Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Abe Ajay is the often unsigned artist of the majority of the YPR And CRG covers, according to the book Revolutionizing Children's Records by David Bonner. Bonner has a blog here.Bonner's book looks like a fascinating reference on this storied series of records--which recorded talents like Raymond Scott and Groucho Marx--and came under the eye of Joseph McCarthy. Must read more.
Engraver, bookplate artist and blogger, Andy English shows off his designs for the Oak Tree Press limited edition of Philip Pullman's A Outrance ("To The Death") a lost chapter from the Golden Compass series.
Looks like a stunner. Sign up for an email publication notice here.
And collection development blog The Private Library explains why a pile of well-preserved science fiction paperbacks is more bibliographically valuable than "fine press publications, printed on handmade paper using hot metal type, bound in full Niger goatskin or similar materials, with no title having been produced in more than 100 copies"...and therefore more worth collecting and buying.
Seems obvious to me but it's a good argument.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
If you haven't, in short you can "purchase" buildings in the massive scale model of New York City that was Built by Robert Moses for the 1964 World’s Fair, a "9,335 square foot architectural model includ[ing] every single building constructed before 1992 in all five boroughs; a total of 895,000 individual structures."
As soon as I heard this I printed the form (pdf) and bought our apartment (private house/apartments are mostly $50) and last week I went out to survey my property; probably the safest real estate purchase one could make right now.
The model is fairly overwhelming with a cool pseudo helicopter tour, city sound effects and tiny planes taking off from JFK.
I found my neighborhood after a bit.
And with the help of Photoshop picked out my building.
Approx 3/4" tall, 1 1/4" wide.
And here's the Flatiron building where I worked for a few years at Tor Books.
14th floor. My window was on the opposite side of the building.
I wanted to find all my apartments, places of employment and the shitty dive bars I've frequented since moving to New York, but I was getting serious eye-strain.
Wishing for street level views on Googlemaps.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
I think Nite Owl II is my favorite of the bunch. I love the way the frame and background came out and he's making that "I'm a paunchy nerd who fights crime" face. Plus his quote is stupid and makes me giggle.
I wanted these to sort of look like a cross between a portrait and a religious icon. The religious icon I like not only for the look, but also because there's a certain mythological aspect to super heroes. Working with that, almost all of them have sort of the suggestion of a halo behind them. Also, I am one of those people who finds Rorschach absolutely adorable. I am properly ashamed of myself, don't worry.
Monday, April 6, 2009
My haul from last weekend. This was the second trip with my estate sale cohort found on Craigslist. The arrangement is still working great and I picked up many things that I would have had no access to otherwise.
My goal is usually to buy some non-book items that I can eBay immediately, make back my investment and then the books (and any items I keep for myself) are gravy. So far this strategy has been working but I am occasionally stuck with an albatross.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Craig Yoe (author of Clean Cartoonists' Dirty Drawings, and Modern Arf) has collected rare fetish art from Superman's co-creator Joe Shuster in a book called Secret Identity. This is the first I've heard of this period in his career so this is high up on my wish list. (link via Drawn!)
Parka Blog posted a fascinating photo set of artists'/graphic designers' work spaces. I always love these peeks into the creative process.
Lastly John Waggoner Jr.--a retired archaeologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers--searches for lost cemeteries and "grave houses", miniature wooden structures built over graves (early 1800s into the 1900s) that sometimes contained furniture, books, pictures etc. They're disappearing fast and he's on a quest to find and document them.
(from knoxnews.com, link via bldbblog on twitter)