Sunday, February 21, 2010

EVENT: Wed, March 3rd: Zachary German & Tao Lin Reading

Wednesday, March 3rd
at 7PM


Zachary German
&
Tao Lin



at
Brickbat





Zachary German's Eat When You Feel Sad:

"Moving, funny, emotional, and--in a revolutionary way--both highly-readable and avant-garde, Eat When You Feel Sad excites me very much in terms of literature and also life itself." -Tao Lin

"Zachary German's nimble, catwalking, archeological, surface dwelling, emotionally unpaved prose is a thing of total wonder and my favorite drug, language-based or otherwise. Eat When You Feel Sad is so bright and pleasurable and full of excellence, it's positively serene." -Dennis Cooper





Tao Lin:

"You don't think, "I like this guy," or "I really dislike this guy." You think, "huh." [...] Camus' "The Stranger" or "sociopath?" -Los Angeles Times

"Trancelike and often hilarious, Lin's writing is reminiscent of early Douglas Coupland, or early Bret Easton Ellis, but there is also something going on here that is more profoundly peculiar, even Beckettian [...] deliciously odd... comically despairing." -the Guardian

[Tao Lin's writing] is moving and necessary, not to mention frequently hilarious." -Miranda July

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Featured: Artist's Books by Misaki Kawai



"Born in Japan to and architect father and a mother who liked to sew and make puppets, Kawai seems to have abosorbed the talents of both of her parents in her own unique way. Since childhood she has enjoyed drawing, sewing, and making toys and dolls. She continues to employ these practices on a larger scale today, using, in her sculpture and installations, a riot of methods to make nearly every object appearing her miniature worlds. And although her mother's needlework was impeccable, Misaki favored a more haphazard handmade look.
Kawai has had solo exhibitions around the world, including the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo; and has been featured in shows at PS1 and Deitch Projects in New York. She is currently represented by Take Ninagawa in Tokyo and Galleri Loyal in Sweden." -Nieves





Squid Pencil $29.95
Edition of 100
Handmade two color print
22 pages
Out of Print












Scrap Book, $29.95
Edition of 100
Out of Print

















Holiday Special: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial $29.95
Edition of 50
Out of Print
















Hi King Lemon, $19.95
Edition of 100















Flower Carrot, $29.95
Edition of 100
Out of Print














China Cat Sunflower, $29.95
Edition of 100
Out of Print













The Alaskan, $24.95
Edition of 600
Off-set printed
Monochrome on color newsprint
64 pages








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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

NEW ARRIVALS: Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination


Edgar Allan Poe, Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Illustrations by Harry Clarke
Hardcover, $40.00
A exact replica of the Harry Clarke edition of Poe's Tales. Clarke was a contemporary of Aubrey Beardsley and his illustrations are stunning and are often been used by contemporay publishers as cover illustrations for their editions of Poe's work. Calla Editions has done a beautiful job with this re-issue. It doesn't just look like the original edition, it feels like the original edition (without the mold, coffee stains and missing color plates.)

































(black & white images courtesy of www.ajourneyroundmyskull.blogspot.com)


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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

NEW ARRIVALS: Children's Books


Tove Jansson, Moomin, Book One
Hardcover, $19.95
Tove Jansson is revered around the world as one of the foremost children’s authors of the twentieth century for her illustrated chapter books regarding the magical worlds of her creation, the Moomins. The Moomins saw life in many forms but debuted to its biggest audience ever on the pages of world’s largest newspaper the London Evening News, in 1954. The strip was syndicated in newspapers around the world with millions of readers in 40 countries. Moomin Book One is the first volume of Drawn & Quarterly publishing plan to reprint the entire strip drawn by Jansson before she handed over the reigns to her brother Lars in 1960. This is the first time the strip will be published in any form in North America and will deservedly place Jansson among the international cartooning greats of the last century.
The Moomins are a tight-knit family – hippo-shaped creatures with easygoing and adventurous outlooks. Jansson's art is pared down and precise, yet able to compose beautiful portraits of ambling creatures in fields of flowers or rock-strewn beaches that recall Jansson’s Nordic roots. The comic strip reached out to adults with its gentle and droll sense of humor. Whimsical but with biting undertones, Jansson’s observations of everyday life, including guests who overstay their welcome, modern art, movie stars, and high society, easily caught the attention of an international audience and still resonate today.





