LIBRARY

by Glenn Bray

You CAN judge a book by its cover!

A wild celebration of the world of publication, LIBRARY is a semi-moveable feast of bibliomania. Within these covers lurk thousands of books, magazines and pamphlets printed over the last century. Salvaged and archived by Glenn Bray, the contents of LIBRARY celebrate a vast array of high and low art - from a first-edition Hemingway to off-brand adult magazines of the 1960s, with everything sacred and profane in-between.

Reproduced in shocking color, LIBRARY is a cracked kaleidoscope of the world of print, where the cover is king and the stuff inside is just an afterthought.

800 pages of heavy-duty brutal beauty, curated by one of the world's foremost collectors and publishers of the odd, overlooked, and fantastic in comic illustration and art.

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The Book

This book project was undertaken partially due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020-2021. Since we were hunkered down in our bunker (home), I thought it’d be a good time to revisit my library upstairs and eyeball some of the books & magazines that I hadn’t looked at for quite a while.

 

In doing so, I started seeing visual threads of connections between oddly paired covers. What ended up in book form was the result of an almost year-long pursuit of connecting the dots, visually. Some pairings “make sense” more than others, but some don’t even try. That’s the way it should be, no?

 

I started sharing review copies with some peers, and will let them take it from here:

 

"Glenn Bray has a once-in-a-generation eye for the shocking sicko alien beauty/ ugliness that lies at the far edges of 20th century American culture. His LIBRARY will make you feel like you’ve been lied to your whole life, like you’ve seen only what they wanted you to see."

- Dan Clowes

 

“Glenn Bray puts the ‘F’ in ephemera!”

- Matt Groening

 

"In my town, growing up, was a scary hole in the wall that was a newsstand. I peeked in a few times. Someone was sitting behind a tattered curtain listening to a ‘learn french’ record with copies of the Midnight News pinned to a clothesline. Little boys and girls went in the door and traded their lunch money for grotesqueries. Glenn must’ve gone in there a bunch."

- Gary Panter

 

“Glenn Bray—America’s great collector of the 20th century’s Ephemeral Arts—has spent his life (and most of his discretionary income) putting together this Grand Library of Babble. It’s a Library where you’ve gotta judge all the books by their covers, cuz it’s ALL eyeball kicks—an obsessively curated junkyard of book covers, pamphlets and other oddball paper detritus that escaped the recycling bin.

Bray takes you on a totally unguided tour of the inside of his head, and it’s a wild ride down Maim Street! You’ll travel from the perverse underbelly of High Culture to the heights of the Lowbrow-Degenerate-Sleaze Arts. And if you survive the end of our civilization, this giant brick of a book offers all the clues you’ll need to figure out what made it worthwhile and why it crumbled.”

- Art Spiegelman

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"There are many different sorts of collectors. Freud attributed the condition to bad toilet training, but he was often something of a kill-joy. Of course, at one end of the spectrum there are The Hoarders, those who turn their homes into dangerous obstacle courses, with treasures and trash combustibly mixed together. Anyone who ever walked through Bill Blackbeard's large Victorian home, The San Francisco Academy of Comic Art, a three-story house with only narrow paths between the stacked-high bound volumes of newspapers absolutely everywhere but the bathroom (for fear of water-damage), might have diagnosed him with that pathology. Though discerning and prescient (Bill knew the difference between trash and treasure better than most everyone) he tried to collect it All... and it has served my art form well.

 

Me, I've got nasty hoarding traits as well (you must visit my collection of half-dead batteries and dried-up markers sometime) but am more of a Casual Accumulator, the sort who allows all kinds of second-rate books and artwork to pile up alongside the jewels I sometimes had to hunt for years to find. And I don't take proper care of the valuables entrusted to me -- none of my books stay in mint condition long. We won't bother with The Mercenaries, the sick breed that collects mainly to turn a buck. Let's instead move on to acknowledge those at the most rarified end of the spectrum: The Connoisseurs who single-mindedly devote their lives to gathering around them the objects they love....
 
GLENN BRAY is an especially rare bird, a Generous Connoisseur, willing to share and lend his precious discoveries for exhibitions and books. With the eye of an artist, he has rescued and curated a kind of work most of the world has no use for. Basil Wolverton, Harvey Kurtzman and a number of other EC artists, for example, are in safe hands for posterity thanks to him. And his savvy collection of underground and alternative comic art, with a special predilection for "outsiders" like Rory Hayes, is one of a kind. (Though only a member of that vanishing American species, The actual Middle Class, Glenn often put up big pots of his money toward becoming a patron saint for some of those marginal outsiders, commissioning and encouraging their work when few others cared.) I thank him for his lifelong compulsion and for generously sharing so many of its results."
 
- Art Spiegelman
 

This The Blighted Eye - Original Comic Art from the Glenn Bray Collection (Fantagraphics) review by Cartoonist Kayfabe is also a good introduction to my work.

Collaborators

• Frank Young and I worked on the book for a better part of a year and he produced the first layout.

 

• Blue Trimarchi went over his layout & made it more regimented.

 

• Scott Dunbier mainly forced us to stop trying to print the book on demand and approach Zoop instead.

Disclaimer

Obviously, I know that much of this material is controversial, but please don’t come crying to me about how racist, sexist, pro-this or anti-that some of the images are. They were produced at a time in history when they were acceptable. I’m not condoning the fact that they were published, but we must acknowledge the fact that they WERE, and rather than hiding these images forever, I feel it’s of the utmost importance that current and future generations get to see them, so they won’t inadvertently repeat history.

Delivery

This book is complete and will be going to the printer within a month after the end of the campaign. From there, expected delivery time to our fulfillment center is roughly four months from approve-to-print date, but with the current state of international shipping there may be delays. We're aiming for an end-of-2022 delivery date and Zoop will keep supporters updated throughout this process.

updates

2022-06-20 15:45:37

A closer look at the signature plate insert - wow...

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2022-06-20 15:42:03

Funded!

Zoop

We passed out $25k funding goal today, June 16th -- thank you to all of the supporters!

 

Here's the latest from Glenn:

 

He's been working with Blue on making some final revisions & edits to the book & is now completely satisfied with the results.

 

Blue came up with the idea for the signed plate. It’s a pocket that will hold a Samplerman re-working of the JOLLY TWISTERS book seen in the middle of LIBRARY. We’ll have it printed postcard size (4” X 6”) and Glenn will sign the white side, then place into the pocket.

 

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2022-05-26 22:25:27

Great First Day!

Zoop

Hello everyone and welcome to the campaign! We're very excited to present this book to you from the acclaimed bibliophie and Eisner Award nominated Glenn Bray!

 

We've gotten some feedback wondering why no signed copies were available, so we conferred with Glenn and agreed to strategize a way for some signed bookplates to be creatively inserted into the book - so we just added that reward now. 

 

To the supporters who have come out in force the past day, THANK YOU for making this launch so special -- let's all spread the word and have some fun over the next 4 weeks!

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