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After 7 years in the making, we're so pleased to announce that The Art of Rube Goldberg is available today!
For the book's release, we also have a note on Rube Goldberg's "Simple Way to Get Fresh Orange Juice Upon Awakening," the machine depicted (and paper-engineered by Andrew Baron of Popyrus Studio, Inc.) on the book cover, from Abrams ComicArts Editorial Director, Charles Kochman. The cartoon was originally created in 1939 for Rube's syndicated newspaper strip "Rube Goldberg's Side Show."
Check out the cover sequence below:
From Charles Kochman:
Coming up with the idea for doing a moveable cover was easy—a book on Rube Goldberg published by Abrams ComicArts had to move in some way. But the hard part was how to make it happen. Thankfully our publisher, Susan Van Metre, knew Andrew Baron of Popyrus Studios, a lifelong Rube Goldberg fan who had pitched her a Rube Goldberg pop-up book idea quite some time ago. Andy worked on the automaton for the Martin Scorsese 3D-movie Hugo, an adaptation of Brian Selznick's amazing novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and he and I hit it off right away. We sorted through hundreds of Rube's inventions until we settled on the one featured on our cover, and in collaboration with Alison Gervais, our production director, and our designers, Chad W. Beckerman and Sara Corbett, an idea that started seven years ago came to life!
In the above rare footage (1916), Rube is demonstrating early techniques in animation, popularized only a few years prior. Featured within the book, the images below depict Rube working on the drawings for this particular animated short, as well as promotional content for the finished animation.
Featuring a moveable cover, thousands of images from the archives, and more-- only 5 days left until The Art of Rube Goldberg!
Only 1 week left until the release of The Art of Rube Goldberg: (A) Inventive (B) Cartoon (C) Genius!
Cartoonist, humorist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor, Rube Goldberg (1883–1970) was the most famous cartoonist of his time, best known for his comical inventions, which were syndicated in daily newspapers throughout the world. Author Jennifer George celebrates all aspects of her grandfather’s career, from his very first published drawings in his high school newspaper and college yearbook to his iconic inventions, his comic strips and advertising work, and his later sculpture and Pulitzer Prize–winning political cartoons. Also included are essays by noted comics historians, rare photographs, letters, memorabilia, and patents, many reproduced here for the first time. Brilliantly designed and packaged to capture the inventiveness of Rube Goldberg’s work, The Art of Rube Goldberg is a coffee table book the whole family can enjoy.
Check back all week for more exclusive videos, images, and more!
Abrams ComicArts had an exciting lineup of Fall 2013 books and authors at New York Comic Con 2013!
Abrams ComicArts Has an Exciting Lineup of Fall 2013 Books and Authors at New York Comic Con (Booth 2228)
Be sure to stop by Abrams booth #2228 for Con exclusives, giveaways, special discounts, and more!
NYCC Show Exclusives Include:
60 Years of Bazooka Joe with Ira Friedman, Jay Lynch, Talley Morse, R. Sikoryak, andKirk Taylor, moderated by Abrams ComicArts editorial director, Charles Kochman
The Misadventures of Salem Hyde with Frank Cammuso
ABRAMS presents The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia Panel with The Lord of Eviland Marceline the Vampire Queen. Panelists include Martin Olson (The Lord of Evil),Olivia Olson (Marceline the Vampire Queen), Jessica DiCicco (Flame Princess), and insane illustrators Celeste Moreno and Mahendra Singh, moderated by ABRAMS editorEric Klopfer
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund: The Secret Origins of Comics Censorship!with Abrams ComicArts editorial director Charles Kochman, CBLDF executive directorCharles Brownstein, and professor Carol Tilley
Kidding Around with Design with Abrams editorial director Charles Kochman and design expert Chip Kidd (author of GO: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design and associate art director of Knopf)
Matt Dangler signing Faeryland
Jennifer George, granddaughter of Rube Goldberg, signing prints and advance copies of The Art of Rube Goldberg
The Lord of Evil and Marceline the Vampire Queen signing The Adventure Time Encyclopedia
Sanford Greene and Trevor Pryce signing An Army of Frogs
Frank Cammuso signing The Misadventures of Salem Hyde
The Lord of Evil and Marceline the Vampire Queen signing The Adventure Time Encyclopedia
Please contact Maya Bradford for more information, to schedule interviews with authors, or for review copies of our books.