Maxfield Parrish & Louise Saunders, Knave Of Hearts
Hardcover, $30.00
Louise Saunders, talented wife of legendary editor Max Perkins, teamed with one of the most popular illustrators of all time to create this unforgettable fable. Known for his beautiful coloring and humorous touch, Maxfield Parrish’s work is iconic — and The Knave of Hearts is his ultimate achievement. Filled with 22 colorful images, and lavishly finished with a full-color endpaper painting.





Dino Buzzati, The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily
Hardcover, $18.95
Dino Buzzati's classic tale chronicles the terrible winter that sent the starving bears down into the valley in search of food, as well as their struggles with an army of wild boars, a wily professor who may or may not be a magician, snarling Marmoset the Cat, and, worse still, treachery within their own ranks. Over all this, the bears triumph with bravery, ingenuity, humility, and high spirits.
The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily is one of the noblest books I know. At once a philosophical history and a tragic inquiry, the tale also contains a magic wand, a haunted castle, and a giant sea serpent, which automatically make any story much more interesting. Little wonder that it is not only my favorite book, but Daniel Handler's as well.
— Lemony Snicket







Christian Morgenstern, In the Land of Punctuation
Illustrated by Rathna Ramanathan, Hardcover, $19.95
Written in 1905 by the German poet Christian Morgenstern, In the Land of Punctuation is a darkly comic linguistic caprice that holds a resonant mirror to our times. Situated at the crossroads of language, design, and politics, this illustrated edition is a unique picture book for adults. Translated faithfully by Sirish Rao, with typographic illustrations by Rathna Ramanathan, this is a brilliantly inventive dance of text and image.








H Hoffmann & Walter Hayn, Slovenly Betsy
Hardcover, $8.95
A companion volume to Struwwelpeter for girls







Goscinny & Sempe, Nicholas Again
Hardcover, $19.95
Following on from the publication of Nicholas, Nicholas Again is the equally beguiling second title in this well-loved series of books, now available to English-speaking children all over the world. Firmly established as a literary cult figure, the sublimely innocent Nicholas has already charmed millions of readers world-wide since these books were first published over forty years ago. Considered classics and available in twenty-six languages, the Nicholas stories have the ability to delight both children and adults. They are also regularly used as teaching materials by primary and junior school teachers.







Edward Lear, The Book Of Nonsense
Hardcover, $15.95
"The owls, hen, larks, and their nests in his beard, are among the fey fauna and peculiar persons inhabiting the uniquely inspired nonsense rhymes and drawings of Lear (20th child of a London stockbroker), whose Book of Nonsense, first published in 1846, stands alone as the ultimate and most loved expression in English of freewheeling, benign, and unconstricted merriment."





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Monday, February 15, 2010

FEATURED: The Decameron


Boccaccio's The Decameron
translated from the Italian
2 volumes, leather-bound, printed in London, 1804
$185.00


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Saturday, February 13, 2010

NEW ARRIVALS: Comix


Saeki Toshio's Works In Music
"Tabloid-sized, Paper wrappers, $26.00
Toshio Saeki is a cult fantasy artist of Japan, known for his daydream imaginative world full of eroticism, vivid colors, and a touch of humor. He is also know for his unique style of creating art using method that is similar to the traditional Ukiyoe (17C Japanese art). So his work is universal and transcends time, but at the same time very traditional.
Presspop lovingly collected Saeki’s music posters and record covers from the 1970s to the present. Saeki has been deeply associated with the avant-garde music/art/culture scene of that time, and most of the musicians he has worked with hold cult status in Japan. Many creators of the time, including Japan’s most productive and provocative avant-garde film and theater producer and dramatist, Shuji Terayama, praise Saeki as true artist to capture the creative feel and air of Japanese avant-garde in the 70s.
In tabloid form, this book delivers Saeki’s works in large size format, with a centerfold that may be used as poster."




