ELFWORLD· Volume 2, No. 3

New! More tales of crypts & curses from the best indie-comics creators out there!

ELFWORLD Issue 3 weighs in at a barbarian-sized 48 pages of genre glory, with a tale of forbidden lust by Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf), a story of magic and revenge from Malachi Ward (Expansion), the first chapter of "Formica" by Tom Biby (Two Fine Chaps), a Blue Fuzz story by Jesse Reklaw (Slowwave), and much, much more, with comics from Maris Wicks (Project: Romantic), Julia Gfrörer (Too Dark To See), Ryland Thomas, Jess Smart Smiley (Upside Down: A Vampire Tale), and Eve Engelos & Josh Moutray (Icecreamlandia)!

Two-color, letterpress covers with French flaps, featuring original art by ELFWORLD founder Jeffrey Brown! Endpapers designed by Anna Branning (Dutch Door Press).

For mature readers.
ELF2-3. 6" x 8.75", 48pp, b&w. $8.00
ISBN 978-0-9794178-3-2

ELFWORLD· Volume 2, No. 2

The indy-fantasy comics anthology ELFWORLD continues with more tales of magic & monsters!

Issue 2 features a whopping 40 pages of genre greatness, including "Summoning" from Dylan Horrocks (Hicksville), a story of "Instant Karma" by Jeremy Tinder (MOME, Cry Yourself to Sleep), an elf's rough day on the job by cover artist Daria Tessler, the first chapter of "Memento Mori" by François Vigneault (Bird Brain), and much more, including work by Matthew Reidsma (High Maintainance Machine), Marek Bennett (Mimi's Donuts), and Eve Engelos & Josh Moutray (Icecreamlandia).

Two-color, letterpress covers with French flaps, hand-printed by James Tucker, featuring original art by Daria Tessler. Endpapers designed by Anna Hurley.

"The nicest production values I've seen in minicomics"

Maike Baehr, Robot 6

For mature readers.
ELF2-3. 6" x 8.75", 40pp, b&w. $7.00
ISBN 978-0-9794178-2-5

ELFWORLD· Volume 2, No. 1

2010 Stumptown Comic Art Award nominee!

The indy-fantasy comics anthology ELFWORLD returns as an ongoing quarterly series!

Each issue is a meticulously hand-crafted compendium of fresh and exciting takes on the fantasy genre from a mix of established indy stars and up-and-coming creators. With stories that range from comedic shorts to serialized mini-epics, the return of the new ELFWORLD series is sure to breath new life into one of comics' most beloved genres, and will serve as a new home for indy-fantasy tales for years to come.

Issue 1 features a light-hearted tale of a magic and messengers by Alec Longstreth (Phase 7), gallows humor from Dash Shaw (Bottomless Belly Button), an illustrated guide to dragon mating behavior by Jane Samborski, a dark tale of hunter and hunted by Grant Reynolds (Comic Diorama), and much more, including work by Xeric-grant winner Ben Costa (Pang, the Wandering Shaolin Monk), J. R. Parks, Eve Engelos & Josh Moutray (Icecreamlandia), and David Enos (Peter Magazine).

Two-color, hand-printed letterpress covers with French flaps, featuring original art by Sammy Harkham (Crickets).

"Elfworld is a welcome refinement to what has now become a trend, and a challenge to others to come up to its level of craft, attention and care."
- Rob Clough, The Comics Journal

For mature readers.
ELF2-1. 6" x 8.75", 36pp, b&w. $6.00
ISBN 978-0-9794178-1-8

Elfworld · Volume One

The long-awaited indie-comics fantasy anthology is here! Compiled by Jeffrey Brown, edited by François Vigneault, designed by Jonas Madden-Connor.

Begun years ago by the venerable Jeffrey Brown, ELFWORLD brings together an amazing mix of alternative comics stars and up-and-coming creators to tackle the fantasy comic. At turns hilarious, mysterious, surprising, and action-packed, these 16 stories breathe new artistic life into one of comics' most popular genres.

ELFWORLD Volume One features 128 pages of work from Jeffrey Brown (Unlikely), Martin Cendreda (MOME), Liz Prince (Will You Still Love Me if I Wet the Bed?), Kazimir Strzepek (Mourning Star), and many more. Full-color, wrap-around painted cover by Jesse Reklaw (Slowwave, 2006 Best American Comics).

Jeffrey Brown
Martin Cendera
K. Thor Jensen
Dave McKenna
Erik Nebel & Jesse Reklaw
Jason Overby
Liz Prince
Ansis Purins
Ron Regè, Jr. & Souther Salazar
Grant Reynolds
Dalton Sharp
Kazimir Strzepek
Jason Turner & Jody Turner
François Vigneault
Matt Wiegle & Sean Collins

Available now.