Find out more at abramsbooks.com/comiccon.
(A) Inventive (B) Cartoon (C) Genius
Selected and with commentary by Jennifer George, introduction by Adam Gopnik, cover paper engineering by Andrew Baron of Popyrus Studio, essays by Al Jaffee, Carl Linich, Peter Maresca, Paul Tumey, and Brian Walker
Not many of us make it into the dictionary as an adjective. But then again, Rube Goldberg was no ordinary noun. He was a cartoonist, humorist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor, and in a 72-year career he wrote and illustrated nearly 50,000 cartoons. Goldberg (1883–1970) was the most famous cartoonist of his time, best known for his comical inventions, which were syndicated in daily newspapers throughout the world. Author Jennifer George celebrates all aspects of her grandfather’s career, from his very first published drawings in his high school newspaper and college yearbook to his iconic inventions, his comic strips and advertising work, and his later sculpture and Pulitzer Prize–winning political cartoons. Also included are essays by noted comics historians, rare photographs, letters, memorabilia, and patents, many reproduced here for the first time. Brilliantly designed and packaged to capture the inventiveness of Rube Goldberg’s work, The Art of Rube Goldberg is a coffee table book the whole family can enjoy.
Writer Frank M. Young (right) receives his Eisner for The Carter Family: Don't Forget This Song after this weekend's big win for Best Reality-Based Work. Illustrator David Lasky (left) accepted their awards at the annual Eisner Awards at San Diego Comic-Con, presented by Neil Gaiman and Jonathan Ross.
THURSDAY, JULY 18, 11:00am, Booth #1216
William Stout signing Legends of the Blues
FRIDAY, JULY 19, 3:30pm, Booth #1216
David Lasky signing The Carter Family and William Stout signing Legends of the Blues
SATURDAY, JULY 20, 11:00am and 2:00pm, Booth #1216
William Stout signing Legends of the Blues
SATURDAY, JULY 20, 4:00pm, Autograph Area
Martin Olson and Olivia Olson signing The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia
SUNDAY, JULY 21, 11:00am, Booth #1216
Sanford Greene signing An Army of Frogs
SUNDAY, JULY 21, 11:00, Autograph Area
Martin Olson and Olivia Olson signing The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia
THURSDAY, JULY 18, 4:30–5:30pm, Room 4
What’s New from Abrams ComicArts with editorial director Charles Kochman and senior editor Carol Burrell
FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2:00–3:00pm, Room 32AB
Music and Comics with William Stout (Legends of the Blues) and David Lasky (The Carter Family)
SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2:30–3:30pm, Room 8
ABRAMS presents an Adventure Time Encyclopaedia Panel with the Lord of Evil and Marceline the Vampire Queen
SUNDAY, JULY 21, 11:00am–12:00pm, Room 32AB
60 Years of Bazooka Joe with free giveaways and surprises.
Guest blogger Kirk Taylor is the curator of the Taylor-Morse Collection and the great nephew of Avonne Taylor. An artist and writer, Kirk is currently completing work on the biography of Wesley Morse with co-author Nancy Morse. You can visit his website and follow him on twitter here@TaylorMorseArt.
Today marks the release of the Bazooka Joe and His Gang book from Topps and Abrams ComicArts. Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the iconic brand with a comprehensive history, it reveals for the first time the truth behind its enigmatic mascot.
Like Wacky Packages, the humor card series we most associate with Topps, Bazooka Joe may be considered Topps earliest parody, a spoof of the eye-patch-wearing Baron George Wrangell and the innovative ad campaign for Hathaway Shirts of the 1950s. The characters of Joe and the Gang are modeled on that classic comic strip trope, the gang of kids. A staple in American and international comic strips since the early days of the art form, it is an archetype which strikes a chord of the kid in all of us. But it is that characteristic trait, the eye patch, that gave Joe his edge. That and the half billion or so comic imprints depicting his exploits being packaged, shipped, unwrapped and read worldwide.
