Thursday, September 15, 2016

PR: Lost Art Books at Small Press Expo Sept. 14-15


Sept. 17-18
Booth i2

Dear Friends,

We will be exhibiting again at this year's Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland (booth i2). It's the best convention of its kind anywhere, and we're all lucky it is in our proverbial backyard.

Our publishing company Picture This Press (the publisher of the Lost Art Books imprint) is also taking part in SPX's programming this year. In conjunction with last spring's announcement that Picture This Press will publish The Richard Thompson Library, as series editor I organized a panel discussion devoted to Thompson. We hope you'll find the time to attend. The details are below:

White Flint Auditorium
September 17, 2016, 5:30 pm–6:30 pm

Richard Thompson (1957–2016)—one of his generation's greatest cartoonists and caricaturists—was beloved by readers and fellow artists alike. Pat Oliphant called him "Michelangelo with a sense of humor," and Bill Watterson, who had not said anything publicly in almost 20 years, sent out a note crediting Thompson with "giving me a reason to read the comics again." A short documentary celebrating Thompson's art and generous spirit will be followed by a conversation among Thompson's long-time intimates—his close friend and fellow cartoonist Nick Galifianakis, Shena Wolf, who is the Uclick acquisitions editor and was Richard's editor on Cul De Sac, as well as friend and art historian David Apatoff—concluding with an opportunity for questions and reflections from the audience. Moderated by publisher (Lost Art Books) and editor of the forthcoming Richard Thompson Library series, Joseph Procopio.

In addition to bringing copies of every Lost Art Book still in print, this year we are debuting a chapbook that spotlights one of our favorite artists, Russell Patterson (see the chapbook's cover and a description below).  These chapbooks are exclusively available at our convention appearances.

The Lost Art of Drinking (with Drawings by Russell Patterson)
You don't need some fancy pants "mixologist" to make your drinks! Give 'em the high hat, and make your own with this beautifully illustrated cocktail chapbook adorned throughout with the art of cartoonist and illustrator Russell Patterson. These cocktails and illustrations come from a time when men understood the art of imbibing, and women could match them drink for drink. Patterson was a top Jazz Age drinker and drawer of his day, with a style that overflows with savoir faire and urbanity, frivolity and fun, and this book provides a glimpse into both Patterson's mastery and an era when drinking culture put a premium on sophistication and wit.​

Please find below a map of the exhibitor's hall that will get you to our booth. Ellen and I really hope you'll find some time on the weekend of Sept. 17-18 to drop by and say hello. I promise you won't be disappointed in the abundance of creativity on display by the talented artists and small publishers who exhibit at SPX every year (go to for more information about exhibitors, special guests, panel discussions, etc.)

Warm regards,

Joe Procopio and Ellen Levy
Lost Art Books

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