This was actually the second book I made at Wordstock. The first book I made from a piece of carpet I found in the Convention Center. I sold it to Marty, an interesting guy who also wrote a book. He was interesting because he wrote an entire fictional novel that made fun of suburbanites from Clackamas County. I'm from Clackamas County. In spite the fact that I know, without a doubt, that Milwaukie is full of suburban rednecks and racist white power assholes, I still had trouble laughing at his outsiders perspective. Anyway, this book was fun to make. I got this official Wordstock bag free from the hipster named Nathan working at the Microcosm Publishing booth. I found it hard to talk with him, because I kept staring at his glasses. Jealously doesn't begin to describe how I wish I could be hip as he.
In any case, I loved the way this book came together. I was amazed at Bumpershoot when nobody seemed to take note of this one. I think it's because it looks too much like a bag, or should I say a "book bag."
Aside from being awesome, this book production scene was also one of the first to pioneer my new wacky, super personal symbolic currency. In this one I used a collage of color photos from my life (you know, weird shit like you see on the dollar bill), but I soon decided that black and white currency with color proof of work shots was the better way to go. Too many colorized images slammed together was too busy.
PROP COSTS: $12.35 + (STORYTIME WORKED: 3hrs 30min x OUR EXCHANGE RATE (based on fed minimum wage): $7.25) = $37.73