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Lynda Barry single-handedly created a literary genre all her own, the graphic memoir/how-to, otherwise known as the bestselling, the acclaimed, but most important, the adored and the inspirational What It Is. Here, Barry asks: 'Do you wish you could draw?' PICTURE THIS features the return of Barry's most beloved character, Marlys, and introduces a new one, the Near-sighted Monkey - in an inspirational, take-home extension of Barry's traveling, continually sold-out, and sought-after-workshop, 'Writing the Unthinkable.' Illus., full-color throughout. 204p.
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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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Vu: The Story of a Magazine

By Michel Frizot

Our Price: $29.95 - $45.00
From March 21, 1928, to May 29, 1940, more than 600 issues of the French weekly magazine VU were published. VU initiated and developed the idea that extensive use of photography could produce an objective view of the world, like a movie newsreel on paper. The magazine covered an eclectic range of subjects including politics and current events, social issues, discoveries, disasters, the arts, sport, entertainment: anything that would surprise or delight. VU also made use of photomontage as a stte-of-the-art vehicle for pointed political or social citicism. This anthology offers a superb snapshot of an entire era, providing an unparalleled insight into the emergence of modern media.
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Harvey Kurtzman had a Midas touch for talent - discovering Robert Crumb, giving Gloria Steinem her first job in publishing - but was himself an astonishingly talented and influential artist, writer, editor, & satirist. the creator of MAD and Playboy's 'Little Annie Fanny' was called, 'One of the most important figures in post-WWII America' by the New York Times. The first and only authorized celebration of this 'Master of American Comics' is the definitive book. It includes hundreds of never-before-seen illustrations, paintings, pencil sketches, newly discovered lost E.C. Comics layouts, color compositions, vintage photos, and more! 256p.
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Rafah, a town at the bottommost tip of the Gaza Strip, has long been a notorious flashpoint in the bitter Middle East conflict. Buried deep in the archives is one bloody incident, in 1956, that left 111 Palestinians shot dead by Israeli soldiers. In a quest to get to the heart of what happened, Joe Sacco immerses himself in the daily life of Rafah and the neighboring town of Khan Younis, uncovering Gaza past and present. As in Palestine and Safe Area Goradze, his unique visual journalism renders a contested landscape in brilliant, meticulous detail. Spanning fifty years, moving fluidly between one war and the next, Sacco's most ambitious work to date transforms a critical conflict into an intimate and immediate experience. Illustrations throughout. 432p.
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Wolverton's work predates by decades many of the more acerbic comics of the '60s underground comix era, including those of r. Crumb, and is revered for his graphic lunacy and his matchless facility with pen and ink. His influence is evident not only in Crumb's now canonized cmoics, but also in contemporary graphic novels by Ben Friedman, Gary Panter, Charles burns and Peter Bagge. This book, made up of the comic artist Glen Bray's collection of Wolverton's rare original art, some of it previously unpubished, provides welcome evidence of his range. Illus. 200p.
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This volume features another three years' worth of Sunday strips - over 150 little masterpieces, featuring the greatest comnic-stip lovre triangle of all time: 'kat,' 'mice' and 'pupp.' Each page is a hilarious, poetic masterpiece crackling with verbal wit and graphic brilliance. B&W cartoons and other illustrations. 176p.
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