• Jim-big

    Bookshelf: Jim Stoten

Illustration

Bookshelf: Jim Stoten

Posted by Bryony Quinn,

Some things are not easy. Like looking up for a long time without blinking or making the leap of imagination to understand what place Jim Stoten’s characters could possibly arrive from – doubly hard then that the latter induces the former. Thankfully it’s also very easy to get lost in his work – Jim is both eyeball melter and a consummate pro in the illustration world as his work spans the comic-book-editorial-clothing-music artwork-print spectrum with a psychedelic irreverence. This week he offers us insight into his world by way of five books from his shelves…

Kramer’s Ergot 5 Sammy Harkham and friends

I loved this book when I got it and now I love it so much that if I were to ever lose it somehow, it would genuinely make me cry. It is wonderfully strange. It took me a couple of years before I realised that it actually says Kramer’s Ergot 5 on the spine. It’s beautifully printed, and the comic strips are strange and funny and excellently made. I always end up reading the whole thing whenever I pick it up.
www.amazon.co.uk/kramers-ergot-5
www.wikipedia.org/kramers-ergot

25 Cats names Sam and one Blue Pussy/Holy Cats Andy Warhol

I picked this up in an old book shop in Istanbul and when I found it I couldn’t quite believe what I was holding. I had never heard of it before – it’s actually two books in a lovely multi-coloured box. One is called 25 Cats named Sam and one Blue Pussy, which is lots of drawings of cats on different coloured paper. The drawings are quick and naive and more like sketches made with a genuine love (of loads) of cats. The other book is called Holy Cats and is by Andy Warhol and his mother. Enough said there I think.
www.amazon.co.uk/holy-cats
www.wikipedia.org/25-cats-name

The Brand New Monty Python Bok Monty Python

This book contains lovely old photos of the Monty Python gang during their sketches and behind the scenes and just mucking about. It also has some really brilliant weird inserts including a small leaflet called Norman Henderson’s Diary by Eric Henderson and Sex Craft for Happy Relationships. Terry Gilliam’s drawings feature heavily. It’s printed on yellowing paper and it feels like a treasure.
www.amazon.co.uk/the-brand-new-monty-python-bok
www.wikipedia.org/the-brand-new-monty-python-bok

Ninja Brian Chippendale

First of all, this is giant. It’s A3 and the cover is insanely colourful. It is a compendium of comic strips that follow the adventures of a ninja. The strips were started by Chippendale when he was a kid, when the ninja was just fighting people and gathering treasures in a small cave. Chippendale then continued the adventures as a grown-up where the adventures become more twisted and broken.
www.amazon.co.uk/ninja
www.oogaboogastore.com/chippendale-ninja

Yellow Submarine Max Wilk

This is a funny little thing. It is in the format of a Penguin paperback, but the pages are printed in colour and it is almost entirely made of drawings and sketches from the Yellow Submarine. I thought I had the first edition, but I have since learnt that the first edition comes with a glitter pen line drawing under the title of the book. I have been looking and looking but still have not found one. This one will do for now.
www.amazon.co.uk/yellow-submarine
www.wikipedia.org/max-wilk

Portrait9

Posted by Bryony Quinn

Bryony was It’s Nice That’s first ever intern and worked her way up to assistant online editor before moving on to pursue other interests in the summer of 2012.

Most Recent: Bookshelf View Archive

  1. List

    Danielle Pender is the brain at the helm of Riposte magazine, one of the most exciting new publications created to champion the women doing exciting work in the creative industries today, so can you blame us for wanting to have a poke about her bookshelf? Her selection gives a generous insight into the process behind putting together a magazine, from the issue of National Geographic which led her and Riposte’s creative director Shaz Madani to consider a text-based front cover for the magazine (“I’m really happy we had the balls to go with it”) and the all-time hero she dreams of interviewing, with a few other gems thrown in for good measure. She technically stretched her five books to seven, but we let her off because they’re all so damn interesting.

  2. Main

    I always had a hunch that Bruno Bayley was the kind of guy with a great bookshelf – you can just tell that he’s a hoarder of the weird, the kind of person who would rather stumble upon someone’s diary in a forest than, say, a suitcase full of cash. London-based Bruno is the European managing editor of Vice, which allows him to take his curiosity for the dark corners of the world and pump them out to those who want to know but perhaps can’t be bothered to look. His articles are some of the best on Vice at the moment, so go and check them out after you’ve read his deeply interesting, peculiar top five books. Excuse us while we go and subscribe to the Fortean Times

  3. List

    London-based photographer Catherine Losing is exactly our cup of tea; working with the crème de la crème of collaborators from set designers to food stylists, she takes photographs which are colourful, dynamic, bold and immediately recognisable. Unsurprisingly then, her bookshelf is among the very best-stocked of them all, complete with Martin Creed, Barbara Hepworth and Toilet Paper magazine, and most importantly they’re all seriously well-thumbed and chockablock with Post-its.

