The local Indianapolis sign painting legend Brush Master is the subject of a brand new publication from Half Letter Press. We had the great pleasure of working with an Indy-based crew that produced this booklet including Stuart Hyatt, Kyle Long, and Janneane and Benjamin Blevins who work under the name PRINTtEXT. This publication is a unique, and at times unexpected, presentation of the work of a self-taught artist, Jasper "Mississippi" Travis—Brush Master. His years of painting public signs in Indianapolis continue to impact and inspire people in his adopted city. We hope you find this work as compelling as we do. It was so much fun to print this on the RISO.
We recently modified our wholesale distribution terms—something we have been meaning to do for a while—and stores or book resellers can now order publications we have made at a 40% discount with no minimum quantities. Seriously, if you want to order just one or two copies of a publication by Half Letter Press, Temporary Services, Breakdown Break Down Press or Public Collectors for your store, you can do it! Reply to this email and we’ll hook you up with a wholesale account.
We were not able to attend last year’s Philadelphia Art Book Fair so we are excited to return this year on the 2nd and 3rd of June. Marc will be in attendance on our behalf. Please show up and throw some chicken pizza cheese steaks at him, or just be unexpectedly rude to help him reconnect with his hometown.
Speaking of Marc ... and this will surprise you ... he has made another Library Excavations booklet. This is number 8 in the series from Public Collectors and the theme this time is “Therapy Art”.
Our friends from Llano Del Rio Collective have been busy making the fold out map Rebel City Los Angeles. We are also excited to have an older publication of theirs—Power Points: A Llano Del Rio Guide to Power in Los Angeles—made by long time friend of TS/HLP, Rosten Woo. Finally, we picked up a terrific publication on Artists’ Periodicals from our pal Stephen Perkins while we were in Wisconsin for Madison Print & Resist, and a high school student Marc works with in Chicago cranked out a new ‘zine about the musical Hamilton so we are helping distribute that for her too.
As always, thank you for caring about the things we make and do!
—Marc ⁜ Brett