Oct 11, 2018

The Great October Graphic Arts Giveaway

Update October 16/18

The following folks are getting something lovely in their trick or treat bag:

Ravenous - Issue I - cartermaryd

Ravenous - Issue II - Debra N.

Pam Wishbow pack - Melody S.

Pam Wishbow pack - Noreen S.

Trickster - NG

Yay for you all! I'll send an email along to collect your mailing address.


And the next giveaway begins now...

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This month of revels was originally centered around books, and only books. Nonfiction tomes, primarily, which reflected my interests and some of the wandering directions of this blog (mostly herbalism, witchcraft, and folkore). While bound stacks of paper make my heart sing, traditional books are not the only published material to speak of those topics that spin my mind into whirlwinds of glee. There are a great number of graphic artists that tackle the mystery and otherworldliness of nature and the occult.

This year I searched for wonder and wildness in unusual places, and I found it. Not just in my own woods and odd heart, but in the creative visions of some astonishingly magical people. Let me introduce you...


The first artist I'd love for you to meet is Pam Wishbow. Pam is an illustrator who is owned by cats and has a mod witchy vibe - she feels very much like an aunt who has a tea-leaf-reading parlour but who can also clear spooks from an old manse and break any zombie love spell you might be under. She offers the most wonderful selection of art, from her own graphic zines to small oracle decks, and cool little charm packs that seem quaint at first but can give you pause as you discover what is really haunting you (hint: it's not your dead grandfather).


The next item I have for you is, in fact, a book. But it's a special sort of reading experience. Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection, was curated and edited (as well as illustrated in one story) by Cartoonist Matt Dembicki. Matt searched out storytellers from First Nations communities that were willing to share their tales and write for this anthology. Native American artists were also employed for many of the 24 legends which dig into the trickster lore that exists in so many cultures. The collection is visually gorgeous, with rich tales that will pull at the mischievous spirit in you.


The graphic arts are home not only to illustration, of course. Photography and design are just as comfortable in this crowd. A new magazine to hit the witchcraft scene this year is Ravenous, a stunning 'zine' by Ravenous Media. Dripping with sumptuous photographs, and elegant layouts (check out their Instagram feed to get a feel for their style) the first two volumes are more art-book than glossy mag.

From the site:
Ravenous zine is a printed magazine for women* to connect with the wild within. through visual art, feature articles, and interviews, with an emphasis on activism & self care, it explores the archetype of the wild woman as put forth by Clarissa Pinkola Estes in her iconic work, Women WHo Run With the Wolves.

The zine is populist & Earth focused, yet it contains a highly stylized woodsy, dark aesthetic that mirror the wild, earthy, feral elements of femininity that are absent from modern mainstream culture. At its core, it's about reconnecting to our wild nature by gathering in circles, participating in activism, cooking and making crafts. it's a manual for face-to-face, in person gatherings in this age of social media and physical disconnection.
*I would like to add that this magazine is for any women who identify as women and/or anyone who finds femininity enchanting.


For this Graphic Arts giveaway I have up for grabs:

Two gift packs from Pam Wishbow that include her art zine "Give," (which is a double-sided publication that includes "Hunt," by artist Leigh Luna) as well as a hex-breaker charm and your own 'house ghost' card.

One copy of Trickster: Native American Tales.

One copy of Ravenous Zine, Volume I: Craft.
One copy of Ravenous Zine, Volume II: Sisterhood

My small post here hardly does these artists' work any justice, so please do follow the links to get a better look at their amazing projects and art.

Five names will be pulled from the hat on October 16th at 9pm Pacific. You can let me know in your comment, or your entry via the "make contact" form up top, which item(s) you prefer and I'll see if I can match the winners to their fave choices. Please ensure that your comment includes a way for me to contact you if you win!

Legal Bits:

* This giveaway (or "sweepstakes") is open to all residents of Canada, (exluding Quebec residents) the USA, Great Britain, Europe, South America,  who are 18 years of age or older. This giveaway is void where prohitibited by law.  Please be aware of the contest/sweepstakes laws in your area.

*  Canadian residents will be subject to a skill testing question before being able to claim their prize (this is standard law in Canada).  The skill testing question will be in a form similar to: 1 + 2 - 1 =

*  This giveaway is not for profit and no purchase is necessary to enter.