  4. Listdie-tollen-hefte-01

    When you ask a couple of creatives who work in a former kindergarten in east Berlin (as we learned in an interview many moons ago) to show you their book collection, you hope to see some pretty cool and quirky publications. Doris and Daniel of Golden Cosmos have not let us down.

  5. New_list_animade

    Design and animation are maybe a bit overlooked when it comes to selecting people whose bookshelves we’d like to share with you. With that in mind this week’s collection comes from the very lovely folks at interactive design and animation studio Animade. They recently incorporated Hover Studio into their midst too, making them collectively one of our favourite groups of creative brains in a five mile radius. Their bookshelf has a serious digital and animation lean, so budding animators and interactive designers, gather round to find out the tomes that’ll yield the secrets of your trade.

  6. List

    When we received a copy of illustrated sine Steak Night through the door a couple of weeks ago (check it out in Things here) we were pleasantly surprised to find that Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke is not only a musician, but a keen writer too. Intrigued, we hunted him down and grilled him about his Bookshelf, which turns out to be an incredibly well-stocked selection of graphic novels and comic books, with a little photography thrown in too. He’s multi-talented and he’s got great taste! Here’s Kele telling us about his choices.

  7. Main5

    I get the same feeling receiving the zip file from weekly Bookshelf contributors as I did when I used to babysit as a teenager and casually rifle through people’s drawers (by the way, don’t do that). Witnessing the telling spines residing on people’s shelves will always be intriguing, and Holly’s top five is no exception. The editor in chief of i-D has an absolute terasure trove of some of the glossiest, coffee table-worthy tomes money can buy. What’s brilliant about her selection is just how telling it is of her true passion for the world she has been submerged in since beginning as an intern there many moons ago, and of why i-D is so consistently brilliant with her at the helm.

  8. Main

    The amount of times we’ve checked out new work from Joe Cruz at It’s Nice That and just sat around with our heads in our hands, gobsmacked at how simple and effortlessly beautiful his work is. Not just that, but his style is probably one of the most easily recognised of the editorial illustrators we chat about here. We love him so much that we even asked him to illustrate a piece in our own magazine, Printed Pages. Here’s Joe on the artists, books and African fashion that have influenced his work over the years. Take it away, Joe!

  9. Bookshelflist

    Louise Benson from POST Magazine has curated a selection of books from her bookshelf for us! Since we first wrote about POST in 2011, the digital magazine dedicated to showcasing cutting-edge creativity has spectacularly grown, and has become a very intriguing and forward-thinking online platform. The site explores the blurring boundaries between art, fashion, science and technology, and in the past they have published iPad editions of their magazines. For an afternoon, Associate Editor Louise pulled herself out of the digital realm and spent some time with her physical bookshelf. On to Louise for her list of all time favourites.

  10. Main

    Reel off a list of highly-publicised albums recently and chances are that their artwork was designed by creative director and artist, Leif Podhajsky. From Bonobo to Mount Kimbie and Kelis to Tame Impala, Leif’s psychedelic-inspired designs turn these albums from listenable into incredibly desirable in a matter of seconds. Drawing inspiration from the mystic, the kaleidoscopic, the mysterious and the wild, Leif’s site and blog are a treasure trove of beautiful, technicolour work to marvel at. You can almost smell the sandalwood. Here he is on his top five most inspirational tomes, check out that National Geographic collection!

  11. Main

    Can you believe Mr Bingo has never done a Bookshelf for us? We’ve been posting about his work, reading his vulgar Tweets and laughing at his books for years and never thought to ask him. Well, maybe we did ask him and he said no – that sounds more like it. In between Tweeting at Alexa Chung, writing alarmingly insulting hate mail and illustrating for big companies, Bingo is a seemingly avid collector of weird-as-shit books. Are titles such as Dancing with Cats and Self Defence for Women up your street? Then read on dear friend…

  12. Main

    Sometimes at It’s Nice That we like to dip our timid toes into the world of fashion, and what better way to do so than to approach a big dog at one of the best online fashion resources known to mankind? Leon St-Amour is the Creative Director of Mr Porter, the luxury menswear site that – much like us – likes to make people happy each and every day. Where we do it with featuring people’s work, Mr Porter do it with a very special knack for delivering their goods in the most luxurious and hand-clappingly exciting way possible, usually involving a very beautiful white shopping bag being hand-delivered to sartorially-minded folk all over the globe.

  13. Main

    Wahey! We love booze and books in equal measures here at It’s Nice That, so it’s our pleasure to introduce Simon Lyle and his five favourite books to you today. Simon is the editor of Hot Rum Cow, the printed publication containing the hottest news on all things booze – from cocktails to beers and from bartenders to barflies, this magazine’s got it all. Here he is on which publications have inspired him along the way to becoming editor of Hot Rum Cow