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Nixon’s vibrant illustrations for the book are a major draw, pun intended. Depicting scenes and characters from the story, they do much more than hint at Nixon’s unflagging inspiration. This is no sophomoric effort by the Brooklyn College graduate student in Art History. Nixon was the recipient of the Nathan Oliviera Award for painting from Stanford University (2000), where he studied painting, digital media, and collage.” -Justine Vanderbilt, ARTSlant

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Synopsis & excerpt

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Eons ago, long before the dinosaurs walked the earth, the continent of Apassionéa broke away from the other continents and was buried by glaciers, concealing it forever, until now.

The story of this civilization was preserved by oral tradition, reaching the author, Alexander Nixon, through a Maya named Don Ixmatá [ish-ma-TA], whom Nixon met during his Peace Corps service in Guatemala.

According to Ixmatá….

Illustration by Alexander Nixon.

Illustration by Alexander Nixon.

Eighteen-year-old Lor has always known his place in Atitlán’s warrior caste system.  However, Atitlán’s decision to marry his daughter, Aya, threatens to upset Lor’s smug world of warfare. Appointed emissary, Lor travels to the home of Atitlán’s brother, who steals Lor from Atitlán, sending Lor into the mysterious Green Forest.

Lor of Apassionéa.

Lor of Apassionéa, wielding his circular ‘ringsword.’.

Bewildered and disheartened, Lor learns that Apassionéa is much bigger than Atitlán’s empire, and begins to question the merits of warfare.

When Lor meets the young runaway centaur named Clorielle, who is looking for her missing brother, they join forces.

Lor and Clorielle of Apassionéa.

Lor and Clorielle of Apassionéa.

Together, they enter the Green Forest in search of the elusive Lord of the Green Forest.  Eventually, Clorielle will have to  choose between killing her new friend and avenging her brother’s death.

Full of colorful illustrations, After Antarctica is sharp, witty, funny, and full of life, just like its author.

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Who is Lor?

Cocky and capable seventeen-year-old Lor has risen through the ranks of Atitlán’s army of Blue Butterflies to become a living legend.

Lor and his weapon.

Lor and his weapon.

Lor and Aya, the wicked princess.

Lor and Aya, the wicked princess.

His achievements unwittingly earn him the attention of the Immortals, who see, in him, a vessel for their plots.

Lor-3-2

Realizing he is becoming a mere puppet, mortal Lor must learn to cut the strings and march to his own destiny, even if that means going into the Green Forest.

His weapon is circular in shape, and deadly in combat.

Illustrations by Alexander Nixon © 2014-15

Who is Clorielle?

A clever and headstrong adolescent Centaur, Clorielle is a runaway.

Clorielle, the Centaur.

Clorielle, the Centaur.

She must mature quickly as she faces the choice between avenging her dead brother or helping her new friend.

Lyarielle, Clorielle's doomed brother.

Lyarielle, Clorielle’s doomed brother.

The Valley of Antiquity is the home of the Centaurs, who are ruled by King Dyal from his mountain top fortress.

The Kingdom of the Centaur.

The Kingdom of the Centaur.

 

Clorielle.

Clorielle.

DSC01324-2Painting/drawing for Apassionéa by Alexander Nixon. ©2014-15.

Who is Atitlán?

Atitlán lives inside of a castle that he built into the side of a rumbling volcano.

Prince Atitlán.

Prince Atitlán.

Dark-haired, dark-eyed, sour-faced Atitlán is the youngest of the four Immortal brothers who rule over Apassionéa. Having grown up in the care of his oldest brother,  Atitlán is ever-anxious to prove that there is nothing his oldest brother can do that Atitlán cannot do better, even if it means ruining Apassionéa in the process.

Atitlán the sour-faced.

Atitlán the sour-faced.

Atitlán’s throne is made of pure gold and he always dresses to impress. He rules over the Western Kingdom, a hostile landscape of fire and soot, including the barren mountains known as the Wasteland.

Prince Atitlán.

Prince Atitlán.

Inside his stone castle built on the slopes of a rumbling volcano, Artitlán tinkers in his laboratory, devising his arsenal of conquest.

All illustrations by Alexander Nixon © 2014-15

Who is Tláloc?

Tláloc lives inside of a castle that grows out of the largest snail in the world.

Tláloc the magnificent, the oldest of the four Immortal brothers who rule Apassionéa.

Tláloc the magnificent, the oldest of the four Immortal brothers who rule Apassionéa.

Tláloc is the oldest of the four Immortal brothers. Grey-eyed, white-bearded Tláloc the Magnificent takes great interest in the affairs of mortals.

Tláloc is the Lord of the Northern Kingdom, which is a lowland paradise stretching all the way to the ocean.

Aya and Tláloc.

Aya and Tláloc.

 

Tláloc the Magnificent.

Tláloc the Magnificent.

The history of Ancient Antarctica.

The history of Ancient Antarctica.

All illustrations by Alexander Nixon © 2014-15