Jason Overby lives in Portland, OR with his wife and two children. He has self-published a variety of mini-comics, including Jessica, Solipsist’s Doodles, and Obligatory Artifact. His strip Apophenia appeared in Abstract Comics: The Anthology. The Being Being, a book collecting some of this work, was published in 2015 by Gridlords. You can view many of this work at jasonoverby.art. He is currently finishing up a new work, which will be called The O.C.
1. i am a single-celled diaspora, a marine sponge. i am an exile born with no nest or noise and when i sing i howl like an Australopithecus
(i am a balloon attached to a string attached to a corner attached to a past that lies to me gently)
2. from the bottom of the cave, my mouth open, my feet dancing on an earth that is still whole. i am pangea, a diaspora contained in an amphora in the singular form, a single body that swells into the intemporal, a sponge, strip away the salt, the waves trick me with their disparate tongues, their laughter in a haze: foam
3. my wandering is anchored in the ethereal language, architect of the future, raw, pure structure with no roots or clothing
4. i have the power to open all doors (but never my cave)
Tana Oshima is a Japanese-Spanish writer, literary translator and visual artist exploring the field of comics. She has self-published eight mini-comics, and has translated to Spanish female novelists from Japan, such as Yuko Tsushima, Hiroko Oyamada, and Yu Miri. She is based in New York. cargocollective.com/tanaoshima_art. Instagram: @tanaoshima.
Peony Gent is an illustrator, installation artist and poet based in London. Her work primarily deals with autobiography and collective memory. You can see more of her work at www.peonygent.com and @peony__ on instagram.
Rosaire Appel (New York) is an artist exploring interconnections among reading, looking and listening. She draws writing, sound and abstract comics. She has created many kinds of visual books, both limited editions and commercially published. Her most recent book is “Corona Panic Score”, created with ink on vintage music paper. Her sound drawings have been exhibited widely. She posts regularly on facebook and Instagram. Her website is www.rosaireappel.com.