The final publication of Pigeon Press In the last months before comics impresario Alvin Buenaventura passed away, he completed publishing Sir Alfred No. 3, an oversized comic book/graphic novel by the brilliant Tim Hensley (author of the acclaimed 2010 Fantagraphics release, Wally Gropius).
Sir Alfred No. 3 is an oblique biography of the world’s most famous film director, Alfred Hitchcock. In fact, despite being numbered “No. 3,” no other issues exist. The comic book is composed of multiple gag strips based on anecdotes found in tomes of film lore in the public library and used book shops. As Hensley’s previous work Wally Gropius referenced the ‘60s teenager genre, Sir Alfred pays homage to '50s personality comics and movie tie-ins. It ends up being something of a cross between Marge Buell’s Tubby, who bears an unforeseen resemblance to the famous director, and Miss Beverly Hills of Hollywood.
The book includes cameos by Salvador Dali, Greta Garbo, Joseph Cotten, Joan Fontaine, David O. Selznick, Edith Head, Gregory Peck, Bernard Herrmann, Francois Truffaut, and a cast of thousands.
It should be emphasized that Sir Alfred No. 3 is more than just a comic book; it is a signed and numbered, limited edition bundle that was produced with a variety of printing processes including offset, letterpress, and giclee printing, as well as blind embossing, handstamping, and diecutting. Each copy of this strictly limited and signed/numbered edition of 1000 comes with a correspondingly numbered giclee print suitable for framing and a custom beverage coaster, all packaged in a mylar sleeve.
alvin buenaventura, editor of THE ART OF DANIEL CLOWES: MODERN CARTOONIST and publisher of PIGEON PRESS. look forward to his upcoming publication (PIGEON PRESS) ECHO ECHO by charles burns. alvin’s photo taken friday nite, july 27, 2012 at OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA signing. photos by chris anthony diaz & colored by graham willcox
This tumblr’s name is taken from my book, The Daniel Clowes Reader, which was designed,
beautifully so, by my friend Alvin Buenaventura. Alvin passed away last week. I write about our friendship and collaboration here:
News is coming out that Alvin Buenaventura has passed away. Buenaventura, among many other things, was behind danielclowes.com and related accounts. He was also the editor of The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist.
i ended up with marc bell artist trash, which was included in this early publication from BUENAVENTURA PRESS. this was a program book to a san diego exhibit curated by alvin buenaventura in the early aughts. also, the first time i heard about alvin was from this. photos by chris anthony diaz
alvin buenaventura brought the beautiful cover of EIGHTBALLno. 18 limited edition prints he made to the TWO GUYS FROM CHICAGO talk for the 5th day of LITQUAKE. wed., oct. 9, 2012 (Taken by chris anthony diaz with Instagram at Z Space)
pics I took in the last few months of gabrielle bell, chris ware, alvin buenaventura & tom kaczynski and the 5X7s I just got back from the lab. gonna distibute at BCGF or mail them to these folks. (taken by chris anthony diaz at Photoworks)