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All hail The Crap Hound Big Book of Unhappiness by Sean Tejaratchi

The Crap Hound Big Book of Unhappiness is a 544-page compendium of vintage ads and archival ephemera  selected and arranged by designer Sean Tejaratchi, publisher of the Crap Hound zine. I've been a huge fan of Sean's work for many years, and have every issue of Crap Hound. I made the video above to give you a taste of just how astounding this book is - it will provide a lifetime of browsing enjoyment.

Sean and the publisher Feral House, kindly gave me permission to several spreads from the book.

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Liartown, USA leaves Tumblr over NSFW-ban; announces new 544-page Crap Hound book "devoted to images notable for their lack of positivity"

Liartown, USA is Sean Tejaratchi's (previously) incredible, longrunning visual surreal satire site, and it is the latest casualty of parent company Verizon's decision to purge the site of all NSFW content effective Dec 17. Read the rest

Encyclopedia of Hell – "Written by and for demons, instructing them on how to destroy mankind"

Encyclopedia of Hell: An Invasion Manual for Demons Concerning the Planet Earth and the Human Race Which Infests It

by Martin Olson (author), Tony Millionaire (illustrator) and Mahendra Singh (illustrator)

Feral House

2011, 240 pages, 7 x 10 x 0.8 inches (softcover)

$(removed) Buy a copy on Amazon

In 1911 journalist Ambrose Bierce published a scathingly satirical book called The Devil's Dictionary, which contained truer-than-true definitions of everyday words. (Example — Bore: A person who talks when you wish him to listen.) Exactly 100 years later came Martin Olson’s Encyclopaedia of Hell, "a book that was 'written by and for demons, instructing them on how to destroy mankind.'" This encyclopedia is a blisteringly subversive book filled with illustrated definitions in the vein of Ambrose Bierce. Written as if Satan himself was the author, the definitions reveal a dim view of humanity. (Justice: Superstition of humans oppressed by the billionaires who own them. Robot: From the corporate viewpoint, the ideal human being. Soldier: A target made of flesh.) The book is lushly designed by Sean Tejaratchi, publisher of the late, great Crap Hound zine.

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Michelle Duggar’s Sacred Blessings 2016 Motherhood & Marriage Nature Calendar

Sean Tejaratchi, the excellent book designer and creator of the Crap Hound zine, made this parody calendar called Michelle Duggar’s Sacred Blessings 2016 Motherhood & Marriage Nature Calendar. It uses actual quotes from a post by Mrs. Duggar, and stock photos of animal mothers with a lot of babies.

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Liartown USA's "Apple Cabin Foods" calendar, to benefit Reading Frenzy

Original Crap Hound and Internet graphic sarcasm sultan Sean Tejaratchi is back with his annual calendar, sold to benefit Reading Frenzy, Portland, Oregon's world-beating zine store and independent publishing emporius. Read the rest

Kickstarting a coloring book of bygone Hollywood stars

Chloe from Portland's Reading Frenzy bookstore writes, "Portland based, self-taught artist, Alicia Justus, is Kickstarting her first coloring book in collaboration with Show & Tell Press (publisher of Crap Hound)." Read the rest

Kickstarting A is for Zebra, subversive alphabets by Crap Hound's Sean Tejaratchi

It's a twisted, genius alphabet book in the style of Tejaratchi's (more) wonderful found-art collage zine Crap Hound, and published by the brilliant Portland zine store Reading Frenzy; $20 gets you your own copy. Read the rest

Internet Archive uploads more than 14 million public domain images to Flickr

Kalev Leetaru programatically recovered all the images that were discarded by the OCR program that digitizes the millions of public domain books scanned by the Archive; these were cropped, cleaned up, and uploaded to Flickr with the text that appears before and after them, and links to see their whole scanned page. Read the rest

The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia book trailer

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Here's the trailer for The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia book trailer. The book, which is fantastically weird and fun, was written by my pal Martin Olson, who plays Hunson Abadeer (aka "The Lord of Evil") on Adventure Time.

Martin also wrote Encyclopaedia of Hell: An Invasion Manual for Demons Concerning the Planet Earth and the Human Race Which Infests It, which we featured on Boing Boing in 2011. Both books were designed by Crap Hound zinester genius Sean Tejaratchi. Read the rest

Wonderful collection of zines 1984–93 donated to library

Josh Glenn has a great post with lots of photos of his collection of zines from 1984-1993, which he donated to University of Iowa Libraries. I hope they scan them soon!

