Category Archives: Art

Women Poets Postcards–Series One

 

Nualláin House Publishers

in partnership with

Bamboo Leaf Studio

is offering a unique and original
series of limited edition hand printed

Postcards of Women Poets

from
Old Goat Art
 

Series One features the poets
Sappho, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Kathy Acker.

Postcards are individually printed by hand
on re-purposed commercial utility cardboard
using a combination of carved linoleum blocks and stencils.

Each series is limited to 25 sets of 3 postcards each,
numbered and signed with the Old Goat seal,
and available for purchase in the initial Spring offering
at $25 per set (see How To Order for details).
Individual postcards are available as “artist proofs” at $10 each.

Under the Nualláin House Umbrella

Nualláin House, Publishers, as a private venture, publishes fiction and poetry in limited editions.  Nualláin House, started in 2011, has in print two genre novels (Western and crime fiction), six poetry selections, and one anthology of Japanese linked verse. The year 2011 also marked the centennial of Irish writer Brian O’Nualláin’s birth, known also as Brian O’Nolan, and by his most famous pseudonym, Flann O’Brien, author of At Swim-Two-Birds, The Third Policeman and The Dalkey Archives. Such coincidence was taken to be an auspicious sign for the literary enterprise thus named.  Over the years the perception of what publishing at a POD (print on demand) scale required grew into the understanding that commercial viability was less important than the publishing process itself.  It also led to a questioning of the basic premise of publishing as a commercial venture in the age of the electronic commons.  What Nualláin House provides on demand is a repository of the written word available to interested parties in a nearly antiquated cash and carry format.  The editions are offered at a moderate affordable price whose sole object is to cover production costs. Back in 2011 Nualláin House acquired ten ISBNs (International Standard Book Numbers), nine of them have been assigned to books since published.  That leaves one last number.  What will it be?

In the online media world, the potential for spinoffs and subsidiaries is limited only by the amount of energy (and time) devoted to ensure their continued existence.  Along with its print operation, Nualláin House provides cover for Parole, the blog of The New Black Bart Poetry Society.

Parole has posted regularly since 2013 with commentary, criticism, reviews, and essays on the subject of poetry. The New Black Bart Poetry Society is not a school of poetry nor does it endorse or espouse a particular philosophy of poetry.  The Society will entertain most any presentation on the art of poetry, its past, its present, and its future (see Conditions of Parole).  Explications, delineations, categorizations, taxonomies, and various sundry groupings of poets and their work are of vital interest to the Society membership.

The Poetics of Defiance      Delete Punctuation     Contributor’s Notes

 

In considering the advantages of blogs and online publishing, Nualláin House has looked to the serial novel as an opportunity to develop an ancillary approach to the presentation of literary fiction as a work in progress.  The online serial presents a visceral experience that has the density and complexity of a scripted series paralleling the newspaper feuilletons of 19th Century Paris, and the American pulps of the 1920’s and 30’s.  

 

Ode To Sunset, A Year In The Life Of American Genius is an serial online fiction about dying and death, about a poet who is not quite Charles Baudelaire, not quite Charles Bukowski, who looks like a well worn Alex Trebeck but with the pit bull demeanor of a Mickey Rourke.  It takes place mostly in a city not always quite Frisco.  This is not autobiographical or a roman à clef, but it is satirical, playful, and inevitably deadly serious.  An eight second David Mamet pitch could be rendered as “A Confederacy of Dunces meets A Fine Madness with voice over by George Steiner.”

Ode To Sunset Contents      Day    Week    Month    Year

 

Bamboo Leaf Studio is a result of an avid interest in Asian art and design.  Begun as a passion for collecting prints and paintings, reproductions and originals, it eventually developed into a gathering of tools and materials in a small space designated as “studio.” Following were attempts at the production of works in imitation of and improvisation in a laboratory of received and subsequently original ideas.  The outcome has been the somewhat regular creation and fabrication of limited edition objets d’art which include handmade poetry editions, prints, broadsides (in collaboration with Iota Press) and poem cards.

Nualláin House, Publishers has evolved into an artistic non-commercial venture, a boutique press if you will, in which access to ongoing creative processes is granted through a web portal. Essentially the material is free. However, a percentage of the production and shipping cost is included in acquiring a facsimile. Any “overage” is applied to future projects for which, starting from zero, a value can be contemplated.  

