No. 11 -- May 2016 Picture This Press to launch 'The Richard Thompson Library' in summer 2016 Picture This Press is proud to announce that it will b

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No. 11 -- May 2016


Picture This Press to launch 'The Richard Thompson Library' in summer 2016

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Picture This Press is proud to announce that it will be the publisher of the upcoming Richard Thompson Library. This new series will collect a variety of works produced by the prolific Thompson over the course of his career that have yet to be reprinted since their original publication.

Picture This Press, best known for its award-winning imprint Lost Art Books, intended from its inception to publish works by contemporary artists in a variety of media, and The Richard Thompson Library will be its first foray in this exciting direction.

Picture This Press co-publisher Joe Procopio’s formal relationship with Thompson’s work began on The Art of Richard Thompson (2014; Andrews McMeel). That book’s editors admired the reproduction quality Picture This Press was able to achieve in its Lost Art Books line, and approached Procopio to assist in marathon original art scanning/production sessions that were held in the Picture This Press studio.

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From the forthcoming "The Incompleat Art of 'Why Things Are'"

The first volume in the series—slated for release in summer 2016—will be The Incompleat Art of ‘Why Things Are,’ edited by comics journalist and scholar, Michael Rhode (Harvey Pekar: Conversations, 2008). The hundreds of hilarious illustrations in this collection originally accompanied Washington Post Joel Achenbach’s column, “Why Things Are,” from 1990 to 1995, and Achenbach has penned a new foreword to accompany this collection.

The second volume in the Richard Thompson Library will be a new printing of Compleating Cul de Sac. The short-run first printing sold out and the new Picture This Press edition will be substantially expanded with both recently unearthed art and interviews with Thompson. All profits from this volume will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

The planned third volume of the Richard Thompson Library will focus on his work as a caricaturist, and other volumes are currently in germinal stages of development but will likely include a Thompson sketchbook.

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From the forthcoming "The Incompleat Art of 'Why Things Are'"

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From the forthcoming "The Incompleat Art of 'Why Things Are'"


Watch a lovely short documentary on Richard Thompson


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Picture This Press/Lost Art Books is the underdog against publishers like Fantagraphics and IDW, making every vote for us crucial. So, c’mon…vote! And then tell your friends to vote for the dark horse for a change. Wait! No, not the Dark Horse! I mean…gah! Just vote for Kremos!

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Vol. 1: Bodacious B&W

Introduction by Mario Verger
Edited by Joseph V. Procopio
$27.95 • 212 pp. • 8½”x11” • paperback



Vol. 2: Curvaceous Color

Foreword by Jerry Carr
Edited by Joseph V. Procopio
$34.95 • 260 pp. • full color • 8½”x11” paperback



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Picture This Press is an award-winning publisher dedicated to broadening the appreciation and awareness of artists who work in the fields of illustration, cartooning, graphic arts, photography, and poster design. Picture This Press founder Joseph Procopio and co-publisher Ellen Levy have a combined 40 years of publishing experience as writers, managing editors, and publications directors for a variety of organizations.

Lost Art Books, the flagship series from Picture This Press, collects and preserves the works of illustrators and cartoonists from the first half of the 20th century. Too many of these artists have gone underappreciated for too long, with much of their work uncollected or unexamined for decades, if at all. The Lost Art Books series aims to preserve this cultural heritage by re-introducing these artists to new generations of working illustrators, historians, and admirers of things beautiful.

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