Modern at Mid-Century: The Early Fifties Houses of Ingraham and Ingraham Elaine Freed (Hulbert Center Press: Colorado Springs) $22.95/paperback
Colorado College's Hulbert Center Press has just released a handsome new book about local architects Elizabeth and Gordon Ingraham. Titled Modern at Mid-Century: The Early Fifties Houses of Ingraham and Ingraham, this book was compiled by local writer Elaine Freed. Before looking closely at four of the Ingrahams' homes (with lots of photographs by Ron Pollard), Freed introduces their work with a detailed architectural biography, placing them firmly in the modernist tradition that included Elizabeth Wright Ingraham's grandfather, Frank Lloyd Wright (Freed served as the executive director of the famous architect's home and studio in Oak Park, Ill. in the '80s). Plenty of peeks inside local houses you've always admired make up the meatiest part of the book. The Tilley House (just down the hill from the Fine Arts Center), the Beadles House, the Wood-Peterson House and the Vradenburg House are all great examples of the low-lying, natural-materials modernism that defined the early Ingraham practice.
In Me Own Words By Graham Roumieu (Manic D Press: San Francisco) $12.95/hardcover
From the press that made San Francisco the epicenter of personally political spoken word poetry in the late '90s comes, appropriately, the illustrated autobiography of Bigfoot: In Me Own Words. For the first time ever, readers can not only be assured without the slightest of doubts that Bigfoot exists, but they can also learn fascinating things about his tortured inner life, his hairstyles and his relationship with Koko the gorilla. Contrary to popular belief, Bigfoot informs us, he is not Chewbacca. Also: squirrels play flute whistles. Excellently illustrated if not moronically narrated.
My New Fighting Technique Is Unstoppable David Rees (Riverhead Books: New York) $10/paperback
If you're a fan of David Rees' weekly comic Get Your War On with its sardonic political mockery and Red Meat-cartoon-non-illustration style, then you'll probably love My New Fighting Technique Is Unstoppable. Or not, and vice versa. Taking clip art to new heights of absurdity, Rees has somehow managed to make a bunch of really crappy, computer-generated images of men in karate poses ridiculously hilarious. "Every great fighter needs to air out his or her crotch," says a karate man in a high kicking pose. "Do I look like a capital T to you? Because I am T-ERRIFIC," he says in the next frame, pose unchanged. This is an adult comic book, and there are belly-busting amounts of unnecessary cussing in all the right places.