UMBRELLA OCT 96
Most of the books in this section are available from Printed Matter, 77 Wooster St., New York, NY 10012 unless otherwise indicated.
The 1995 MTV Video Music Awards Program conceived by David Sandlin and produced by a whole team of talented people certainly feels in the vein of Raw magazine--but has a rhythm and energy that reflects the very Video Music Awards. Split pages, gatefolds in yellows and blues, while the outer pages are in blues, pinks, oranges and reds. There are die-cuts, changes of paper choices, and just about everything. There is sex, lies and videotapes here--and sins in the Sin-e-plex. This oversized, spiral-bound amazing work of art has something for everyone--especially those who live and love, sink and swim, sin and go to hell. But what a hell! This is not Dantesque, nor Boschian. No, it's Sandlin all the way. Perhaps this may be a reflection of the America we are creating--Amourica, it's called here. You won't be the same after "reading" this book. $35.00
Storeyville is a skilfully drawn visual story on newsprint, conceived as a cartoon novella. A kind of Nanook of the North, this story of Rudy and the Reverend, of economic constraints on lives, of hard work, and of hard luck. $3.00 from Sirk Productions in San Francisco.
Cartoon Hits by Simon Grennan and Christopher Sperandio is a limited edition artwork in collaboration with London's Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is a beautifully conceived series of 13 true life stories by ICA members and graphically remastered in full cartoon color. Bi-coastal artists (Manchester, England/New York City axis), the two artists have transformed the 13 scenarios into almost filmic heights. This is the first comic book for the ICA and produced by Fantagraphics Books in Seattle, WA. $7.95
Welcome to the X-Roads is a 'zine to accompany a window installation by Paper Tiger T.V. West at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery from 30 March - 4 May 1996, discussing access on the Internet. This zine discusses the increasing corporate domination of the Internet, and with this growth, the fear that the Net is consolidating corporate control over information industries in general. After discussion of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the citizens of San Francisco are surveyed to see the influence of the enactment of this law on the public. In addition, freedom and censorship on the Net are also discussed A questionnaire to readers at the end of the pamphlet reflects the influence on individuals of the Internet and its implications. $3.00
20 Questions: After the Liberation (Frequently-asked questions answered in a straight-forward manner) is a kind of political pamphlet that used to be given away by leftist organizations--this one only costs $1.00 (T.O.M. 1995)
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