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$19.95  $18.35
Secret Acres
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6.6 X 0.4 X 10.2 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

Reid Psaltis is an illustrator from the Pacific Northwest. He has always been fascinated by animal life and compelled to draw. Psaltis majored in oil painting at Western Washington University, completed the science illustration graduate program at California State University - Monterey Bay. Psaltis 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 book, the Order of Things: A Bestiary was published by Secret Acres in 2016. 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 Bern's the Gods of Second Chances (Forest Avenue Press). Reid currently lives in Portland, Oregon.


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 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
No one will mistake this for another Dr. Doolittle story. After reading the book, I was questioning my own sanity almost as much as I was questioning that of the main character. -- Brian Gardes, Indie Comic Review

 Psaltis' style in the comic is part Black Hole-era Charles Burns, part Tom Kaczynski's Beta Testing the Apocalypse and utterly transfixing. [His] work on Kingdom/Order is an utterly unique and beautiful representation of how comics can be so simple and complex at once, how they're able to communicate with such emotion and intensity but also be completely clear and understandable without the burden of written language." -- Nick Hanover, Loser City

 I immediately got behind this one because of the visuals, and I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes. This one is definitely on the strange/mystical side, and anyone who enjoys comics of that type definitely needs to check it out. -- Rob McMonigal, Panel Patter