For mature readers.
ELF01. Trade paperback. 6" x 9", 128pp, b&w. $12.95 Sale! $6.00
ISBN 978-0-9794178-0-1

Jonas Madden-Connor

Ochre Ellipse #3

If you could go back in time, what would you do? Jonas brings us the story of a man who doesn't want to hunt dinosaurs or assassinate Adolf Hitler, but instead to find the key to his own childhood happiness. A hilarious and heartbreaking science fiction tale with a fantastic twist. Two-color Gocco print cover with sticker!

"The comics' hook is killer... The eventual resolution of the story is both heartbreaking and sweet."
- Rob Clough, High-Low

OE03. 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", 36pp, b&w $5.00

Ochre Ellipse #2

2008 Isotope Award Winner!!
2008 Ignatz Nominee

Jonas explores unrequited desire, debunked evolutionary theory, and the art of storytelling in this collection of interlocking and nesting stories. Playful and formalist, and chock full of elegant grace notes, this issue also holds a subtle and humane sweetness binding its diverse parts together.

"The book is the work of a young artist who is clearly having fun with every aspect of the medium, and the result is a mini-comic busting at the seams with fascinating ideas."
-Brian Heater, The Daily Crosshatch

OE02. 5 1/2" x 5 1/2", 32pp, b&w $4.00

Ochre Ellipse #1

The first issue of Jonas Madden-Connor's long-awaited comic! A series of dream-like vignettes find Jonas' avian counterpart growing, shrinking, flying, and falling. Lovely, spare artwork and understated dialogue. This charming book also features a short prose story, "Lorbrulgrud."  

"With sly storytelling shifts and great comics pacing, Jonas crystallizes the introverts meandering thoughts, then smashes them to pieces at your feet."
- Jesse Reklaw, Slowwave

OE01. 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", 32pp, b&w $3.00

François Vigneault

Titan #1

New! Pre-order, release date April 27, 2013! A brand new science-fiction series by François Vigneault! When MNGR João da Silva is sent to Homestead Station on the moon of Titan he finds himself caught in the simmering tensions between the genetically-engineered Titan workers and the Terran management. Will the union representative Mackintosh be an ally, an enemy, or something else? Armed with only his intellect and the aid of his powerful "i" device, João must must work against the clock to discover what is going on, before it tears apart the station and ignites a conflict that could change the face of the solar system.

Two-color interiors printed on newsprint, with full-color painted covers!

For mature readers.

Read Titan online at Study Group Comics!
TITAN1. 5" x 8", 32pp, two-color $4.95
ISBN 978-0-9794178-4-9

Bird Brain #5

All Southern issue! In June of 2010, François traveled to the sweltering heat of Louisiana and Arkansas in summertime, and saw lots of great birds while there. From mockingbirds and ibises in New Orleans to green herons and aligators in the bayou, t his issue has tons of great encounters with the natural world. There are also some interesting observations of the human realm, from a Arkansas bird lover's hatred of hawks to the depressing effects of the then-ongoing BP oil spill. This issue covers the summer of 2010. Gocco-printed cover with rounded corners.

BB05 4" x 5 1/4", 16pp, b&w $3.00

Bird Brain #4

A series of field trips serve as the inspiration for this issue of Bird Brain, with stops at the Las Galinas waste water facility (much nicer than it sounds, and teeming with shorebirds!), the Elephant Seal breeding grounds at Año Nuevo, and Point Reyes. Lots of great birds, from Turkey Vultures to Kingfishers, and some very cool non-avian creatures as well! Bonus full-color and nicely-detailed watercolor study of a Varied Thrush, orginally exhibited at TinLark Gallery! This issue covers spans the winter and spring of 2010. Gocco-printed cover with rounded corners.

"Beautiful little journal minicomics... Every bit as revealing and autobiographical as a standard diary strip."
- Rob Clough, The Comics Journal

BB04 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", 16pp, b&w + Color $3.00 Sold Out

Bird Brain #3

The new year brings us another fantastic issue of sketches and notes from François... Lots of city birds in this one, from the ubiquitous to the rare, including striking Ring-necked Ducks, Great and Snowy Egrets, and the secretive Brown Creeper. This issue also includes a first for the series, a color plate showcasing the oddly beautiful plumage of the European Starling in all its glory! This issue covers spans the fall and winter of 2009-10. Gocco-printed cover with rounded corners.

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Bird Brain #2

Birds of prey take center stage in the second issue of François' new series! From majestic Bald Eagles to a heron hunting for some surprising prey to a falconry show in Central Park, there is plenty of predator action in this one! Mergansers, Tree Swallows, the beloved Rock Dove, and much more are here too. This issue covers summer through fall of 2009, in New York and California, along with some sketches from the archives. Gocco-printed cover with rounded corners.

