Beauchamp, Monte (Founder/Editor/Designer/Artist) & Various Graphic Artists. BLAB WORLD NO. 2. San Francisco, CA: Last Gasp Of San Francisco, 2012. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 128 pages. Fine.

Anthology of graphic art. One of the best collections of Blab World's remarkable graphic art ever published in our time. Review Copy. Review Material laid-in. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Monte Beauchamp's "Blab World Volume 2". Some of the most advanced narrative graphic art of our time, gathered by the Blab World Founder in perhaps its single most representative selection. "Defies description: Neither book or magazine, it is obviously a work of art. Founded in 1986 by graphic designer and art director Monte Beauchamp, Blab World has evolved from a digest-sized comics magazine into a beautifully printed keepsake: A hardcover anthology of art, illustration, articles, profiles, found graphics, cartoons, and sequential art. Comic Book Stories: 'Adolf's Aberration' by Nora Krug; 'Dispatches From Oblivion' by Greg Clarke; 'The Great Sea Serpent of Brazil's Parahiba River' by Mark Todd; 'Liderc' by Andrea Dezso; 'Visitation' by Peter Kuper; 'The Vexing Thing Upstairs' by Denis Kitchen; and 'Leftovers' by Sergio Ruzzier" (Publisher's blurb). Supplemented with Essays, including an irreverent tribute to Robert Crumb, the Resident Genius of underground graphic art. "The New Yorker for Mutants" (Los Angeles Reader). An absolute "must-have" title for Monte Beauchamp and Blab World collectors. This is a Review Copy. The Review Material is laid-in. It is very boldly and beautifully signed, dated (shortly after publication), and inscribed in black pen-marker by the Blab World Founder: "11/12/2012 For Paul, Blabingly yours, Monte Beauchamp". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Beauchamp could not resist adding a fabulous drawing of a semi-mythical animal (which bears a strong resemblance to a rabid dog in its last legs, its ears erect, and its infected tongue sticking out) that fills up the whole page. The recipient, Paul Berlanga, is an important Chicago-based artist and photography expert. This title is a graphic art classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, publication-year dated, and inscribed copy (with large drawing) of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color plates. Some of the most brilliant American graphic artists of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 0867198508. $80.00

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