 

And it is for that very non-commercial reason that you won’t find Nualláin House, Publishers titles for sale on Amazon unless they are through a second party.  Nualláin House titles are available exclusively through the publisher and this site.  This applies for items from Bamboo Leaf Studio as well—Parole and Ode To Sunset are available for the browsing, subscription free, at each of their own sites.  Nor will you find a shopping basket or convenient checkouts payable with a credit card.  Both listing on Amazon and through point of sale accounts such as PayPal involve a third party interface which requires a fee (or operation tax, if you will).  If Nualláin House, Publishers was truly a business then perhaps it would absorb these fees as a cost of doing business.  On the other hand your personal info is not entered into a data base to be sold or mined which would happen if we used Amazon and/or point of sale software. If shipping is charged, it covers the cost of materials (labels and envelopes) and postage.  With more than one book or title ordered, as per our policy, the purchase includes free shipping .  A check, money order, cash payment (plus stamp & envelope) is a minor inconvenience to stay out of the clutches of the corporate data mining overlords. Orders can be placed by email at nuallainhousepublishers (at-sign) gmail (dot) com. Repeat customers (donors) will be invoiced with the title(s) ordered with payment expected upon receipt. For those new to Nualláin House, Publishers, orders will be shipped upon receipt of payment.

 

Best of the Season from Nualláin House, Publishers, and thanks in advance for your support.

Holiday Bargains

Happy 2018

Now Available from

Nualláin House, Publishers

Purchase two or more titles
and get free shipping
anywhere in the US
(see How To Order for details)


Also available through our partnership with
Bamboo Leaf Studio
Linoleum Block Prints
from the Smoking Poets series

and the Faux Koan series by Pat Nolan

Order two or more prints
get free shipping
and receive a bonus broadside of
the limited edition
Dylan Thomas print accompanied by Pat Nolan’s
Advice To A Young Poet
Free!!

 

Michael Fisher, The Art of Illustration

Free-lance Illustrator/Graphic Artist Michael Fisher has lived in Sonoma County for forty four years, primarily in the West County in and around the town of Monte Rio.  Over the years his illustrations and poster designs have been used to advertise scores of music venues, rock concerts, literary events and projects, and local businesses.  In the tradition of jack-of-all-(artistic) trades, Michael was once a popular bartender (perhaps the most popular) at the pre ’86 flood Village Inn in Monte Rio where between shaking, stirring, and pouring he managed to produce a pithy comic strip entitled Malice In Blenderland which was featured in Sonoma County’s original independent newspaper of the 70’s and 80’s, The Sonoma County Stump.

EPSON MFP imageAlong with his free-lance gigs as an illustrator, Michael was also active in the local musical theater scene where he was the featured performer for such popular productions as Little Shop of Horrors and Dracula-la.  And many will remember that he once fronted the oldies rock band, The Grey Cats, as lead singer and harmonica, and whose annual Halloween productions were delightfully beyond words.  Grey Cats flyers and concert posters designed by Michael Fisher are now considered collector’s items by the hip cognoscenti. Although probably apocryphal, it is believed that one of Michael’s early inspirations was Gypsy Rose Lee’s theme song, Let Me Entertain You.  His wit and spontaneity are always on display often centered on his awesome encyclopedic knowledge of arcane and weird pop trivia.  His playfulness and readiness to entertain served him well in his long career in children’s services where he was also just one of the kids.  Now retired, Michael is devoting himself to his first love, drawing, with nearly daily postings to his blog, Aldo & Me.

coverland11To say that Michael’s cartooning style is ‘old school’ might be an understatement.  Anyone familiar with the underground comics of the 60’s counterculture will recognize the stylistic similarities. The same wacky and irreverent world views of R. Crumb, S. Clay Wilson, and Gilbert Shelton are present in Michael’s panels.  However his influences in cartooning go back even further to the likes of Jimmy Hatlo, Al Capp’s L’il Abner, and Walt Kelly’s Pogo.  What is evident of Michael’s skills is a unique virtuosity and imagination as is amply expressed in the sold out limited edition of his 2017 Aldo & Me West Sonoma County Calendar. (As of this writing, a few were still available for sale at the 5&10 in Guerneville).  His versatility in illustration is not limited to a narrow range of renderings but encompasses the entire array of contemporary comic arts, from South Park and Peanuts to the Simpsons.

