Archive for July, 2010

Introducing: AdDistro

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

AdHouse Books is pleased to announce the addition of AdDistro to their business model. (heh. Like we HAVE a business model!)

So, I bet you’re wondering what is AdDistro?

It’s the befriending of “like” publishers and creators whose work we appreciate. And by befriending,  it means that we’ve purchased copies of their work so that you, the reader, can now obtain even MORE quality publications in one easy to use location. (ie: AdHouse Books.) Our initial offering of work focuses on some of the harder to obtain material, from people like:

Nobrow Press.
Nobrow Press, based in London UK, is all about publishing beautiful tactile illustrated books. We work with a wide range of illustrators and artists from around the world to produce image based publications from comic books and graphic novellas to artist’s monographs and illustration journals. Our production methods combine the best materials with the most interesting printing methods often inspired by the illustrated books of yesteryear.

Koyama Press.
Koyama Press was founded in 2007 to sponsor projects with emerging artists. The rationale behind the enterprise is to fund a project with the intention to promote the artist. Ideally there will be a product to sell to create revenue. In addition to publishing books, the company has financed such diverse projects as zines, comics, artist designed t-shirts, installations, photo montage work, print folios, letterpress cards. The venture has covered travel costs, reference materials, art supplies and the odd lunch.

Malachi Ward.
I’ll be honest. I didn’t know Malachi’s work until a few weeks ago. I was introduced to it by a suggestion of a comic retailer friend. And, boy, I’m glad I was. His work is solid comic storytelling, with a hint of sci-fi.

So, if you’re not going to Comicon this year, why not create your OWN comicon. Purchase some of these outstanding works (along with some AdHouse goodness of course) and then proceed to roll around on them in the safety of your own home. You’ll be so glad that you did.

Afrodisiac Wins AIGA Honor

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

AIGA Afrodisiac

AdHouse Books is pleased to announce that the book Afrodisiac by Brian Maruca and Jim Rugg was selected by AIGA as one of the outstanding books designed in 2009.

This time-honored competition aims to identify the 50 best-designed books and book covers that have been designed, produced and used in the marketplace between January 1 and December 31, 2009, as chosen by distinguished jurors.

Afrodisiac will become part of the AIGA Design Archives, a searchable visual database of exemplary design. The book will also be exhibited at the AIGA National Design Center in New York and offered as a traveling exhibition for display across the country. The physical artifacts comprise the AIGA Design Archives at the Denver Art Museum. A second set of the awarded books and covers becomes part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection at the Butler Library, Columbia University, New York.

Publisher Chris Pitzer said, “I was very happy to hear the news. As a fan of Jim’s design work, it’s nice to see others appreciate it just as much.”

About the competition.

The recent winners.