Recently, the University of Iowa Libraries acquired the Joshua Glenn Zine Collection — somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000 zines that I squirreled away during the so-called Zine Revolution (1984–93, according to my eccentric reckoning), plus scores of letters from zine publishers, plus all sorts of ephemera related to the printing, distribution, and promotion of zines including my own: Luvboat Earth and Hermenaut. My collection — including such titles as 8-Track Mind, 2600: The Hacker Quarterly, ANSWER Me!, Baby Split Bowling News, babysue, The Baffler, Bananafish, Beer Frame, Ben is Dead, Bimbox, Bitch, Boiled Angel, bOING bOING, Bunnyhop, Bust, Chip’s Closet Cleaner, Crank, Crap Hound, DishWasher, Duplex Planet, Ersatz, FAT!SO?, Flatter!, Flipside, Forced Exposure, The Freakie Magnet, Giant Robot, Gourmandizer, Grand Royal, Heinous, Hey There Barbie Girl!, Hip-Hop Housewife, Holy Titclamps, I Hate Brenda Newsletter, Idiotooth, It’s A Wonderful Lifestyle, King-Cat Comix, Lizzengreasy, The Lumpen Times, The Match, Maximumrock’n'roll, McJob, Mommy and I Are One, Motorbooty, Murder Can Be Fun, Mystery Date, Organ & Bongos, Pagan’s Head, Rollerderby, Scram, Sidney Suppey’s Quarterly and Confused Pet Monthly, Stay Free, Teenage Gang Debs, Temp Slave, Thrift SCORE, Tiki News, Tray Full of Lab Mice, Verbivore, Wandromedia, and X Magazine — will be added to the U. Iowa Libraries’ other excellent collections of zines and amateur press materials.

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Banksy did not steal from Crap Hound

 I posted last week about Banksy possibly stealing written material from Sean Tejaratchi in Crap Hound. Like most rumors, the truth is significantly less salacious. In fact, it sounds like this whole thing was just a big, sloppy misunderstanding.

I'm a fan of Banksy's work and was relieved to hear this. Apologies to him for any negativity our post sent your way. 

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Is "Banksy on Advertising" Plagiarized?


It appears that the (kind of great) Banksy rant about advertising that's been going around lately is excerpted from his 2004 book Cut It Out and was actually written/inspired by Sean Tejaratchi circa 1999.

Here's a bit of Banksy's Piece from this year:

Fuck That. Any advert you see in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head. 

...And here's Sean's from his piece in Crap Hound magazine in 1999:

If I see an ad without asking to, it's images are mine to reprint and redistribute, with clearance neither granted nor requested. ..Why should I ask my assailant's permission to keep a rock he's just thrown at my head?

Sean writes about all of the similarities here - it hardly seems possible that this is a coincidence.

Update 3/14:  Sean just Tweeted "For the record: Crap Hound thanks appeared at the end of Banksy's book. Carelessness in layout years ago = Yes. Fraudulent? No. #banksy"

Crap Hound #6: Death, Telephones & Scissors! on Kickstarter Encyclopaedia of Hell by Satan: book preview CRAP HOUND clipart zine #7: Church and State Crap Hound -- seminal clipart zine -- is back! The Weird World of Eerie Publications: exclusive image gallery Ritual America: Secret Brotherhoods and Their Influence on American Society - exclusive excerpt Read the rest

Crap Hound #6: Death, Telephones & Scissors! on Kickstarter

My copies of the beautifully designed clip-art zine Crap Hound are among my most treasured possessions. Sean Tejaratchi, the creator, has a Kickstarter to reprint Volume #6, which has a theme of "Death, Telephones & Scissors!"

Sean is currently working on a book-length version of Crap Hound devoted to "Unhappy People" to be published by Feral House Press, so we thought we'd reprint an old favorite -- Crap Hound #6: Death, Scissors & Telephones with a 16-pg. supplement of all new images -- in the meantime! All the new material is in the supplement, the only change to the magazine from the 3rd edition is the cover.

This time around we're offering pre-orders, as well as a variety of highly covetable rewards! Our goal is $13,000, which will cover the cost of printing 5000 copies of the magazine and supplement, silkscreen print, shipping and handling, and project fees.

