Marquand Books and Paper Hammer are pleased to announce the Seattle exhibition of The Magician, an epic graphic novel/book art object created by Chris Byrne, co-designed by Scott Newton, and produced by Marquand Books and Paper Hammer Studios. We hope you can join us for an opening reception with the artist in the Paper Hammer gallery on September 4, 2014, from 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Chris Byrne began this project over a decade ago “with the simple idea of creating a comic character who performs tricks (visual puns) without using words or captions.” Byrne only started to visualize The Magician as a finished piece after meeting with Ed Marquand and discussing how the Paper Hammer Studios could present Byrne’s narrative. The result is an enigmatic box of wonders housing a dozen separate publications, printed and hand bound using a variety of techniques at the Paper Hammer Studios in Tieton.

The Magician comes to Seattle for the first time after showings at the Oxford Fine Press Book Fair in Oxford, England, the New York Antiquarian Book Fair, The Reading Room in Dallas, and Fundacion Pasaje 865 in Buenos Aires. Copies have already been purchased for inclusion in Columbia University’s Rare Book Collection as well as New York’s Visual Arts Library. The Magician is published by Marquand Books in an edition of twenty with five artist’s proofs. To learn more, visit Paper Hammer’s book page.


Paper Hammer

1400 Second Avenue

Seattle, WA 98101



Photos courtesy of Kevin Marple and Mike Morgan