'Mail-Order Mysteries' is a hardbound, 156 page book published by Insight Editions that reveals the novelties that were sold in vintage comic book advertisements.
I generated all content under the art direction of Insight Editions- photography, copy, layout, cover design.
-Ranked #9 in Hardcover Humor on the Wall Street Journal Bestsellers list
-One of USA Today's best graphic books of 2011
-One of Washington Post's Best of 2011 picks
Praise for 'Mail-Order Mysteries'
"*****" [Five stars]
—Amazon.com customers, 135 reviews
“If childhood disappointment could ever be considered an art form, then Mail-Order Mysteries is a masterpiece. Really. The metaphors for life itself are inescapable, the disillusion heartbreakingly laid bare, the tackiness a drug you just can’t quit.”
—Chip Kidd, graphic designer and author of Bat-Manga!
“Mail-Order Mysteries reveals the secrets behind those too-good-to-be-true gizmos advertised in the comic books of my youth. What a mind-blower!”
—Mark Frauenfelder, cofounder of Boing Boing
For those who grew up in 1960s to the 1980s, MAIL-ORDER MYSTERIES is a perfect piece of nostalgia — plus, you don’t have to wait six to eight weeks for delievery.
—Bruce Grossman Bookgasm.com
"just as magical and weird as the goods it chronicles."
—Comics Worth Reading
“If I could put one thing in a time machine to send back to my eight-year-old self, it would be Mail-Order Mysteries. This book would have saved me dozens of allowances and hundreds of glacial hours spent standing on the porch waiting for the mailman to arrive. I always knew there was something fishy about those ‘Gigantic Dinosaurs!’”
—Mark Waid, writer of Kingdom Come and Irredeemable
Kirk Demarais has a great book called MAIL-ORDER MYSTERIES about ads from comic books! Legitimately fascinating and fun.
—Tom Scharpling of The Best Show on WFMU
You can buy it here.
Life of the Party
'Life of the Party' is a hardbound, full-color, 200 page book with 600 photos on the visual history of the S.S. Adams Prank and Magic company.
I generated all content- photography, copy, layout, and cover design.
Graphic novelist Chris Ware contributed the foreword.
Praise for 'Life of the Party'
“...let’s face it...the fly in the ice cube was lame. But this book is awesome.”
—McSweeny’s Paul Collins for The Stranger
“You will spend hours soaking up the thousands of images in this unbelievably rich and beautifully-produced “Visual History.” If you’re lucky, you may even find yourself curled up under the sheets with a flashlight and a magnifying glass, feeling just like a kid again.”
—PES, director and animator
“This book? This book is a JOKE. When I opened it, it played a trick on me: instead of a breezy light-hearted look at novelties, it buzzed in my head and revealed itself as the heartbreaking secret history of twentieth century America that it actually is. Oh, and it's gorgeous too. Tricked again.”
—Chip Kidd, Graphic designer, author of The Cheese Monkeys, and Batman Collected
“For those of us who believed the Adams catalog gave us a passport into social success for the coming adult world, The Life of the Party is a revelation. A wonderfully obsessive compilation. This is as painful and hypnotic as a book of broken promises.”
—Glen David Gold, author of Carter Beats the Devil
“...a terrific visual history of this curious living fossil of a company.”
—Mark Frauenfelder, BoingBoing.net
Endorsed by J.J. Abrams in Wired Magazine
You can buy it here.