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Special Collection Additions #1, #2

October 24th, 2008

Special Collection Additions #1, #2

Last Known Address  by Niku Arbabi and Adrift by JP Coovert are Parcell Press’s two most popular titles of the last two months.  In fact, Last Known Address is at least a couple years old by now but has continued to be popular as Niku Arbabi (Austin, TX) has built quite a following for herself.  A detailed, prolific, effusive, and enthusiastic zinester, mail artist, and crafter, Niku’s other titles include Postal Curiosities & Delights, the Ms. Films DIY Guide to Film & Video, Polaroid-Celluloid, Scrappy, and more.  Niku is one of the most determined and ambitious zinesters I’ve met, and Last Known Address is a great example of her capabilities.  Remaining a favorite of mine since its publication, LKA is a collection of stories surrounding the different spaces and places that Niku has called home.  From the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to Durham, NC, abroad, and Texas, Niku paints great portraits of each place and muses on the advantages and disadvantages of each.  It’s sure to be captivating to anyone who’s ever moved or wants to move, which is probably why it seems to have such universal appeal.

JP Coovert (Minneapolis) attended the Center for Cartoon Studies and is the co-founder of One Percent Press, a mini-comic publisher and record label.  Like Niku, he’s got a long list of published work from mini comics to compilations and larger books as well.  Adrift is almost a year old but has been more popular at Parcell Press in the last month than ever.  JP has a very clean and pleasant style to his energetic illustrations, and in particular, Adrift is a virtually text-free narrative examining adventure, loneliness, and friendship.  And dang, is it one handsome little book.  JP also does the Clutch-inspired journal comic Simple Routines, and has a new full-size comic called Press Start and Fight available which came off the press in March.

I’m proud to add these two as the first additions to the Special Collection.  They’ve been very popular and they’re a couple of my favorites.  Look for another couple of inductees within the next few weeks.

Parcell Press Special Collection

October 22nd, 2008

Parcell Press Special Collection

Through Parcell Press, I have a long history of offering a vast number of fascinating zines, comics, art pieces, and books to an equally vast and fascinating audience of readers and collectors with awesome taste in print art.  Every one of these little constructions is special and exciting in one way and/or another.  Over the years, though, a select bunch of  titles have really hit a collective sweet spot with purveyors of fine zines.  These are the ones that seem to be included in everyone’s order, the zines I can barely keep enough copies of in stock to match the demand.  These are the ones I recommend to everyone who asks, the ones I place at the front of my zine fest table and point to first when someone casually asks, “What’s good?”

Longtime customers may remember a fantastic zine by the name of One Fine Mess, written by Erin & Dan, or Christoph Meyer’s timeless classic mini comic The Heart Star.  Titles like these deserve the attention they receive.  There are more, many more.  And many more to come.

It is thus that I introduce you to the Parcell Press Special Collection.  Henceforth, my discerning readers, I’ll be adding even more shine to the shimmer of these best-selling, much-loved, and wonderfully special titles.  Do not confuse these titles with just any in my catalog, which is full of 100% quality.  Neither should you confuse these with the Staff Picks, which are my way of suggesting to you which pieces in my catalog I personally find to be particularly charming.  The Special Collection titles are a caliber unto themselves:  pieces of print art that are remarkably popular among you and your kind, and deservedly so.

Tomorrow I add the first two titles to the Parcell Press Special Collection.  

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