Greg F.

Greg F.

Art/Kids Department Staff

"Greg is a cartoonist/rapper in Brooklyn, drinkin' mad lemonades. You can read his latest work here (if you want): http://yoburbalino.blogspot.com/p/brendon.html (not for kids). Tweet him @doctormobogo"

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Latest Review

The Art Spirit By Robert Henri

The Art of Spirit

by Robert Henri

One of the best books about art making and creativity. Both Kieth Harring and David Lynch credit this book with inspiring their early career ambitions. Check it out!

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The Martian: A Novel by Andy Wier

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

by Mason Currey

Creative? Unproductive? Don't blame your job! While it's totally reasonable to do so, ultimately it's just a bad excuse. This book is about the habits of creatives and the ways in which they manage to fit writing/composing/painting etc. into their lives, sometimes in the face of considerable obstacles. Many of these people are very "kooky". Most are alcoholics. Good read. Keep it behind your toilet.

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The Revolution Was Televised by Alan Sepinwall

The Revolution Was Televised

by Alan Sepinwall

"The Revolution Was Televised documents the beginnings and rise of cinematic, quality television starting with the early hits on HBO such as OZ and the Sopranos and continues through to examine The Wire, Lost and current heavy hitters like AMC’s Mad Men and Breaking Bad. The show’s creators are interviewed exclusively for the book. The stories of how the shows were made, casting, behind the scenes conflicts etc. are all discussed.

The book was released at a critical time, as Mad Men is set to finish its penultimate season and the final stretch of Breaking Bad episodes is set to premiere in August. These two shows are covered in the book, though expect an updated version in a year or two examining their finales.

The book frequently aims an eye at how series’ finales were received by the audience and how it has affected our recollection of the shows (ex: Lost totally alienating its fans and squandering any sense of faith and goodwill they had earned in the series’ early years, especially in this reviewers opinion). The book’s series-specific chapters include a lot of synopses (at times too much) of the subject and is thus full of EXTREME spoilers. Read only those chapters regarding shows you have seen in their entirety or plan to never see (e.g. The Shield).

Pairs well with “Top of the Rock”, which examines in a similar fashion the noted mid-nineties Thursday night comedy block on NBC known as “Must See TV”.

R.I.P. James Gandolfini."

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  • A Big Guy Took My Ball! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

    By Mo Willems

    Our Price: $5.00 - $7.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781423174912
    • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
    • Published: May 2013
    Piggie is upset because a whale took the ball she found, but Gerald finds a solution that pleases all of them.
  • Ready Player One

    By Ernest Cline

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307887443
    • Publisher: Broadway Paperbacks
    • Published: June 2012
    Immersing himself in a mid-21st-century technological virtual utopia to escape an ugly real world of famine, poverty and disease, Wade Watts joins an increasingly violent effort to solve a series of puzzles by the virtual world's super-wealthy creator, who has promised that the winner will be his heir. (This book was previously listed in Forecast.)
  • Unclothed Man In the 35th Century

    By Dash Shaw

    Our Price: $12.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781606993071
    • Publisher: Fantagraphic Books
    • Published: December 2009
    The first quarter of this jacketed hardcover will collect the work-storyboards, scripts, character designs, etc.-that Shaw has created for "The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D." animated series to begin airing on IFC.com on December 7th, 2009. The latter three-quarters will collect his acclaimed short stories from MOME, as well as several little-seen stories from elsewhere, and a new 20-page story.The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D. is Shaw's first book since his breakthrough graphic novel of 2008, Bottomless Belly Button, which was named Publishers Weekly's best graphic novel of 2008, one of Entertainment Weekly's top ten books of 2008, and one of Amazon.com's top ten graphic novels of the year, amongst numerous other accolades. The book also collects Shaw's acclaimed, genre-bending short stories from MOME, including “Look Forward, First Son of Terra Two,” a remarkable story of two lovers traveling in opposite directions… in time. Also featured: “Galactic Funnels,” the 2008 Ignatz Award nominee for “Outstanding Story,” about the parasitic relationship between an artist and his lover/mentor; “Satellite CMYK,” a sci-fi mindwarp that ingeniously drives the narrative through Shaw's masterful control of color, and “Making the Abyss,” a fictionalized story of a surreal film set filled with nuclear tanks, hot tubs, and blind ambition.“Like the very best illustrated fiction, Shaw's work moves between pathos and humor, between the fantastic and the familiar.”—The Christian Science Monitor “Shaw's style deftly combines cartoon drawings with a slavish attention to detail…Masterfully using the comics medium to juggle all the different characters, weaving their stories together seamlessly.”—Publishers Weekly

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