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Mail-Order Mysteries
Hardbound, 156 page book for 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.

Jesse Thorn contributed the afterword.

Available on Amazon.

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

Featured on:
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LA Times
New York Post
Wired
Boing Boing
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Onion AV Club
Laughing Squid
Superpunch
Brain Pickings
Bookgasm

 

 

 

“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

"It is...genius."
—NeedCoffee.com