Reading Frenzy ~ An Independent Press Emporium

New Arrivals and Restocks: May 2015


  • Character Design Now: Effective Characters in Advertising
  • Letter Press: A New Trend in Letter Press by Miki Usui 
  • Taxidermy Art by Robert Marbury 
  • Comic Mix Design
  • Hisui Sugiura: A Pioneer of Japanese Graphic Design
  • Girly Design Idea
  • Maja Isola: Art, Fabric, Marimekko
  • Myopia by Mark Mothersbaugh


  • The Indie Rock Coloring Book by Yellow Bird Project, Andy J. Miller
  • 20 Ways to Draw a Butterfly by Trina Dalziel
  • 20 Ways to Draw a Tree by Eloise Renouf 
  • Illustration School: Let's Draw Cute Animals by Sachiko Umoto
  • Hell Yeah: Best Colouring Book in Sports Entertainment by Various artists 
  • More Than A Woman: Shading Through the Women of Hip Hop 
  • Osiris by Mike Coley, Nick Alston
  • The Magic Book of Nightmares by Mike Coley


  • Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels by Scott McCloud
  • This is Cezanne by Jorella Andrews, Patrick Vale
  • This is Matisse by Catherine Ingram, Agnes Decourchelle 
  • This is Van Gogh by George Roddam, Slawa Harasymowicz
  • Hip Hop Family Tree Volumes 1 & 2: 1975-1983 Gift Box Set by Ed Piskor
  • Seconds: A Graphic Novel by Bryan Lee O'Malley
  • Reinventing Comics by Scott McCloud 
  • Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World by Monte Beauchamp
  • Marbles by Ellen Forney 
  • Here by Richard McGuire
  • The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins
  • Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner 
  • Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann, Kerascoet 
  • A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L'Engle, Hope Larson
  • Black River by Josh Simmons
  • Pablo by Julie Birmant, Clement Oubrerie
  • Beyond the Surface by Nicolas Andre
  • How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis
  • Jim: Jim Woodring's Notorious Autojournal by Jim Woodring
  • The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • Sugar Skull by Charles Burns
  • Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast 
  • The Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple
  • Syllabus: Notes from An Accidental Professor by Lynda Barry
  • What It Is by Lynda Barry
  • Showa 1926-1939: History of Japan by Shigeru Mizuki and Zack Davisson
  • Showa 1939-1944: History of Japan by Shigeru Mizuki and Zack Davisson


  • Chuck Close: Face Book by Chuck Close
  • This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki 
  • The Graphic Canon of Children's Literature by Russ Kick
  • Amazing Animals: A Collection of Creatures Great & Small by Quarto Press 
  • Beautiful Beasts: A Collection of Creatures Past & Present by Quarto Press
  • Welcome to Mamoko by Aleksandra Mizielinska, Daniel Mizielinska 
  • The World of Mamoko: In the Time of Dragons by Aleksandra Mizielinska, Daniel Mizielinska
  • Happy Punks 1 2 3: A Counting Story by John & Jana
  • Enormous Smallness: A Story of E.E. Cummings by Matthew Burgess, Kris Di Giacomo
  • The Wild Piano by Fred
  • Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgel 
  • D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d'Aulaire, Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
  • Benny's Brigade by Lisa Hanawalt & Arthur Bradford 
  • Moomin's Desert Island by Tove Jansson 
  • Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Vol. 2- Tove Jansson 
  • Who Will Comfort Toffle? by Tove Jansson
  • Star Trek: Book of Opposites by David Borgenicht 
  • Animus by Seonna Hong


  • Fluke Fanzine #12
  • Pitchfork Review #4 and #5


  • Lost in Translation by Ella Frances Sanders
  • CarSick by John Waters
  • Punk USA: The Rise and Fall of Lookout! Records by Kevin Prested
  • This Planet is Doomed by Sun Ra
  • Love Not Given Lightly by Tina Horn
  • Your Life is a Book: How To Craft & Publish Your Memoir by Brenda Peterson, Sarah Jane

Jessica Hopper at Reading Frenzy/Beacon Sound!

May 13, 2015: The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

We're excited to welcome Jessica Hopper and hear her read from her book on Sunday May 18, at Beacon Sound (3636 N. Mississippi Ave). The show is free and all ages are welcome! A record shop will be the perfect setting for Hopper's talents.

Jessica Hopper, a senior editor at Pitchfork, has been tackling music and culture for over a decade. A sizable chunk of her work has been collected and published in a new book of essays,The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic. 

Hopper has made more than a few waves in the past decade detailing the not-so-subtle sexism in the emo music scene and by examining the accusations of abuse made against R.Kelly. Feminism is more than an undercurrent in Hopper's work. Her essays offer sharp and entertaining insight any discerning music buff will appreciate. Hopper's approach to criticism is nuanced and discerning because she herself holds it in such high regard. In a new interview with Willamette Week Hooper said "We're so nostalgic about music and what it means to us. It's more influential to culture than almost anything, if we're talking about books and movies. It helps us orient ourselves in the world, gives us a sense of identity when we're young."  The full interview is here and is a great introduction to Hopper's work.