“Fumetti” book preview.

by Tim Soter

Just a few pages from the book.  CLICK ‘EM to see them bigger.

This book is 12 x 12″ Hardcover, printed on #100 weight matte paper.  Because the printing is so fantastic and the paper weight so heavy, each page looks like a bound print.

Some text from the book:

“Fumetti” is an Italian word (literally “little puffs of smoke” in reference to speech balloons), which refers to all comics. In English, the term refers specifically to photo novels or photographic comics, a genre of comics illustrated with photographs rather than drawings. In the past I have considered figuring out a way to bridge the gap between comics and photography.

This book project combines two loves of mine – vintage comic books and 4×6 photo prints. Friend Arthur Tress was visiting one day and asked what personal projects I was working on. I was frustrated at that point and creatively blocked. Arthur calmly offered, “what if you just did something with your photos and your comic book collection which you obviously really like?” He picked up some 4×6 photos and placed them squarely in the middle of the covers, saying that I could play around and find some associations within the two images. That was enough.

I went on to spend a few enjoyable days matching prints with cover imagery, carefully taping them down and scanning them. The photos came from “The Ship Escaped,” a project where, for a ten year period, I shot strange, dark and often comical images with an Olympus Stylus Epic point-and-shoot camera. Then I culled down a decade of photos into a tight edit of just sixty images. As for the covers, I still have every comic book I’ve ever bought or that’s been given to me. In nineteen seventy-six I was five years old when a downstairs neighbor was moving out. He asked me if I wanted his comic books, a very large cardboard box overflowing with hero comics from DC and Marvel published in the previous seven or eight years – well-worn Mad magazines were also included. I was shaking with excitement and unable to speak as I accepted! I remember some slightly older neighborhood kids came around asking. “Timmy, can I have this one?”- taking advantage of this a boy unable to say “no” to older kids who now seemed to admire him. I still remember bitterly the exact titles they left with.

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