Anya Davidson at Quimby’s, Nov. 12th

November 10th, 2013 by Dan Nadel

Anya Davidson at Quimby’s, Chicago, Nov. 12th, 7 pm.

Anya Davidson will read from and sign her debut graphic novel School Spirits!

School Spirits is Anya Davidson‘s idiosyncratic and captivating debut full-length graphic novel. It is the story of Oola, a high school student with an unusual connection to the supernatural. Comprised of four chapters, each deploying a different narrative technique,  is at once funny, sexy, mystical and, above all, utterly readable. Davidson’s crisp cartooning style makes even the strangest occurrences somehow seem plausible. This publication is sure to appeal to Davidson’s existing extensive underground following, as well as to fans of the farther reaches of contemporary graphic fiction.

Anya Davidson is a cartoonist and musician based in Chicago. She is the author of numerous zines and was a member of the acclaimed band Coughs. More info at

School Spirits
Hardcover, 152 pages PictureBox, $19.95



Comic Arts Brooklyn This Saturday

November 6th, 2013 by Dan Nadel

PictureBox at Comic Arts Brooklyn!

We have two big books debuting this weekend!

Osamu Tezuka’s The Mysterious Underground Men and Matthew Thurber’s INFOMANIACS

Matthew Thurber, Sammy Harkham and Jonny Negron will be in attendance.

The Mysterious Underground Men
Osamu Tezuka
Originally published in 1948, The Mysterious Underground Men tells the story of Mimio the talking rabbit, as he struggles to prove his humanity while helping his friends save earth from an invasion of angry humanoid ants. While Tezuka’s New Treasure Island (1946-47) was the first major hit for the “god of manga,” the artist himself regarded this later book the first of his signature “story manga. Inspired by Bernhard Kellermann’s Der Tunnel (1913) and drawing widely on European and American science fiction, as well as Milt Gross’ own pioneering “graphic novel,” He Done Her Wrong (1930), this full-color edition of The Mysterious Underground Men will not only introduce to English-language readers a founding monument in modern Japanese comics. It will also offer a rare glimpse at the wide-ranging Western cultural sources that made up young Tezuka’s world.
Matthew Thurber
INFOMANIACS is a graphic novel printed on paper all about the Internet. A hilarious detective story that manages to critique and explore digital culture, INFOMANIACS is marked by the author’s restless questioning and heightened sense of the absurd. With the iconic Amy Shit as his Philip Marlow, Thurber looks in on “The Scriveners of Tweet Street”, Albert Radar, a Joseph Beuys-lookalike psychiatrist, a perfectly preserved brain that has never seen the internet, an organic server farm, the Anthropamorphic Task Force, and so much more. But all of this is in service to a tightly plotted thriller. Think of it as The Long Goodbye for the Tumblr generation.


Wes Lang at Bookmarc This Friday

November 5th, 2013 by Dan Nadel

Join Wes Lang to celebrate the release of his new book:

400 Bleeker St., NYC

November 8th, 6-8 pm


Chris Martin Signing and Release Party Saturday Night!

October 24th, 2013 by Dan Nadel

PictureBox is pleased to present a release party for Drawings, a new book by Chris Martin.

Book Signing and Reception

Saturday, October 26th, 5-7 pm

Printed Matter
195 Tenth Ave
New York, NY 10011

One of America’s finest abstract painters, Chris Martin explores the fertile areas between sophisticated formalism and the visionary joy of outsider art, making abstract painting look enviably effortless. This massive 624-page volume contains a selection of Martin’s drawings from the past 30 years, presented chronologically so the reader-viewer can follow the artist’s continual pursuit and discovery of new forms — from sound waves to mushrooms to Tantric arches to the iconic visages of James Brown and Joseph Beuys. For Martin, drawing is an end in itself that also often leads to themes he later reprises and explores in his painting.


Carroll Dunham Signing and Release Party Thursday

October 15th, 2013 by Dan Nadel

Book Signing and Reception

Thursday, October 17th, 6-8 pm

Printed Matter
195 Tenth Ave
New York, NY 10011

Thought Process contains a group of drawings by Carroll Dunham. We manhandled these images into something like a loose narrative. Dunham’s expressive lines and shapes are blown up, re-colored, and otherwise altered in this 64-page exploration of his thought process.


Frank Santoro and Anya Davidson in Portland

October 8th, 2013 by Dan Nadel

PictureBox Signing at Floating World in Portland!

WHO: Anya Davidson & Frank Santoro
WHAT: School Spirits and Pompeii book signing, reading and presentation
WHEN: Friday Oct. 11, 6-8pm, presentation at 7pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St

Be there or be you know what.


Frank Santoro Signing in Pittsburgh, Sept. 28!

September 27th, 2013 by Dan Nadel

SantoroCon V at Copacetic Comics in Pittsburgh

This Saturday!


Saturday, September 28, 2013

7:00pm until 11:00pm

from the Copacetic Comics website:

This is a very special SantoroCon as we join with Frank to celebrate the release of his own long-in-the-works graphic novel, Pompeii.  We expect the usual band of comics cognoscenti – and then some – to be on hand to talk shop, share comics legend and lore, expound on comics trends… and  exchange opinions on all things Pompeiian!

Come one, come all – this event is open to everyone – and join in Pittsburgh’s definitive comics salon.

Held at Copacetic HQ in Polish Hill:

The Copacetic Comics Company
3138 Dobson Street – 3rd floor
Pittsburgh, PA  15219



Richard Kern at BOOKMARC on Thursday

September 24th, 2013 by Dan Nadel

invites you to celebrate the publication of



400 Bleecker Street
New York City
to pre-order a signed copy call


PBox at The Brooklyn Book Festival

September 18th, 2013 by Dan Nadel

The Brooklyn Book Festival is Sunday, September 22nd, Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza
209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn NY 11201
 and we’ll be there with Frank Santoro at Table 159.

Frank is also on a fab panel at:


11:00 A.M. Myth, History, Fable: Audrey Niffenegger’s Raven Girl is a dark illustrated fairy tale. Frank Santoro’sPompeii is a romantic comedy of errors set in the doomed ancient city. Anders Nilsen’s Rage of Poseidon is satire that makes myths modern day. These titles push form as well as story, playing with how art and text interact and how the structure of a book makes its statement. Moderated by Nick Sousanis (Teachers College at Columbia University). Featuring screen projection.

Come on out and see us.


PBox at NY Art Book Fair

September 17th, 2013 by Dan Nadel

This weekend PictureBox will exhibit at the NY Art Book Fair in two locations.

In the main fair we will debut Carroll Dunham’s new publication, Thought Process, a 64-page collection of altered and newly sequenced drawings. Dunham has made original drawings in 25 copies of Thought Process, which, along with the regular edition, will be available for sale for $250 each. We will also have a selection of framed drawings by Dunham, along with Chris Martin, whose book, Drawings, will be available as well. In addition we’ll have the usual assortment of PictureBox goodies and surprises.

We are also very pleased to co-present In the Good Name of the Company: Art works and ephemera produced by or in tandem with the Colby Poster Printing Company.

This book and exhibition will showcase hundreds of posters. Join us at the New York Art Book Fair satellite space See.Me Gallery (26-18 Jackson Ave, Long Island City) Friday, September 20th from 6-9 PM for the opening reception, and Saturday, September 21st at 7 PM for the premiere of 3 Union Shop, a short documentary about the Colby Poster Printing Company directed by Felipe Lima and C.R. Stecyk III for MOCAtv.

The NY Art Book Fair opens at 6 pm on Thursday and then runs Friday throught Sunday at MoMA / PS1.

See you this weeekend.



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