301 Moved Permanently

301 Moved Permanently


Editions Tchaï

Russian-born Eugene Zhilinsky and Tatyana Yuditskaya seem to sketch as they breathe. So their decision to tell stories through comics came naturally.
“We do stories based on personal memoirs,” declare the Toronto-based husband-and-wife team via email. Through their self-publishing label, Editions Tchaï, they’ve released 14 titles in three languages since 2005, most of which were written and illustrated by the duo.
Yuditskaya, an American artist-illustrator and designer, and graduate of Parsons The New School of Design (New York and Paris,) and Zhilinsky, a Canadian architect and architectural illustrator, view the world cinematically, but they always intended their travel thumbnails and sketches for book-form comic memoirs. It’s easier “to make a movie of your own on paper,” says Yuditskaya.
Take their French-language project Toronto Graffiti for example. The handmade book, created for the 9th Biennale of Travelers’ Sketches in Clermont-Ferrand, France, is a sketchbook of the couple’s experiences and observations in their current home.
If you picture shots and interviews in the place of its sketches and dialogue balloons, it could just as easily be a documentary.
With only a 25-copy print run of the French version, the pair is planning to publish a full-length English version in collaboration with Kimberley Whitchurch, the Toronto writer and artist with whom they collaborated on their most recent book, Rock Testament. Featuring both comic narrative and travel sketches, Rock Testament imagines the King of Rock n’ Roll being born not
in Memphis, but Nazareth. “Kimberley was just suppose to edit the dialogues but she practically rewrote everything,” explains Zhilinsky. They credited Whitchurch as co-author.
They are hoping to expand the press by reprinting their titles “professionally” in numbers up to at least 500 and creating an extensive number of future titles, from travel sketches to children’s books. New prints of the French/English titles Hungry Heart and Ah, Gilgamesh are already available at Toronto comic retail institution The Beguiling, and online alongside other titles at Etsy.
Their commitment and passion for travel and sketching indicates that their “sequential storytelling fever” is incurable.

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