Thursday, March 13, 2008

BEASTS! Open Call Results.

Congratulations and thank you to Jennifer Tong, who captured this charming and unsettling glimpse into the life of Nymphs. Her piece will be appearing in "BEASTS! Book Two."

And lest the about-200 other people who submitted feel rejected, I assure you all that it wasn't easy to decide on one piece. There were dozens of great pieces sent in, with styles that ran the gamut of the medium. SO! I enlisted the opinions of four folks here at the Fantagraphics offices. Each of us made a note of our top few favorites and found that we had very little overlap. One piece might be loved by one of us while not on the radar for the rest of us. In the end, two pieces were decidedly favored by all five of us. The Nymphs was one of those and Ian Huebert's Three-Tailed Bavalorous was the other.

To make the ultimate decision on a winner, I researched the story of the Bavalorous and eventually determined that it is definitive "fakelore"-- it is a creation of fiction passed off as traditional folklore (in the story of Paul Bunyan). As such, it doesn't belong in "BEASTS!," which aims to depict true mythological and folkloric creatures that were thought to exist in some way. (Although that line is a very blurry one.)

The piece that was a very close third was the Reptoid by Cassandra Ford. This creature has one of the most compelling modern stories, as seen here and Cassandra's tactile portrait is incredible.

I can't possibly post all of the pieces here but below are some more of the Honorable Mentions, as it were. Also, Michael J. Patrick was awesome enough to help me out by volunteering to start a Flickr Pool of the Beasts Open Call Submissions. Hopefully all the artists can head over there and put their work into the pool for everyone to see, and have a chance to really show off their work. Then we here at the office can sit back and watch as we're straightened out on which piece SHOULD have been chosen for the book!

Serious thanks to ALL of you who have supported the book and took the time to send in a piece.

Above, another of my personal favorites by Joshua Agerstrand.

Above, Spanish artist Mario Trigo.

Above, Toronto's Michael Wandelmaier.

Above, Manchester's Stuart Kolakovic.


Blogger ladrones ink said...

thank you to everybody at fantagraphics for the great rush of adrenalline (sp?)

im listening to grandaddy, and im just happy that i could be an honorable mention

so inspired now!


ps everybody should be listening to granddaddy

11:52 PM  
Anonymous Michael Wandelmaier said...

Thanks for posting my submission. I'm just happy to be shown in the company of the kick-ass artists.

The link to my website shown is wrong. If you want to see more work, I'm at!

Thanks again!


Mike Wandelmaier.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Jacob Covey said...

Sorry about that Mike. Fixed the link.

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Mario Trigo said...


(Pauses for a moment. Dumb smile on his face.)

THAT was flattering. Thanks for posting my submission! I cannot agree more with Wandelmaier: it´s just great to see one´s work next to such wonderful art. Sort of still-speechles-after-twelve-hours great.

Having no site, blog, flickr account or Internet space whatsoever (you see, the funny thing is I´m just a humble translator, this is probably the first time someone calls me an "artist" and well, the rest is a long story - dumb smile wells up again) in which to do it, I think I´ll post a hi-res version of my dear Cynocephalus on the flickr pool, along with a small text on the nature of this ill-fated Ethiopian fella.

Cheery cheers!

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Cassandra Ford said...

Yay, third place!

Thanks Jacob, it was fun!

10:18 PM  
Anonymous tstout said...

wow. just checked out the flickr site, i am glad i didn't have to make the choice. some pretty incredible pieces.

if you ever decide to do a Beasts 3, it's already halfway done.

great great stuff.

1:42 AM  
Blogger Adam Gershenbaum said...

All the pieces are amazing. I love everything Cassandra Ford touches.

12:43 PM  
Blogger purchase printmaking! said...

i am very happy....i luv jenn tong she is a great illustrator, plus hands out a great gelato. LOVE HER!
---lizz hickey

11:28 PM  

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