Unicorn Mountain Releases New Anthology The Black Forest:
A Collection of Art, Comics and Folk Tales from Western Pennsylvania and Beyond
Book Release Party 6-10 p.m., Fri., June 3, 2011 at The Andy Warhol Museum
May 15, 2011 -- Pittsburgh-based art collective Unicorn Mountain is proud to announce the publication of our third anthology, The Black Forest: A Collection of Art, Comics and Folk Tales from Western Pennsylvania and Beyond.
While The Black Forest is first and foremost a showcase of the finest creators in Pittsburgh’s vibrant underground art scene -- and like-minded artists from elsewhere -- the collection is also a deeper, darker and more unified work than the collective's previous volumes. Steeped in old world tradition, the stories and images of The Black Forest capture the rustic, eerie mood of the lonely woodlands that stretch across rural Western Pennsylvania. Strange creatures hide behind every tree.
Five years in the making, The Black Forest also marks a great leap forward artistically for Unicorn Mountain. Edited and curated by Sprout Public Art manager Curt Gettman, the 228-page softcover color anthology includes the work of more than 25 local, national and international creators.
Contributors include renowned indie-comic superstar Theo Ellsworth (Capacity), Frank Santoro (Storeyville, Cold Heat) and Rina Ayuyang (Whilrwind Wonderland). The book also features a number of works by Unicorn Mountain favorites such as Kathleen Lolley, Ben Kehoe, Chris Cornwell, Bill Wehmann, Masha Vereshchenko, JuliACKS, Jenifer Cooney and many more. The anthology’s cover is by local art sensation Andy Kehoe.
Book Release Party
6-10 p.m., Fri., June 3, 2011
Andy Warhol Museum
117 Sandusky Street Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Light refreshments, cash bar and all-star DJs (Phil Boyd, Matt
McDermott and Dave Wheeler).
Additionally the book, which will normally retail for $29.99, will be offered at a low (close to cost) price the night of the event.
About Unicorn Mountain
Founded in 2004, Unicorn Mountain is a collective of multi-disciplinary artists dedicated to the creation and promotion of Pittsburgh-based DIY art. Hailed by USA Today and Giant Robot magazine, Unicorn Mountain has self-published two nationally recognized anthologies of comics, fiction, essays and music, as well as several handmade comics and art books by the collective’s individual creators.
"Regardless of what [some people] say about Pittsburgh, do not be fooled by fools: this town rules. Case in point has to be Unicorn Mountain. A hep chunk of book with lotsa local art, music and writing with a healthy handshake to outlying neighbors from New York and Easthampton, MA. Wicked!"
- Thurston Moore, Sonic Youth (Bull Tongue)
Images to come: "The Sacred Amusement Specialist" by Theo Ellsworth "Moon Ritual” by Kathleen Lolley
Available online at www.unicornmountain.com
The Black Forest: A Collection of Art, Comics and Folk Tales from Western Pennsylvania and Beyond Published by Unicorn Mountain and Six Gallery Press
Paperback, $29.99, 228 pages
412.853.2200 | unicornmountain(AT)gmail.com
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