One of the things I love about owning a bookshop is seeing how it attracts writers, poets, musicians, and artists. It is a beautiful thing, to be in the midst of all this creativity. Part of our mission, and I would argue the mission of every brick and mortar bookstore, is to support local talent and be a community space to share this talent with others. Every month, we are happy to feature local artists, authors, poets, and musicians in a variety of events. We hold events so that YOU can actively participate in this experience. Take a moment out of an overflowing schedule to sit, relax, laugh, chat, as well as celebrate and support local talent.
During the month of July we are celebrating the life and times of Brian Biggs. Okay, maybe not quite, but we are certainly lauding his cartoonish & clever artwork. Brian’s long career has involved creating art for comics, graphic novels, magazines, newspapers, advertising, toys, puzzles, and animations. Most recently Brian was involved in the creation of two new books, Everything Goes: On Land (as author and illustrator) and The Boy Who Cried Alien (as illustrator).
Everything Goes: On Land has been a bestseller here in the shop, and for good reason. This superb children’s book is for the young and old; it’s informative and funny, with vibrant and detailed illustrations. Plus if you live in the area, you’ll have fun searching out familiar names.
I had the opportunity to work with Brian on a slightly different event than he might be used to- a gallery opening instead book signing. I thought it would be wonderful to display his art through the shop – old and new work, children’s book illustrations, advertising prints, and other fantastical characters that he has created. Brian was on board and we debuted the gallery during First Friday in Manayunk. We had a great opening, receiving great feedback from friends, regular patrons, and visitors. Many people are happy to show their support for a local fellow by purchasing a special signed print (thank you!), and I think everyone can appreciate his amazing artwork.
Brian’s work will be up until at least August 1st, so if you missed the debut, remember to stop by to see the exhibit. All of the prints are for sale, as well as several of Brian’s books. Check out some of his featured artwork below! (First three photos courtesy of Brian Biggs.)
If you happen to know someone that might like the opportunity to work with us to create a special event for their book/art/music/name-your-own-adventure send them our way!