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  • Original Art of Basil Wolverton: From the Collection of Glenn Bray

    By Basil Wolverton

    Our Price: $27.50
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780867196870
    • Publisher: LAST GASP PUBLISHING
    • Published: October 2007
    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.
  • Philip Guston's Poor Richard

    By Phillip Guston

    Our Price: $30.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780226036229
    • Publisher: CHICAGO
    • Published: May 2003
    In 1971, the artist Philip Guston (1913-1980) created this series of caricatures of Richard Nixon, now available for the first time in book form. Produced two years before Watergate and three years before Nixon's resignation, these provocative, searing condemnations of a corrupt head of state are both a remarkable, prescient political satire and an aesthetic landmark-one of few instances of an artist in the late twentieth century engaging caricature in his work.
  • 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.
  • Popeye Volume 4: 'Plunder Island'

    By E.C. Segar

    Our Price: $26.95
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781606991695
    • Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
    • Published: August 2009
    With this fourth volume of the series, Segar's Poeye reaches one of its highest peaks in 'Plunder Island,' the glorious, epic-length Sunday-continuity adventure that ran for eight months and pitted the intrepid sailorman against the malevolent Sea Hag and her terrifyiing, grotesque sidekick the goon - helped, and sometimes hindered by, the easily corruptible J. Wellington Wimpy. Presented here for the first time in its complete, full-color, uncut glory! Meanwhile, the 'dailies' section rocks! Illus., color/b&w. 168p.
  • Saul Steinberg: Illuminations

    By Saul Steinberg

    Our Price: $45.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780300115864
    • Publisher: Yale University Press
    • Published: November 2006
    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.
  • Seasons

    By Blexbolex

    Our Price: $20.65
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781592700950
    • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
    • Published: April 2010
    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).
  • Silly Lilly in What Will I Be Today? (Toon Books)

    By Toon Books

    Our Price: $6.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781935179085
    • Publisher: Toon Books
    • Published: February 2011
    Silly Lilly tries out a new job every day of the week, from acrobat to vampire.
  • Six Novels In Woodcuts

    By Lynd Ward

    Our Price: $70.00
    • Format: Boxed Set
    • ISBN-13: 9781598530827
    • Publisher: Library of America
    • Published: October 2010
    Includes: Gods' Man, Madman's Drum, Wild Pilgrimage, Prelude to a Million Years, Song Without Words, Vertigo. Cracked slip cover.
  • 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 Acme Novelty Library #20: Lint

    By Chris Ware

    Our Price: $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.
  • The Arrival

    By Shaun Tan

    Our Price: $10.00 - $17.95
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780439895293
    • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine
    • Published: October 2007
    This visually stunning and incredibly moving graphic story is hauntingly beautiful. The story of immigration, family, magic, labor and humanity is one of the most original children's stories in recent memory. A classic to be read again and again, this tale has to be seen to be believed. This perfect book speaks in images only, invoking the adage, 'A picture is worth a thousand words.' (Ages: 9 & up).
  • The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics

    By Denis Kitchen

    Our Price: $45.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780810972964
    • Publisher: HARRY N. ABRAMS
    • Published: June 2009
    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.
  • 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 Drowned and the Saved

    By Primo Levi

    Our Price: $6.00 - $6.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679721864
    • Publisher: Vintage
    • Published: April 1989
    By the end of his life, Primo Levi had become increasingly convinced that the lessons of the Holocaust were destined to be lost as it took a place among the routine atrocities of history. This book is a dark meditation on the meaning of the Nazi extermination after the passing of forty years. 203p.

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