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Production Narrative

by B. Freeman

As this is the second issue of JAB it’s appropriate to briefly examine how the first was distributed and received, with some discussion of production costs and future plans. About 400 copies of the first issue were printed – of these about 200 were mailed out free to people and institutions on the Interplanetary Productions mail list or circumstantially given awa to people who might be interested. About 70 were given the participants and audience at the MCBA conference mentioned in Drucker’s article, 20 each were given to Janet Zweig, Tony Zwicker, and Steve Clay for distribution, 5 were given to Printed Matter Bookstore, and about 60 were offered (and taken within 4 days) at a FREE – TAKE ONE box at the counter of Soho Service, Greene St., NYC. Approximately 24 subscriptions for future issues were paid for based on seeing the first issue. Some subscriptions were by individuals, some by institutions. CLIO ARTbibliographies and the San Francisco Art Institute Library were the only to respond to an offer of a free copy from a review in Umbrella. There was some positive verbal and written response; like, it’s time we got something like this, good job, etc. All very gratifying. One wag from Philadelphia sent a postcard saying that receiving the free JAB along with the subscription offer was like getting a flower from a Hare Krishna in an airport who then hits you up for money. At that time the offer for the next issue of JAB was $2.00 plus $.75 shipping – probably less than it costs to park your car at the airport. The same person went on to say that it was a good thing that book-like objects were being written about because he was thinking about making book-like objects. Will the world be a better place if that remains the extent of his book making labors? Michael Kasper, the author of Calendar Art: Ravi Varma, is a book artist who has written for Art Papers. My sincere apologies to Keith Smith & Scott McCarney for not writing about the work they shared with me – time constraints prevented a proper treatment of the work. This issue of JAB was printed at Nexus Press in Atlanta, August ’94 by Chad Latz and myself. Thanks to Jo Anne Paschall for her generous use of the Heidelberg and facilities. The paper is from a bunch of various kinds of Mohawk Superfine that I’ve had lying around and it seemed like an economical way of getting rid of it.

Critical Analysis

by B. Freeman

Design Features

typographic: Overall, the text is presented in a two-column format with traditional use of font size and weight to call attention to particular passages within the articles; however, there are large, overprinted page numbers on 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 and 11.

imagery: Contains drawn and collaged artists’ pages. There are reproductions of the works discussed in M. Kasper’s article on Ravi Varma as well as of Scott McCarney’s INDEX to the Encyclopedia McCarney: the Portland Project. There is also a picture of Keith Smith with one of the bindings he features in A Hundred Bindings.

graphical: Traditional two column format with illustrations and illustrative photos. There are also artists’ collage pages.

Journal of Artists' Books JAB 2

title note: On the masthead it says, “Volume One, Number Two, Fall 1994, $5.00" [B. Freeman]

Agents

Brad Freeman

type: initiating

role:
artist
designer
printer
publisher

nationality:
born: United States of America

dates:
birth: 23-01-1951


Brad Freeman

type: initiating

role:
artist
designer
printer
publisher

nationality:
born: United States of America

dates:
birth: 23-01-1951


Chad Latz

type: other

role:
printer


Johanna Drucker

type: other

role:
author “The Public Life of Artists’ Books: Questions of Identity”


Melissa Dawn Watson

type: other

role:
artist JAB logo


Boris Drucker

type: other

role:
artist NEW NEWS cartoon on back inside cover


Alan Carr

type: other

role:
artist Image on back cover

nationality:
:

location:

dates:

note: [B. Freeman]


M. Kasper

type: other

role:
author “Calendar-Art: Scenes from the Life of Raja Ravi Varma”


Publication Information

edition type: editioned

publisher: Interplanetary Productions

place: New York, NY

dates:
publication: 1994-00-00

Measurements

horizontal: 8.5 inches closed

vertical: 11 inches closed

Production Information

production means:
offset (local)

binding: saddle stitching (AAT)

Appearance

general description: Pamphlet with cover and text pages printed on Mohawk Superfine.

format: pamphlet (AAT)

cover: Cover contains masthead, JAB logo, and the beginnings of the two articles continued within.

color: yes Two reproductions within M. Kasper’s article

Content

pagination: paginated 16

numbered?: unnumbered

signed?: unsigned

Colophon

As this is the second issue of JAB it’s appropriate to briefly examine how the first was distributed and received, with some discussion of production costs and future plans. About 400 copies of the first issue were printed – of these about 200 were mailed out free to people and institutions on the Interplanetary Productions mail list or circumstantially given awa to people who might be interested. About 70 were given the participants and audience at the MCBA conference mentioned in Drucker’s article, 20 each were given to Janet Zweig, Tony Zwicker, and Steve Clay for distribution, 5 were given to Printed Matter Bookstore, and about 60 were offered (and taken within 4 days) at a FREE – TAKE ONE box at the counter of Soho Service, Greene St., NYC. Approximately 24 subscriptions for future issues were paid for based on seeing the first issue. Some subscriptions were by individuals, some by institutions. CLIO ARTbibliographies and the San Francisco Art Institute Library were the only to respond to an offer of a free copy from a review in Umbrella. There was some positive verbal and written response; like, it’s time we got something like this, good job, etc. All very gratifying. One wag from Philadelphia sent a postcard saying that receiving the free JAB along with the subscription offer was like getting a flower from a Hare Krishna in an airport who then hits you up for money. At that time the offer for the next issue of JAB was $2.00 plus $.75 shipping – probably less than it costs to park your car at the airport. The same person went on to say that it was a good thing that book-like objects were being written about because he was thinking about making book-like objects. Will the world be a better place if that remains the extent of his book making labors? Anyone who attended the panel mentioned in JD’s article who might have a different perception of clarification or furtherance of those events is invited to offer a submission for publication. We want to create a dialogue. Submissions for any articles please send to the address below: hard copy plus Mac disk, Microsoft Word, b&w images (up to 8 1/2” x 11”) with SASE. Utmost care will be taken with all materials but we are not responsible for any damage or loss. Michael Kasper, the author of Calendar Art: Ravi Varma, is a book artist who has written for Art Papers. My sincere apologies to Keith Smith & Scott McCarney for not writing about the work they shared with me – time constraints prevented a proper treatment of the work. This issue of JAB was printed (I hope) at Nexus Press in Atlanta, August ’94 by Chad Latz and myself. Thanks to Jo Anne Paschall for her generous use of the Heidelberg and facilities. The paper is from a bunch of various kinds of Mohawk Superfine that I’ve had lying around and it seemed like an economical way of getting rid of it. It looks like JAB will be printed two times a year – Spring and Fall. If you would like a copy of the next two issues send $10.00 plus $2.00 shipping ($5.00 + $1.00 for one issue). Please make checks payable to: BRAD FREEMAN INTERPLANETARY PRODUCTIONS – JAB 324 YALE AVE. NEW HAVEN, CT 06515 USA (203) 387 – 6735 Publ., computer stuff, art direction – BF Ed. Board – JD, JE, BF JAB logo – Melissa Watson Image on back cover – Alan Carr NEW NEWS cartoon – Boris Drucker