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Bird Brain #1

The premiere issue of an ongoing, illustrated nature journal series. This issue covers François' bird-watching exploits from the summer of 2008 through the begining of 2009 in both California and Oregon. Great Horned Owls, Barn Swallows, woodpeckers, and many other birds are captured in lovely pen + ink illustrations and simple journal entries. Gocco-printed cover with rounded corners. For updates, check out the ongoing Bird Brain entries on his blog.

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Friends #3

The concluding chapter of "Jacks": The story of Jack Naperly and Jack Byrne, a pair of self-described "wolves" in a world of "sheep". Today was supposed to be the Jacks' final day in Chicago, but the obstacles on their path out of the city are many: Old wounds come to the surface, hopes and dreams unravel, and a gulf widens between these once inseparable friends. Hand letterpress printed wraparound cover (red ink on grey or white).

"There are layers and layers of meaning here and the art has made another leap forward. Absolutely, positively essential reading."
-Optical Sloth

FV03. 5 1/4" x 7 5/8", 24pp, b&w $4.00

Friends #2

Two very different comics in this issue! "Some Girls" is a collection of François' amusing and rather embarrassing "sketchbook confessions" of his real-world crushes and romantic mishaps. "Jacks" part one (of two) introduces us to the eponymous pair of inseparable misanthropes and features vomit, sexual escapades, gambling, and illicit drug use, all in the first 9 pages!
New edition! Same comics, improved cover - letterpress over Gocco!

FV02. 5 1/4" x 7 5/8", 24pp, b&w $4.00 Sold Out

Friends #1

The premiere issue of François' catch-all personal anthology consists entirely of the story "Speak Now, or Forever": The author's fictional stand-in has a charming yet ultimately futile encounter with a lovely girl in the town of Beaver, Utah. Comics and prose. Hand silkscreened cover on textured wood-grain paper.

"Vigneault’s art is warm and I enjoy the way he draws his faces... The art feels rich and fully realized, but strangely the level of detail isn’t high. The panels feel textured rather than inked, if that makes any sense."

- Shawn Hoke, Size Matters

FV01. 5 1/2" x 5 1/2", 32pp, b&w $4.00 Sold Out

Sarah Gion

The Science #24

An all-comics issue! Sarah's auto-bio tales continue, with reminisences of high school, encounters with San Francisco wierdos, a (semi) hair-raising adventure in an abandoned hospital, and much more! As always, Sarah's hillarious yet bittersweet stories will make you want to open your eyes and take a closer look at the world around you.

SCI24. 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", 20pp, b&w. $1.00

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The Science #22

This issue of Sarah's long-running zine mostly chronicles Sarah and Jamie's cross-country road-trip, during which they encounter cockroaches, the Republican National Convention, famous ghost-hunters, and more. Oh man! Chock-full of bitter-sweet observations, beautiful found photos, and sweet lil' comics.

SCI22. 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", 24pp, b&w. $1.00

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Nick St. John

How I Came to Work at the Wendy's

The story of a young man looking for work in all the wrong places, this brief, perfectly imagined tale manages to be simultaneously laugh out loud hillarious and deeply, painfully sorrowful. An elegant and bittersweet look at the beauty of dreams and the price they can take on our real lives.

NSJ03.4 1/4" x 5 1/2", 36pp, $3.00

Mr. Mortiz and the Machine

When a miniature, living flying machine flits through his window, a scientist is forced to examine his past and the monomaniacal quest which has taken over his life; to build a machine which will finally reunite him with his missing family. A bittersweet examination of memory, sorrow, and fantasy. Self-published.

NSJ02.4 1/4" x 5 1/2", 60pp, $4.00

Further Notes on my Unfortunate Condition

2009 Best American Nonrequired Reading selection!

Nick St. John's extraordinary first mini-comic, this series of vignettes combine disarmingly sweet illustrations with tender and thoughtful prose. From his surprisingly light-hearted vision of post-apocaylptic life in a hot air balloon to the night-time visits of a flying manta ray, Nick transforms the essence of childhood longing into elegant and dreamlike stories.

NSJ01. 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", 24pp, $2.00

Raquel Reyes

Tapir Caper

Our long-time pal Raquel has produced a new edition of A Tapir Caper just for Family Style! When a grumpy tapir is chased from his home by a tiger and gets lost, it finds help from an unexpected source... A heart-warming and hillarious tale that's reminiscent of a classic children's story, but with a subtle sense of humor sure to delight any one. Fantastic jungle landscapes and adorable characters make this comic/picture book a visual treat. Hand-printed lino-block wrap-around cover on textured paper (available in brown and aqua).

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