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.