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A word about Michael Fisher’s virtuosity and range of illustrating talents: unique in an artist’s repertoire is the ability to see three dimensions and translate them into a depiction of two dimensions while providing the illusion of a third through modeling, shadowing, and textural crosshatching.  Michael is the master of all such techniques and his expert renditions testify to his imagination and illustrative skills.  Not unexpected for someone who has spent a lifetime perfecting his gift for illustration.  The accomplished depictions mirror a whimsical ruefully aware sensibility scripted in the dialogue bubbles as well as through the illusionist stroke of a drawn line and its suggestive minimalism, as demonstrated by a profound intuition of how the eye sees and distinguishes abstract representation.   Even the simplest of his sketches retain the vitality of their representation.  His knack for breaking down the visual world to its basic components enables him to present those objects in a variety of ways by re-imagining them as abstract design elements.

To the literate of the comic strip genre, the subtleties of a work of illustration lie beneath the message. As such cartoon depictions constitute a visual language. Michael is quite fluent in a variety of the style dialects of this language.  The near daily postings on his blog Aldo & Me attest not only to his genius as an illustrator but the seemingly inexhaustible consistency of his output.  The sheer creative energy expended can undoubtedly be measured in kilowatts.

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As compositions the drawings and sketches of an accomplished artist like Michael offer an originality in variation and theme that speaks of a unified aesthetic.  His command of the stylistic elements of the genre is truly astonishing.  Confident of his proficiency, he once made an offer to friends and fans alike to include any one of them in his blog strip and to depict them as any cartoon character or in any style they desired.  For a fee, of course.  Not surprisingly, a few jumped at the chance.  Presumably that offer is still in effect.

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courtesy of the King/Nolan Collection

Michael’s talented renditions are available for perusal as a three panel cartoon blog, Aldo & Me, where he has regularly posted his pithy and often wacky interactions and observations on the WordPress platform for the past five years.  For the most part the panels are joyful and lighthearted entertainment depicting the dialogue between a man and his dog (maybe that should be dogalogue) as observations and commentary on the vicissitudes of life.  On occasion, barbed and pointed sarcasm emerges from the mild mannered strip in the guise of the super illustrator, The Doodler (he of the pencil extension) and his faithful companion, large fanged enforcer Alldog. A humming bird and an extraterrestrial jelly fish also join in the discourse as does a South of the Border feline, Furnando.  The consciousness behind Aldo & Me exhibits an evolved earth conscious awareness of one of the intelligent of the species as represented by a temperate self-deprecating humor and playfulness whose discerning perceptions always hit their mark whether it is lampooning the pompous or jarring the funny bone.

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from Fundamental, Toy Poems (1983) by Pat Nolan-Stencil design by Michael Fisher

As with earlier (and rare) posters and flyers, Michael Fisher’s  Aldo & Me original panels are catching on with the more knowledgeable as must-have collector’s items.  It is a sure sign of being au courant to have a few signed Fishers tastefully framed on display throughout the household where a guest or visitor might happen upon them and be delighted by the remarkable talent, not to mention the possessor’s discerning taste.

 

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Although a California transplant by way of Florida (also known for its citrus), Michael Fisher has adopted an age old Californios tradition of migrating south from Alta California during its chilly, flood-prone rainy season to the sunny congenial climes of Baja California and the little village of Todos Santos on the Pacific shore.  There the artist can stretch out on his hammock, watch the lizards scurry along the walls of the hacienda, and bask in the leisure of his creative energy.  That’s where he is right now, knocking out terrific three panel entertainments such as these:

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Michael Fisher is a working artist and illustrator.  His almost daily exercises in the illustrators art can be viewed at aldome.wordpress.com.  Once on site, intrepid internet travelers can click on the Aldo’s Shop & Bark link in the sidebar (on the left hand side just below the header) to sample some of the pencil magic available for purchase, as well as information on how to get in touch with Michael and make one of his fantastic works of art your own.