At Atlantic Press, we create works of graphic literature which respect the illustrator’s personal voice: their ideas, their pictures and their words. We call this ‘authorial illustration.’
Our rare and collectable books present imaginative ideas or tell intriguing stories, and are often illustrated for an adult audience, or designed to appeal to an audience of all ages.
We are an independent press, publishing limited edition first books by authorial illustrators. Associated with the Masters course in Authorial Illustration at Falmouth University, Atlantic Press seeks to promote new authorial illustration talent, as well as recognising existing practitioners in the illustration field.
We work closely with talented illustrators, allowing them authorial freedom; our role being to support their personal imaginative vision.
Atlantic Press is run by illustrators and educators and we aim to publish innovative picture books which display the highest literary and visual standards. In so doing, we want to encourage illustration to be a developing practice and not just a repetitive commodity. We want illustrators to be enterprising, and most importantly, we want to contribute to a cultural shift whereby intelligent illustrated books become popular with the general book-buying public.
Atlantic Press Presents
This year at Comica Comiket Atlantic Press will be represented by Falmouth Alumni John Kilburn and Charlie Sherratt.
Who is John Kilburn?
John Kilburn is an illustrator, printmaker and lecturer. His set of three 24 hour comics was recently published by Atlantic Press entitled 72 hrs. He also enjoys making strange humorous zines exploring drawing, nature and science.
Who is C F Sherratt?
C F (Charlie) Sherratt is an illustrator and artist from Falmouth, Cornwall who deals in surrealism, ambiguity, absurdity, unease and the ordinary. His work plays with the relationship between reader and author. He tries to exploit the traits of graphic storytelling to their fullest, always attempting to push the medium into new territory. His work primarily involves comics, murals, drawing, writing and making.
Highlight Of the Comiket
John Kilburn: 72 Hrs
72 Hrs is a collection of three 24-hour comics by John Kilburn.
They were made using 6-sided dice to randomly influence the story, artwork and even the number of panels per page.
They were the first comics of any kind that John created and this combined with the constraints he was under have made for a very unique if rather strange trilogy.
72 hrs features mermaids, behemoths and unearthly daemon sirens as well as obsessive, stupid men, angry gods and sexy dinosaurs!
The Atlantic Press edition is risograph printed and features an especially designed slipcase and rubber stamped details.
Highlight Of the Comiket
C F Sherratt: Steeplewind
Steeplewind, a small coastal town, is thrown into suspicion and paranoia when crop circles begin appearing in the nearby countryside. A string of other seemingly supernatural events begins to unravel, but do they connect to one another, and if so how?
A supermarket worker finds a mysterious, apparently inhuman figure lying in the local reservoir.
An insomniac has a troubling encounter which may or may not be part of a dream.
A government agent arrives in town to investigate the goings on, but his motives are unclear.
A young woman struggles with the elusive nature of artistic recognition.
Steeplewind is a sprawling exploration into belief, superstition and obsession.