September 5, 2012 @ 7:47 am

Anne Koyama


After a career in film-making and advertising, Anne Koyama founded Koyama Press in 2007 in Toronto. Koyama Press’s mandate is to promote and support a wide range of emerging and established artists. Projects include comics, art books and zines. Koyama Press titles are distributed by Last Gasp, Tony Shenton, and Spit and a Half. They are available for purchase online through Secret Acres.

koyamapressbooks.jpg A selection of new and recent Koyama Press titles

The Kickass Annie Project features different artist interpretations of the Koyama Press Kickass Annie logo. The original Kickass Annie logo (seen at the top of this post) was created for Koyama Press by artist Aaron Leighton; the animated GIF was designed by David Huyck. You can check out the whole set on Flickr.

kickassannie_jimrugg.jpg Kickass Annie by Jim Rugg

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July 10, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

Julie Sokolow


Julie Sokolow is a musician, writer, and filmmaker raised in suburban New Jersey and currently residing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At nineteen, she released an introspective, lo-fi album, Something About Violins, through Western Vinyl that achieved acclaim from Pitchfork, Wire, and The Washington Post. As a Chancellor’s Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh, Sokolow focused on writing and film and was awarded two Brackenridge Fellowships and an honorary BPhil degree towards the development of her screenplay, The Subvertebrates, a dark comedy set in suburbia. Recently, she’s embarked on filmmaking and from 2010 to 2011, she was a finalist in Ridley Scott’s Life in a Day contest, won best director at the Sprocket Guild’s Film Festival, won a Creative Capital Flight School Fellowship, and received a Pittsburgh Filmmakers First Works Grant and Heinz Endowment for various film work. Sokolow is the founder and director of Healthy Artists, an organization that produces an original documentary series in which artists discuss their lives, their work, how they’ve struggled with the current, broken health care system. Currently, she is shooting a psychological feature-length documentary entitled Aspie Seeks Love, made possible by a Creative Development Grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation. Sokolow’s work often addresses consumerism and escapism in American society and explores the friction between the individual and societal norms.


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