Saturday, March 28, 2015

Mexican Pulp Art Covers and Prompts

When I'm in a bookshop or buying a book online sometimes I buy the book based on the cover alone. The design and artwork of the cover can be the basis for whether I buy the book or not. Recently there was an exhibition in The Ricco Maresca Gallery in New York of Mexican pulp art book covers. The covers alone intrigue me. Check out this link for some more wonderfully surreal images: Pulp Drunk
Untitled (Woman holding pig, cop in pursuit), c. 1960-75
tempera on illustration board, 15 x 11 in, 38.1 x 27.94 cm
 
 F Zavala, Untitled (Robot holding red car in air as city burns in background), c. 1960-75
tempera on illustration board, 15 x 11 in, 38.1 x 27.94 cm
 
Delgadillo, Untitled (Clown attacking woman while muscle man watches), c. 1960-75
tempera on illustration board, 15 x 11 in, 38.1 x 27.94 cm
 
Writing prompts
1.Write a story that undermines something you believe in. -Alex Madison
2. A prompt over on 52. Pick something you can't see and look at it closely.
 
  "Consider the unseen neighbour eating Weetabix (or worshipping Satan) as you eat your boiled egg on the other side of the wall. The bats rustling in the roof space; your wife singing to herself in the room next door; the bones of buried pets in your former garden. The doctor receiving your blood sample. The skylark, singing too high to spot. Or, indeed, wild goats roaming unseen in nearby hills. If you know it exists, but you can’t see it, then it’s a possible subject. The things you can’t see are often more interesting than the things you can."
-- text taken from 52

Check out The Invisible Birds of Central America by Craig Arnold

3 comments:

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

We have a lot of vintage (1950s and 1960s) science fiction paperbacks. Some wild covers on those. Lots of fun.

lostgander said...

Whoa...these are great!

Toirdealbhach Ó Lionáird said...

So, you judge a book by its cover eh, Taidgh??