Monday, March 11, 2013

Chicagoland "World's Best Artist" Booksigning Party!

As a master of the art of advertising, I put the word "Party" in the event title to subliminally give the impression this is going to be funfilled fetival of streamers and cake. It's more on the line of, you give us $35 and we give you a book. If asked, some Sharpie scrawling will be done on the first page. Disapointed cries of, "I thought there would be presents involved!" will be met with hearty laughter!

Join the subject of "Mitch O'Connell, the World's Best Artist by Mitch O'Connell" which would be me,
 Mitch O'Connell, and graphic designer of the book "Mitch O'Connell, the World's Best Artist by Mitch O'Connell" which would be Joseph Allen Black as we lord ourselves over an adoring public.

As for the "slideshow." If a crowd gathers at some point I will project some images on a wall and make funny comments. When a dozen or so attendees seem attentive and start chanting "Slideshow! Slideshow! Slideshow!" I will start. If not, I really have better things to do with my time.

Some backstory-

Humorous and masterful, Mitch O’Connell: the World’s Best Artist by Mitch O’Connell, (Last Gasp Publishing) is a career-spanning retrospective of work from the king of kitsch, Mitch O’Connell. This full-color, 284 page tome—resplendent with a foam-filled, vinyl, glitter-enhanced cover—collects all the good stuff (the crappy art is under lock and key) from this prolific pop artist. If you appreciate the finer things in life, such as beehives, boobs, and big-eyed kittens, you will not want to miss this book.

“I am stunned by how remarkably talented he is … I’ve been jealous of him for over 30 years!”-Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing

“What David Lynch might read to his kids at night! Great!” – Boston Globe

Mitch O’Connell’s work has been featured in such places as: Playboy, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, and Juggs. He has made campaign art for Coke, McDonalds, KFC, Kelloggs, and more. His tattoo designs can be found on bodies belonging to people with impeccable taste the worldwide. His previous books include Mitch O’Connell Tattoos, Pwease Wuv Me, and Good Taste Gone Bad.

For more info: and

Quimbys Bookstore
1854 W. North Ave.
Thursday, March 21st, 7pm – Free Event

For those who say-
"It's too far away for me to attend"
"I might get lost"
"I'm a big baby"
"I wet myself"
-I hope this helps.

Just announced!
Joe and I will be making a booksigning tour of all the "Kum & Go" gas stations/convenience stores throughout the United States!
Details to follow!

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