Tom Gauld, The Gigantic Robot
Board Book, $16.95
Published as a board book for adults, The Gigantic Robot is a wry fable concerning the production of an impressive secret weapon whose promise goes unfulfilled. Black and white.
"A perfect little book." Daniel Clowes.
"Tom Gauld turns futility, decay and eternity into sheer comic wonder. His black humor makes Beckett look timid." -Glen David Gold, Carter Beats the Devil.






Edward Gorey, The Fantod Pack: The Oracle Deck & Booklet
20 Illustrated cards with booklet in box, $9.95
"Edward Gorey's trademark sense of impending doom is nowhere more darkly humorous than in this, his version of a tarot card deck. Each of the 20 cards forecasts a list of outcomes for the user ranging from the merely unpleasant (loss of hair, breakage, thwarted ambitions) to the downright horrible (catarrh, spasms, shriveling). The 32-page booklet provides interpretation of the cards courtesy of one Madame Groeda Weyrd, who Gorey tells us "is of mixed Finnish and Egyptian extraction, has devoted her life to divination, and is the author of, among a shelf of other works, Floating Tambourines, a collection of esoteric verse, and The Future Speaks Through Entrails." Who but Gorey to make mirth from a kaleidoscope of catastrophe?"





Edward Gorey, The Gilded Bat
Hardcover, $14.95
"With his typically dark, droll humor, Edward Gorey presents the transformation of Maudie Splaytoe, a girl prone to staring at dead birds, into Mirella Splatova, a chic and mysterious prima ballerina. This woeful tale chronicles an ascent to the peak of fame, followed by an unexpected and dreadful demise. Gorey's exquisitely crafted illustrations of magical ballets, elegant drawing rooms, and stark apartments set the stage for this melodrama starring a slightly peculiar heroine. Faithfully re-released in this superb new edition, The Gilded Bat is one of the hundred or so eerily fanciful illustrated tales created by Edward Gorey (1925-2000) to the delight of his adoring fans."





Edward Gorey, The Eclectic Abecedarium
Hardcover, $9.95
Edward Gorey's first miniature book, The Eclectic Abecedarium is an illustrated adventure through the English alphabet, accompanied by rhyming couplets penned by Gorey, who described his creations as "literary nonsense." Inspired by popular moral primers for children, Gorey created an updated version of Isaac Watts' alphabetic aphorisms. Part sweet songs of unseen birds and part cautionary tales, this abecedarium fully lives up to the epithet eclectic.





Kramer's Ergot 6
The sixth, gigantomously huge volume of the lavish and highly acclaimed comics anthology. Like a huge coffee-table book of comics, it is. Lots o' full-color, with some two-color and b&w. Inlcudes work by Paper Rad, Gary Panter, Martin Cendreda, Marc Bell, Vanessa Davis, Souther Salazar, Suiho Tagawa, Ron Rege Jr., Shary Boyle, John Porcellino, many many many more.
"If there's a future for comics, Kramers Ergot seems to have bottled it. The first really new paradigm for an avant-garde comix anthology since RAW. A lavish package where the whole is even greater than the sum of its parts!" -Art Spiegelman. "A full-on plunge into the spot where contemporary visual art discovers narrative. Kramers Ergot has established itself as the center of the comics avant-garde." -Publisher's Weekly. "Kramers Ergot has become the book to watch for cutting-edge graphic narrative." - LA Weekly. "A great, varied mix of comics that somehow also manages to be aesthetically and thematically cohesive." -Ivan Brunetti. "Huge, kaleidoscopic and indulgent, Kramers Ergot is like a jawbreaker for your eye." -Time.com.





