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  • 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.
  • Exit Wounds

    By Rutu Modan

    Our Price: $19.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781897299838
    • Publisher: DRAWN & QUARTERLY
    • Published: December 2008
    A debut tour de force from Israeli cartoonist Rutu Modan, winner of the Eisner Award for Best Graphic Novel. 'Her characters' body language and facial expressions, rendered in the gestural 'clear line' style of Herge's Tintin books, are so precisely observed, they practically tell the story by themselves'. The present work is a graphic novel set amid the chaos and despari of the Middle East that somehow, even in that contested place, achieves a kind of radiant calm. It's a love story. But it's a love story that emerges in a region so beset by the agonies of war that simple human affection might seem beside the point. In Modanis hands, it is not. Color illus. 183p.
  • 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: $17.00
    • 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.
  • Lint #20, The Acme Novelty Library

    By Chris Ware

    Our Price: $14.50 - $21.55
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781770460201
    • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
    • Published: October 2010
    In keeping with his goal of issuing a volume of his occasionally lauded ACME series once every new autumn, volume 20 finds cartoonist Chris Ware continuing his "Rusty Brown" graphic novel experiment.
  • 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
    • 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.
  • X'ed Out

    By Charles Burns

    Our Price: $13.00 - $19.75
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780307379139
    • Publisher: Pantheon
    • Published: October 2010
    Drawing inspiration from such diverse influences as Herge and William Burroughs, Charles Burns offers up this dazzling spectral fever-dream - and a comic-book masterpiece. Doug is having a strange night,. A weird buzzing noise on the other side of the wall has woken him up, and there, across the room, next to a huge hole torn out of the bricks, sits his beloved cat, Inky. who died years ago. But who's nonetheless slinking out through the hole, beckoning Doug to follow. Right. Full-color illustrations throughout. 56p.
  • You Can't Win

    By Jack Black

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781902593029
    • Publisher: AK Press / Nabat
    • Published: 2000
    Jack Black’s autobiography was a bestseller and went through five printings in the late 1920’s. It has led a mostly subterranean existence since then – best known as William S. Burroughs’s favorite book. It’s an amazing journey into a hobo underworld: freight hopping around the still wide open West at the turn of the 20th century, becoming a member of the “yegg” (criminal) brotherhood and a highwayman, learning the outlaw philosophy from Foot-and-a-half George and the Sanctimonious Kid, getting hooked on opium, passing through hobo jungles, hop joints and penitentiaries. This new edition also includes an Afterword that tells some of what became of Black after he wore out the outlaw life and washed up in San Francisco, wrote this book and reinvented himself. 279p.

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