The Drawing Issue

For its seventh issue, the Folio Club reversed its usual proportions of text and art, to devote itself to the visual, bringing together dozens of stunning black-and-white drawings by a variety of remarkable artists. These include the late American painter Louise Oliver, whose work is accompanied by an affectionately idiosyncratic appreciation by her son, the acclaimed performance artist and storyteller Edgar Oliver; New York actress and artist Regina Bartkoff, whose creepy-but-sweet surreal sensibility floats hauntingly into the issue while her affinity for the work of Louise Oliver inspires a superb prose portrait by Romy Ashby; Bosnian-born Sanya Glisic, marking her second Folio Club appearance with a dazzlingly imaginative set of chess figures; and Belgian cartoonist Max de Radiguès, whose frontispiece provides an irresistible image of the artist at work.

Cover artist Onsmith seals the issue’s identity with a glorious wraparound cover (pictured above) and an unforgettable sequence of drawings on the theme of loss. Short, highly distilled prose pieces by Mark Saba and Robert Pranzatelli bookend the issue with stories that double as considerations of visual perception. In this distinctive volume, a literary magazine has morphed into something akin to an artist’s book.

READ AN EXCERPT courtesy of the Paris Review. We are honored that the Paris Review chose to present on its blog two excerpts from this issue: Edgar Oliver’s remembrance of his mother, Louise Oliver; and Romy Ashby’s essay on Regina Bartkoff and her love of Louise’s work. The excerpts are accompanied by slideshows of drawings by Louise and Regina, also from this issue.

ABOUT US, in case you’re new here: The Folio Club is a literary magazine founded in 2009 that focuses on short fiction and story-like essays, presented alongside indie comic art. Named for an unfinished satirical sketch by Edgar Allan Poe that depicted a zany, dysfunctional writer’s group, it features a small handful of contributors on a recurring basis and combines underground influences, classic literary values, and indie comic art into a perfectly integrated whole. All issues are currently available in paperback book format, with vibrant, full-color wraparound covers, and can be purchased via Amazon or B&N.com, or requested from your favorite bookstore, online retailer, or library. (Beginning with its second issue, the Folio Club became available to booksellers via book wholesaler Ingram.)

Images, from top to bottom, by Onsmith, Louise Oliver, Regina Bartkoff, and Sanya Glisic.

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