costume.
Now, “Oh No!” is not the first and certainly not the last free fanzine. So why was I surprised when I got it? Because the way I actually got it was quite unusual.
Imagine a website where you can download fanzines for free. That exists already. But now, imagine a website where you can download fanzines for free, AND, in the right format to fold it straight after printing it unto your desktop. Now that’s something and that website is 8 Pages Comics! Allowing anyone to upload their fanzine. The website takes care of the layout depending on how big does the reader wants its fanzine to be.
The originators of that cool project are the folks behind the Belgium publishing house and collective: L’Employé du Moi. I believe that they started from the simple idea of printing fanzines at home using digital distribution and that is cool. Check them out! It’s really brilliant!
Have a sound day.
Two years ago I went to Offprint, an independent publishers fair in Paris and was quite disappointed with it. Mainly because most of the books where about photography and art and not really about fanzines, illustration and graphics. However, my girlfriend and I decided to go back this year and I felt less disappointed to be honest. Mainly because I found this little fella.
Crumb On Crumble is a mini zine by Arnaud Loumeau and the Berlin based publishing house Re-Surgo!. It is silk printed in two colors and contains great sci-fi and surrealistic inspired landscape illustrations, which is why I got it.
In the end, I was glad of going back and wouldn’t mind going back next year to see what surprises awaits me there.
Now if you want to grab yourself one of the 125 copies of Crumb On Crumble, all you need to do is click here.
Have a sound day!