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  • A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel

    By Tom Phillips

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780500285510
    • Publisher: THAMES & HUDSON
    • Published: April 2005
    In the mid-1960s, inspired by William Burroughs's 'cut-up' writing technique, artist Tom Phillips bought an obscure Victorian novel - W.H. Mallock's 1892 novel, 'A Human Document,' and commenced to cutting and pasting the extant text, treating the pages with gouache and ink, isolating the words that interested him while scoring out unwanted words or painting over them. The result was 'A Humument,' and the first version appeared in 1970. This fourth edition incorporates revisions and reworkings - over a hundred pages are replaced by new versions. 368 color illustrations. 384p.
  • Benny and Penny In the Big No-No!

    By Toon Books

    Our Price: $12.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780979923890
    • Publisher: RAW JUNIOR
    • Published: April 2009
    Two young mice suspect their new neighbor has stolen their garden pail in this Toon Book graphic novel. (Ages: 4+).
  • Denys Wortman's New York: Portrait of the City in the 1930s and 1940s

    By Denys Wortman

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Oversize Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781770460133
    • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
    • Published: November 2010
    Presented as a panorama of a single day in New York City, this collection of drawings by Denys Wortman goes a long way in 'rescuing' the cartoonist's work from oblivion. The result of some online sleuthing by James Sturm led to a connection with Wortman's son, who relayed that an archive of more than five thousand illustrations was literally sitting in his shed. For over thirty-five years, they'd been fighting the elements, i.e., rodents, rusty paperclips, and even a blizzard! Here, from coal cellars to roof tops, and opera houses to boarding houses, Wortman recorded the sailors, dishwashers, con artists, entertainers, pushcart peddlers, construction workers, musicians, hobos, society mastrons, young mothoers, secretaries, and students who collectively made the city what it was and is today. Index of Dates of Drawings. B&W illustrations throughout. 288p.
  • Explainers: The Complete Village Voice Strips, 1956-1966

    By Jules Feiffer

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781560978350
    • Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
    • Published: May 2008
    Begun in 1956, and published in The Village Voice, Jules Feiffer's weekly comic strip was one of the first to tackle 'sensitive' topics such as sexuality, religion, race and class, in an open and witty fashion. This first volume of four collects the Pulitzer and Academy-Award-winning artist's strips in a landscape hardcover format.
  • George Grosz: An Autobiography

    By George Grosz

    Our Price: $16.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780520213272
    • Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS
    • Published: April 1998
    This acclaimed autobiography by one of the twentieth century's greatest satirical artists is as much a graphic portrait of Germany in chaos after the Treaty of Versailles as it is a memoir of a remarkable artist's development. Grosz's account of a world gone mad is as acute and provocative as the art that depicts it, and this translation of a work long out of print restores the spontaneity, humor, and energy of the author's German text. It also includes a chapter on Grosz's experience in the Soviet Union--omitted from the original English-language edition--as well as more writings about his twenty-year self-imposed exile in America, and a fable written in English.
  • Market Day

    By James Sturm

    Our Price: $13.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781897299975
    • Publisher: DRAWN AND QUARTERLY
    • Published: March 2010
    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.
  • Masterpiece Comics

    By R. Sikoryak

    Our Price: $12.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781897299845
    • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
    • Published: September 2009
    This slim but densely sly volume collects twenty years of R. Sikoryak's classic lit/classic comics mashups. Blondie and Dagwood act out Genesis in 'Blonde Eve'; Garfield tempts Jon into a deal with the devil in 'Mephistofield'; and Batman turns into Raskol for a reworking of 'Crime and Punishment.' These retellings linger on the philosophical underpinnings of such tales. Color illus. 65p.
  • Picture This: The Near-Sighted Monkey Book

    By Lynda Barry

    Our Price: $14.95 - $18.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781897299647
    • Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
    • Published: October 2010
    A series of portraits by the creator of What It Is follows a myopic monkey through her everyday routines of preparing food, waiting for the bus, hogging the remote and associating with her imaginary friend.
  • Stigmata

    By Lorenzo Mattotti

    Our Price: $19.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781606994092
    • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
    • Published: February 2011
    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.
  • The Cardboard Valise

    By Ben Katchor

    Our Price: $12.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780375421143
    • Publisher: Pantheon
    • Published: March 2011
    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.
  • The Disappearance of Childhood

    By Neil Postman

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679751663
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: August 1994
    From the vogue for nubile models to the explosion in the juvenile crime rate, this modern classic of social history and media traces the precipitous decline of childhood in America today - and the corresponding threat to the notion of adulthood. Neil Postman, author of Technopoly, suggests that chldhood is a relatively recent invention, which came into being as the new medium of print imposed divisions between children and adults. But now these divisions are eroding under the barrage of television, which turns the adult secrets of sex and violence into popular entertainment and pitches both news and advertising at the intellectual level of ten-year-olds. Originally published in 1982. Notes, Bibliography, Index. 177p.
  • The Left Bank Gang

    By Jason

    Our Price: $11.65
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781560977421
    • Publisher: FANTAGRAPHIC BOOKS
    • Published: July 2005
    An illustrated alternate-world tale in which graphic novels are a dominant form of fiction traces the careers of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce, who meet in a Parisian bar to discuss the particulars of their work, the achievements of graphic giants Dostoevsky and Faulkner, and the recommendations of such contemporaries as Gertrude Stein. Original.
  • The New York Trilogy

    By Paul Auster

    Our Price: $16.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143039839
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: March 2006
    Three novels form Paul Auster's acclaimed trilogy: City of Glass - As a result of a strange phone call in the middle of the night, Quinn, a writer of detective stories, becomes enmeshed in a case more puzzling than any he might have written; Ghosts - Blue, a student of Brown, has been hired by White to spy on Black. From a window of a rented room on Orange Street, Blue stalks his subject, who is staring out of his window; The Locked Room -Fanshawe has disappeared, leaving behind his wife and baby and a cache of extraordinary novels, plays, and poems. What happened? DON'T MISS IT! 308P.
  • The Search for Smilin' Ed!

    By Kim Deitch

    Our Price: $16.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781606993248
    • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
    • Published: May 2010
    Kim Deitch's sprawling whirligig of a yarn chronicles his investigation into the secrets behind the life and career of a very strange children's show host and his malevolent (in fact, possibly demonic) sidekick. Alines turn out to be involved, as does Abraham Lincoln...and of course Deitch's ever-present protagoni, Waldo the Cat. This publication also includes a definitive essay on Deitch's ever-expanding world; qa full-color fold-out spotlighting over 100 denizens of that world; a brand new epilogue, 'Consider the Beaver'; and more. The ultimate Deitch-travaganza! Black-and-white illustrations throughout. 162p.
  • This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen

    By Tadeusz Borowski

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140186246
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: August 1992
    Published in Poland after WWII, this collection of concentration camp stories depicts atrocious war crimes becoming an unremarkable part of a daily routine. Prisoners eat, work, sleep, and fall in love a few yards from where other prisoners are systematically slaughtered. The will to survive overrides compassion, and the line between the normal and abnormal wavers, than vanishes. Borowski, a concentration camp victim himself, understood what human being will do to endure the unendurable. 180p.

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