Monthly Archive for November, 2005

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Chip Kidd

Nov ’05
12:00 am

Chip KiddFri. Nov 4th 7:00PM
Chip Kidd is universally recognized as an American master of contemporary book design. At the forefront of a revolution in publishing, Kidd’s iconic covers, with their inventive marriage of type and found images, have influenced an entire generation of design practitioners in many fields. Chip Kidd: Book One collects all of his book covers and designs for the first time, as well as hundreds of developmental sketches and concepts-annotated by Kidd and by many of the best-selling authors he’s worked with over the years. The result is an important contribution to the design canon today as well as a visually dazzling (and often hilarious) insider’s look at the design and publishing process. The book also showcases Kidd’s work with comics and graphic novels, including his collaborations with leading artists and writers in the field. Featured are projects for DC Comics, including Batman and Superman, as well as Kidd’s award-winning exploration of the art of Charles M. Schulz. Chip Kidd: Book One is sure to enthrall design aficionados, book lovers, pop-culture fanatics, comics fans, and design students.
About the Author
Chip Kidd is associate art director at Alfred A. Knopf. His first novel, The Cheese Monkeys, was a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He is the editor-at-large for Pantheon and the author of Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, Batman Collected, and others. He is presently at work on a second novel, The Learners. He lives in New York City and Stonington, Connecticut.

CHRIS WARE! at Quimby’s

Nov ’05
12:00 am

Sat, Oct 15th, 3PMCHRIS WARE will be in the store!The Acme Novelty Library book will be out!
Chris Ware Signing at Quimby?s
Utterly eschewing the general bonhomie surrounding the newly-minted contemporary regard for the comic strip medium as a language of complicated personal expression and artistic sophistication, professional colorist and award-winning letterer F. C. Ware (aka: Chris Ware) returns to the book trade with THE ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY: Annual Report to Shareholders and Rainy Day Saturday Afternoon Fun Book, a hardcover distillation of all his surviving one-page cartoon jokes which were sprinkled throughout his regular comic book periodical, of the same name, over the past decade.
Sometimes claimed to be his ?best work? (by those who really don?t know any better), this definitive congestion of stories of the future, the old west, and even of modern life, includes a luminescent map of the heavens, a chart of the general structure of the universe, assorted cut-out activities, and a complete history of The ACME Novelty Company itself, decorated with rare photographs, early business ventures, not to mention the smallest example of a comic strip ever before offered to the general public. Enclosed in a hard case with belly band, (but not just any belly band?the reverse is a comic strip in which six out of six have a different ending), THE ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY encompasses all of Ware?s extraordinary characters in both new and previously published material (including the complete seventh and fifteenth issues of The Acme Novelty Library, long out of print): Jimmy Corrigan, Tales of Tomorrow, Rocket Sam, Quimby the Mouse, the Super-man, Sparky the Cat, Big Tex; and introducing Rusty Brown?the world?s most pathetic, overgrown adolescent toy collector. As Ware says, ?it may prove a rather mild disappointment, but at least it catches the light in a nice way and may force a smile here and there before being shelved for the next generation?s ultimate disregard and/or disposal.? THE ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY is like nothing else in the world of comics. If it was, why bother?
About the Author:
Chris Ware is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and The Chicago Reader. His first book, Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, won the 2001 Guardian First Book Award and was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial of American Art, marking the first-ever inclusion of cartoon art. Ware recently put together the thirteenth issue of McSweeney?s Quarterly Concern?a comics anthology that is already regarded as one of the finest of its kind. He continues to work on two upcoming genuinely serious graphic novels. The 16th issue of his regular periodical, not uncoincidentally titled ?The ACME Novelty Library,? will be released this fall. He lives in Chicago, IL with his wife and daughter.

Fauxhemian Wine Tasting @ Quimby’s Bridgeport

Nov ’05
12:00 am

Quimby’s Bridgeport is at 3201 S. Morgan, which is south of W. 31st street and west of Halsted, between and S. Aberdeen and S. Lituanica Ave.
Saturday Oct 29th 7PM
Imaginary History Fauxhemian Wine Tasting Bring your own bottle of wine/non-alcoholic wine/wine-flavored beverage of your choosing (decorate the label first), and discuss the the history you’ve created. How was this wine prepared? With what does it pair well? Where does it come from? How does it taste? What is delicious/lame about it? What is the vintage? This is all up to you. Cheese will be provided. Feel free to wear those cocktail outfits that you feel like you’re all dressed up in but have nowhere to go.
This event is part of Select Media Festival, full line up and info can be found

Good Advice for Young Trendy People of All Ages Event

Nov ’05
12:00 am

Jennifer Blowdryer andMoonshine Shorey read fromGood Advice for Young Trendy People of All AgesTuesday, September 20th7PMFREE
Good Advice for Young Trendy People of All Ages Edited by Jennifer Blowdryer is a countercultural self-help book compiled by a veteran of the underground who has spent 30 years in the alt-art trenches, these experiential, very real commentaries from todays underground luminaries offer honest and humorous advice on everything from Door Etiquette for the Nightlife-Challenged by Clint Catalyst to How to be an Art Star by downtown NYC scenester , Reverend Jen. Without a hint of irony, Good Advice shows would-be bohemians how things really are (How to Live in Debt by Mykel Board), instead of selling far-fetched dreams of writing the great novel or producing the top gallery show.
Jennifer Blowdryer?s writing has appeared in Punk Globe, Maximum RocknRoll, Chic, Penthouse Forum, and Downtown. She has also written Modern English: A Trendy Slang Dictionary, The Laziest Secretary In The World, and White Trash Debutante. A writer for the NY Press, she lives in New York City.
Moonshine Shorey a contributor to the book will also be on hand to read.

PAPER RAD Book Release Event

Nov ’05
12:00 am

PAPER RAD Book Release EventSaturday October 22nd 5PM
How do you explain the new book by Paper Rad, Paper Rad, B.J. and da Dogs? Half Art Book, half graphic novel, this tome intersperses photographs, drawings, prints, and junk by Paper Rad with two graphic novellas (Spaceballz and Alfe) by Ben Jones. Paper Rad’s work synthesizes popular material from television, comics, video games, and advertising, and explodes with color, feeling, and good humor. This book, created and designed by the group, will explore the worlds of one of the most vibrant constellations of artists working today. Their website,, is one free Mega-Mall information overload for your soul. A mind-blower, for sure
Paper Rad is Jessica Ciocci, her brother Jacob, and their friend Ben Jones. Since the year 2000 they have created a massive catalogue of self-published and self-distributed comics and magazines, videos, audio cassette tapes, hand-painted t-shirts, stuffed sewn dolls, audio cd-rs, and records. They have exhibited or performed at numerous galleries and museums around the world, including the 2004 Whitney Biennial, The 2004 Liverpool Biennial, Deitch Projects, The Institute of Contemporary Art, London, and The Tate Britain. Most recently, they completed two music videos for Beck and created a massive cardboard castle for Philadelphia?s Space 1026. Earlier this year, Paper Rad was named one of ArtReview?s 25 emerging artists. They are represented by Foxy Production.
Paper Rad will sign their new book, show some of their video work, and maybe have some mini comics for sale.
Check out their website: