The Cost of Paper is an annual publication created exclusively for California Bookstore Day. It is a fiction anthology filled with the works of the many collaborators at Black Hill Press (authors, editors, and artists) and sold only for the cost of paper in your hand—or, if you’d rather read it on an e-reader or computer, completely free online.
This isn’t so much an anthology of short fiction and art as a book in the tradition of eclectic record samplers. Full of B-Sides and Rarities from nearly every member in our artistic family, it’s the equivalent of a mix-tape packed with different styles and genres: Supernatural Fantasy, Shoe-gazing Romance, Mystery, Historical, Noir, and Surreal Sci-Fi. The stories inside span eras and places, from Louisiana to California, from Harlem to Kyoto. This sampler is a testament to the power of collaboration, and we enjoyed the process so much, we’re making The Cost of Paper an annual tradition, not for a profit, but to share who we are and what we most believe in with you—all for the cost of what it takes to print.
The artists featured below, in order, are:
(1) Mark Smith (@markillustrates) is an award-winning illustrator whose clients include Penguin, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Washington Post, ESPN and more. His images have won recognition from the New York Society of Illustrators, LA Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, and more.
(2) Tuna Bora (@tunamunaluna) is an award-winning illustrator based in Los Angeles via Istanbul, Turkey with clientele in print, feature & TV animation, games, commercials, and galleries.
(3) Jeannie Phan (@jeanniephan) is a freelance illustrator, originally from the prairies of Canada, now based in Toronto. A lover of plants and studio-mate to a cool cat, Jeannie self-publishes zines and likes to get her hands dirty crafting in between collaborating with people across the globe.
(4) Davide Bonazzi is a freelance illustrator based in Bologna, Italy. His clients include TheWallStreetJournal, TheBostonGlobe, ScientificAmerican, Variety, Columbia University, Hachette Books, Greenpeace & others. Davide combines digital techniques with textures of scanned found objects, in order to give his conceptual works a warm and evocative atmosphere.