Bazooka Bubble Gum had embedded itself into popular consciousness as a brand for nearly twenty years before Wacky Packages arrived on the scene in 1967. There wasn’t a consumer product that wasn’t fair game for the artists of Topps to turn their sharp satirical minds on, especially Topps’ own products. And Bazooka was one bubble they couldn’t resist popping! Of all their concoctions, it became their most parodied. Starting with Gadzooka from the ’67 die-cut series in a gag written by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman and painted by Norm “Mars Attacks” Saunders. The school teacher is a cliche from old comics that Speiglman and fellow cartoonist and Wacky co-conspirator Jay Lynch had been using since their fanzine days. The ensuing decades brought Badzooka, Batzooka, Badzooka again, Buzzooka, and who can forget Bazzuchini!
Fast forward to today. Artist Chimel Ford patrols the isles of a neighborhood grocery store, camera in hand, taking photographs of products in their natural habitat, documenting the distinctive patterns and colors of the many varied cans, boxes and bags.
Composed without a hint of irony, Ford paints fond depictions of consumer goods. Non-Wacky Packages. Every aspect of the packaging detail is given the meticulous attention of his thickly applied paint stroke. He’s not asking us to see them any differently, just see them. The brands’ familiarity, their ubiquity, offer a kind of comfort. I buy these, my mom buys these, I see friends eating them, this stuff is plain yummy. It also allows Ford the freedom and comfort to not have to invent. Like a still life painter with a bowl of fruit, the box of Bazooka Bubble Gum is what it is. A box of Bazooka. Distinctly, and characteristically itself.
The Bazooka Joe and His Gang book is itself a loving recreation of that brand’s appeal; its bold alternating red, white and blue font, the wax wrapper jacket flap, the pink of its bubble gum, right down to the painted page edges. Not a spoof of its subject but a tribute. Inside are our fortunes, our stories, our prizes — our childhood.
Featured Artist, Chimel Ford.
Of all the stories coming out of StudioWorks day program during 2012, perhaps the most compelling is that of 23 year old Chimel Ford whose desire is to become a professional artist. In the two years he has been attending StudioWorks he has made great strides towards achieving his goal with the assistance of the StudioWorks staff. In March 2012 he was the first StudioWorks artist to have a one-person show in their spacious gallery, with a grant through the Power2Give program helping to underwrite the expenses. Most of Ford’s 24 paintings on canvas and paper sold! As a result of this exhibition, he completed another dozen paintings which were direct commissions from the art-loving public. StudioWorks artists receive an 80% commission on all sold work.
Studio Works is a not-for-profit art studio and program venue of Zoom Group benefiting adults with developmental disabilities. It began as a day program for clients with an expressed interest in the visual arts. Since the program’s inception over eight years ago, it has grown from a room in a coffee house to its present 4600 square foot studio/gallery on Eastern Parkway in Louisville, Kentucky. Each move has been a result of the clients’ hard work, growth, and success.
Zoom Group, is celebrating its 27th anniversary of providing services for adults with developmental disabilities. Although primarily involved in vocational opportunities, with more than 150 individuals in commercial and supported employment positions throughout the Louisville metro area, Zoom Group also operates several day programs where persons who require special care are given the attention they need.
Guest blogger Kirk Taylor is the curator of the Taylor-Morse Collection and the great nephew of Avonne Taylor. An artist and writer, Kirk is currently completing work on the biography of Wesley Morse with co-author Nancy Morse. You can visit his website and follow him on twitter here @TaylorMorseArt.
Bazooka Joe is perhaps the most widely recognized confectionary icon in the world. Since the 1950s, Bazooka Bubble Gum has been distributed internationally, with the comics translated into 50 languages and sold in more than 100 countries. The character and brand have influenced artists and creators worldwide.
Just as people often refer to a photocopy as a Xerox, or a cotton swab a Q-Tip, Bazooka is bubble gum. Countless tweets streaming in hourly on Twitter recall it fondly, albeit jokingly, as the gum with the short-lasting flavor and unfunny comics. Which is ironic considering how long-lasting the memory of it actually is.
Joe and the Gang have worked their way into our collective memories. It may simply be sweet nostalgia, but folded up in that wax wrapper is also a micro-history of marketing success and lasting product appeal.
During my research while writing the introduction to Bazooka Joe and His Gang from Topps and Abrams ComicArts, I encountered numerous creative works which were clearly inspired by Bazooka Bubble Gum and its iconic mini-comics. My intention with these posts is to share this legacy.
