Happy New Year!

January 2, 2016

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December 21, 2015

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During this time of the year, I like to pause for a moment and express my gratitude to all those who have supported me through the years in my efforts to publish books that you’ll enjoy. To them, I say thank you, To those who have written kind words about my books, I say thank you. And to those who have contributed and helped in some small way or in a big way, I say thank you.  For it is well known no publisher is an island.

I would like to extend to one and all my best wishes for Happy Holidays and may the New Year bring  everlasting joy.

AL PARKER for the Holidays

November 3, 2015

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For those who may be wondering what to get for that someone special for the holidays, then may I suggest a book on  Al Parker: Innovator, Illustrator. This handsomely crafted 9 x 12″ book, 207 full color pages follows the career of this exceptional and prolific artist from his humble beginning to one of the most admired and respected by his peers and loved by the public.

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Christopher King reviews Al Parker book.

May 21, 2015


Al Parker by Manuel Auad

Regarded as one of the leading illustrators of the mid-twentieth century, Al Parker has left an artistic legacy that continues to inspire today, and provides one of the first ‘must have’ art books of 2015.

While Al Parker’s work (alongside other artists such as John Whitcomb and Coby Whitmore) could be criticised for its idealised, even kitsch view of post-war America, it’s difficult not to be seduced by his glamorous visions of high-fashion and happy families. Indeed, his illustrations could be reduced to pure retro escapism placed in today’s context, but overriding all of this is a masterful execution that places Al Parker’s work into the realms of pure art. Through the use of bold shapes, contrasting lines, frames within frames and vibrating patterns, Parker created images that were immediate and jumped off the page. His sense of composition and graphic design, coupled with traditional painting skills and an uncanny ability to place just the right amount of detail (leaving abstracts to play with our imaginations) make them appealing beyond any photo and addictive viewing for illustration fans.

Al Parker: Illustrator, Innovator by Manuel Auad collects hundreds of examples along with archive photographs and essays from David Apatoff, Leif Pengand Stephanie Haboush Plunkett in a tremendous tribute. From magazine covers to advertising work and Parker’s only children’s book (a collaboration with Arthur Miller called Jane’s Blanket), its pages are a testament to his ever evolving style and experimentation in different mediums. The included pages from a 1954 issue of Cosmopolitan provide an interesting example, in which Parker illustrated five stories, each in a different style and pen name.

It’s just one example of his dedication to a craft that was sadly in decline by the end of his career (with photography becoming the new norm), but like his contemporaries in the 1960s and 70s such as Bob Peak and Bernie Fuchs, innovation was the way forward, and his later work displays a new enthusiasm and energy as can be seen in his series for the 22nd Monaco Grand Prix.

The reproductions in this book are a mixture of photographed originals and scans from vintage magazines, all handled with care, and the text, while not exactly offering an in-depth biography, is informative and does a good job of describing Al Parker’s working methods. For fans of mid-century American illustration I can’t recommend this beautiful book highly enough. Even if you have a passing interest in quality illustration, this deserves to be on your bookshelf.

Al Parker: Illustrator, Innovator by Manuel Auad
Auad Publishing
Hardback 208 pages
23.8 x 2.4 x 31.3 cm

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March 20, 2015

The Sun rose with a heavy heart today and her beams were not as bright for Walt Reed has passed away. There’ll be one less bright star in the Galaxy tonight and we shall all be a little poorer for it.

The road at the top of the rise
Seems to come to an end
And take off into the skies.

Robert Fawcettt

A New Al Parker book

November 9, 2014
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the latest volume in our series highlighting the great American illustrators. This lavishley illustrated book covers every aspect of this important artist’s career with authoritative articles, hundreds of incredible full color illustrations and rarely seen photographs. One of America’s best known magazine illustrators from the 1940’s to the 1960’s, Al Parker was an innovator, a trend setter and a constant experimenter.

“If history teaches us anything, it’s that the name Al Parker is Magic.” ILLUSTRATION HOUSE, New York

“While the rest of us are working knee-deep in a groove (Al Parker is) forever changing and improving.”

