August 28, 2012

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SPX Spotlight 2012: AdHouse Books

Welcome to another entry in my SPX Spotlight 2012!  You can find all of my SPX Spotlight posts, including those from past years, by clicking here.

AdHouse Books, run by Chris Pitzer, has a long history of bringing both quality and quirkiness to SPX.  The small publisher works with a diverse group of individuals, from Stuart Immonen to Joey Weiser to Paul Pope to Adam Hines.  Chris's taste is diverse but his curating skills are top notch.  While I haven't loved every book I ever got from any publisher, AdHouse's ratio is very high, and I can trust Pitzer to steer me in the right direction.  You can see my other AdHouse posts here.

For SPX this year, AdHouse is expecting to have four books that are new to the show, pending the ever-fickle nature of shipping.  Here's a little information on each of them (I obviously haven't read them yet) to help you with creating your SPX shopping list.

Notebook by Jimm Rugg.  Jim Rugg is just about as versatile as AdHouse itself, being just as at home illustrating a story about teenage girls as he is doing various style homages for a book like Afrodisiac, which lampooned the Blacksploitation comics of the 70s and early 80s.  This is a sketchbook of Rugg drawings, cleverly designed to mimic a real notebook.  Anyone who enjoys collecting sketchbooks from their favorite artists should love this one, and I can vouch for the quality of the Immonen sketchbooks that AdHouse produced, so I am sure this one is excellent as well.

White Clay by Thomas Herpich.  When Chris describes a book as "beautiful and strange" you can definitely believe it will be both.  Herpich has links to Adventure Time, which revels in being absurd, so I'd expect visual antics aplenty in this comic.  I'm intrigued to see what this one is all about when I make it to the show.

Remake 3xtra by Lamar Abrams.  Abrams returns to the world he created a few years ago with three stories featuring the same group of characters.  I'm going to admit, I haven't read the original book, but I know a lot of people thought it was excellent. AdHouse still has Remake in stock and I imagine will bring a few copies to the show, so if you like this one, you might be able to get a copy of the first book, too!

Pope Hats #3 by Ethan Rilly.  The ongoing series continues with more decisions for the protagonist trying to negotiate life when you want to be the best, but the price is higher than you may be willing to pay.  This is another one that has quite a few fans among my friends but I haven't gotten to...yet.

As you can see from these four books, the lineup for AdHouse is quite diverse.  When you're making your list of things to do at SPX in September, make sure that a stop at the AdHouse table is on your list.  You are guaranteed to find a good book (or two or three...)!