Spiral and Other Stories (Paperback)

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By Aidan Koch, Nicole Rudick (Introduction by)
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A delicate, dreamlike, and lushly detailed comics collection by a contemporary artist whose work explores the enmeshment of the human and non-human worlds.

For years, Aidan Koch’s comics have been pushing the boundaries of the medium, helping reimagine what a comic can look like, and the kinds of stories it can tell. 

Koch has been living and working in the desert of California, turning her focus toward the ways humans and the natural world converge. Spiral and Other Stories is a triumph of that continuing process. 

Using watercolors, pencils, crayons, charcoals, and collage, Koch builds worlds of dense detail and vast open spaces, urgent scrawled text and long silences, telling a series of stories about people and the places they inhabit. 

Characters yearn for each other, even as they’re pulled toward different lives. Rivers dance together and then diverge as they make their way to see the sea. 

With an accompanying essay by the author and critic Nicole Rudick, who explores Koch’s craft and her move into environmentally focused comics, Spiral and Other Stories is a showcase of Koch’s mastery of the form of comics, as a medium that can contain astonishing forms and tell new stories for our uncertain times.

About the Author

Aidan Koch is a multimedia artist and author of several book-length comics. An educator and key figure in the environmental comics movement, she is the founder of the Institute for Interspecies Art and Relations, a publisher and educational organization. She has exhibited in galleries in North America, South America, and Europe. She lives in the Mojave Desert.

Nicole Rudick is a critic and editor. She has written widely on art, literature, and comics for publications such as The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Artforum. In 2022, Siglio Press published her book on the artist Niki de Saint Phalle, What is Now Known was Once Only Imagined.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781681378350
ISBN-10: 1681378353
Publisher: New York Review Comics
Publication Date: April 16th, 2024
Pages: 192
Language: English