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Seasons

By Blexbolex

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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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(The Collected Works, Volume IV). This volume collects Feiffer's finest extended graphic narratives of the late '50s and early '60s. Its centerpiece, 'Passionella,' a retelling of Cinderella set in modern Hollywood, concerns a chimney sweep whose fairy godmother transforms her into the 'mysterious exotic bewitching temptress' - and movie star - Passionella. B&W illustrations throughout. 180p.
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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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Published on the occasion of the exhibition @Morgan Library, NYC, Nov.30.2006-Mar.4.20 07. Though best known for his barbed and brilliant art for The New Yorker, Saul Steinberg (1914-1999) did much more. He executed public murals, designed fabrics & stage sets, was an inventive collagist and printmaker, and turned his magic touch to the fields of painting, sculpture, advertising, and even wartime propaganda. This is the first retrospective of his total oeuvre. Previously unseen sketches, documents, & printed matter illustrate the essay, career chronology, & entries for 120 objects featured in this considerable publication. Illus., 170 color/135 b&w. 272p.
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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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Market Day

By James Sturm

Our Price: $21.95
A rug maker ponders his future after the store owner who used to buy his handmade rugs retires, the new owner replaces the store's items with cheaper merchandise, and he must sell his rugs at a lower price in an emporium.
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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

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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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