Jerry Moriarty, The Complete Jack Survives
Hardcover, $34.95
The definitive collection of Jerry Moriarty's celebrated comic strip, "Jack Survives," originally published in the legendary RAW Magazine. This oversized, full- color, hardcover edition gathers for the first time all of the strips and presents them in the way the author intended. Introduction by acclaimed cartoonist Chris Ware.
"Jerry's comics pages are composed with the elegant precision of an Edward Hopper painting. Self- aware, but never self- conscious; he's a storyteller sharing intimate memories. His sincere love and understanding of comics narrative led him to make comix pages that became central to RAW magazine." -Art Spiegelman.
"Being probably the most condensed, poetic effort of modern comics, this edition of Jack Survives may also be the most valuable comic art reprint of the past two decades; Moriarty's work is as fresh, sharp and heartfelt as the day he drew it, and maybe (as is frequently the case with real art) even more so." -Chris Ware.





Tom Gauld, Hunter & Painter
Paperback, $4.95
The highly-anticipated comic from esteemed British cartoonist and illustrator Tom Gauld! Masterfully understated and beautifully drawn, Hunter & Painter is a witty look at art and celebrity in 38,000 BC, when a caveman agonizes over what kind of painting to feature in his upcoming exhibition.





Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Abandon the Old in Tokyo
Hardcover, $19.95
Abandon The Old In Tokyo is the second in a three-volume series that collects the short stories of Japanese cartooning legend Yoshihiro Tatsumi. Designed and edited by Adrian Tomine, the first volume, The Push Man and Other Stories, debuted to much critical acclaim and rightfully placed Tatsumi as a legendary precursor to the North American graphic novel movement. Abandon The Old In Tokyo continues to delve into the urban underbelly of 1960s Tokyo, exposing not only the seedy dealings of the Japanese everyman but Tatsumi’s maturation as a storywriter.





Suehiro Maruo, Maruograph, Volume 1
Softcover with Slipcase, $60.00



Suehiro Maruo, Maruograph, Volume 2
Softcover with Slipcase, $60.00
Suehiro Maruo is known in the English-speaking world primarily for two graphic novels translated into English, Ultra-Gash Inferno and Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show. This beautifully designed and printed volume includes several of his illustrations, in color and b&w. Delicate and grotesque, natural and surreal, subtle and graphic -- sometimes all at once.





Gary Panter
Two Volume Hardcover, Boxed Set, $95.00
Foreword by Mike Kelley. Text by Robert Storr, Doug Harvey, Edwin Pouncey, Richard Gehr, Dan Nadel, Karrie Jacobs, Bryon Coley
An intimate look at the work and life of a legendary artist. Gary Panter has been one of the most influential figures in visual culture sincethe mid-1970s. From his era-defining punk graphics to his cartoon icon Jimbo to his visionary design for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, he has left his mark on every medium he’s touched. Working in close collaboration with the artist, PictureBox has assembled the definitive volume on Panter’s work from the early 1970s to the present. This monumental, slipcased set is split into two 350-page volumes. The first is a comprehensive monograph featuring over 700 images of paintings, drawings, sculptures, posters and comics, alongside essays by Robert Storr, Mike Kelley, Richard Klein, Richard Gehr, Karrie Jacobs and Byron Coley, as well a substantial commentary by the artist himself. The second volume features a selection from Panter’s sketchbooks–the site of some of his most audacious work–most of which has never been published in any form.
A three-time Emmy Award-winner for his production design on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and the recipient of the 2000 Chrysler Award for Design Excellence, graphic artist Gary Panter has drawn inspiration from diverse vernacular and traditional art arenas over the course of the past four decades. Closely associated with the underground comics and music scenes on both coasts, he is responsible for designing the Screamers iconic 1970s poster, many record covers for Frank Zappa, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Residents and the ongoing comic character Jimbo. Most recently Panter has performed psychedelic light shows at the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. and at New York’s Anthology Film Archives. He was a featured artist in the major 2006-2007 touring exhibition, Masters of American Comics.



These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
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Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open every day, 11am to 7pm.

We accept Visa, MC, Amex, Paypal and cash.

We ship anywhere.