Reid Psaltis majored in oil painting at Western Washington University, completed the science illustration graduate program at California State University – Monterey Bay. He interned in the Exhibitions Department at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, participating in the creation of the museum’s world famous dioramas. Reid’s work has been featured online at the Rumpus, Top Shelf 2.0, Study Group Comics and Trip City. His work has been published by Scout Books’ Good Ink series, Science Notes and Alternative Comics, and he is the illustrator of Dan Berne’s the Gods of Second Chances (Forest Avenue Press). He lives in Portland, Oregon.
IN THE EMPORIUM
Reid’s comics can be found in the Secret Acres Emporium here.
A field guide to spotting and identifying mystery fauna, this fancifully illustrated work illuminates a menagerie of creatures, from the possibly extinct Ivory-Billed Woodpecker to the impossibly ubiquitous Jackalope.
– Nicholas Mott, National Geographic
Take the new book from Reid Psaltis, for example. It’s a non-narrative set of drawings of animals and dinosaurs that at first is painstakingly accurate in terms of the drawings and then eventually devolves into wordplay and total silliness. I can’t think of a single comparison in the Secret Acres family as an access point, and that’s what makes the publisher so unpredictable. There’s a drawing of a Bald Eagle talon that’s as good a scientific illustration as you will ever see. The stippling and overall detail is remarkable. The text describing it is a joke at the expense of the Founding Fathers. Other illustrations are gorgeous, almost impressionist water-colors of animals like the Pronghorn, and there’s no amusing commentary at all.
Psaltis mixing things up keeps the reader off-balance in that regard, as one never knows what’s coming next. The commentary gets stranger and funnier as the book goes on, like the remarkable drawing of the Great Horned Owl where its bones are arranged to form the shape of the animal, with only its piercing eyes appearing as per normal. The only comment is “Nightmare fuel for all species of rodents.”
– Rob Clough, High-Low
On the path to Fantasy novel authorship, many an errant knight has been lost within the confines of his own realm. Thank ye gods that we’ve had the mighty hand of Portland artist Reid Psaltis to guide us back!
– The Devastator
Great brushwork, strong black spotting, and careful panel framing let the objects and props speak volumes.
– Forbidden Planet’s Daily Planet
His black and white illustrations and graphic novel work is wonderfully constructed and captures the imagination through a mix of humor and incredible detail and skill. Take some time to look over Reid’s work in more detail.
– The Portland Egotist
You might be tempted to think of it as a silent comic, since each animal thinks and communicates in memes. But still waters run deep, and like strong and silent Reid, there’s so much the work says without saying.
This is the coolest thing ever!
– Aaron Nels Steinke, author of the Zoo Box (First Second)
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