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

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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

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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! :)

The Pikaland Gift Guide for All Seasons part 1



Ever since I put out a call for self-publishers two weeks ago, I was swamped with emails. Hundreds in fact. I was stunned – I never would have thought that the blurry picture I took create such a stir. Never mind that the quality of the picture was bad or that it was blurry (it came from my 7-year old iPhone 3GS which I still use to this day because I have a weird attachment to things that I use often, like my 18-year old car!); it was shared via emails and I got to know so many new talented people because of it, so a very big thank you to everyone who got involved – whether you re-tweeted, re-grammed it or shared it though Facebook or email.

I like to start things off good news first: YES there will still be a gift guide! Although I should have thought of this way, way earlier before the crazy mad holiday season (and not to mention that I was planning to take the whole of December slow, because oh, for no other reason besides the fact it was my birthday). Ramblings aside though, I had big ambitions for it: a downloadable PDF! Beautiful layouts! Some lovely doodles on the pages (yes, how adorable!) And then, it hit me that I didn’t have enough time if I were to do up this PDF before Christmas – you’d be sighing at turkey leftovers in the fridge and stockings that would already be stuffed before I’m done.

So while I’m cutting this dangerously close to the cutoff dates of shopping deadlines for Christmas, I’ve decided to forego the nice PDF idea. No more beautiful layouts. No more doodles on the pages (oh no!), but instead, I’ll make my gift guide into short blog posts. I’ll  do my best to post everyday until I’ve uncovered my finds for all to see and scavenge. So this isn’t just a gift guide for Christmas. It will be a gift guide for all seasons, because it will be a gift of words, prose, pictures and joy. And who doesn’t love a gift that will stay with you for all time, even if it isn’t on Christmas?


Aijung Kim will be helping me with my first post – her finds are about zines (I love zines!) and they’re fantastic enough to warrant a post by itself. She’s also creates her own zines at Sprout Head and they’re one of my favourites! (Thanks Aijung!)

Celia C. Perez aka Chibrarian

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I like the way she writes, makes lists, and she’s half-Mexican and half-Cuban (I think), so it’s good to hear from a different cultural perspective. I like her “Ofrenda” zine, and she did one awhile ago about turning 40, listing 40 of her favorite things. But I don’t think she offers that right now.

Katie Haegele at La La Theory Books

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Katie writes prose about language and yard sales (her White Elephants series) and she also writes poetry.

Mel Stringer aka Girliepains

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Mel makes cool drawings and little comics!

Maranda Elizabeth at School for Maps

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Maranda writes about mental health, living in small towns, gender issues, and self-care.

Trevor Grail of flatmountainpress

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I haven’t read his comics yet, but they visually look awesome.


Katie Green

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Katie and I have become friends through Pikaland! I think that we first “met” when she purchased a card reading from me, and we’ve been in contact since. She makes amazing zines.

Lizzy Stewart

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I love the illustrated books of Lizzy Stewart.

Jon Porcellino of King Cat

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After all these years, John Porcellino is still self-publishing King Cat!

Corinne Mucha

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Corinne Mucha does funny, awesome comics. She self-publishes some, and is also published by others.


Thanks Aijung!

Do you self-publish? Email me!

Calling self-published artists


I just did a shout out on Instagram about finding artists and illustrators to feature for Pikaland’s gift guide this year (I think it should read 2014, not 2015, doh!) So if you know of any artists who self publishes on Amazon, Etsy, Lulu, Blurb, etc,; any kind of books – comics, zines, self-help, guides, stories, random stuff, etc feel free to send your recommendations over to be considered!

I think it could be an interesting, unconventional gift guide – it’s the kind of guide I’d definitely pick up myself (oh, because I’m obsessed with zines and books, if you haven’t noticed already!) so I’d appreciate any leads you have to share! I was planning on doing one on books and then the idea of having a listing of lesser-known authors/artists hit me a couple of days ago. I think it would be refreshing to provide some counter-balance to the whole spirit of Christmas consumerism and to spread some joy in the form of lovely surprises, which can often be found in the least unexpected of places.

I’ll be doing up the gift guide next week, so for any recommendations, you can email them as soon as you can to me at AMY @ PIKALAND . COM (remember to lose the spaces between characters before hitting “send”!)