Design, Comix and Eye Candy
"X-Presidents" by Robert Smigel and Adam McKay
Reagan, Carter, Ford, and Bush take on aliens, Castro, and Carter's libido in this book by the makers of Saturday Night Live's "TV Funhouse."
"Badly Drawn Comics" by Martha Keavney
MH's associate editor offers scathingly funny—if inexpertly rendered—strips about dead-end jobs, the pathos of existence and the nature of comedy. Available for purchase through her own Web site.
"Vixens of Vinyl: The Alluring Ladies of Vintage Album Covers" by Benjamin Darling
Get in touch with your swinging bachelor ancestors through this collection of ’50s and ’60s album art. Though not comprehensive, there’s plenty to feast your eyes on in this tasty treat.
"Cine Mexicano: Posters from the Golden Age 1936-1956" by Rogelio Agrasanchez, Jr.
A gorgeous collection of movie posters from south of the border. See how Mexican artists approached comedy, horror and film noir, as well as Spanish language-only genres such as the masked wrestler movie!
Bizarro Comics
"Me am Bizarro. Me am famous villain known to many through Superman comics and episode of TV show starring 'What's the deal?' guy. Me am star of new graphic novel from DC Comics featuring stories and art by top alternative comix creators. Evan Dorkin. Jessica Abel. Tony Millionaire. Paul Pope. Kyle Baker. If you am looking for hilarious twists on classical superhero archetypes like Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Captain Marvel, and The Atom, then look no further than 'Bizarro Comics.' Me kid. The Atom is no classic archetype, him small and puny! Enjoy my comics!"
"Future Toys : Robots, Astronauts, Spaceships, Ray Guns" by Antoni Emchowicz, et al
Title says it all people.
"Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000" by Stephanie Barron, et al
Catalog to the exhibit at LA County Museum of Art. Awesome compendium of 100 years of the land of dreams.
"Out of Time: Designs for the Twentieth-Century Future" by Norman Brosterman
What the future was going to look like… in the past! Funky, funny and oh-so-cool.
"Some People Can't Surf : The Graphic Design of Art Chantry" by Julie Lasky, et al.
Inspirational work from one of earth's coolest designers.
"Love is Hell" by Matt Groening
Was it really ten years ago that Matt Groening's "Love Is Hell" first came out? No, it was 17.
"Worst Case Scenario Handbook" by Joshua Piven, David Borgenicht
"How to Treat Frostbite" and "How to Jump from a Building into a Dumpster." More.
"Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth" by Chris Ware
If you love, or even just like, graphic novels, you should read this epic. Illuminates the dark recesses of a child-like man's memory via pretty pictures.
"The Art of Graphic Design" by Bradbury Thompson
Thompson was a real innovator, and his experiments with printing technology and unicase typography are still fresh today. This book is pretty pricey, but well worth it. That is, unless you like bad design, in which case this is way overpriced.
"Perverse Optimist" by Tibor Kalman
The late Mr. Kalman was one of the few consistently interesting voices in graphic design. This book is a beautiful monograph of his work and ideas, and should be required reading for any design student. That means you, slacker!
"Uncanny: The Art & Design of Shawn Wolfe"
One of a handful of young designers whose work really impresses us. (And depresses us, it's so good.)
"Film Posters of the 50s: The Essential Movies of the Decade"
"Film Posters of the 60s: The Essential Movies of the Decade"
"Film Posters of the 70s: The Essential Movies of the Decade"
by Tony Nourmand (Editor), Graham Marsh (Editor)
Hardcover books featuring full-color reproductions of the best movie poster art of the '50s, '60s and '70s. Suave and bold indeed!
"Grindhouse: The Forbidden World of 'Adults Only' Cinema" by Eddie Muller, Daniel Faris
A history of exploitation cinema from the burlesque '30s to the porno '70s. Here's to the porno '00s! (Pronounced "porn-oh oh-ohs.")
"Next Stop: Troubletown" by Lloyd Dangle
He's only done one illo for MH as of this writing, but he's got a whole book and is our pal.
"Tobias the Quig and the Rumplenut Tree" by Tim Robinson
Delightfully illustrated book for kids of all ages. Mostly young ages.
"Narrative Corpse: A Chain Story by 69 Artists" co-edited by R. Sikoryak
From the illustrator of Alan Greenspan's Tales of Terror comes this equally chilling tome. Co-edited with Art Spiegelman and including a segment by Mort "Beetle Bailey" Walker.
"How Murray Saved Christmas" by Mike Reiss
Mike Reiss, MH contributor and television writer/producer, conjures something for the kiddies in this new holiday tale.
"The Magic Whistle Blows" by Sam Henderson
Cartoonist Sam Henderson deserves a book of his own. Fortunately, he has one.

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