*  This giveaway is sponsored/administrated solely by this blog/blog author and is not affilitated with or sponsored by Blogger, Facebook, Twitter, or any other entity, nor can they be held liable.

* By leaving a comment intending to enter into the draw for the giveaway (or "sweepstakes") you are knowingly agreeing to these rules/conditions.


I have chosen all the books/cards featured this month myself.  I have not been paid to feature a book, nor have I been asked to advertise for anyone.  This giveaway is not endorsed or sponsored by anyone other than Rue and Hyssop


29 comments:

Sparkless said...

Another fantastic giveaway! It's hard to pic a fave item but if I win I'd love to win either item from Pam Wishbow although any of this items would be fantastic. Thanks so much for the opportunity to find new artists.

mxtodis123 said...

You sure do find the great giveaways. Any one of these items would be great.

Erin Gergen Halls said...

I forgot about the give-aways!! I love what you select. Any of these would be a treat!

Rommy said...

Squee! These all look so cool. I'd be happy with any of them.

Stephen said...

Found your blog via Aidan Wachter. Can't wait to dig in! Please add me to your giveaway drawing. Would love any of the items, but especially drawn to Pam's artwork, and the Trickster tales! Thanks. Stephen

Melisa Glassford said...

As usual, you find the most amazing and interesting works to give away! I would be thrilled with any of these.:)

Birgit said...

Hi Jen,

As I have a deep love for Native American history and culture, "Trickster" would be perfect for me. Thanks for the chance! :)

Greetings from Bavaria,
Birgit

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

You have THE best giveaways! I would be happy with anything! :)

Mutant Mage said...

Oh. Such wondrous things.

Pati said...

How to choose? I would be happy with any of these lovely things. Thank-you for doing this giveaway!

Rhi said...

Oh man. Pam Wishbow is one of my favs. I’d love that Hexbreaker pack.

Cartermaryd said...

What a generous offer. Thank you. I’d love one of the Ravenous zines!

Cartermaryd said...

Contact info: Cartermaryd@hotmail.com comment above.

Sharon said...

Good Evening, dear lady. I sent you a message through the contact box on your site. Thank you so much. As a lover of art, I say Goodness! Awe-inspiring talent from the creators of these gifts! I'll try and send through gmail in case my first did not get through.

Johanna Lawson said...

How does one choose just one of such fabulous items?!

Debra Nehring said...

Wonderful! Thank you!
I am fascinated by the Ravenous series, but any would be a lovely surprise!
Debra dot Nehring at yahoo dot ca

Eveline Maedel said...

oh my - they are all delicious!! ( emaedel(at)gmail(dot)com )

Siduri said...

I am not familiar with any of these artists so any of them would make a wonderful prize. Thanks!

Petrichor La Fey said...

I would very much love the Ravenous Zine magazines! I went to their website and felt a total connection to them. It's beautiful! Please sign me in for the draw and you can contact me at ladypetrichor@aol.com.

Melody Siracusa said...

These look amazing! Please enter me in the drawing My email is orionova (at) gmail (dot) com

Rebecca Powell said...

These all look delightful and I would love any of them <3 rapowell4 (at) gmail (dot) com

Brigid Lenehan said...

They all look great, but Pam would be my pick!

RiverEno said...

You always find such wonderful things to give away! Thank you for doing this! I'd love the Pam Wishbow pack!! <3 I'm at riverenoauthor at gmail dot com Thanks again!

Kelly M said...

Wow, great giveaway. I would be honoured to win any of these items. Thanks.

♥ eli mari said...

Toss my name in the hat, please!! I've got my eye on a copy of Ravenous, but I'm definitely interested in the other winnings as well. Many thanks for the opportunity!! 🖤

Misty Fouquet said...

Everything looks so amazing!! Thanks for doing these giveaways every year!! bearmother80 at gmail dot com

ajc1696 said...

Thank you for hosting this giveaway! Trickster has been on my wish list for a while now but these all look fabulous! april (dot) chase (at) gmail (dot) com

Noreen Sykora said...

I love both Pam's and the Trickster collection! Such wonderful stuff here, thank you so much for the opportunity! nsykora @ live . com

Joy said...

All of these look great, but Trickster really seems like something up my alley.💕