New Stuff!

First, Jay Comes: TAKASHI HOMMA'S new book of paintings and digital photography. With gestures on canvas against blood-spattered landscapes, Homma's aesthetic is idyllic yet eerie. Published by Hassla Books.

Nobody Move: DENIS JOHNSON'S new novel is a Western thriller set in Bakersfield!

Morrissey: JORGE ANTONIO VALENZUELA'S collection of black-and-white photos from MORRISSEY'S Year of Refusal Tour in March 2009, with photos from venues up and down the east coast. Released in celebration of Morrissey's 50th birthday!

Pigs, Pimps, and Prostitutes: A DVD set of three films by Japanese New Wave director SHOHEI IMAMURA: Pigs and Battleships, The Insect Woman, and Intentions of Murder. Restored footage in hi-def; includes interviews with film critic Tony Rayns, and essays from critics Audie Bock, Dennis Lim, and James Quandt.

Your Golden Opportunity is Comeing Very Soon: by RJ SHAUGHNESSY. Your Golden Opportunity is a collection of black and white photos documenting street damage caused by wayward vehicles around LA. RJ manages a subtly diverse range out of a rigid concept - it's intense, funny, affecting, and resonant.

Last Year at Marienbad: a "surreal fever dream" from the French New Wave, ALAIN RESNAIS' 1961 film explores the concept of memory as it shows the mysterious relationship between a man and a woman unable to locate their past connection to one another.

Moomin: The Complete TOVE JANSSON'S Comic Strip: Book One: newest addition of wonderful, dreamy stories about the Moomin family, which somehow are simultaneously

Multiforce: Finally! An oversized compilation of MATT BRINKMAN'S comics, a weird and dark series of mutants misadventuring, published by Picturebox.

Devin & Gary: Go Outside!: The fab new version DEVIN FLYNN and GARY PANTER's hit record!

I Have a Room With Everything: MELANIE BONAJO'S photos are full-page, full-color, and totally engaging. Playing with the idea of portraiture, Bonajo morphs many of her subjects into human sculptures by attaching them to bike wheels, vegetables, mattresses, or simply making them disappear in smoke. Interviews with her subjects, including her parents, are an especially exciting extra. The book also includes a poster of self-portraits by the artist. Published by Capricious.

PETER SUTHERLAND'S Hot Coals Only: Thick paperback exhibition catalogue for Sutherland's 2009 solo show at Hope Gallery. Numbered and limited to 200 copies, features scattered glossy color sections, and black and white, with dust jacket. This will go super fast!

Here and there # 8: Magazine edited by Nakako Hayashi, published By Nieves. The Loneliness Issue features contributions by Mike Mills, Miranda July, Takashi Homma, Susan Cianciolo, plus.

Mono.Kultur #20: An interview with DRIES VON NOTEN, focusing on the fashion world's shift amidst economic recession. Features glossy, full-color, full-page photos of pieces from Van Noten's new collection.

Capricious # 9: The "Acts of Secrecy" issue, guest edited by PAMELA ECHEVERRIA, thematically focuses on Mexico's aesthetic of "force and repression". The photos feature subjects as varied as abandoned construction sites and grotesque beachgoers.

Zoetrope: All-Story: Guest art director is ANTONY of the Joshnson's fame, and he collaborates with DON FELIX CERVANTES. Prose from KURT VONNEGUT, HA JIN, PASHA MALLA, and LYSLEY TNORIO.

Almost News: 46 page zine / catalogue of JOCKO WEYLAND'S collection of unused press photos from major news sources dating back to the 50s. Highlights include a young man's prototype of tiny mechanical wipers to attach to one's glasses in rainy weather, and production photos of glass eyeballs.

Cosmic Wonder Light Source 3: Light Streams: features photography from LAETITIA BENAT, TAKASHI HOMMA, HENRY ROY, and MARK BORTHWICK, who turn models into metallic light-catchers amidst scenes of daily life.

The Believer: musings on NATHANIEL WEST, winged armchairs, lunar colonies; words from CHARLES SIMIC, JONATHAN LETHEM, RICK MOODY and an interview with GARY PANTER by me (Kramer).

Fillip 9: Features art and writing from DIEDRICH DIEDRICHSEN, MOLLY DILLWIORTH, STEVE LAMBERT, plus. Includes a vinyl 45 from Cranfield & Slade. Published by Jeff Khonsary, edited by Jordan Strom and Kristina Lee Podesva, art direction by Jeff Khonsary.

