Toronto’s Papergirl Press is launching The Pushpin, a curated website of collectible, high-quality giclée prints for sale by acclaimed graphic novel artists — including Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant), Johnnie Christmas (Angel Catbird), Michael Cho (Shoplifter), Valentine De Landro (Bitch Planet) and Jeff Lemire (Royal City) — and acclaimed editorial illustrators Julia Breckenreid, Dani Crosby, Chloe Cushman, Jay Dart (as his alter-ego Granduncle Jiggs), Sarah Lazarovic, and Christian Northeast. The site will also launch with Pushpin Originals — prints of new and never-before-seen art created specifically for The Pushpin by Kagan McLeod (Kaptara), Ryan North (Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure) and Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals). With artists such as Bryan Lee O’Malley (Seconds), Marguerite Sauvage (DC Bombshells) and illustrator Gordon Wiebe to follow in the future.
You may know Papergirl Press, run by former journalist Jessica Johnston. Who left editorial duties at a newspaper, then began producing and shipping prints for her comic-artist husband. What was once a small side project is now expanding into an art factory; affordable for fans of any artists Pushpin sells. When asked about the balance of art disciplines in the Pushpin’s line up Johnston said, “The site is pretty much an even split between comic artists and editorial illustrators, which differentiates it from other art print sites. I love having the two side-by-side, since there is a lot of overlap between the disciplines. Comic work and illustration often also share a clever, playful sensibility, which is a big theme on The Pushpin.”
While the prints are currently exclusive to online sales, Johnston is open to any possibilities when it comes to connecting fans with wall decor. ” The idea for The Pushpin is that the prints are available through the website only, but if an artist wanted to bring Pushpin prints to a show, I would definitely figure something out. The mission is to connect creators and audiences through high-quality art prints, and I’m pretty flexible about how that happens! A benefit of making the shop online only, as opposed to having the prints available at conventions, is that there’s less competition, financially. In the online gallery setting, you’re sitting on your couch, looking at the internet. There are these gorgeous high-quality prints by people like Ryan North, Chip Zdarsky, and Kate Beaton and you didn’t already just spend $200 on treasure and admission.