"If childhood disappointment could ever be considered an art form, then Mail-Order Mysteries is a masterpiece. Really. The metaphors for life itself are inescapable, the disillusion heartbreakingly laid bare, the tackiness a drug you just can't quit."--Chip Kidd, graphic designer and author of "Bat-Manga!""Mail-Order Mysteries reveals the secrets behind those too-good-to-be-true gizmos advertised in the comic books of my youth. What a mind-blower!"--Mark Frauenfelder, cofounder of Boing Boing"If I could put one thing in a time machine to send back to my eight-year-old self, it would be Mail-Order Mysteries. This book would have saved me dozens of allowances and hundreds of glacial hours spent standing on the porch waiting for the mailman to arrive. I always knew there was something fishy about those 'Gigantic Dinosaurs!'"--Mark Waid, writer of "Kingdom Come and Irredeemable"
Kirk Demarais is a freelance creator and author of "Life of the Party, a visual history of the S.S. Adams Prank and Magic Company." He wrote and directed "Flip," an awardwinning short film inspired by mail-order novelties, and he codirected "Foot," an animated film distributed by bobblehead maker FunKo. In addition to neglecting his retro culture website, SecretFunSpot, Kirk's pop-surrealist artwork is regularly shown at L.A.'s Gallery 1988. Kirk enjoys life in the hills of Arkansas with his wife and son and a ghost. Jesse Thorn is the host and creator of "The Sound of Young America" radio show on Public Radio International, where he has interviewed such guests as Mark Evanier, Weird Al Yankovic, and Judd Apatow. He is also the founder of production organization Maximum Fun, as well as the host of The Grid, a cultural recommendation program on the Independent Film Channel (IFC). He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Theresa.
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great retro book
perfect for anyone who loved the mail order gifts from the 70's. I bought X-ray specs to go with it - excellent gift
I finally know what I would have gotten had I sent off for those x-ray specs all those years ago. Brilliant!Published 13 months ago by bobbingron
As a child who spent a lot of time reading american comics including lots of cheap old secondhand (mostly 70s ones) like the author, I too was sometimes more curious about all... Read morePublished 14 months ago by J. Shanks
Full of exotic promise.
i like the format of this - the ad, what we expected, what we got. Read more
Relived my youth? Relieved my youth was not blighted by actually receiving any of the products from the too good to be true ads? Read morePublished 17 months ago by Clem Neville
The author revisits the ads in the comic books of his youth (60s to 80s) with humor and nostalgia. A such he provideds an experience that is lacking in current comic books, the... Read morePublished on 7 Aug. 2013 by Patrick Lemaire
A very fun book, i found it both fascinating & funny the stuff they used to offer for sale in the back of comics. Read morePublished on 3 April 2013 by Importaku
bought this for my husband for christmas he loved it just glad we didn't buy the products shown years ago.Published on 30 Dec. 2012 by avid reader