Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Reviews invited; Best of Simon&Kirby; Book and Comic Shows; Clearance Sale

I want you to write for us!
I'd like to invite you to contribute to our website. You can now write a review of any book we handle. You just log in with your password, or create an account for yourself, and go to it. For instance, two great books begging for your personal comments are Reynold Brown and Norman Saunders.

Go to any item, scroll down until you see this:

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log-in if you wish to review this product
or this, if there is already a review:
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I've been doing the occasional review myself, and here are two examples of what I have done:

BRUSH WITH PASSION: The Art and Life of Dave Stevens Edited by Arnie Fenner and Cathy Fenner.

TELLING STORIES: The Comic Art of Frank Frazetta

The Best of Simon and Kirby

I just got this note from Steve Saffel. Steve just finished editing the new Best of Simon and Kirby and I think his enthusiasm deserves inclusion here. I know very few comics fans who don't love S&K's Golden Age work. I've collected their work since I first discovered comics in the 1960s.

DC has also announced a Golden Age Sandman volume with S&K's seminal work. And also coming is a collection of their best stories from Young Love and Young Romance--the romance work for fans who hate romance. It's S&K worth seeing!

Here's Steve:

Hi There!
Please forgive me the mass e-mail, but I’ve received an advance copy of a book which has me excited beyond words--THE BEST OF SIMON AND KIRBY--and I have a couple of requests.

The Library Journal had words. “Dazzling from beginning to end, The Best of Simon and Kirby is a monumental piece of comics’ history and a hunk of Americana that is a dream come true for legions of fans. Buy it for your graphic novels, art, or pop-culture collections, but buy it.”

Now we need your help. Joe put his heart and soul into the project, and he deserves a bestseller! So...
Spread the word. Forward this e-mail to all of your friends who might be interested.
Pre-order your copy—if you are so inclined—through a book store, a comic book store, or an online store. Help us hit some bestseller lists!
Review the book. I’d love to see it with the five-star rating it deserves.
The book is beautiful. The stories are exciting, the Harry Mendryk restorations are fantastic, and the artwork is a joy to behold. If you’ve never seen Kirby in collaboration with Simon, you’ve missed the best. And if you have, you’ve never seen it like this, with vivid colors on oversize pages. I’ve attached a couple of samples—please take a look. We’ve even got stories made available by Marvel and DC, including the first two S&K mega-hits, Captain America and Boy Commandos.

Years ago, Jules Feiffer’s The Great Comic Book Heroes was an epiphany, introducing us to Simon and Kirby, Jack Cole, Will Eisner, and more. THE BEST OF SIMON AND KIRBY is the same sort of experience, with the most exciting super hero, detective, horror, science fiction, romance, and humor ever to appear in comics. It’s full of surprises—under the dust jacket, in the wonderful Mark Evanier introductions, and in the stories. The entire Titan Books team really knocked themselves out!

It’s obscenely inexpensive. There are more Simon and Kirby books on the way, and this is the one that gets the ball rolling. Thank you for your help!

Best, Steve

Stephen W. Saffel, Editor, The Best of Simon and Kirby

Clearance Sale

We're clearing out some wonderful books at amazing prices, so I hope you don't miss out. We are offering you a huge section of bargain-priced books. Most are in short supply, so act now. You won't find deals like this anywhere else, even on Amazon! A few examples:

Mark Schultz: Various Drawings 3 $19.95, now $12.95

Walt and Skeezix 1925-26 Volume 3 $29.95, now $9.99

Doc Savage #11 $12.95, now $8.95

Chamber of Mystery: Witchcraft $13.99, now $8.99

Liberty Meadows Book 1, 10th Anniversary Special $24.99, now $12.99

Star Wars Vault: 30 Years of Treasures $85, now $55

Click here for more clearance specials:

More Upcoming Shows

Super-Con, San Jose May 16-17
I'll be exhibiting at Super-Con in San Jose, California May 16 and 17. If you are in the area, come by and say hello. I'll have a booth of sale priced new books, a load of Golden Age and Silver Age comics and other goodies. Their website with full information is:

Gold Rush Book Fair, Grass Valley May 16
The same weekend, my partner Anne will have antiquarian illustrated books and lots of my out-of-print items at the Gold Rush Book Fair in Grass Valley. One day only, May 16. The picture at the beginning of this week's blog, and below, are from the bookfair:


Seattle Book and Paper Show May 30-31

Anne Hutchison and I will be exhibiting old comics and pulps, out of print illustrated and children's books and much more.


San Diego Internation Comic-Con July 22-26

Bud's Art Books will be in SD for our 40th consecutive year--I first set up at San Diego in 1970, sharing an eight-foot folding table with three buddies in the ballroom of the U.S. Grant Hotel. This year they expect more than 125k people at the comics event of the year. We'll be there with a 48-foot trailer load of cool new and sale-priced books in our huge multi-booth display. Meet the Bud Plant staff and check out all the new goodies.

Four day passes are sold out, but they still have Thursday and Sunday tickets. Come by Wednesday nite for the preview or as early as you can, so as not to miss out on any early sell-outs. We always have new, exclusive signed books available, too.


Best wishes,