Introduction by Kit Parker.
Texts by Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, David Apatoff and Leif Peng.

208 pages of color illustrations, some from originals, on glossy stock. 9″ x 12″, hardcover with dust jacket. Price is $44.95 and get an EXCLUSIVE FREE Al Parker frameable print!

Available: Late Fall 2014.




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The Way of the Cross

April 11, 2014

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For those who missed purchasing a copy of “The Way of the Cross” by Frank Brangwyn last Easter, this is a chance to purchase the limited numbered portfolio from the few copies I still have at a huge savings. From the previous price of $65.00 you can now purchase it for only $35.00 plus $$7.00 S & H. I still have a few left so you might want to get them now while they’re still available. “The Way of the Cross” makes a wonderful gift for Easter and will surely become a collector’s item.



The portfolio is shipped in a padded foam poach and inside a hard cardboard box for extra protection.

The plates measure 11 X 14”and printed in letterpress on Teton 80 lb. stock. There are 14 plates altogether.













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February 12, 2014


Bill Utterback (1931-2010) was an American illustrator most widely known for his contributions to Playboy and The Second City‘s theatre in Chicago.

Utterback was born on January 5, 1931 in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Utterback attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts in the 1940s, and then The Art Center in Pasadena where he was influenced by teacher Joseph Henninger.[1]

At the invitation of a friend, Utterback joined the design department of Playboy in the mid-sixties.[1] Utterback was asked to illustrate some caricatures for publication after an art director saw a birthday card Utterback had created for a fellow employee. This led to Bill’s regular feature in “That Was the Year That Was” [2] each April issue. After leaving Playboy, Utterback worked as a freelance illustrator from his home studio in Lisle, Illinois, servicing clients including The Second City until his death in 2010, and painted official portraits of Illinois Senator Pate Phillips which hung in the Illinois State Capitol building.

In later life, Utterback taught workshops at the DuPage Art League in Wheaton, Illinois, and sculpted a portrait likeness of Pate Phillips which was cast in bronze and unveiled in the DuPage County. Utterback died on February 8, 210 , at 79 years of age.


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January 29, 2014

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Duane Bryers was born in 1911 in the upper peninsula of Michigan

A  farm boy, who at times worked in a sawmill and dug ditches, swung from a trapeze in the circus, painted murals, drew comic strips and sculpted historical figures in ice, found success as a commercial artist and well-known painter of Americana.

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He began producing his Hilda collection in the mid-1950s.”I got the idea for a plumpy gal pinup and thought I’d like to make it into a calendar series,” Bryers said. “But how was I going to sell a plump girl?”He took his series to Brown & Bigelow, then the country’s top calendar maker, and “they reluctantly put it in the line and figured it would last a short time,” he said. “It went on for 36 years.”

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Duane Bryers died in 2013 just a month shy of his 101 st birthday.

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December 2, 2013

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Jack Welch was born in 1905. He was described as a tall Texan from Cleburn. He attended public school in Temple, Texas and started taking drawing lessons from the W. M. Evans Correspondence Course in Cartooning. For a short while he illustrated yearbooks for the Southern Methodist University. And from there he went on to work as a newspaper artist in New York, California, Seattle, Chicago and Philadelphia.

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Later on he moved on to working for an advertising agency as a sketch man doing sketches. He spent several years doing sketches and comprehensive drawings for advertising layouts. He was a natural in drawing children and thus was asked to design ads for Jell-o, Keds, Pullman and Traveler’s Insurance.


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The Saturday Evening Post magazine (one of the largest in circulation in the country at that time) took notice of Jack Welch’s style and talent. He was commissioned to do a few covers (see two below).

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Saturday Evening Post © Curtis Publishing.

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Saturday Evening Post © Curtis Publishing.

It’s a shame not much has been written about Jack Welch since he was such a great artist. My good friend and artist, the late Alex Toth, used to say how much he admired  Jack’s drawings. For a short time he was corresponding with one of Jack’s daughters.

Looking at Jack Welch’s drawings, you always got the feeling he was enjoying himself while doing it.

Jack Welch passed away in 1985

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