PAUL PAETZEL’S TALES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Paul Paetzel lives and works in Berlin where he was also born. He likes taking the metro and observing people. He searches for the mystic in everyday life and the normal in the abnormal. Paetzel is a member of the comic collective Édition Biografiktion which he founded with Ana Albero and Till Hafenbrak in 2008.

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The first zines (Biografiktion) they published were comic stories about celebrities adding fictional elements. They decided to start a second series called Human News whose theme varies in every issue and which is more focused on Illustration. To produce their artwork they use the printing techniques which are easily at their disposal: silkscreen, linocut and reprography.

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MOCHI AND MANGO BY SO YOUN LEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Based in San Francisco, So Youn Lee identifies as a fresh contemporary artist best recognized for her vibrant & youthful original paintings reflecting varying themes surrounding innocence. Influenced through iconic 90s asian culture such as comics & animation, Lee hopes to express both an echo of her childhood and the yearning for an innocent utopian future.

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“Mochi refers to one of my favorite snacks when I was young. It is a rice cake filled with red bean paste. I called my characters in my black and white work ‘Mochi’. They look very much like rice cake, soft and chewy. Mango is a fruit as you know, and I call my characters ‘Mango’ in my colored works. I got inspired by its color, texture and taste. When I first started to draw my new character, it looked so weird to me, but senselessly cute. It reminds me of my very first encounter with the taste and textures of a Mango. The texture was so foreign but so delicious at the same time. Now you know that I relate everything with food.” – So Youn Lee

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WOBBLY ILLUSTRATIONS BY LUKE PEARSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Luke Pearson is an illustrator and cartoonist. He draws comics and does various kinds of illustration work, including illustration for magazines and newspapers, book covers, poster design and development work for animation. He has written and storyboarded a number of episodes of the tv series Adventure Time.

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Pearson is the creator of the Hilda series of comics. His other work includes Everything We Miss and various shorter stories and strips.

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FEVERISH ATMOSPHERES BY HENNING WAGENBRETH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Berlin based artist Henning Wagenbreth is a German illustrator and graphic designer, who works on both commissioned and personal art projects.

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He makes illustrations and designs for books, posters, newspapers and magazines and also designs his own typefaces. He has also worked in animation, film, theater and music, and works as a professor in Illustration at the University of Arts in Berlin since 1994. His refined printing technique produces very powerful and colorful images that provoke a feverish atmosphere. His art lends itself well to illustrating poems as well as for creating graphic novels.

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PANELS BY SHARMILA BANERJEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sharmila Banerjee, born in Rheydt, Germany, is an illustrator, designer and comic artist. After graduating with an MFA in illustration and graphic design from Konstfack, she began focusing on visual storytelling in drawings and comics.

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She published her first comic zine Poor Pinki in 2008, followed by the album Lepidopterin 2010 and several short stories in international anthologies. Her autobiographical comic series Girlie is regularly published in Missy Magazine. You’ll also find her work exhibited in galeries across Europe and the USA.

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ANIMATED WORK BY JENN LIV

by Ariadna Zierold

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Toronto artist Jenn Liv‘s work is influenced by her pop culture inheritance. Whereas some artists are keen to establish their credentials through lists of canonical and well-respected influences, Liv goes the other way: anime, Manga and video game works have helped to form her own practices.

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“A lot of my artistic influences come from the narratives and imagery I stumble across while watching all different kinds of animation. My tastes have evolved over time but I constantly go back and re-watch the heck out of old favorites, trying to study all the factors of what makes them so great. It’s always been a dream of mine to pitch a cartoon someday so I try to create comics whenever I can as a way of taking what I’ve learned and putting it into practice.”

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VOYEURISTIC ILLUSTRATIONS BY ERIC PETERSEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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California-based artist Eric Petersen‘s style is influenced by instructional graphics, video games and the look of vintage comics of the 1940s. He draws uniform lines on a computer to strip away some of the human element and expressive quality seen in non-digital work. He uses perspective and unnatural colors to set up a voyeuristic feeling and create an unsettling mood. Petersen is interested in the combination of a purely functional illustration style with an emotional scene.

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Eric’s subject matter typically consists of people and simple environments. He aims to create a sense of ambiguity and allow the viewer to imagine their own narrative.

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MEATHAUS COMICS BY FREDDY FEGRÉ LECLERC

by Ariadna Zierold

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Freddy 
Fegré Leclerc makes very different illustrations . His inspirations range from Robert Crumb to Walt Disney.

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His influences are clearly seen in this series. The strange figures on the artwork contains elements familiar from classic Disney characters . For example, the gloved hands that you see also in Mickey Mouse. The big difference with Disney in this case is the fact that you do not see normal characters, you see several cartoon characters cut up and merged into a surrealistic whole with lots of arms and legs.

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