Good Reads: The Little Otsu Living Things Series

Hi readers!

Here‘s a cool series of zines about living things. Each mini-booklet of the Living Things series is hand-illustrated, and delves into a theme that relates to collections of creatures or people. Some of the stories are accompanied by a written narrative, while others let the pictures speak for themselves. A few of the issues take a naturalist approach – such as Edinburgh artist Lizzy Stewart’s “A Guide to Eastern European Wildlife” (Vol. 1),  Portland husband-and-wife duo APAK’s “Mushroom Folk: A guide to the secret world of fungi and their friends” (Vol. 5), and Kentucky artist Becca Stadtlander’s “Winged Creatures of the Natural World” (Vol. 6). A couple deal with the world of humans, namely London artist Hannah Waldron’s “The City” (Vol. 3),  and Chicago artist Lilli Carré’s “Shifting Shadows” (Vol. 4). “Pheromones: a chemical conversation” (Vol. 2), illustrated by Providence (!!!) artist Jo Dery, introduces the different ways in which animals use pheromones in defense, mating, or territory-marking.

Little Otsu, the independent publisher of the series (based in Portland, Oregon), prints only 1000 of each Living Things issue. Each volume is 16 pages, and printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper with soy-based inks. You can purchase these beautifully made booklets on the Little Otsu website, by individual volume or as a combo pack.

Here are a few sample illustrations:

Excerpt from “A Guide to Eastern European Wildlife” (Vol. 1)

Excerpt from “Pheromone: a chemical conversation” (Vol. 2)

Excerpt from “Shifting Shadows” (Vol. 4)

Excerpt from “Winged Creatures of the Natural World” (Vol. 6)

Enjoy!

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