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Encyclopaedia of Hell by Satan: book preview

Our friends at Feral House have published a bizarre and funny book in the vein of Ambrose Bierce's Devil's Dictionary, called Encyclopaedia of Hell by Satan: An Invasion Manual for Demons Concerning the Planet Earth and the Human Race Which Infests It. It was written by accomplished comedy writer Martin Olson, and designed by the wonderful Sean Tejaratchi creator of the exquisite Crap Hound clip art zine.

A tour de force of darkness, Encyclopaedia of Hell is a manual of Earth written by Lord Satan for his invading hordes of demons, complete with hundreds of unpleasant illustrations, diagrams, and a comprehensive and utterly repulsive dictionary of Earth terms.

Since the customs and mores of humanity are alien and inconceivable to demons, Satan wrote this strangely poetic military handbook for the enlightenment and edification of his demon armies. A masterpiece expressing Satan's hatred for humanity and himself, the Encyclopaedia includes "Techniques of Stalking and Eating Humans," "Methods of Canning Human Pus," and "Dicing and Slicing Orphaned Children."

Why the invasion? During the last century in particular, Hell has become seriously overcrowded. Satan needs more land mass for the damned and to use the human livestock to feed his hungry demon invaders. Since this book is the 666th commemorative edition, this Encyclopaedia contains special commemorative material.

Here's a video of Ed Asner at his foul-mouthed best, cursing the praises of the book.

Martin Olson will be doing a signing at Comicon, Friday and Saturday (July 22 and 23), from 11 - 12. Read the rest

Crap Hound #8: Superstitions: all-time great found-art zine raising funds for next issue

An all-new issue of the astounding found-art/collage zine Crap Hound is in the offing, with a Kickstarter project to raise funds to make it a reality. The theme of this issue is "Superstitions." Crap Hound is one of my favorite zines of all time, and it's so wonderful that it's come back into production.

We're ready to take the next issue of Crap Hound to press! This time around we're offering pre-orders on the new issue, as well as a variety of highly covetable rewards! We've offered several combo options, but if you don't see the combination of rewards you would like, simply message us via Kickstarter and we will be happy to put together a special reward package for you.

Our goal this time around is $15,000.00, which will cover the cost of printing 5000 copies of the magazine, producing all of the other rewards, shipping and handling, and project fees. Money raised above our goal will simply make it easier and quicker for us to produce these items.

Crap Hound No. 8: Superstitions! All New Issue!

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Crap Hound #5 Kickstarter project: "Hands, Hearts & Eyes (3rd ed.)"

Chloe from Portland's Reading Frenzy sez, "Help us Kickstart Crap Hound #5: Hands, Hearts & Eyes (3rd ed.) into existence! Crap Hound is an astounding compendium of line art collected from various vintage and obscure sources, artfully arranged around a variety of themes. A great resource for artists, crafters, and designers, Hands, Hearts & Eyes is our most coveted issue yet! This time around in addition to the zine, we're offering the 1st ever Crap Hound t-shirt, three brand new prints, a bonus digital package and more as rewards for your support."

Crap Hound No. 5: Hands, Hearts & Eyes, 3rd Edition!

(Thanks, Chloe, via Submitterator!)

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Semi-fictional love stories and music project on Kickstarter

Musician/filmmaker/mischievous imp Olga Nunes (creator of, among other things, the brilliant live action re-creation of XKCD's 'I Love the Internet' strip) has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $3,000 for her first album, which includes an episodic set of videos that tell a love story that is shaped by random occurrences and audience participation.

I see a lot of interesting Kickstarter pitches, but very few of them come from people whom I know to have a track record for successful execution of their projects (and almost none of them ever stress the projects' principals' execution track record). Having employed Olga as a freelancer for various things over the year, I'm very confident in her capacity to actually spend the money she raises to successfully make something. And having seen the kinds of media that Olga's made, I'm equally confident that what she makes will be great.

LAMP is a full-length album by Olga Nunes-- and it's also a story built around the music, told through letters, art installations, and short films. In Chapter One of LAMP, you are introduced to Lamp and Lux, two people who haven't spoken to each other in a very long time. One day Lux receives a package that she thinks can only have come from him. So, she decides to write him a letter. The only problem is, she doesn't know how or where to find him-- so she puts a message in a bottle, ties it to a balloon, and releases it into the sky.

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