Spanish artist Luis Perez Calvo's intricate balancing act of anthropomorphic structures and billboards has an all-over composition evoking the work of Miro by way of Philip Guston’s cartoon inspired forms. Like a bubble gum Garden of Earthly Delights, the more you look the more you realize you’re seeing the rickety scaffolding of our nostalgia.
Featured Artist, Louis Perez Calvo
My passion and fascination for Bazooka Bubble Gum began in my childhood in Spain in the 1960s with the first packages of the round gum. But what still excites me most is the magic of the Bazooka logo typography, with its distinctive blue and red colors.
I was born in Madrid. Other influences from my childhood are the circus, the cinema with double features, the cassettes, the LP’s, Sunday visits to “El Rastro”, the most popular market in Madrid and, of course, the comics.
I started many years ago painting different types of pictures, and have participated in many individual and collective exhibitions. Lately, I am working for Liebre Gallery.
About the Book:
You only think you know this story. In 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer—the most notorious serial killer since Jack the Ripper—seared himself into the American consciousness. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Derf Backderf, "Jeff" was a much more complex figure: a high school friend with whom he had shared classrooms, hallways, and car rides. In My Friend Dahmer, a haunting and original graphic novel, writer-artist Backderf creates a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a disturbed young man struggling against the morbid urges emanating from the deep recesses of his psyche—a shy kid, a teenage alcoholic, and a goofball who never quite fit in with his classmates. With profound insight, what emerges is a Jeffrey Dahmer that few ever really knew, and one readers will never forget.
Praise for My Friend Dahmer:
"The tone is sympathetic and enraged (‘Where were the damn ad
ults?’), while not excusing or making the story unduly fascinating. Backderf’s writing is impeccably honest in not exculpating his own misdeeds . . . and quietly horrifying. A small, dark classic." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"One of the best graphic novels I've read this year." -- USA Today's PopCandy
"One of the most thought-provoking comics released in a long time." -- Slate.com
"Carefully researched and sourced with ample back matter, Backderf’s tragic chronicle of what shouldn’t have been is a real butt-kicker for educators and youth counselors as well as peers of other potential Dahmers. Highly recommended for professionals as well as true crime readers." —Library Journal
"This isnt a cautionary tale. Its insight sharedinsight arriving too late to save Dahmers victims, let alone Jeff himself, but perhaps soon enough to remind both teens and their caretakers that questioning peculiar behavior might be a better tack than ignoring or exploiting it." -- School Library Journal
"Fortunately, cartoonist Derf Backderf isn't one to avoid the troubling, even terrifying, truths that lurk in the dark recesses of that notorious serial killer's early lifeand modern American life itself." -- Foreword Reviews
"A powerful, unsettling use of the graphic medium to share a profoundly disturbing story. . . . An exemplary demonstration of the transformative possibilities of graphic narrative." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Masterful. . . a rich tale full of complexity and sensitivity . . . There's something about Dahmer's life and crimes that seems almost crafted for treatment in the murky world of comix. Yet it's empathy and nuance, not gore, that put My Friend Dahmer alongside Alison Bechdel's Fun Home and David Small's Stitches in the annals of illustrated literature." —Cleveland Plain Dealer
"A new classic of the graphic novel genre. . . . A moving book that qualifies as one of the great graphic novels, a work of art." —Creative Loafing
"A well-told, powerful story. Backderf is quite skilled in using comics to tell this tale of a truly weird and sinister 1970s adolescent world." —R. Crumb
"Anyone who opens My Friend Dahmer to satisfy a morbid curiosity, and likewise anyone who expects to find no more than a cynical publishing venture here, is bound for disappointment. It is a horrifying read, yes, not so much for what it reveals about the sad early (and inevitably terrible) life of Jeffrey Dahmer, but because of what it reveals about the bland emotional landscape of Middle America, in this vision a petri dish for psychoses in many degrees and forms. Backderf’s odd stylization, with figures that look like organic robots, is a perfect vehicle for this conception. His graphic approach is grotesque, droll, and it rags on reality as masses of kids knew and still know it. Lots of books exist about the agonies and cruelty of the adolescent high school experience, but few so compellingly bring us straight into that soulless environment, showing the ways it can shelter, allow to burgeon, and, at the same time, be completely blind to real madness. It wasn’t easy reading this book, but I’m glad I did." —David Small, author and illustrator of Stitches, a National Book Award finalist and #1 New York Times bestseller
