Thursday, 16 September 2010


Just heard the next instalment of Chris Ware's EXCELLENT Novelty Acme Library, # 20 to be exact is to be released on 1 November 2010 and is now up for pre-order on Amazon.

Best known for his ground breaking graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan, The Smartest Kid On Earth, Ware perfectly blends Cartoonist art and Graphic design with his creative use of mind boggling geometrical panel layouts, faux advertisements and even cut out supplements of toys and dioramas whilst telling touching tales of loneliness, alienation, neurosis and depression with an aching sense of longing wrapped in beauty.

Something should also be said of each publications covers, which are a work of art in themselves, from leatherbound embossed designs to the unconventional shapes and sizes, they really do stand out on anyone's bookshelf.

If the last two instalments, #18 and #19 are anything to go by, this next edition should be nothing short of stunning.

Pre Order here.

top - close up of Acme Novelty Library #17, right - Panel from Acme Novelty Library #18, Bottom left - unknown private collection.

Blue Phantom - Distortions (1971)

My love and further discoveries of late 60's /early 70's, Psych/prog continues with this little ditty. Released in Italy and Europe in 1971 a certain mystery surrounds this release of this instrumental Psych with an early prog feel. Compromised of still unknown and un named Italian session musicians, Blue Phantom's Distortions is a very rare LP and is popular amongst collectors, only having a re release on CD and Vinyl in 2008 I believe.
Steal this HERE

Tuesday, 7 September 2010