Stopsmiling Mag: While the main events in Stopsmiling's third issue are extensive interviews with DAVID LYNCH and R. CRUMB, the magazine also features pieces on AL GREEN, PAUL AUSTER, and the last interview with late Chilean author ROBERTO BOLANO.

Kusama Orgy: "Nudity, Love, Sex, and Beauty" Re-issued exactly like back in the day in oversized newsprint by YAYOI KUSAMA!

Live at Space 1026: ANDREW JEFFREY WRIGHT, Art Jokes: DVD Of Wright's live stand-up comedy!


Ferus: A nicely designed book of the immortal Ferus Gallery that used to sit on La Cienega. First gallery to show ANDY WARHOL'S Campbell's Soup Cans, and home to WALLACE BERMAN, ED RUSCHA etc

George Sprott 1894-1975: A new graphic novel by SETH where he indulges his anachronistic tendencies, with sweet pull-out pages!

Love and Obstacles: Short stories By ALEKSANDER HEMON. Infuses everything, from a freezer to bees in a hive, with barbed insights into our instinct for aggression, longing for connection, and unquenchable need to tell our stories, whether in poems, letters, drunken orations, or confessions to strangers.

posted by kramer at 9:33 PM

Jacob Ciocci (Paper Rad) and Fortress of Amplitude - Video Screening and Performance!

Wednesday, July 1, 7pm FREE

Jacob Ciocci will present a new 20-minute mix of original videos and animations, and perform 'I Let My Nightmares Go' featuring video and dance moves that grapple with mental demons, web 2.0, G.O.D., 21st-century breakdown, real lies and fake truths, cartoon violence, and awareness bracelets.

This is Ciocci's live act Extreme Animals:

David Wightman will perform as Fortress of Amplitude, a guitar wielding minstrel from another time and place. Accompanied by a blast beat playing drum machine, He will execute a musical composition focusing on fantasy, repetition and ecstacy.


Jacob Ciocci is a founding member of the east coast art collective Paper Rad. His work is concerned with the relationships between popular culture, technology and notions of transcendence. In his paintings, comics, performances, net art and videos, contemporary and recently forgotten cultural symbols confront one another inside a frenzied cartoon universe that is simultaneously celebratory and critical.

David Wightman lives in San Diego, California where he is a PhD candidate in music composition at UCSD. There he teaches a course on the music, history and culture of Heavy Metal.

posted by kramer at 1:17 PM

Watching and Reading

Come And See has maybe the most off putting cover of any dvd in the store. Which is a shame because this movie is way more than a gnarly WW2 film. Shot in 1985 by Elem Klimov, who up till the sudden death of his wife in 1979, was known for mostly comedies and satires, the film draws on his experiences as a russian youth during the war. He eschews a straightforward narrative in favor of a more dreamlike ebb and flow that more resembles a series of dreams and nightmares and is as much concerned with the horrors of war as it is with the bizarre details and minutia of the natural world and village life. Which makes it more bedfellows with herzog and mallick than anything else. That's not to say it's not a hardcore war movie, it totally is, but there are images and moments in this movie, both of the horrible and beautiful kind, that still stay with me years after watching it. It excels past its genre handles.
Kino's release is pretty bare bones, the sole real extra being a written appreciation from Sean Penn of all people. But just having the movie is good enough, because really, with something like this, nothing anybody says is going to really add much-its all right there on screen.

It's hard to believe that only a couple years after doing the comics in this volume, John Stanley would pretty much abandon comics for good. These Melvin the Monster strips are just flat out great, and beyond that, they looked like fun to make. The character design is inspired across the board, and there is a kind of graceful madcap lunacy to the whole thing that is just as charming as you will find anywhere. Even the cheesy jokes will get you laughing because the whole thing has such personality. Stanley does a neat thing narratively where each short strip is part of a larger narrative that just keeps expanding with each new strip, the scope of the story growing and growing till it all comes together at the end.
The work is presented as good as you could want for this kind of stuff-they got good scans from the original comics and printed it as is, even grain on the newsprint, on nice paper. No re-coloring or photographing the original art, which is good for some reprints, but for something like this, the tactical feel of the original comics, the newsprint, the occasional off-register color, adds a lot the aesthetic beauty of it and puts the work in context of the industry stanley was a part of (and ran away from). The design by Seth is probably going to rile up some comics people (everyone else will think its great), but I think even those dudes, looking at this thing honestly, can see all the design elements are handled really well, honing in the sixties horror vibe and charming character design, giving it a really distinct look. Basically it comes down to this: Before you read the book, you turn it over in your hands and think "This looks good, very nice, tut tut" and then when you're half way through it and realize how good the comics are, you hold the book out in front of you and turn it over in your hands and look through the end papers and chapters breaks and think "This thing is so awesome, look how perfect this thing is, wow, a perfect book".

