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Adam Parfrey, a fearless, maverick independent publisher with a robust sense of humor (and a taste for the macabre), has died at age 61. We note his passing here because Adam’s Feral House Books reprinted Jim Flora‘s legendary 1978 book Grandpa’s Ghost Stories in 2017. Just last week we signed an agreement with Feral to reprint Flora’s last (1982) book, Grandpa’s Witched-Up Christmas. Feral House was known for publishing edgy titles, and Adam was the heart and…

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July 30, 2013

The JimFlora.com homepage, long overdue for an update, finally got one. Besides our forthcoming book, The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora (due September 7 from Fantagraphics), you’ll find a first announcement about a Flora centennial exhibit at Silvermine Arts Center in September 2014. We’ve also added Amazon.com links for our two Flora children’s books reprinted by Enchanted Lion. In the coming weeks we will post information about several additions to our fine art prints catalog.

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One of our representatives will be with you shortly. Your visit is very important to us, and we look forward to answering your questions. Such as: What’s up with the Flora blog, the website, and Jim Flora art in general? The paucity of new posts in recent months does not connote inactivity in the Florasphere. Here’s breaking news—and news which has previously broken: Flora co-archivist Barbara Economon and I have completed a new book—our fourth— for Fantagraphics:…

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April 27, 2013

… a Cugat conga line, to pre-order the new Flora anthology, The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora. It features all of Flora’s known album and EP covers (including back cover illustrations) from 1947 to 1961 for Columbia, RCA Victor, and their affiliated labels, along with music-themed fine art works, illustrations, and sketches. The book was completed last week and will head shortly to the printer. (Despite what it says at Amazon, the publication date…

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There’s been little Florablogging in recent months. Not for lack of interest, certainly not for lack of fresh material. We could post something new every day for the next five years and still retain a cache of surprises. A few years ago we discovered a sketch album that contained 225 (artist-clipped and glued-in) pencil and ink drawings from the 1940s, very few of which were subsequently published or posted. That album alone could carry us…

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Pamela Paul in the New York Times reviews Enchanted Lion Books‘ new reprint of Flora’s Kangaroo for Christmas: Kangaroo for Christmas offered joy of an entirely different sort to the Sallys and Bobbys of the Mad Men era. First published in 1962, the story of little Kathryn’s astonishing gift from her Uncle Dingo showcases the marvelous period illustration of James Flora, a giant among midcentury commercial artists. Working in riotous bursts of carnation pink and…

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We learned the phrase “physical inventory risk” last week from someone in the music business. It describes why, in the current industry-wide economic downturn, many record labels won’t gamble on artistically worthy but commercially uncertain projects: because of the probability (“risk”) they’ll end up with unsold goods (“physical inventory,” e.g., CDs) sitting on distributor and retailer shelves. Rather than commit (again, “risk”) financial resources to marginal productions, they trim existing catalog and/or keep the release…

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A lengthy gestation period: our new book, conceived two years ago, is today born. Fantagraphics, with godlike dominion, declared July 29 as the official publication date of The Sweetly Diabolic Art of Jim Flora, our third anthology. Purchase at: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or from Fantagraphics. Doesn’t matter to us. Buy it. Here’s what you’ll discover: Like its two predecessors, The Mischievous Art of Jim Flora (2004) and The Curiously Sinister Art of Jim Flora…

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Longtime friend, music collector, and fellow Floraphile David Burd reports a first sighting: The new Flora book is in stores today! I just picked up my copy. We expected the book to hit streets in mid-August. That’s what happens when you work with a niche publisher—they surprise on the upside. (Note: Amazon.com lists a release date of July 29, 2009.) Illustration of celebratory Benny Goodman (above): not in this book. It appeared in our second…

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We never claimed our favorite artist was a religious figure. Their book costs $1,500. Ours will be more “competitively priced.” Left: one of several early 1940s Flora sketches of the Crucifixion, entitled Descent From the Cross, subsequently developed into a refined pencil drawing (published in our second book, The Curiously Sinister Art of Jim Flora). Flora also rendered the work as a pen and ink with tempera during the 1990s. HT: Don Brockway

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An advance copy of our forthcoming third Flora anthology was delivered yesterday via FedEx courier from the printer. It’s quite lovely (the book, not the courier or the printer) and brimming with visual mischief. A street date has been announced by the publisher, Fantagraphics: first week of August. The book can be pre-ordered from Amazon.com now. Sweetly Diabolic features hundreds of rare and previously unpublished images from the Flora archives. The cover was designed by…

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Takashi Okada of Tokyo alerts us that volume 2 of his kitty-themed LP sleeve anthologies will be published imminently. The cover (above) features — well, it doesn’t quite feature Flora’s Mambo For Cats, but the artwork does play a “supporting role.” The photographer is apparently distracting the cover model with a cheezburger.

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