A few weeks ago Michael Hodgson from Ph.D in Santa Monica very generously sent me a pile of stuff he'd picked up in a local thrift shop; numerous copies of the Ford Times, which I'll be posting about over the next couple of weeks; they're really interesting. He also slipped in a copy of their little self-promotional booklet, Terms and Conditions. It's a kind of dictionary, the book explains, "This particular version of the dictionary gathers together 16 years' worth of biases, interests, opinions and obsessions". It's small and beautifully formed.
It's a lovely piece of work and so is Michael's letterpress printed business card...
I was never into the comic book/graphic novel thing. Friends were when I was younger: Steve, who took over from me as studio junior in my first job, was into all the Frank Miller stuff. Super cool and interesting but my mind was on typographical matters. Ten years later it was Mike, my lodger. A superb illustrator but a house-mate from hell; he attempted to indoctrinate me in the super-hero way but again, I was thinking about other things (like how I could get rid of him).
So I'm no aficionado by any stretch of the imagination and have no idea if this X-Men pop-up book would be considered by such to be worthy of interest. All I know is that, on face value, it appears to be ace: Nicely produced with admirable attention to detail; nifty, irregular polygonal shape; ingenious pop-up constructions; and respectful use of original artwork, it would seem. Bought it in England last week for three quid.
Graham from Zoot emailed me yesterday about the Ink Posters project, asking if I might feature their lovely posters here. I said I would but only if I got something back. Nothing big or costly, I wasn't specifically after a freebie. Some photos of them printing the stuff would have been OK; I just wanted to say more than just, "look at these cool posters". To be honest, he caught me at the wrong time and now I think I was a bit of a pain in the arse. Ace Jet's not about advertising other people's stuff really and I don't want to get inundated with requests but every now and then someone emails me about something really ace, like what Graham did yesterday; lovely posters.
So, sorry Graham, I know I wasn't rude or anything and you were equally polite, and I expect we'll be seeing a lot of your beautiful posters around the interweb.