JFK Coloring Book

JFKcover600x800How did a coloring book spend 14 weeks on the New York Times Non-Fiction Best Sellers list???

The year was 1962. America was in love with the young family in the White House, speaking of them with awe and reverence.

Then the JFK Coloring Book was released, and punctured all that.

Conceived by publisher Alexander A. Roman, with drawings by Mad Magazine’s master caricaturist Mort Drucker and text by his Mad cohort Paul Laikin and Ratfink Room comedian Jackie Kannon, the book used the form of a coloring book supposedly crafted by four year old Caroline Kennedy to poke fun at the whole Kennedy clan, their friends and their fellow players on the political scene, including every one from Frank Sinatra to Jimmy Hoffa. The publication of this unique volume lead off a whole Kennedy comedy stampede, with things like Vaughn Meader’s First Family albums coming in its wake.

Comedy was replaced by tragedy with JFK’s assassination, and the Coloring Book which had once had print runs in the hundreds of thousands disappeared from bookstore shelves, not to return for over half a century. Now the time has come to remember Kennedy and his family not just as tragic figures, but as the way they were and the way we saw them then.

As an added bonus, this edition also includes Political Wind-ups, another book full of Drucker caricatures, with text by Roman and Rochelle Davis, taking a look at the political figures of the day (Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Richard  Nixon, and many more) and asking a vital question: if this person were a wind-up toy, what would it do when you wound it up?

Annotations have been included for both of the books, to educate those who are too young to have lived through the times and to remind those who may no longer remember the details.

Since the release of this new edition, the JFK Coloring Book has been discussed on NPR’s On The Media and in the pages of the New Republic. It’s a book the world is clearly ready for again!

List Price: $7.99
8.5″ x 11″ (21.59 x 27.94 cm)
Black & White Bleed on White paper
76 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404483
ISBN-10: 1936404486
BISAC: Humor / Topic / Political
Order the JFK Coloring Book from Amazon!

 

Fusion: The Devastator Affair (volume 3 in the Fusion series)

Fusion: The Devastator Affair coverWritten by Steve Gallacci, Michael Reaves, Christy Marx, Axel Shaikman, and Brynne Stephens.
Drawn by Lela Dowling, Larry Dixon, and Judy Meadows.

Before the Guardians of the Galaxy gathered, before Firefly flew, there was FUSION.

The Tsunami is a cargo ship. Things get put into her, taken across space, and taken out. There’s nothing unusual about that.

The crew, now that’s another matter. Sure, Captain Indio Tremaine is human, and so is her first mate, the handsome and indestructible gambler Dow Cook. But the rest of the crew are genetic constructs of fur, wings, and claws. Tan, the engineer, is one wily weasel, and that’s no metaphor. Together, they are rated “high-risk indy,” suited to take on the least likely, most dangerous deliveries. They’re the team you want when you have cargo to be delivered and you need things to go right… or when they’ve already gone wrong.

Do things go wrong? This wouldn’t be much of a book if everything went smoothly, now would it?

This collection features four science fiction tales with a very human sensibility, even if the characters are not strictly human.

List Price: $9.99
7″ x 10″ (17.78 x 25.4 cm)
Black & White on White paper
128 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404537
ISBN-10: 1936404532
BISAC: Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
Order Fusion: The Devastator Affair from Amazon. 

 

Fusion: Spring rolls (volume 2 in the Fusion series)

FusionVol2cover700x1000Written by Steve Gallacci, Michael Reaves, Peter Morwood, and Dave Simons.
Drawn by Lela Dowling, Steve Gallacci, Phil Foglio, Tim Burgard, Dave Simons, Larry Dixon, Joe Pearson, and Monika Livingston.
Edited by Lex Nakashima
The Tsunami is a cargo ship. Things get put into her, taken across space, and taken out. There’s nothing unusual about that.


The crew, now that’s another matter. Sure, Captain Indio Tremaine is human, and so is her first mate, the handsome and indestructible gambler Dow Cook. But the rest of the crew are genetic constructs of fur, wings, and claws. Tan, the engineer, is one wily weasel, and that’s no metaphor. Together, they are rated “high-risk indy,” suited to take on the least likely, most dangerous deliveries. They’re the team you want when you have cargo to be delivered and you need things to go right… or when they’ve already gone wrong.

Do things go wrong? This wouldn’t be much of a book if everything went smoothly, now would it?

FUSION: SPRING ROLLS is a short story collection featuring eight tales of high-flying high adventure and hijinx, told by a team of writers who have written acclaimed novels, TV shows, and checks, and artists who have drawn praise, awards, and salaries.

List Price: $9.99
7″ x 10″ (17.78 x 25.4 cm)
Black & White on White paper
128 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404520
ISBN-10: 1936404524
BISAC: Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
Order Fusion: Spring Rolls from Amazon!

Fusion: The Soulstar Commission (volume 1 in the Fusion series)

Fusion: The Soulstar Commission (volume 1)Written by Steven Barnes, drawn by Steve Gallacci and Lela Dowling, edited by Lex Nakashima

Before the Guardians of the Galaxy gathered, before Firefly flew, there was FUSION. Now the graphic novel that launched the series is in book form for the very first time.

