The first time I saw the artwork of R Nicholas Kuszyk was when I first moved to Richmond in 2004; Robots painted on small pieces of wood sporadically scattered around the city. It was around that time he was re-locating from Richmond, VA to Brooklyn, NY. A year or so later, on a visit back to Richmond for an art show, I was able to actually meet him. The small gallery showcased an array of colorful tiny robot illustrations covering the walls from floor to ceiling. A few years after that, I was able to visit his Brooklyn studio and see what he was working on. Since then, he has been up to quite a bit of work, including a number of murals across the country, a children’s book, and most recently a book for adults, titled Jammer Slammer. It’s needless to say that I’m very impressed.
Jammer Slammer is an illustrated novel from artist R Nicholas Kuszyk and the first in Makeout Creek’s new line of occasional books. It details a world where two antagonistic factions — the Jammers and the Slammers — maintain a fragile social balance based upon mutual enmity. The first portion of the book acts as tour guide for their world and instructional text for understanding the historic antagonism between the factions. The second portion shows the forces that erupt when a tectonic social shift shatters this uneasy balance. The book is illustrated throughout with original work taken directly from the sketchbook in which Kuszyk crafted this, the first chapter in his unfolding Jammer Slammer saga.
Learn more about R. Nicholas Kuszyk here.
Buy the book here.