"Stunning. Horrifying. Beautifully done." —Alison Bechdel, author and illustrator of Fun Home, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist
"My Friend Dahmer is a brilliant graphic novel and surely ranks among the very best of the form. Like Alison Bechdel’sFun Home, the book plumbs a dark autobiographical mystery, trying in retrospect to understand actions and motivations to piece together the makings of a tragedy. Like Charles Burns’s Black Hole, it’s a starkly etched portrait of the horror of high school in the 1970s. Comparisons aside, My Friend Dahmer is entirely original, boldly and beautifully drawn, and full of nuance and complexity and even a strange tenderness. Out of the sordid and grotesque details of Dahmer’s life, Derf has fashioned a moving and complex literary work of art." —Dan Chaon, award-winning author of Among the Missing and You Remind Me of Me
"Just when you think you know all there is to know about Jeffrey Dahmer— one of the most notorious criminals of the past century—along comes My Friend Dahmer, which adds significantly to our understanding of this rare form of psychopathology. The graphic novel format helps the reader appreciate the adolescent mind-set of Dahmer’s high school classmates. Although none of those who grew up with Dahmer expected to hear what they learned on July 22, 1991, when he was caught, no one was really surprised, either. This unique book allows the reader to listen in on the fascinating reminiscences of those who watched the developing mind of a future serial killer." —Louis B. Schlesinger, PhD, Professor of Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
"It’d be so easy to pigeonhole and think that the reason you can’t stop reading My Friend Dahmer is because it offers a voyeuristic peek inside the monster. And it does. But as it turns its self-aware eye on the boy who doesn’t belong, the real magic trick is how equally hateful and sad you feel for the monster himself. This one’s still haunting me." —Brad Meltzer, author of Identity Crisis and The Inner Circle, a #1 New York Times bestseller
"As someone who walked the halls of Revere High School with both Backderf and Dahmer and was there from the beginning, I am astounded by the accuracy and truthfulness of this portrait. I know of no other work that so clearly shows the teenage days of an American monster, long before the rest of the world heard of him. Mesmerizing." —Mike Kukral, PhD, Revere High School class of 1978, Professor of Geography, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, author of Prague 1989: Theater of Revolution
"If you want to read a heavy story about a disturbing teenager, My Friend Dahmer will certainly quench your dark little desires. But this book is about a lot of other things that matter much, much more: the institutionalized weirdness of the suburban seventies, what it means to be friends with someone you don’t really like, a cogent explanation as to why terrible things happen, and a means for feeling sympathy toward those who don’t seem to deserve it." —Chuck Klosterman, author of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto and The Visible Man
"A solid job. Putrid serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s origins are explored in this fine book. Dig it—it’ll hang you out to dry." —James Ellroy, author of My Dark Places and L.A. Confidential
Exposing the Myths of Science Denial, written and illustrated by Darryl Cunningham.
Is hydro-fracking safe? Is climate change real? Did the moon landing actually happen? How about evolution: fact or fiction? Author-illustrator Darryl Cunningham looks at these and other hot-button science topics and presents a fact-based, visual assessment of current thinking and research on eight different issues everybody’s arguing about. His lively storytelling approach incorporates comics, photographs, and diagrams to create substantive but easily accessible reportage. Cunningham’s distinctive illustrative style shows how information is manipulated by all sides; his easy-to-follow narratives allow readers to draw their own fact-based conclusions. A graphic milestone of investigative journalism!
Read an excerpt from the book on BoingBoing.com.
MoCCA is just around the corner and you can find us at booths D113, D114, E144, E145.
With Special Guests!
Darryl Cunningham (How to Fake a Moon Landing)
Glyn Dillon (The Nao of Brown)
JAKe and Robert Sellers (Hellraisers)
Rob Davis (The Complete Don Quixote)
Featuring Limited Signed and Numbered Advances of:
Raven Girl signed by Audrey Niffenegger
Legends of the Blues signed by William Stout
Plus: Previews and Giveaways! Special MoCCA Festival Discount! Fantastic Sweepstakes!
Full schedule of signings and events available at the booth! Click here for more information.