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12 Pittsburgh artists. 12 styles of storytelling. 140+ pages of memories, mystery, and fun from the forests of western PA.
12 Pittsburgh artists. 12 styles of storytelling. 140+ pages of memories, mystery, and fun from the forests of western PA.
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12 unique voices. 12 stories of trees, beasts, life, and change.

The forest is wild, free, and sometimes perilous. Overgrowth and Underbrush captures the mysterious, peaceful, and savage faces that the forest shows. For this collection of stories, I've brought together a team of twelve artists currently living in Pittsburgh, all intimately familiar with the quirks and creatures of the forest. Together, they extend an invitation to you: discover what hides in the overgrowth. Find out what is watching from the underbrush.

Enter the forest, if you dare.

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Abby Diamondhttp://finchfight.tumblr.com/

No one cares for her chicks like this mother bird.
No one cares for her chicks like this mother bird.

Christopher Boring
christopherboring.com

What does "family" mean when you're a skunk adopted by wild boar?
What does "family" mean when you're a skunk adopted by wild boar?

 
Cynthia Lee
juniperfloor.tumblr.com

From its seeds to its roots, the living forest has a story to tell.
From its seeds to its roots, the living forest has a story to tell.


Greg Lyons 
gregly.tumblr.com

This is a squirrel who should have stayed in bed.
This is a squirrel who should have stayed in bed.

 
Jeff Brunner
heybeast.com

When you're stuck inside on a rainy day, creativity can bring the forest to you.
When you're stuck inside on a rainy day, creativity can bring the forest to you.

Joe Mruk 
redbuffalo.org

These forest beasts are up to something. What exactly? Well...
These forest beasts are up to something. What exactly? Well...

 

Jonas McCluggage
jonasgoonface.tumblr.com

There's more to the woods than berries and bunnies.
There's more to the woods than berries and bunnies.

 
Mark Hartman
markhartmanart.com

An outlaw who has been running for years finally makes his getaway.
An outlaw who has been running for years finally makes his getaway.

 

Monika Foglia
instagram.com/monikafoglia

Who is the dirt-napper? At long last, you'll have the answer.
Who is the dirt-napper? At long last, you'll have the answer.

 

Nate McDonough
grixly.tumblr.com

The forest is full of memories for Nate McDonough - most of them happy.
The forest is full of memories for Nate McDonough - most of them happy.

 

Nate Taylor
illustratornate.com

Even in the heart of the city, the forest calls.
Even in the heart of the city, the forest calls.

Sean Coxen
patreon.com/user?ty=h&u=242168

As a government official tangles with unknown forces, the question arises: who's in charge here?
As a government official tangles with unknown forces, the question arises: who's in charge here?

 

Risks and challenges

I've had the benefit of self-publishing 5 books, black and white and color. For this project I'll be using the same printer I've used for the past 3 years, who I've always found to be careful, reliable, and timely.

In fact, a test run of 100 books has already been printed, and every copy came out beautifully!

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