Art: Taylor Ellis
Taylor has been a graphic designer, line cook, bartender, barista, student of the Tarot and observer of the Tao. Inspired by a lifelong desire to tell a comic story and foolishly emboldened by completing a Tarot deck of his own in 2013, Ellis began his work on the graphic poem of Zanbul in 2014.
The work of creating a narrative of a fragmented fictional chronicle, led to a break in the work. During this time Ellis created a second Tarot deck. Also during his hiatus would meet co-creator and partner Jenny Esman. Esman's verbal contribution to Zanbul would become the "lyrics" to the visual "music" of the work. Taylor enjoys trees, a good long walk, yoga, some video games, and cooking when he is not drawing or thinking about how he should be drawing.
Narration: Jenny Esman
Jenny is a student of esotericism and a Reiki master and teacher. The verses of each page are inspired by several ancient texts, eastern and western mysticism, and mythology, all of which have made a significant impact on her life and other writings.
"The Muse" of Zanbul shows up for both Taylor and Jenny through many avenues and finds its way to the imagery and words of each book in the exact way it wishes to. For Jenny, the events of Zanbul reflect her lived experiences and inner psyche by condensing and concentrating verse and image into a simplified, meaningful, and thought-provoking spiritual narrative. Jenny and Taylor hope to pass on greater substance, profundity, and reflection to readers and enjoyers of Zanbul each time they read the story.
In her personal time, Jenny enjoys board games, reading, being in nature,
writing poetry, and spending time at home working on the things she is enthusiastic about.