Old man and the 2B 2

What is exciting for me this for this years Graflit exhibition is the publication that will be produced to coincide with the event. I’m just going to paraphrase here to explain:

“Launch of Graflit publication: The publication will be launched at the opening of the exhibition on

23 September. However, the publication will be on sale prior to this date in the gallery and at the Open Book Comics Fest.

GrafLit 2014 consists of a closely linked publication and exhibition – both entitled ‘Urban Interiors’.

The publication will be printed in a limited edition of 100 copies, in black & white only, on 210mm square single sheets, professionally wire ring-bound with covers handprinted in black & white, and containing approximately 20 self-standing graphic narratives. We see it less as a book than “a narrative object”, a work of “book art” that will be promoted and sold as such.” (Graphlit)

I LIKE doing projects like this I find them fun, interesting and stimulating – it’s also fascinating because its being printed on a Risography printing press.  Now i’ve worked on some pretty strange processes in my time and part of an illustrators craft is knowing and adapting their work to suit the print production.  This although not old (i think its late 80’s?) in the grand scheme of printing is something i have never produced work on and I really enjoy trying out something new and different.

What’s so fascinating about Risography? Well it looks just like a photocopier but that’s where the similarities end.

Risography is sort of like a high volume screen printer. Each print is made by scanning the artwork onto a heat sensitive ‘master film’ or ‘negative’, that is wrapped around a rotating drum, pushing ink through the exposed film and printing the pages as they pass below. Because of the nature of this printing method, there are some limitations to how your artwork gets processed and how it appears in print.” (paperpusher.ca) This was initially designed as a cheaper alternative to anyone wishing to print 20+ copy volumes.

The interior pages will be printed by comic art self-publisher Jean de Wet, who specialises in the production of hand-made mini-comics. His work has been internationally recognised and he has participated in international projects of this nature. With his involvement, we hope to achieve a publication that has the feel of a unique hand-made art book. We’ll be printing the interior pages on his Risograph printing machine, in black only.

Although there are no certainties with this type of printing, part of the mystery of the quality and outcome is exactly what makes Risography unique and attractive. A characteristic that ‘high-end’ or ‘glossy printing’ does not always possess.” (Graflit)

So there you go – I’ve produced some work for the project but i have absolutely NO idea of how it will translate itself onto the page and have tried to incorporate some elements that will push the limitations and boundaries of the machine.

I saw the edge of the cliff and jumped!  I hope I have a soft landing 😉


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