I haven't read many westerns, but Warlock by Oakley Hall, was recommended to me, and every title in the New York Review of Books line I have read as been great, so I dived in, and boy oh boy, is this thing a killer. It's super epic, with a huge cast of characters based around the fictional town of Warlock, and you can tell a huge amount of research was done-the way people curse is as distinct as the droogs lingo in Burgess' A Clockwork Orange. Its got all the things you would want from a western, like crazy miners, saloon shootouts, and dusty whores, but it's also about society and community and myth building. What pushes it over the edge, to my eyes at least, is that Hall writes it in this distinct prose style that mirrors the the time it is depicting. Meaning it feels like a book written in the old west, as weird as that sounds. So even in the descriptions of mountains or kitchens or whatever, you really feel immersed in this world. It's not the post modern bluntness of Cormac McCarthy, it feels true in tone and pitch to the time and place it's depicting. So like all good fiction, you get inside the heads of the characters, and know how they like their coffee, but also of the mentality of a generation, and how they saw things-what the coffee actually tasted like.

posted by sammy at 3:07 AM

Jules Feiffer and Eliott Gould this Sunday the 21st!

Come join us for another "Family Sunday" at The Cinefamily. This time around, we have Pulitzer Prize- winning cartoonist/author Jules Feiffer, whose pieces appeared in the Village Voice for over 40 years (beautifully collected in the new book, The Explainers), and whose film adaptation of his stage collaboration with Elliott Gould resulted in one of the funniest, most vicious social satires of the '70s.

A bitter black comedy caked in post-'68 disillusionment, Little Murders is an off-the-wall cocktail of fairy-tale, farce, paranoia thriller and comedy of errors. As Alfred Chamberlain, a shut-in photographer so resentful of his own success that he's turned to taking photos of feces, Gould personifies the deep ambivalence of the era, delivering a performance both poignant and irreverent. Alfred improbably falls in love with Patsy, a waspy Manhattanite whose unwavering determination to happiness in a crumbling society gives Alfred a reason to believe - at least, until random acts of terror shatter their dreams. Hilarity does eventually ensue, thanks in part to some unforgettable appearances by Alan Arkin (who also directed the film) as a hysterical detective, and Donald Sutherland as a hippie priest officiating what is easily the greatest wedding sequence in cinema. Feiffer will also be screening excerpts from his little-seen 1985 TV movie Grown- Ups, starring Charles Grodin.

The screening will be followed by a book signing with Feiffer. Copies of his latest books, The Explainers, Harry the Rat with Women, and Passionella and Other Stories will be available for purchase.

At The Cinefamily 611 N. Fairfax ave Los Angeles CA 90036
Get tickets here!

posted by sammy at 7:43 PM

Insanely close long lost cousin resemblance

I just saw this online. There was that recent strip in the New Yorker about the Crumb family reunion on the Crumb farm in Minnesota. It was a good strip. Anyway, I just saw photos of Crumb reunited with his cousin Scott. The resemblance will blow your mind.

Aline Crumb says:

"...the most amazing resemblance, however, was that of Robert and his cousin Scott Rollenhagen, who hadn't seen each other since 1952. They are the same height and build (including turkey neck and protruding adam's apple) and were dressed identically down to the sandals with socks and old man's cap. They both have little white beards and thick rimless glasses."

"Robert, Sophie and Scott played music together at`the party, never having rehearsed or discussed anything in advance. They all knew a lot of the same tunes and had no trouble playing for a few hours. Scott is also an artist, although we haven't seen his work. Robert sez, "Scott is the alternate me. the not famous me, who lives in peace and seclusion in the woods of northern Minnesota." Robert was moved and intrigued by Scott and fantascized a lot about what it would be like to be him!"

posted by kramer at 8:40 PM

Trinie Dalton Blog

The very busy Trinie Dalton has a new blog here. Trinie is the author of the short story collection, Wide Eyed (A perennial seller at Family), Mythym (her collection of zines), and Dear New Girl Or Whatever Your Name Is (collects artworks inspired by notes she confiscated as a subsitute teacher). She also used to curate our reading series before she moved to NYC. I miss those days - some of my favorite writers read like Benjamin Weissman, Amy Gerstler, Aimee Bender, Stanya Kahn, and many more greats. She also had some amazing artwork in our anniversay show. Like this:

Trinie is also a longtime personal hero. I first met her when I interviewed her for a magazine when I first moved to NY four years ago, and was just a big fan of her stories. Look out for her 10 000 (!) word article on Black Dice coming up in the next issue of ANP!

posted by kramer at 3:01 PM

Kramer does Panter.

