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Seasons

By Blexbolex

Our Price: $20.65
Words & prhases loosely associated with the seasons appear in a blocky pink font on each page above grainy milutivariously colored prints. The grainy matte paper, rich colors , and deceptively simple images combine to create breathtaking effects. 180p. (Ages: 4-8).
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Two young mice suspect their new neighbor has stolen their garden pail in this Toon Book graphic novel. (Ages: 4+).
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After a delay of nearly two years, the series collecting Frank O. King's (1883-1969) long-running comic strip Gasoline Alley returns with this superb illustration-reproduction installment. The centerpiece is a suspenseful sequence in which a wealthy European aristocrat kidnaps Skeezix - tthe foundling left on Walt Wallet's doorstep six years earlier - claiming to be the chld's natural father - culminating in a courtroom custody battle. But even more compelling is the homespun charm of the episodes that gently portray the everyday domestic life of Walt; his second wife Phyllis; and their enduring youngster. Supplemented by dozens of King's personal photographs, new biographical notes, and appendix. 400p.
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Lengendary cartoonist Lorenzo Mattoitti (Fires, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) applies his virtuosic pen to novelist and screenwriter Claudio Piersanti's gripping fable of good, evil, sacrifice and ultimate redemption. B&W illus. 190p.
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Cyclopean alien Zig and his best friend, the robotic encyclopedia Wikki, travel to a distant planet in search of a new lifeform to use as a pet, a distant planet called: Earth! There, Zig and Wikki find themselves suprisingly small compared to Earth creatures, and their quest to tame titanic dragonflies, toads, and raccoons is a dangerous one indeed. Full of wildlife facts! (Ages: 4-8).
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Lint's world is dominated by language, and oversized words are graphic elements on almost every page. So are arrays of tiny dots frmo the face of baby Jordan as his consciousness coalesces and he speaks his first 'mama.' And at the end, as elderly Jordan is dying, his world disintegrastes into dots again, as he thinks 'am I...am....am' Which, of course, bleeds through the back cover to appear in almost indecipherable white type, as 'ma....ma....? 72p.
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The Cardboard Valise

By Ben Katchor

Our Price: $12.95
From the author of The Jew of New York; Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer; The Beauty Supply District; and several works of musical theater in collaboration with the composer Mark Mulcahy. In this winsomely , haunting graphic novel, an overstuffed suitcase becomes a ripe, comic metaphor for modern life. Set in a world tilted about 45 degrees away from reality, Katchor's story follows a number of characters through their quirky obsessions, each of which highlights a uniquely curious take on modernity. A hunt in the 'Saccharine Mountains' turns a BLT into a tongue-in-cheek metaphor ('the lettuce symbolizes the cost of living'), while the citizens of 'Outer Canthus' each undergo a symbolic funeral at the age of 47 (the dead do not live for very long), after which they are 'allowed to shed the burden of responsibility.' In the slurry of sketchy and gray-tongued surrealism, the titular valise stands out with a certain haunting magic: a cheap and disposable thing that contains multiples. Once its contents are unleashed upon the world, - who know what could happen! Cutout valise handles make this a definite carry-with, one-of-a-kind experience. Illustrated throughout. 128p.
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Silly Lilly tries out a new job every day of the week, from acrobat to vampire.
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