︎Portfolio of Books, Zines and Illustrations︎


Portfolio of Emz and Jon
Contact: em.ozark@gmail.com

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︎Samples of my Past and Current Books︎


Tall Bike Series

 


My two comics about my brother’s Tall Bike utilize the comic format to explore memory and perception. This year I’ve resized, and reformatted the two comics, in addtion to adding some extra art to ‘Tall Bike’ and a new forward to Liminal Evevning.


‘The Tall Bike’ 


8.5” x 5.5”, 12 pages. Originally drawn in 2021 with new art and formatting in 2024.

A brief memoir in which I recall riding behind my brother when he took his neon orange tall bike out for the first time. I reflect on the way my brother and my relationship to the bike has changed in the final new pages.

Due to the unique nature of the color neon orange, I hand color every book and hand sew it with neon orange binding. 


 

‘Tall Bike: Liminal Evening ’


6.5” x 5.5” (up to 44” long fully opened)
14 pages. 2021, scanned monotype prints.

Tall Bike: Liminal Evening, is a sibling comic to ‘The Tall Bike’ started from a series of screenshots I took of a video call from my brother while he filmed from atop his Tall Bike, giving me a digital experience from his point of view.

The bizarre fragmentation from the screenshots has a liminal aura - my brother was also into the concept of liminal spaces at the time - which inspired me to translate as many as I could into monotype print; the medium further fragmenting and transforming the images.

Tall Bike Liminal Evening was originally created on monotype in 2021, and officially exhibited as a book with 11 x 11 inch reprints of the prints in 2022. The book was resized and reprinted with a new introduction in 2024. 





  ‘Untitled Bike Memoir’ 


An in-progress memoir about a bike trail that runs through Neenah, Menasha, Clayton, and other parts of rural Wisconsin. I explore the ephmeral nature of memory with graphite and the more concrete photos and films I had taken while biking the trail with colored pencil. 












‘Diondra and Friends’ 



2024, page count TBD. A sci-fi inspired comedy about two “evil scientists” dealing with a BBQ gone wrong. Featured are some snippets from my new spin off comic inspired from my stop motion film, ‘Diondra.’ Now it has more of xyr friends involved.   








‘The Invitation’ and New Story


2022-23, 8 Pages (16 when completed) 
The Invitation is a saphhic love story about a woman who uses magic to turn water into plants prepares for a date. The comic, orginally designed for web and can be read on by website, I am redrawing with extra scenes and reprinting as an accordian book (to maintain the unique blend of tradional comic and scroll
format) with ‘The Invitation’ on one side and a new story with the same characters on the other side.









‘Ghost Prints’, 2022



Ghost Prints is a surreal 60 page memoir about having deja vu four times over a short span of time while dealing with the stresses of being a student, COVID, and caught in between family troubles. It’s name comes from the effect of drawing on newsprint, wherein the light from the scan caused the “Ghost Prints” of the previous pages to shine through. 


 


︎Zines︎

 


‘Millie and her “Kills’


Part of my new series retelling the silly things my cat Millie does with watercolor. In this issue, Millie battles a fierce toy.  
8 Pages, 2024.




‘Cats From Paintings Cat Shelter’ 


What if I worked at a cat shelter where all the cats were from old paintings? Includes a little historical featurette about what paintings each cat is from. 9 Pages, 2022. 






There Will Be Blood Zine

In progress - An adaption of the first scene of the PTA film ‘There Will Be Blood’ into a comic with colored pencil. The first part of a zine series I am working on exploring scenes from films I like with the shortform comic format utilzing different mediums. 2023-24, 8 Pages. 



‘TOP 15 EGG CHARACTERS!!’

Previous zine fest attendents were disappointed my joke idea for a zine was not made a reality. Be disappointed no more! Now you can know the top 15 egg characters, all with nice little brush pen illustrations. The top three get their own separate zine when you flip it inside out. One of my sillier zines, made in 2024, 16 Pages. 



Surprise Zines

Short and silly, these zines are ones you can’t judge by their cover. They are simple but you’ll be in for a surprise when you read them.
“Remember That Book?” by my partner explores a journey into remembering a strange book from their childhood.
“Sweet Jazz Music In Cozy Coffee Shop Ambience To Chill Out To” is a gallery of the strange but real icons on generated playlists my friend has sent me.
Both were made in 2024 and have 8 pages each. 



︎Zines By My Partner, Jon︎


My Partner and I collabroate on a lot of projects, and sell zines together. Here is some of her work. 




‘MAKING SOUP’ 

Some samples of pages of an in-progress zine about a plague doctor gathering materials and making a soup, illustrated tradionally with marker. 2024, 8 pages.





‘ONE DUCK: A DUCK ZINE’

A cute, fun zine about an increasing amount of ducks playing in various situations.
2024, 8 pages. 





‘FUN FACTS ABOUT BAPHOMET’

An informative zine with various facts about the famed goat Baphomet. Comes in fun colors. 2024, 8 pages.


Samples of Prints and Buttons



While Zines will be our focus, My partner and I have been designing various prints, buttons and keychains of original and fanworks that we intend to sell. 









About Us





Emma (left) and Jon (right) are Wisconsin born queer artists currently living in St. Paul, MN with their cat Millie. 


Emma “Emz” Ozark
She/Any pronouns
Emz has a BFA in Comics and has been making comics since birth. She makes work inspired by her experiences with disability and films. She has a practice mixing comics, illustrations, and stop motion animation.
Jon
He/she/it pronouns
Jon has been doing art on the side while pursuing a Marriage and Family Therapy degree and has been drawing animals and creatures since getting a Magnadoodle as a toddler.


Contact: em.ozark@gmail.com