Our Letterpress Books
Since 2012, Angel Bomb has been creating letterpress artist books and has published three to date. Two have received funding assistance through artist grants including a Jerome Book Arts Grant from the MN Center for Book Arts for The Airship and an Artist Initiative Grant from the MN State Arts Board for American Manifesto.
I feel honored to have received these as it shows strong support from the arts community and belief in my work. American Manifesto was also the recipient of a MN AIGA Design Award in 2014. I have also been Master Printer for two highly sought after Winter Books published by MN Center for Book Arts: every-blest-thing-seeing-eye (2016) and The War Between the Water and the Road (2014).
The Airship is a science fiction story and first in a trilogy of digitally enhanced letterpress graphic novels. It draws a literary analogy between the dichotomy of using modern day digital design tools to create works that are produced on vintage analog equipment. In this story, set in a fictional past, one of the characters is transported to another dimension in space and time. It utilizes aspects of multiverse theory in a fictional setting to explain a portion of the storyline.
With a tip of the hat to printers and activists of the past, American Manifesto calls the United States citizens to action on a number of national concerns—our country’s health, leadership, and environment, to name a few. This book was devised as a piece of activist artwork; utilizing my vintage presses as they were originally intended: to make important information readily accessible to the masses. This piece took nearly nine months to research and fact check.
A retelling of the classic tale, Frankenstein. This artful mini-book was created to vend from a vintage cigarette machine. A unique format was chosen to engage viewers with an analog machine from our past that many of a younger generation have never seen. My goal with the Vend-O-Mat is to eventually share its many vending slots with other artists to have an interesting and unique selection of art available for people to interact with and purchase.