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The Complete Spring 2020 Residents

Books by: Atlan Arceo-Witzl, Abe Lampert, Stella Murphy

This package collected the three mini-comics produced by the residents of the second installment of Pumpkin's Remote Residency, which ran between May and August 2021. Each artist worked independently to produce their own book. Scroll down to read about the artists and their thinking in producing their projects.

Every book is printed in 4-color Risograph measuring 5x7". This complete set comes packaged with a commemorative belly band. Both this set and the individual books are priced on a sliding scale.

Half of the net revenue will be donated to the Chicago Recovery Alliance.

NOTE: This a pre-order. These books will most likely ship the week of November 14. Thank you!

To read more about the zines or to order them individually:
Atlan Arceo-Witzl, Abe Lampert, and Stella Murphy.

Bald & Otherwise
 by Atlan Arceo-Witzl

Bald & Otherwise is an exploration of the eagle as a visual form. They appear on objects you could hold in the palm of your hand, emblazon the side of semi-trucks, and represent organizations that have nothing to do with animals whatsoever! In these pages you'll discover how many times you can re-hash an image and to what ends. You might engage out of curiosity, for research, or just for the fun of it! However, once you start seeing these predatory fowl everywhere, you know the curse of the eagle eye has set in. (NOTE: Eagle symbols redrawn inside this book have their origins in Mexico, Germany, and the USA. They are utilized for educational and entertainment purposes simultaneously).

Atlan Arceo-Witzl is a Mexican-American general maker of things whose work is concerned with everyday rituals, icons, symbols, objects, and language. He seeks to describe the quotidian in the form of fleeting phrases heard in passing and popular graphic ephemera. He lives in Chicago, IL pursuing a career in the arts and enjoying the fascinating human game of communication.

28pp 5x7" 4-color Risograph booklet in Sunflower, Fluorescent Pink, Light Teal, and Federal Blue ink on Domatar Cougar Smooth 70#T/80#T Natural.

I Could Never Be Like the Thorn of a Rose
 by Abe Lampert

This book was really enjoyable to make, as the page and color limitations helped me understand two aspects of my work that are very important to me. My desire to structure narrative so that ideas can circle back and meet themselves, and my attraction to color interaction as a possible confusion of depth. The writing is very personal and the title comes from a misheard Sandy Denny lyric.

I was born in Wheeling, West Virginia in 1984. The first comic book I bought was Wolverine #71 in July 1993 and the most recent was Alberto Breccia's Dracula. I live in Brooklyn, NY and for the past two years have been working on a series of gouache paintings.

32pp 5x7" 4-color Risograph booklet in Blue, Crimson, Yellow, and Black ink on Domtar Earthchoice 70#T Gray.

Old Dog
 by Stella Murphy & poem by Tom Grindrod

The book is an illustrated response to Tom's poem. I was immediately drawn to the jazz rhythm of the language, it had a frantic energy which I thought would marry well with an anxious character busying about the home. The 'Tessa' old dog referenced throughout the poem becomes a metaphor for finding peace and comfort at the end of a day.

I am an artist living and woking in London. I studied Graphic design but drawing has always been a natural extension of what I wanted to do and a consistent habit. The imagery I make usually centres on the mundane with the tinge of something being slightly off. I like to invent scenes within a room, like peering into someones brain. More often than not my characters are in the midst of an existential crisis. My influences are a jumble of eras from as far back as the 18th century however I always come back to the 60s and 70s because the imagery feels so liberated and surreal. This is what initially led to the cartoon style I have developed.

Tom Grindrod studied Literature at the University of Reading, where his research focused on urban modernism. His poetic influences are William Carlos Williams and the Imagist poets, although he draws inspiration from everywhere: books, films, music, and modern urban life.

20pp 5x7" 4-color Risograph booklet in Sunflower, Aqua, Crimson, and Black ink on French Dur-o-tone 70#T Newsprint Aged & Domtar Cougar Smooth 80#T Natural.

Read more about the residency here.

Check out last year's residents' work here.

Illustrations by Brian Blomerth.