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Thank you! You can now purchase both books directly from the Black Eye Books at via shop.blackeye.ca
Black Eye Books is thrilled to present our 9th crowdfunding initiative, and our very first double-feature campaign, with Mariel Ashlinn Kelly’s Monster and Matthew Daley’s Assorted Baggage.
Both Mariel and Matthew are acclaimed illustrators who have created gorgeous tribute posters for Toronto revival house The Revue Cinema. This 'double feature' presents an opportunity for Black Eye Books readers to discover two new creators, and for those who know Mariel and Matthew from their illustrations to see another side of their talent!
Assorted Baggage by Matthew Daley
Assorted Baggage is a collection of short wordless comics featuring the surreal adventures of the shape-shifting Unnamed Duck Protagonist and items they find in bags. With eye popping colours and Daley’s flat mid-century design inspired characters, Assorted Baggage is an oddball romp for readers of all ages.
Format: 6” x 6” / Full Colour / 72 pages / Perfectbound softcover
Matthew Daley is a veteran illustrator based out of east end Toronto. His work regularly appears in magazines such as Taddle Creek and on posters for The Revue Cinema. His poster designs have been featured as part of the Polaris Music Prize and for bands like Devo, The New Pornographers and The Residents. The Pig Sleep, a self-published comic collaboration with Cory McCallum was the recipient of the Gene Day Award at the 2013 Joe Shuster awards. Assorted Baggage is Daley’s first solo outing and first comic with publisher Black Eye Books.
Monster by Mariel Ashlinn Kelly
Back in town after what seems like a blur, our protagonist meets a friend of a friend who seems more than interested in her, much to her astonishment. If only this strange fog didn’t follow her everywhere. If only she could stop having those dreams. Monster is a lyrical reflection — told in vignettes, memories, and moments — on love gained and love lost.
Format: 6” x 8.125” / Full Colour / 196 pages / Perfectbound softcover
Mariel Ashlinn Kelly is a Canadian illustrator and comic artist currently based in Toronto, Ontario. Her illustration work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Walrus Online, She Does the City, the Drake Hotel Blog, and on zines, merch, and posters around Toronto. From 2019-2020 her comic strip ”The Projectionist” was serialized in the Revue Cinema guide. For the past several years she has been an active self-publishing member of the Toronto zine scene and was named one of Broken Pencil's Top Zinesters to Watch in 2016.
About Black Eye Books
From 1993–1998, Black Eye Books published such notable cartoonists as Jay Stephens (The Land of Nod, Atomic City Tales), Nick Craine (Dance Me Outside), Jason Lutes (Jar of Fools, Berlin), Tom Hart (The Sands), Jeremy Eaton (World of Trouble), Matt Madden (Black Candy), James Kochalka (Quit Your Job), Ed Brubaker (Lowlife), Brian Biggs (Dear Julia), and New Zealand's Dylan Horrocks (Pickle, Hicksville).
Relaunched in 2019 by publisher Michel Vrana, Black Eye Books continues its pursuit of publishing eclectic and engaging stories told in the form of words and pictures. Since relaunching, over $100,000 has been raised for crowdfunded publications!
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Available as an add-on to any physical pre-order. Full colour 9” x 9” Assorted Baggage print on acid-free, archival quality paper. Signed by Matthew Daley. Artwork selection will occur after the end of the campaign. Frame not included. Shipped flat.
- 9 ordered
- 21 remaining
Available as an add-on to any physical pre-order. Original 9” x 12” black and white pencil and ink page from Monster. Signed by Mariel Ashlinn Kelly. Artwork selection from pool of 40 pages will occur after the end of the campaign. Frame not included. Shipped flat.
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