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In this collection of portraits, birds of various sizes and species are depicted with some feature of human life or society. A curassow smokes an e-cigarette; a saddle-billed stork clutches a Justin Bieber album. A juror badge hangs around the neck of a spoonbill, while a sensible jacket clothes a cockatoo. Birds have to live amongst our clutter and culture, and these portraits depict birds as much as they do human society. Local artist Pollux depicts each bird with verve, humor, and loving detail.
Pollux (né Paul Morris) was born in 1979 in the English town of Beverley, in what was the former East Riding of Yorkshire. He and his family moved to the United States a year later, and Pollux attended UCLA, studying medieval history and Latin and attended Brown University for grad school, studying medieval history. As a child, Pollux constantly drew and created his own comics, and while at grad school, he began drawing “Nigel and Beatrice” for The Brown Daily Herald. He has been creating comics ever since, creating the web comic Arnjuice (www.arnjuice.com) and he drew the daily comic “The Wavy Rule” for Emdashes.com. All of his graphic novels and novelettes are set in the fictional college town of San Tesifonte, California, which lies somewhere between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. It is the location for UCST and is home to various museums, parks, beaches, Redwoods Restaurant (home to the famous Sequoia Steak Sandwich) and its pier.