R. Alan Lewis, President
Ground Zero Books, Ltd.
When we find a coloring book without any crayon marks, this does not mean that its contents are “off-color”! While not a dominant part of our online and pending cataloguing stock, we have acquired from time to time works of political cartoonists (including drawings made at an event held at the National Archives), gothic novels (i.e., comic books), and political/satirical illustrated works, including “adult political comic books.”
The noted publishing house, About Comics, has just released Cold War Coloring: Political Adult Coloring Books of the Kennedy Era. As our customers of long-standing are aware, we do not often carry items that are currently in print (unless our copies are early editions, autographed by the author, owned by a notable, or with some other interesting attribute). We do want to make you aware of this work because we were honored to assist in its “birthing.” As the Dedication notes, “special thanks” were given to Dr. Lynne Haims (Ph.D.) of Ground Zero Books, Ltd., “whose efforts above and beyond the call of duty helped make this book possible.” We appreciate the kind words from Mr. Nat Gertler, publisher of About Comics. This book is part of their Presidential Bookshelf project. The book includes the JFK Coloring Book, the New Frontier Comic Coloring Book, Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev Coloring Book, Khrushchev’s Top Secret Coloring Book and The John Birch Coloring Book.
We also have some other political coloring books, including some related to the civil rights movement and the African-American experience. These may be incorporated in future products from About Comics. We encourage you to let us know of other comic book titles of interest or to communicate directly with the publisher. The Wikipedia entry for About Comics reads in part:
“About Comics is a publisher of comics and comics-related material founded in 1998 by Nat Gertler. According to Gertler, it is intended to be “[neither] a mainstream comics publisher, nor an alternative comics publisher.” The company has published works by such comics writers as Kurt Busiek and Charles M. Schulz, as well as producing books such as Panel One and Panel Two, featuring comic scripts written by a number of top comics writers. Several of About Comics’ bestsellers have been works that have been rediscovered and republished, including several little-known early comics work by Charles M. Schulz.”
Now back to our regularly scheduled self-promotion of Ground Zero Books, Ltd. We have significantly increased our titles available for browsing at this website, due to a long-planned database conversion and integration activity. There are thousands of additional items across the full spectrum of our holdings. Keywords and browsing conventions have remained the same. We hope you will spend some time trolling for hidden treasures. As always, we appreciate the opportunity to deal directly with you—whether by phone, e-mail, snail mail, or orders placed through the website. We are happy to grant, upon request, a ten percent discount for such direct purchases. As always, we appreciate your business, your insights, your recommendations, your want lists and search requests, and your suggestions for future columns.
May the summer not simmer too hot, nor the winds blow too hard, nor the rain lead us into precipitous behavior—we hope you all have a happy August.