- Staff Picks
- July 23, 2021
Big Whoop. Review by Julius C. Lacking.
Get your crazy font on, with Andy Miller’s collection of wall-ready poster art inspired by indie rock music.
Kip Fulbeck’s Permanence examines tattoos as a means toward self discovery. Every piece of ink has a story and it all adds up to who we are as people. Jen Cray could barely finish the book before adding a fresh layer of ink to her body.
Rose Petralia doesn’t care if you don’t dig Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, she thinks they’re dreamy.
The definitive coffee table book on Godzilla and his creator, Eiji Tsuburaya. Carl F. Gauze is torn on whether to stifle a giggle at the rubber suits or flee in terror through the streets of Tokyo.
Your wall calendar might say something about you, but can it speak for an entire nation? Eric J. Iannelli ogles Angela Villalba’s colorful Mexican Calendar Girls and discovers a unique popular art form from south of the border.
Before the Design Republic, before even 4AD’s Vaughan Oliver / v23, there was Peter Saville and Factory Records. The history of music and design is filled with intersections, and Matthew Moyer considers none to be as seminal as this.
Marshall Presnell is transported back to an age of sugary plastic heat when thumbing through this new retrospective of postwar animation and cartooning.
David Shrigley tries to explain who he is and what he wants… and yet, Brittany Sturgesstill isn’t quite sure.
Carl F Gauze fears that the authors of the Worst Case Scenario series may have gone to the well one too many times. That doesn’t mean, however, that he didn’t bookmark the section on Wagon Circling. You can never be too careful.
This new collection of Asian packaging and design art reminds Heather Lorusso that sometimes the most interesting things to see in Japan are everyday objects.
Whether or not you’re trying to dispense with a certain roadrunning thorn in your side, Rob Levy finds much to enjoy in thisvolume. Christmas is just around the corner, after all, and doesn’t some special in your life need an Instant Tunnel Painter?
Are you an aspiring superhero, but there’s something missing in your wardrobe? Does your alias “Quickie” bring laughter rather than fear? Then take a look at Does This Cape Make Me Look Fat? and find out the answers that work and the ones that don’t to these and other questions posed by superhero wannabes like Tim Wardyn.
Dust off your tiaras and practice your wave! Brittany Sturges delves into the history of the beauty pageant, courtesy of this new volume.
Marshall Presnell steps back and admires both the beauty and utility presented in this photo collection of innovative loft spaces.
Marshall Presnell finds hidden truths about America on the back of a matchbook. Or, in this case, a handsomely printed volume full of reproductions of the best (and worst) of vintage matchbook art.
The protagonist of Small Town Odds is stuck in rural West Virginia, his dreams of college faded, working two jobs, caring for his daughter, drinking too much, and of course, dealing with the prospects of romance. For readers like Joe Frietze who’ve paid their dues to Small Town America, Jason Headley’s debut novel will strike more than one familiar chord.
Champagne wishes and totalitarian dreams! Your host, James Mann, plays voyeur into the lifestyles of the rich and the insane via Dictator Style.
Dream the possible dream! Go the extra millimeter! The stars? Reach for the popcorn bowl instead. If you’ve lowered your expectations and still have trouble meeting them, this how-not-to guide to achievement is a must-read. Better yet, ease back into that familiar-looking groove on the couch and let Carl F Gauze sum it up in three easy-to-swallow paragraphs.