The past few years I’ve had a lot of luck in thrift stores, with good books for reasonable prices, $1.00, $2.00…sometimes more. Just the last two weeks I seem to have been lucky with things I have found, all for $1.00 each. I thought I’d show what I found.
I have shown a couple of articles from the magazine in this blog. Here are a couple of posts scanned from AH that have been accessed the most from my archives:
“P.T. Barnum’s London Scrapbook”, and “Trader Horn and the one-time-only movie star”.
Stay tuned; I have another article scanned and ready to go very soon.
I am always interested in books on cartooning and drawing for myself and for my young grandkids. I have been lucky to buy some really excellent books since the first of the year.
Although some of Jack Hamm’s drawings may seem dated, his advice is still great. These are two of the best how-to-draw books I have in my collection.
Tom Richmond is a great cartoonist who has made a lot of appearances in Mad, but no, the title of his book on caricature, The Mad Art of Caricature, has nothing to do with Mad, the magazine.
There are also graphic novels, or even informational books. Rock Toons is a history of rock ‘n’ roll originally published in French, translated into English. Mark Alan Stamaty is a cartoonist who sometimes does books for young readers, including this book on his Elvis impersonator act when he was in elementary school. Tom Tomorrow has a well-known satiric weekly panel called This Modern World, and this is a fabulous and comprehensive collection of his work, published in 2003.
Next time you pass a thrift store, pop in and check out the books. You can also find old vinyl record albums, video tapes, CDs and DVDs, usually at reasonable prices. Around my area VHS tapes are usually about 50¢, and prices on DVDs are around $2.00 or $3.00, but I have picked up some good ones, including whole seasons of TV series for a few dollars.