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
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.
The Doug Wright Awards were particularly moving this year with memorials to comics giants Alvin Buenaventura and Darwyn Cooke. The aforementioned Patrick Kyle (pictured above in a photo by the great Aaron Costain) was awarded his first DWA, the Pigskin Peters award, which recognizes avant-garde Canadian cartoonists. Patrick continues to push his chosen medium, and a most fitting talent to don the bowler. The DWA for Best Book was awarded this year to Michael DeForge’s Dressing. This was Michael’s (not-pictured above in a picture of noted DeForge impersonator Dog Spider in a photo by the grand Aaron Costain) tenth nomination and third win(he has won one of each DWA award). Michael’s prolific and tremendous body of work continues to inspire us, and Dressing is a testament to his talent.
TCAF is our home show and we are happy to have all of you who could make it to the festival visit our city, and experience Canadian and international cartooning at the highest level. Koyama Press publisher Annie Koyama has an appreciation of TCAF here.
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)
i have the wonderful opportunity to attend SMALL PRESS EXPO 2014 for the very first time and work the PIGEON PRESS table (W 51-52) with nick maandag for alvin buenaventura. PIGEON PRESS is hosting the charles burns signing for the advance release of SUGAR SKULL, the third and final volume of the NIT NIT trilogy from PANTHEON BOOKS. PIGEON PRESS is offering many rare out of print books from charles burns along with a limited-edition signed and numbered gicleé printed bookplate of 200 made especially for SPX along with promotional NIT NIT masks. PIGEON PRESS will also offer originals from charles burns, simon hanselmann, joseph remnant and nick maandag among other exclusive items. PIGEON PRESS is also reissuing nick maandag’s hilarious THE LIBERTARIAN, which debuts at SPX. see you there this saturday and sunday! photos by chris anthony diaz
***burns will be on 2 panels during the weekend***