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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Lost Art Books Quarterly Newsletter #2
No. 2 -- Winter 2013
Praise for "The Lost Art of Heinrich Kley" Vols. 1 & 2
Since the release of The Lost Art of Heinrich Kley Vols. 1 and 2 last September, we've received many kind words and accolades. Here's a sampling of what folks are saying about these books:
"Our highest recommendation…Here at last is a plethora of Kley at his wildest, superbly reproduced and well documented." —Bud Plant
"I am overjoyed at the Kley books—Wow. Handsome, delicious, delirious!" —Stephen Bissette
"These two volumes add a lot of new images and information that will satisfy both new and dedicated Kley fans." — James Gurney
"I have both of these books, and Joe Procopio did a great job with them. The reproductions are excellent." —David Apatoff
"Amazing job on the two Kley books. I have wished for books such as these since discovering Kley in the early 1960s." — Richard S.
"There'll be a lot of excitement throughout the world once these books are available to the throng." —Michael Wm. Kaluta
Thanks to all who have taken the time to write to let us know what you think about these books.
Back in October, we had the honor of serving as guest columnist for Leif Peng's amazing illustration blog, Today's Inspiration. I've been a fan since Peng launched the site in 2005, and it was wonderful to get to share some art (about a dozen images) and biographical information with his readers drawn from our new Heinrich Kley books. We also want to extend a special thanks to The Comics Journal, Heidi MacDonald's The Beat, and Tom Spurgeon's Comics Reporter for helping to spread the word.
It was equally exciting for us to contribute to the most recent issue of Illustration magazine (#39). Dan Zimmer's magazine is the premiere print source devoted to the art of illustration, the perfect venue for discussing Kley's life and work in an art-packed interview with scholar Alexander Kunkel excerpted from The Lost Art of Heinrich Kley Volume 2. We highly encourage you to seek out the current and any past issues of Illustration, one of the inspirations that paved the way for our very own Lost Art Books series.
Lost Art Books in "Illustration" magazine!
Road Trip with Lost Art Books
Publishers Ellen Levy and Joe Procopio at SPX 2012
Lost Art Books took the show on the road on two different occasions last year, making many new friends along the way. In addition to debuting The Lost Art of Heinrich Kley Volumes 1 & 2 at the Small Press Expo in September 2012, we had on hand several limited-edition prints and both volumes in our convention-exclusive Lost Art Chapbook series.
The lure of the open road called again in November when we were invited to exhibit at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival. It was our first time exhibiting at BCGF, and we couldn't have had a better time. Definitely add it to your calendar in 2013.
Our hearty thanks to the organizers of these shows, two of the best we've attended as fan or publisher. To the left is a picture of Ellen and me manning the Lost Art Books booth!
Earlier this month the Picture This Press World Headquarters hosted its second annual party as a way of expressing its gratitude for our many supporters. About 100 people came through our doors that evening to hoist a glass and celebrate another year of successful independent publishing with us. As a special thank you, we created a limited-edition print to give out exclusively for the party. We actually ended up with a few stray copies, so the first five people to respond to this email will get a free copy of the print mailed to them with our compliments.
Limited-edition party print
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Forthcoming from Lost Art Books
The Lost Art of the Racy & Risqué
A collection of hundreds of drawings from cartoonists and illustrators at their bawdiest, covering Jazz Age flappers to World War II-era cheesecake. Spring 2013
The Lost Art of Matt Baker: Canteen Kate
Collecting every gorgeous episode that featured Baker's war-time good girl, Canteen Kate. Summer 2013
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Picture This Press is dedicated to broadening the appreciation and awareness of artists who work in the fields of illustration, cartooning, graphic arts, photography, and poster design. Picture This Press founder Joseph Procopio and co-publisher Ellen Levy have a combined 40 years of publishing experience as writers, managing editors, and publications directors for a variety of organizations.
Lost Art Books, the flagship series from Picture This Press, collects and preserves the works of illustrators and cartoonists from the first half of the 20th century. Too many of these artists have gone underappreciated for too long, with much of their work uncollected or unexamined for decades, if at all. The Lost Art Books series aims to preserve this cultural heritage by re-introducing these artists to new generations of working illustrators, historians, and admirers of things beautiful.