The Tsunami is a cargo ship. Things get put into her, taken across space, and taken out. There’s nothing unusual about that.

The crew, now that’s another matter. Sure, Captain Indio Tremaine is human, and so is her first mate, the handsome and indestructible gambler Dow Cook. But the rest of the crew are genetic constructs of fur, wings, and claws. Tan, the engineer, is one wily weasel, and that’s no metaphor. Together, they are rated “high-risk indy,” suited to take on the least likely, most dangerous deliveries. They’re the team you want when you have cargo to be delivered and you need things to go right… or when they’ve already gone wrong.

But what if there is no cargo? Then things can go very wrong indeed…

List Price: $9.99
7″ x 10″ (17.78 x 25.4 cm)
Black & White on White paper
108 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404490
ISBN-10: 1936404494
BISAC: Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction

Lela Dowling’s Alice

AliceCreatespaceCover653x944Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice In Wonderland tale gets turned into a full-scale graphic novel with delightful art by Lela Dowling (Fusion, The Weasel Patrol, Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonflight). This lively romp filled with cute critters and wonderful wordplay will be welcome kids, Carroll fans, and youth librarians. As an added bonus, it includes a whimsical adaptation of Carroll’s nonsense poem “Jabberwocky”.
List Price: $8.95
5.5″ x 7.75″ (13.97 x 19.685 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
112 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0971633834
ISBN-10: 0971633835
BISAC: Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
Order Alice from Amazon!

Dear President Johnson

Dear President Johnson coverWhat do you get when Bill Adler, creator of such best-selling books as The Kennedy Wit, teams up with Charles M. Schulz, creator of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the whole Peanuts gang, and they draw from the creativity of the millions of kids in America? You get Dear President Johnson –a collection of the letters kids sent to the White House, facing the President with their questions, their wishes, and their dreams. Originally published during the LBJ administration, this book has been brought back to print to delight a whole new generation.

List Price: $9.99
6″ x 6″ (15.24 x 15.24 cm)
Black & White Bleed on Cream paper
102 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404568
ISBN-10: 1936404567
BISAC: Humor / Topic / Political
Order Dear President Johnson from Amazon.

Cold War Coloring: Political Adult Coloring Books of the Kennedy Era

Cold War Coloring coverThe first time adult coloring books swept america, they weren’t therapeutic… they were satiric.
In the early 1960s, the first wave of parody coloring books used the form to mock the culture of the day. Here are five prime examples that took on the politic conflicts of that era. Most of these have been out of print for half a century.

  • JFK Coloring Book – a genuine New York Times-certified best seller, this look at the Kennedy White House, the Kennedy friends, and especially the Kennedy family contains beautiful art by Mort Drucker, master caricaturist from Mad.
  • New Frontier Comic Coloring Book – an all-out attack on the Kennedy administration, produced by Arthur J. Weaver, a Republican politician from Nebraska and a four-time delegate to the Republican National Convention
  • Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev Coloring Book – a look at the notorious but colorful Soviet leader, written by Amram Ducovny, father of actor David Duchovny.
  • Khrushchev’s Top Secret Coloring Book – with Gene Shalit on the writing and Jack Davis of Mad fame handling the art, the communists take it on the chin.
  • The John Birch Coloring Book – a poke at the right-wing John Birch Society, who were concerned with communists abroad and communists (real and perceived) at home.”Overall, Cold War Coloring is a remarkable volume. It reminds me of an era I barely understood as a child and clarify those times for me. It’s a perfect gift for coloring book buffs, nostalgia fans and political memorabilia collectors” — Tony Isabella, Tony’s Tips

8.5″x11″, 148 pages, black and white, paperback, list price $9.99 US.

Order Cold War Coloring from Amazon.com!

Khrushchev’s Top Secret Coloring Book

Khrushchev Coloring BookIn 1962, during the first adult coloring book craze, Khrushchev’s Top Secret Coloring Book hit the shelves to take a stab at the Russian leader. Written by Gene Shalit and drawn by EC Comics and Mad Magazine superstar Jack Davis, it paints a hilarious picture of world politics of the day. (Note: this material is also included as part of the book Cold War Coloring.)

8.5″x11″, 24 pages, black and white paperback, list price $6.00.

Order Khrushchev’s Top Secret Coloring Book from Amazon.com!

What to Name Your Jewish Baby

What to Name Your Jewish Baby

Are you going to have a Jewish baby, and do you need a name… or just some laughs? Then this book is for you!

New York Times best-selling book creator Bill Adler teams up with Mad Magazine‘s killer team of Arnie Kogen and Mort Drucker to deliver not only over 300 possible names for your little blessing, but also an explanation of what strange or interesting sort of person you’ll get if you give them that name! Peppered with more than 50 of Drucker’s great illustrations, this is perfect book to use as a gift, or to whomp spiders with! Just buy it!

6″x9″, 120 pages, black and white on cream paper, paperback, list price $9.99 US.

Order What to Name Your Jewish Baby from Amazon.com