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The Cardboard Valise

By Ben Katchor

Our Price: $12.95
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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You Can't Win

By Jack Black

Our Price: $16.00
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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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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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.
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Presents a collection of adventures starring Lulu Moppet and her neighborhood pals.
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