The Visitors Issue
Cover: Aisha Franz (Germany) Contributors: Aisha Franz (Germany), Anna Sailamaa (Finland), Emelie Ostergren (Sweden), Ines Estrada (Mexico), Joao Sobral (Portugal), Jyrki Nissinen (Finland), Kerija Arne (Latvia), Konig Lu. Q. (Switzerland), Leo Quievreux (France), Liana Mihailova (Latvia), Liva Piterane (Latvia), Marie Jacotey (France), Matti Hagelberg (Finland), Mikkel Sommer (Denmark), Nicolas Zouliamis (Belgium), Olive Booger (France), Powerpaola (Ecuador), Renata Gasiorowska (Poland), Tetsu Kayama (Japan), Titas Antanas Vilkaitis (Lithuania), Vivianna Maria Stanislavska (Latvia)
Format: A6, 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound, high quality and environmentally friendly Munken paper.
Berlin-based, Aisha Franz returns with a meditation on the porous border between dream, fantasy, and reality. Shit Is Real posits that, contrary to normative conceptions, dreams and fantasies are real life – simply of a different order than what we consider as constituting reality. In nearly 300 pages of crisp black and white comics, Franz delves into the subjective experiences of a young woman being out and about and within and without. Consciousness is perceived in layers and conveyed in levels, making for a conception of living taking place simultaneously in/on different dimensions. Experiences are had, decisions are made, and actions are taken – each on various planes of being, each interacting with the others, weaving a tapestry of temporality.
It's here! The long awaited return of Kramers Ergot! Edited, as always, by Sammy Harkham, this time around Kramers will be a whopping 11" x 14"! This amped up format presents 168 full color pages by a host of today's most copacetic cartoonists and comics makers, heralded by an eye-scorching cover by Lale Westvind!
Check out the contributer list: R. Crumb, Dash Shaw, David Collier, Anouk Ricard, C.F., Jason Murphy, Blutch, Shary Flenniken, Johnny Ryan, John Pham, Ron Regé Jr., Simon Hanselmann, Anna Haifisch, Ivan Brunetti, David Amram, Helge Reumann, Frank King, Steve Weissman, Aisha Franz, Leon Sadler, Adam Buttrick, Archer Prewitt, Connor Willumsen, Bendik Kaltenborn, Will Sweeney, Rick Altergott, Kim Deitch, Marc Bell, and, of course, Harkham himself.
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