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paintings of les petites filles par loulou picasso – big 30x40cm 32 page book printed on heavyweight stock in two colors – no doubt available from timeless (see below) or direct from publisher stéphane blanquet

assorted shopping

urgh, not another daikichi amano post on the baby art blog? – but this is it – the (ethically immoral) long-awaited photobook – and it’s bee-you-tifull – another big pretty picture book to casually leave on the coffee table to charm (or disgust) your visitors – published by bongout

“les réanimations” par blanquet et olive – i’ve had an illegally downloaded avi version of much of this but i’m happy to finally buy myself an official copy – it’s a very nice package including a comicbook – and a gratifying magnetic flap holding it together i take a curious innocent delight in (simple things please simple minds)

a long time since a tb nurse collection update – but i don’t think i’ve bought or found any for nearly a year – this past week however a few new additions: (1) misa misa, of death note – didn’t know this until informed later, despite being a fan of the manga and misa misa particularly – (2) nurse kiriko, of godzilla vs megaguirus (2000) – again no idea what this was when buying it – a poor selling figure apparently – unsurprising as she’s really “busu” – but ugly is okay with me – came as a set with an airpilot (i threw him away) – (3) nurse bunny kinbaku strap!

comix fix overdose

le dernier cri day five (the penultimate) – despite all this excessive promotion, i’m not on the ldc payroll! – pakito did ask once if they could do a small trevor brown publication – i’d have liked to have done a line drawing silkscreened book but he was much more interested in my paintings and offset printing – anyway…

….”toxique” by tomahawk! – approx 12 x 16cm x 24 pages concertina folded – each page is an individual drawing in itself – but also merely a section of one ten foot long (?) continuous complete drawing – great scraperboard art – just 200 copies of this little silkscreen beauty printed – but you can view the entire work on the artist’s website here

more manga mutt mutterings (‘cept these ain’t manga):

  • chris ware – acme novelty library 20
    superbly designed, neat concept, but miserably desperately boring – style over substance – it’s like a joke you don’t get – for me anyway, i’m obviously missing something important here? – usually i love chris ware books
  • alex robinson – box office poison
    looks a bit dull and daunting when flipping thru it – but it’s so well written you quickly become engrossed in the ordinary lives of the characters – it’s as great as everyone says it is – 600 pages fly by
  • yuuki yugo / yoshiaki tabata – wolf guy
    this one IS manga – just started on it – highly generic typical “seinen” stuff but i can enjoy it (guiltily?) – the artist draws cute females
  • jacques tardi – adele blanc-sec book 1
    top of the heap to be read next – but i can already say it’s great, i love it (i’ve previously read serialised versions of these stories, incompletely) – i’m v happy fantagraphics are persevering with these tardi books – two more different titles lined up for next year
  • stéphane blanquet – toys in the basement
    another yay for fantagraphics translating blanquet – this is a sort of children’s book
  • rick geary – the terrible axe-man of new orleans
    i have all his “treasury of victorian murder” books – this is the latest – idiosyncratic but always well researched – kinda off the radar in the comix world? – love how he always includes maps and cut-away drawings of houses (scene of crimes)
  • blanquet gangréne tokyo

    today went to the stéphane blanquet exhibition, at span art gallery, running (deiberately) simultaneously with my exhibition – we’re both doing book-signings in our respective galleries on the same day too (this saturday) – so, ironically, it seemed like bad planning, giving us little opportunity to meet – but, by good fortune, he arrived at the gallery soon after me : )

    the show is really impressive – unlike myself, stéphane is a work-a-holic – two hours before due to catch his flight to tokyo he was still working on another canvas for the exhibition – i asked if he could sign a book (amongst the bagful i bought) and unexpectedly he spent the next 15 minutes or so making an elaborate drawing for me : D

    i also got to meet yotsuya simon, famous japanese doll artist and teacher, who was popping into the gallery on business

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    ombres chinoises

    stéphane blanquet in tokyo shortly and facing a hectic schedule of exhibition openings, book-signings and talk-shows – this blog covers it all – i’m happy for the chance to build up my blanquet library – these two books were the most longed for and snapped up today – graphic novels told entirely without words and in silhouette – the books are also tactile delights with thick pages and recycled paper feel

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