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BOB ADELMAN & RICHARD MERKIN
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TIJUANA BIBLES
Art and Wit in America's Forbidden Funnies, 1930's-1950's
Introduction 
by Art Spiegelman 
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Hardcover: 160 pages
Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 0684834618
A Forgotten Bit of America's Forbidden Knowledge

When a group of anonymous comic strip artists began producing the Tijuana Bibles--erotic comic books that satirized contemporary life and lampooned such treasured icons as Little Orphan Annie and Clark Gable--the works became instant collector's items. Today, interest in the bibles remains strong because of their artistry, their audacity, and because of what they tell us about our history and our attitudes.

140 illustrations, 20 in color.

Hidden in a corner among the great sacred texts of the world lies a series of exuberantly ribald underground comics known as the Tijuana Bibles. Iconoclastic, hilarious, and sexy, these anonymous little books, written from the 1930s through the 1950s, are revered among scholars and aficionados of American folk art, and devotees of comics as well as collectors of erotica.
 Comic strips in general were an American phenomenon, and at their zenith the Sunday funnies were as important as breakfast. But the anonymous creators of the Tijuana Bibles turned the saccharine tradition of the comics on its head, cheerfully savaging every sacred cow in the pasture in their pursuit of satire and sex.
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Aboveground for the first time, these subversive comic masterworks are presented here in all their brilliant and raunchy glory. Author Bob Adelman reviewed almost 1,000 of the Tijuana Bibles before selecting 100 of the most lively and important examples of the genre. The book opens with an introductory essay by Art Spiegelman, America's most famous comic artist and a man who proudly acknowledges the impact these rollicking and scandalous little booklets have had on his own work. These tremendously entertaining comics also tell us fascinating things about American attitudes toward celebrity, about the hypocrisy of certain social and political values, and about the ability of artists working outside the establishment to effectively tweak its sensibilities in a way few others can. For anyone who believes irreverence can be patriotic and sex can be just plain fun, Tijuana Bibles showcases American comic art at its untamed finest.
TOM ALVAREZ
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by Tom Alvarez
Hardcover: 144 pages
North Light Books
ISBN: 0891346619
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From North Light: Tricks of the trade from prominent adventure cartoonists!
Comic artist Tom Alvarez is here to teach beginning and intermediate artists the ropes. Step-by-step, aspiring cartoonists will learn about every aspect of working in the adventure style of comics.
Features detailed instruction on every aspect of the art, offers inside information on the business end, and provides focused exercises in each chapter to help readers develop their drawing skills. Also includes tips from Sy Barry (The Phantom), Joe Giella (Mary Worth), Frank Springer (Hedley Kase) and other leading cartoonists.
CHARLES BURNS & GARY PANTER
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FACETASM
Creepy Mix-And-Match
Book of Face Mutations
by Gary Panter & Charles Burns
Hardcover:
16 interchangeable pages
Gates of Heck, Inc
ISBN: 1889539058
$12.95
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FACETASM (pronounced FACE'-tazum) is a spooky, freaked-out illustrated psycho ride -- an updated version of the mix-and-match books of our childhood.
Sixteen creepy, icky, and downright weird faces by artists Charles Burns and Gary Panter have been cut up and bound into Facetasm, so you can mix and match to your heart's content, exploring more than 7,000 possible mutations. From robots to monsters to things that look like mutant rejects from some twisted Disney cartoon, the faces are strange enough before you start mixing them up, but once you begin flipping you'll be hooked. There's even a space on the back page for your own photo, so you can see what you'd look like with a new hairdo. Or fangs. Facetasm is good old-fashioned fun with a healthy dose of the avant-garde, and giving it to your kids is like inviting William Burroughs to baby-sit. A good thing.
--Simon Leake
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The publisher, Gates of Heck
18 Creepy faces mix-and-match to form 7,000 new ones!
Artist/ilustrators Charles Burns and Gary Panter have created 16 faces that break-up into three sections -- top, middle and bottom --and "tasm-mutate" into over 7,000 different nightmarish and hilarious creatures. Groovy fun for adults, yet cool for any kid who digs R.L. Stine.
TONY C. CAPUTO
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HOW TO
SELF-PUBLISH YOUR OWN COMIC BOOK
by Tony C. Caputo
Paperback
Watson-Guptill Publications
ISBN: 0823024555
$19.95
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The Complete Resource Guide to the Business, Production, Distribution, Marketing and Promotion of Comic Books
The fiercely competitive and hugely profitable business of self-publishing comic books is fully outlined in this book written to guide entrepreneurial artists and writers.
From the author, Tony C. Caputo:
Ten years of experience will help

For those of you who've actually spent the time to read my book, I'd like to thank you.

I've added much value into these pages (certainly $15 worth). This value stems from my successes and from some of the hard lessons that were learned. This book was produced to help you avoid those mistakes that countless of other comic book publishers have made in the past and continue to make, without ten years of experience to guide them.

I've tried to response to all the e-mail I've received since my book was first published, but, if I've missed someone, my sincere apologies. I've recently added a FAQ page on the web site published in the book. If any of you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me and I'd be more than happy to answer any questions (please, give me a few days to respond).

Enjoy and Good Luck!



Tony Caputo has published hundreds of comic books, including such famous titles as The Twilight Zone, The Real Ghostbusters, and Married with Children.
52 illustrations, 8 in color.
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