If you follow me on twitter or instagram, you probably already know that I spent some time in the marvelous Strand bookstore this past weekend. I just love that place... If you're ever in New York, you must visit it!
The weight of my new, heavy books destroyed my shoulder... but I'm not complaining. I have so much leafing fun ahead of me!
Did I say new?
They are new to me, but in reality these books are all used or out of print.
Among my treasures:
The story behind the unicorn tapestries (which inspired The Last Unicorn and are kept in The Cloisters, in NY)
Fantastic Illustration & Design in Britain from 1850 to 1930. I'm too excited to read it right now, I just keep rushing through the images...
This great book on paper puppets—something I've wanted to get into for a while. Maybe this book will help me focus. Surely it'll teach me the technique.
The moment the bookstore spat me out, a new glorious banner called my attention:
I can't believe I had never been here before!
The place is a slice of heaven for graphic novel & comic book lovers. It's also a place where to find anime collectibles, action figures, and all manner of geeky toys.
I loved how weathered the floors were.
I disliked one of the guys who worked there, who would answer questions about this & that issue with an overabundance of detail, describing every twist in the story, to the point of spoiling it for everybody.
We get it, you know your stuff. Let the kid read it & figure it out for himself, for Glob's sake.
Whenever I enter a comic book store, I seek out the section where indie publications and zines are. It's a good place for hidden gems, like this one! I looked up the girl behind this little story of warring animals, her stuff is amazing!
Ah yes! That night, I got to see manuscript pages from The Little Prince at the Morgan Library. Of that there are no pictures, as they weren't allowed in the exhibit.
I just wandered around the room, following the progression of Exupery's preparatory drawings, too afraid to encounter the wall where the snake hangs out...
I had a knot in my throat the whole time.