A beautiful adaptation by the creator of the Yokai comics Kitaro. Tono Monogatari is a collection of folktales from the Tono region of Japan, collected 1910. Mizuki hoped to retrace the footsteps of the folklorists that collected the stories however he was too old, the work he created is his loving retelling of some of the most famous stories of the Yokai as well as his meeting between himself and Kunio Yanagita one of the original researches that collected the stories. The artwork is absolutely beautiful
Mega Press has consistently publishing some of the most beautiful experimental comics. This year they published 2 new editions of the Trapper Keeper series and a new Megalith. Trapper Keeper 7 is a new comic by one of my favorite contemporary comic artists Lala Albert. Beautiful flower drawings mixed with intimate scenes between a nameless couple.
Trapper Keeper 7 is a collection of strange drawings of monsters or aliens lurking around a srtange planet rendered in color pencil by Matt Lock.
Really amazing limited edition final issue of the long running journal devoted to William S Burroughs and Brion Gysin as well as the beat writers influence on contemporary literature and art. Published as a 260 page full color oversized art book full of photo's, essays, poetry and printed ephemera.
The official description of Grip is “After a strange incident a young woman’s hands are never still.” This wordless comic might be one of the most beautiful comics ever created; from the neon colors to the abstracted motion lines surrounding everything, the whole book feels like it is moving. Very highly recommend.
Starting in 1915, New Orleans began expanding farther into floodplains and oil companies started digging canals that contributed to erosion of natural barriers, bringing the Gulf of Mexico farther inland, dooming the great city of New Orleans. An exhaustive history of the corruption and greed that led to the devastation of New Orleans by hurricane Katrina in 2005.
As the pandemic shut down the world, people started ordering books they had been putting off, usually longer classics. Lonesome Dove was one of these long classics, by one of my favorite authors (I highly recommend the Thalia Trilogy for more McMurtry). This collection brings together 4 important Westerns that reframed the West as needlessly violent, cruel, and lonely.
Willis Wu dreams of being Kung Fu Guy, but right now he is stuck playing Generic Asian Man in various scenes on the generic cop show Black and White. Most of the book is Willis’s internal thoughts about his family, racial stereotyping, his apartment building, and how to get himself seen. Infuriating, heartbreaking and hilarious.
One of my favorite entries in the 33 1/3 series. Each chapter is devoted to a different misreading of Okie from Muskogee.
First comprehensive monograph of the great Houston artist Trenton Doyle Hancock. Including a primer of his Moundverse, as well as conversations between different artists.
I found a bunch of the Foxfire books a few years ago in a used bookstore in Tennessee, every so often I pick one up, open to a random page and discover something fantastic. Starting in 1966 the Foxfire project was started as a way to document the Lifestyle, craft, cooking, folktales and tall tales of the people of Appalachia.
One of my absolute favorite children's books reprinted in a beautiful hardcover by New York Review of Books. Remy Charlip's books are always full of beautiful illustrations and absurd wordplay.