New York: Celadon Books, 2020.
Hardcover. Signed by Steve Martin and Harry Bliss to illustrated bookplate featuring the author's heads on pigeon bodies, attached to half-title page. 8 1/2" X 7 5/8". Unpaginated. Bound in color pictorial paper over boards, with spines lettered in black, featuring cover illustrations by Harry Bliss, with design by Chip Kidd. Some gentle bumping to extremities, else fine. Binding is firm, tight, and sound. Pages are clean, bright, and unread. A very presentable copy of this collection of cartoons, signed by both Steve Marin and Harry Bliss.
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
“I've always looked upon cartooning as comedy’s last frontier. I have done stand-up, sketches, movies, monologues, awards show introductions, sound bites, blurbs, talk show appearances, and tweets, but the idea of a one-panel image with or without a caption mystified me. I felt like, yeah, sometimes I’m funny, but there are these other weird freaks who are actually funny. You can understand that I was deeply suspicious of these people who are actually funny.”
So writes the multitalented comedian Steve Martin in his introduction to A Wealth of Pigeons: A Cartoon Collection. In order to venture into this lauded territory of cartooning, he partnered with the heralded New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss. Steve shared caption and cartoon ideas, Harry provided impeccable artwork, and together they created this collection of humorous cartoons and comic strips, with amusing commentary about their collaboration throughout. The result: this gorgeous, funny, singular book, perfect to give as a gift or to buy for yourself. Very good +. Item #7892