This month’s zine pick is Burbles by Montreal artist Simon Fortin. Burbles is a 30 paged illustrative zine containing the character Burbles in a variety of cute and adorable costumes. I love this zine so much and Fortin’s work is always very colorful and playful and this is face meltingly cute. One of my favourite zines I picked up in the last year. If you want to pick up the zine for yourself check out Fortin’s store here and for more artwork check out Tumblr. Below I’ve included a look at the zine and one of the stickers packs (Sailor Moon!).
Featured artist this week is Japanese artist Chisato Tatsumi. Tatsumi makes magic girl inspired drawings that use a mixture of styles. There isn’t very much information about Tatsumi available that I could find but regardless I really wanted to share their work because I love the combination of elements and portraiture. It reminds me of Sailor Moon Crystal and other magic girl animations when the character’s transform. As well the highly saturated color of each drawing has a very visceral effect. I’d say it’s better to go the website to view these in full resolution as there is just so much detail that it lends itself to be seen on the larger scale. However I have included a few of my favourites below and links to where you can find Tatsumi’s work.
*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Chisato Tatsumi.
Pick of the Week: Mikomi Art and Accessories
This week’s pick is Mikomi Art and Accessories which specializes in anime stickers, prints and pins. I found out about her shop at the end of Spring when I was watching a lot of the new revised Sailor Moon animation and decided to check out Etsy to see what they had in terms of fan art. When I was looking I fell in love with these Sailor Moon stickers and thought they were some of best interpretations on there of Naoko Takeuchi‘s original work. So I couldn’t resist picking up each set she had and let’s just say I am beyond delighted with them. Not only did they arrived quickly and in great packaging but they are very good quality and the colors just pop. The price for them was also reasonable and she carries them a variety of different sizes as which I liked. You check out her store here and below is a closer look at all the sticker designs.
Going plant shopping, and these goth fucking flowers.
(more flowers photos from Atwater Marche here)
Me and Victor wanted to go on farther bike rides so randomly one day we headed to Lachine which is on the south side of Montreal island and biked around the edge. It took us about 3 hours as we stopped a lot and got lost. The weather was poor that day so I didn’t take many photos but I loved these two.
During the months of June to August every first Friday of the month they have a food cart night at the Olympic Stadium. Some our favourites for going in June was the Polish sausage on a stick (sooo good) and Polish fruit drink.
A bunch of random photos from various walks around the Plateau and other areas of Montreal. That elephant statue by the way is $200 – and I really want it even though who would spend that kind of money on a disco ball elephant? Also the ice cream in the last photo is Korean and suppose to be a shark, it’s really really good so if you can find I highly recommend it.
Lets end this very long Things That Make Me Smile with a self-portrait of myself after dying the tips of my hair purple (the camera tells lies, this is way more purple in person). Being bright and colorful always makes me smile.
Starchild Stela is a local Montreal artist who does illustrations, paintings, and street art amongst other things. She also happens to make a huge amount of zines including one of my all-time favourites in my collection called Destroy Rape Culture. I decided to feature it today because the zine as you can imagine is all about bringing power back and positive messages. She showcases the message of empowerment with the use of Sailor Moon (one of my favourite animes) and catchy slogans. It’s a great collaboration between the two as Sailor Moon has always been about female empowerment and I am sure a lot of us 90s kids found the manga and animation an inspiration. The zine features illustrations of all the Sailor Scouts and a few of the villains from the series within its 20 black and white pages. I love her twist on Takeushi’s style and can’t recommend this zine enough. If you wish to pick it up or check out any of her other zines you can find it at her distro or her main store. Fair warning, it sells out pretty quickly but she has been keeping it restocked at the moment (and also in sticker form). Sneak peak below if you are interested.
Destroy Rape Culture
Although it isn’t May any longer I had so many photos that I didn’t have a chance to share so today is going to be May’s Things That Make Me Smile. So sorry about all the uncertainty with posts the last month, there was a security issue that happened mid-month and to ensure there was no issues I had to take the site down. Still working to get it fully back up so you may notice things changing for the next week but I’m trying to finish it as soon as possible. There will be another smile post next week too, so if you like my silly personal photos you are in luck. Hope you enjoy!
Brand new bikes!!! For an early birthday present Victor bought me a new hybrid bike and I am in love. He also picked one up for himself so we could ride in style together. So much better than the ancient 2nd hand bikes we’ve had for the past 2 years.
My homemade vanilla extract (I did a post about making it here). Still letting it ruminate for a bit longer before using but it’s getting so dark now.
Speaking of alcohol, I love sparkling cider and randomly picked this brand up one day from a local depanneur and fell in love. It’s so good, and tastes exactly like the other Quebec sparkling cider I love by Lafrance. This one comes in mini bottles instead of a big bottle though so it’s perfect picnics. I like to call it poor person champagne.
How could I resist these Sailor Moon stickers? (bought from Etsy)
I am a sucker for pastel origami paper. I’ve been hard at work on my 3,000 crane project. Just reaching over 2,000 this past month after starting in February. I wanted to have it finished by end of June but now I am aiming more for end of July, early August. Let you know more about it closer to the date.
I’ll end today’s post with a sunset, appropriate I thought to say the least. What better to make me smile than a bike ride and picnic ending with a beautiful view and the sound of running water? All I need for heaven on early.
- Brogan Coral – Spooky Girl mini print
- Pastel Dream Shoes – Hand painted My Little Pony platforms
- Memi the Rainbow – 5 porcelain charms bracelet
- Fatally Feminine – Birthday Cake necklace
- Imyourpresent – Diamond or heart acrylic earings
- LoliMillie – Cherie Choker
- Tooth and Eye – Printed leggings
- The White Chihuahua – My Little Pony generation watercolor
- Mabgraves – Sailor Moon stickers
- Dreamchaserart – Game of Thrones magnets
- Contrived to Charm – Undersea fish scale leather bag
- Jennalee Auclair – Bunny Moon print
- Babs Draws – Bosozoku -Sailor Moon print
June’s treasures are almost all 90s inspired which is exactly what I’ve been feeling lately. My favourite has to be the hand painted My Little Pony platforms (she makes Sailor Moon ones as well) and the Tooth and Eye leggings. I just started watching the new Sailor Moon remake a month ago and really want to get more figurines and other goodies so I’ve been looking on Etsy and Storenvy for fan made stuff. I’m also still saving up money for my trip in July so have to resist but can’t wait until I have my disposable income back. Also sorry about the last 2 weeks of no posts, had to spend some time working on the back end of the website as having security issues but should be good to go for the remainder of June.
I miss sharing my more day to day photography so this month’s ‘Things That Make Me Smile’ reflects that and is crammed full of photos from the last month. I’ve also been having an amazing end to my summer and had the chance to hang out and explore so many days in September so it’s hard to pick and not to share everything. Hoping this weekend to do one more road trip and go to Prince Edward County to swim in Lake Ontario and go camping (it will be amazing if it happens). It’s just been a great month. Anyways here are all the things that have made me smile in the past month…
I never consider myself a girly girly but my love of Sailor Moon and My Little Ponies from childhood has always been my weakness. Bought some Generation One MLPs and a Sailor Moon figurine set (fakes as I’m cheap) for my shelves.