Wannabe - 10

By Chris Prunckle

Wannabe 10

Wannabe is a blog series by Chicago area artist Chris Prunckle, author of our serial graphic story Asylum Doors, documenting his trials and tribulations as a wannabe artist. Check back next week for a new posting.

 

See the previous installment of Asylum Doors here.  Stay tuned for the next installment coming soon, but now on a monthly basis with fuller stories.

 

Chris Prunckle is a graphic designer, illustrator and comic book artist banished to the suburbs of Chicago. Though an advertising industry minion by day, he slaves his nights away creating a mad little world.  He’s previously worked on the comics Fisted, Bonesetter, and The Scarab.  Follow him at @midjipress.

 
Curbside at BEA 2013!

By Victor David Giron

If you are going to be at Book Expo America in NYC this weekend, come visit us!! We'll be at shelf 1107 with our fellow Consortium Book Sales & Distribution publishers such as Dzanc, OV Books, AK Press, & Enchanted Lion Press to name a few. We're eager to show you our upcoming titles such as Meaty, Essays by Samantha Irby, and Zero Fade, the debut young adult novel by Chris L. Terry.

Friday afternoon at 4pm come to the partey we're hosting with the CBSD family of publishers. Free booze, free munchies, good chit-chatting. See below. See you there.

 

bea 2013

 
Wannabe - 9

By Chris Prunckle

Wannabe 9

Wannabe is a blog series by Chicago area artist Chris Prunckle, author of our serial graphic story Asylum Doors, documenting his trials and tribulations as a wannabe artist. Check back next week for a new posting.

 

See the previous installment of Asylum Doors here.  Stay tuned for the next installment coming soon, but now on a monthly basis with fuller stories.

 

Chris Prunckle is a graphic designer, illustrator and comic book artist banished to the suburbs of Chicago. Though an advertising industry minion by day, he slaves his nights away creating a mad little world.  He’s previously worked on the comics Fisted, Bonesetter, and The Scarab.  Follow him at @midjipress.

 
Wannabe - 8

By Chris Prunckle

Wannabe 8


Wannabe is a blog series by Chicago area artist Chris Prunckle, author of our serial graphic story Asylum Doors, documenting his trials and tribulations as a wannabe artist. Check back next week for a new posting.

See the previous installment of Asylum Doors here.  Stay tuned for the next installment coming soon, but now on a monthly basis with fuller stories.

 

Chris Prunckle is a graphic designer, illustrator and comic book artist banished to the suburbs of Chicago. Though an advertising industry minion by day, he slaves his nights away creating a mad little world.  He’s previously worked on the comics Fisted, Bonesetter, and The Scarab.  Follow him at @midjipress.

 
Color Bars

By Alban Fischer

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Recently, I was asked by Jacob S. Knabb to write a bi-weekly column for the Curbside blog on book design. But just what is book design, beyond choosing a nice font and some sweet cover art? Which is to say, what does the process of turning a manuscript into a tangible, printed thing entail exactly? What makes ''good design?'' Can that even be answered? Oddly enough, it's this area of not-knowing that may ultimately serve as the ideal platform to explore design's central concerns--and the area I'll be focusing on in this column. I want to say, however, that this isn't going to be a regular series of tutorials. Nor is it going to be an ongoing exegesis on what "good design" is. My aim here is purely subjective--to talk about how I came to design the books I have, talk a bit about the process that went into those designs, rave about my enthusiasms and influences, and, hopefully, along the way offer a little help and insight to those involved in this, at times, crazy and deeply fulfilling endeavor.

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It seems appropriate to start this column off by talking about the first design I created for Curbside Splendor: Amber Sparks' excellent short story collection, May We Shed These Human Bodies.

Amber wanted a retro feel for the book, à la the pulp and sci-fi paperbacks of the 1950s and 60s. I immediately agreed that such a slant could provide a striking graphic analogue to the prose-atlas of fabulist sub-worlds that May We Shed These Human Bodies is.

Amber also had in mind the work of UK artist Matthew Lyons for a possible cover image. Though Lyons is a hugely talented artist, I felt in the end that his work might be a bit too sci-fi, a bit too cartoony. It can be tricky to try to represent an array of stories with a single image that's germane to the overall tone of a book.

 


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