Friday, August 26, 2011

Event: Anders Nilsen & Marc Bell at Brickbat!


Wed. Sept 14th
at 7pm
The Big Questions Book Tour, Slide Show & Reading
with
Anders Nilsen & Marc Bell
at
Brickbat!


Anders Nilsen

"Nilsen creates an epic landscape of desolation and doubt" --New City Chicago

"Nilsen's sparse, thinly rendered line work adds to the level of existential discomfort that the artist seems to excel at... 'Dogs and Water' stays with you a lot longer than most recent comics, easily marking it as one of the best of the year." --Harrisburg Patriot News

"Nilsen's art is filled with amazing white space showing a true sense of human loneliness. Above all else, the work echoes our need to be heard, even if only by ourselves." --Punk Planet





A haunting postmodern fable, BIG QUESTIONS is the magnum opus of Anders Nilsen, one of the brightest and most talented young cartoonists working today. This beautiful and minimalist story, collected here for the first time, is the culmination of ten years and over 600 pages of work that details the metaphysical quandaries of the occupants of an endless plain, existing somewhere between a dream and a Russian steppe. A downed plane is thought to be a bird and the unexploded bomb that came from it is mistaken for a giant egg by the group of birds whose lives the story follows. The indifferent and stranded pilot is of great interest to the birds–some doggedly seek his approval, while others do quite the opposite, leading to tensions in the group.Nilsen seamlessly moves from humor to heartbreak. His distinctive, detailed line work is paired with plentiful white space and large, often frameless panels, conveying an ineffable sense of vulnerability and openness.

BIG QUESTIONS has roots in classic fable–the story's birds and snakes have more to say than their human counterparts and there are hints of the classic hero's journey, but the easy moral that closes most fables is left here as open and ambiguous. Rather than lending its world meaning, Nilsen's parable lets the questions wander out to go where they will.







Marc Bell

“Bell has a gift for incomprehensible gab, juggling a dozen language gags in complicated comic pages that, like Ulysses, could take you twenty-four hours or a lifetime to read.”–Lee Henderson BORDER CROSSINGS






Thursday, August 11, 2011

Featured:The Adventures Of Jeanne-Marie


Francoise Seignobosc, The Adventures Of Jeanne-Marie
Hardcover (out of print)




Francoise Seignobosc, Jeanne-Marie At The Fair
Hardcover (out of print)




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

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open:
Tuesday: thru Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Closed Monday

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Featured: Hanns Heinz Ewers' Alraune


Hanns Heinz Ewers, Alraune
Limited edition Hardcover (out of print)

A decadent, and a German nationalist, Ewers influenced H.P. Lovecraft, and was an associate of Aleister Crowley. He was an early supporter of the Nazis, but his Jewish sympathies and homosexuality eventually lead to his work being banned and his property seized. He died tubercular and penniless in 1943.

"A mad scientist and his nephew researching artificial insemination and heredity...traverse the sordid underbelly of Berlin looking for the city's most shameless prostitute, whom they impregnate with the sperm of an executed sex criminal. The mother of this union dies in childbirth but the daughter, Alraune, survives. She grows up to be a beautiful, sadistic and soulless destroyer of all who are associated with her..." - John Hirschhorn-Smith




This book, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open:
Tuesday: thru Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Closed Monday

Friday, August 5, 2011

New Arrival: Ralph Eugene Meatyard


Ralph Eugene Meatyard: Dolls & Masks
Hardcover

"In 1950s America there were neither likely nor logical paths for a photographer. Family man, optician, photographer and avid reader, Ralph Eugene Meatyard found himself in the midst of a cultural and philosophical movement in Lexington, Kentucky, which at that time included such figures as Thomas Merton, Wendell Berry and Guy Davenport. Through the camera, Meatyard explored and created a fantasy world of dolls and masks, where his family members played the central roles on an ever-changing stage. His monograph, The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater, published posthumously in 1974, recorded his wife and family posed in various disquieting settings, wearing masks and holding dolls and evoking a penetrating emotional and psychological landscape. The book won his work critical acclaim and has been hugely influential in the intervening decades.

Dolls and Masks opens the doors on the decade of rich experimentation that immediately preceded the production of his final opus, The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater. Published to coincide with an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, this handsome book presents 55 never-before-seen works from the Meatyard Archive. Essays by writer and historian Eugenia Parry and curator Elizabeth Siegel greatly expand our understanding of Meatyard's elusive and captivating genius and set the stage for this foray into this unknown work of one of the century's most intriguing photographers." -Radius Books




This book, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open:
Tuesday: thru Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Closed Monday

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Featured: More Classic Children's Books


Ruth Krauss & Helen Stone, The Bundle Book
Hardcover with dust jacket (out of print)




Margaret Wise Brown & Leonard Weisgard, Nibble Nibble
Hardcover with dust jacket (out of print)




Maud & Mishka Petersham, Off To Bed
Hardcover with dust jacket (out of print)




Ethel & Leonard Kessler, Do Baby Bears Sit In Chairs
Hardcover with dust jacket (out of print)



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

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open:
Tuesday: thru Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Closed Monday

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

David Foster Wallace Raps



Mark Costello & David Foster Wallace, Signifying Rappers
SOLD!

Perhaps not the headspinner that is Martin Amis' Space Invaders. Still, an obscure (and out of print) oddity in the great man's oeuvre.




This book, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open:
Tuesday: thru Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Closed Monday

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

New Arrivals: I Can Read It By Myself

This post is for the Tiny Dictator, who says, "I can read it all by myself because it says I Can Read It All By Myself."



Robert Lopshire, How To Make Flibbers, etc.
Hardcover(out of print)





Robert Lopshire, I Am Better Than You!
Hardcover with dust jacket (out of print)

Technically not an "I Can Read It All By Myself" book, but still...





Joan Heilbroner & P.D. Eastman, Robert The Rose Horse
Hardcover




Laurent De Brunhoff, Babar Loses His Crown
Hardcover with dust jacket (out of print)




Benjamin Elkin & Katherine Evans, The Big Jump
Hardcover with dust jacket (out of print)





Fred Phleger & Paul Galdone, The Whales Go By
Hardcover (out of print)



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

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open:
Tuesday: thru Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Closed Monday