Ho! We just got in the new issue of The Believer, which features an interview with Gary Panter by our very own David Jacob Kramer and it's a good one!

posted by sammy at 8:42 AM

2 June Art Shows

If you find yourself in San Francisco tonight (and god help you if you do), be sure to go see new paintings by Lori Damiano in the group show at Lower Hates Gallery, opening tonight. She is a friend of Family and one of my favorite artists.

Then, in two weeks, if you find yourself in Portland (oh god), the only thing going on will be this excellent show curated to benefit the IPRC. Its got some mega awesome people in it, and I am psyched to have a couple small drawings in the show as well as a new one page comic in the zine made for the show. complete info below.

posted by sammy at 6:08 AM

More Mark A. Rodriguez - Get Psyched

Here's a few more images from the upcoming Mark A. Rodriguez Show at Hope. Opening is this Saturday, June 13, 7 - 10pm

1547 Echo Park Ave, 90026

posted by kramer at 2:12 PM


will oldham curated an art show in philadelphia and it's opening in a week and i can safely say it features some of my favorite contemporary artists. photos above are of the mailer / mini-poster for the show, we've got a small amount of them at the shop up for grabs. here's the official info:

June 18th - August 29th, 2009


Fleisher/Ollman is pleased to announce an exhibition of works selected by Will Oldham, the prolific singer-songwriter who most often records and performs under the moniker Bonnie Prince Billy. Frenz, on view June 18 through the end of the summer, will include the work of artists: Shary Boyle, Able Brown, Lori Damiano, Kyle Field, Jill Gallenstein, Sammy Harkham, Alan Licht, Ashley Macomber, Joanne Oldham, Leslie Shows and Spencer Sweeney.


posted by NATE at 12:31 PM

Last Days of Sutherland Show + Amazing New Will Sweeney Music VId

Wednesday and Thursday are your last days to see Peter Sutherland's Hot Coals Only. Get in.

And here's a new Will Sweeney music video for French act, Birdy Nam Nam. This will blow your mind. So good.
(for full mind blowing effect, click menu at the bottom right of the video and click full screen and HD!)

posted by kramer at 4:30 PM

MYTHTYM at Machine Projects

MIRROR / HORROR Slide Talk & Film Screening

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Trinie Dalton recently released her zine anthology, MYTHTYM (Picturebox), a compendium of three handmade books on mythological themes that collect the work of over 50 artists and writers. MIRROR HORROR is the first section in the book, a 100-page treatise on the topic of mirrors in art and cinema. This evening will entail a slide talk on mirrors in art history, focusing on witchcraft and magic, and Dalton will discuss her collection of Giallo horror film stills. For the second half of the event, Dalton will screen short animations by various artists.
Machine Project

1200 D North Alvarado
Los Angeles, CA 90026

posted by kramer at 2:30 PM

lazy sunday

All around ruling artist James Jarvis has started a drawings blog, above is one of my faves from it so far (bonus points if you get the reference). check it out at

posted by NATE at 12:25 PM

Teachings of Jessica Hopper

The Girls' Guide to Rocking ft. Kate Rose from Alan Del Rio Ortiz on Vimeo.

One of our generation's great minds, Jessica Hopper, has just released her girls' guide to band membership and general rock music making. The book is illustrated by none other than Anders Nilsen.

Here's a great profile Hopper wrote on Nilsen for the Chicago Reader .

posted by kramer at 3:28 PM

New Mika Miko Video

Directed by Randy Randall and Lana Kim, and produced by Jett Steiger!

posted by kramer at 8:50 PM

Really awesome AsDSSka video by Zack Mctee- from the record release party

asdsska from zack mctee on Vimeo.

Check out Zack's site
Zack also has a project where he interviews people about their first memories -
To pick up the 7" of the song - Hold On

posted by kramer at 1:10 PM