The Pikaland Gift Guide for All Seasons part 2


Welcome to part 2 of our all season gift guide! Today we’re going to look at more zines published by artists and illustrators and I hope you’re in the mood for more (a lot, lot more!) as we look at unique, self-published or small press publications that you wouldn’t normally find in bookstores. Here we go!


The Crowd in my Head by Gaelle Lalonde

Gaelle Lalonde

Gaelle Lalonde


From Gaelle’s description:

This book started as an experiment about books as art objects, conducted over a year ago, in which I wanted to make a book into a toy. The result is an accordion book that no matter how you fold it always creates a new image, or new creature. 

Available in a limited edition of 50, which you can get right here.


Everything You Didn’t Ask for by Tom Pappalardo

Tom Pappalardo

Tom Pappalardo


From Tom’s description:

Everything You Didn’t Ask For: Comics and Stories By Tom Pappalardo is my best-of comic collection, spanning twenty years of writing and comic publishing. Poster designs, illustrations, and other artwork fill the spaces in between. This is the real cream of the crop, boy howdy, you’d better believe it. Tons of good stuff from this site, plus more stuff previously published elsewhere.

The book is 164 pages long and is available right here.


Good Witch/Bad Witch by Elena Kalorkoti

Elena Kalorkoti


Elena Kalorkoti

From Elena’s description:

Good Witch/Bad Witch is an illustrated zine full of witches going about their day-to-day lives; conjuring, teleporting, exploring outer space, watering the garden. If you like mystical powers and angular haircuts this is the zine for you.

The zine is 20 pages, with black and white insides and you can get it over here.


Magpie Magpie by Matt Huynh

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From Matt’s description:

An Australian Gothic haunted house story of abandoned lovers in a deserted land. Morgan, with little left to lose, kidnaps his own daughter and flees town with his mistress. When they are separated in a storm, he’s forced to take shelter in an abandoned hotel where he is greeted by the suspicious generosity of a lovelorn stranger trapped in a purgatory of re-lived gestures and memories of a long departed lover.

He has more books over here.


 Waiting Rooms by Teiera

Teiera Teiera

This 80 pages book is made by twelve illustrators who tells their stories in 5 pages. Featuring the works of Akvile Magicdust, Cristina Spano, Giulia Sagramola, Ilaria Falorsi, Inma Lorente, Jim Stoten, Jose JAJAJA, Matteo Berton, Nicolo Pellizzon, Pia Valentinis, Sarah Mazzetti and Zosia Dwierzawska.

Get yours here.


Paper Pencil Life by Summer Pierre

Summer Pierre

Summer Pierre

I love Summer Pierre’s work and her latest zine (a two-parter) is a comic that’s about parenting, daily work, life, time, happiness, grief, and change.

It’s 48-pages, black and white and available over here.


OM – The Chorus by Andy Barron

Andy Barron


Andy Barron draws comics and cartoons based in the world of OM.

10 pages, in full color and available here.


Imaginary Fronds by Sarah McNeil and Ashley Ronning

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From their description:

Imaginary Fronds by Sarah McNeil and Ashley Ronning is the follow up to Plant Feelings. Unlike its brighter, chirpier sibling, Imaginary Fronds is a little more dark and wintery. Mushrooms, hands in the soil, seeking shelter, hidden growth, bushfires, secrets.

It’s a first edition of 500 copies, hand numbered, 30 pages and available here.


Updated Report of Observations which Somehow Seem toReflect Abstractly on Life by Sarah McNeil

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I have the first version of this zine (Statistical Analysis of The Thing that Happen but Don’t Matter and Everything Else) and I enjoy looking at facts and data – perhaps you do too! Here’s what Sarah has to say about this second issue:

After a few years, reading over my first zine, I find that things have changed. Not incredibly, but things are noticeably different if you look at the stats. Also, it’s a way of me saying things I want to say but never find it appropriate to bring them up in conversation.

It’s 28 pages and available here.


A is for Art by John Fidler

John Fidler

John Fidler


From John’s description:

This booklet is designed to help those people who say they can’t draw. In it you will find an incredibly simple yet powerful method that will enable you to create easily recognisable images. Everything in this booklet starts out as a letter ‘A’, or slight variation thereof. So, if you can write a letter A, you can draw!

14 pages in black and white and available here.


Well there you have it – this wraps up part 2 of the gift guide! Stay tuned for the next one! 🙂

One Reply to “The Pikaland Gift Guide for All Seasons part 2”

  1. Caris says:

    Loved this list! It’s perfect for kids–and kids at heart. I personally liked Everything You Didn’t Ask, the cover is intriguing and I love pop culture art. I also like the geometry-inspired drawings on Good Witch/Bad Witch.

    But really, all titles look interesting!

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