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Exhibitor Profile: AdHouse Books

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Meet AdHouse Books.

Richmond, VA

AdHouse Books LLC has been a boutique publishing juggernaut since 2002. Over the years, they have won and been nominated for awards within the comic profession (Ignatz, Harvey, Eisner) and the design world (AIGA, Communication Arts, Domtar Paper). Their library of publications is an eclectic mix of sequential and illustrative arts.

What was your introduction to the world of art book publishing?

Our first published title was Pulpatoon Pilgrimage by Joel Priddy. At the time, Joel was teaching at VCU. A mutual friend, Kelly Alder, made me aware of the work. We actually tried to get other's publishers to produce the book, but none of them got back to us. So, we took what knowledge we had garnered from freelancing and working at Eclipse Comics and made the jump into publishing.

Why art books? 

I prefer the visuals. I have always found words more challenging. I’m pretty open to what I consider art book/zine/publishing. So many tools can be used to convey whatever message a creator is trying to communicate.

As an artist yourself, do you see publishing as an extension of your practice? 

Back when I was doing anthologies, I would actually publish my own work. Nowadays, I’m either helping with book design or the other challenges facing small press publishers.

Your favorite art-related publication or art exhibition from the last year?

Just in December, I read In Pieces: Someplace Which I Call Home by Kurt Ankeny. Part travelogue (Massachusetts), part comic, part art book… it all added up to be an enjoyable read. Kurt has family in Richmond, so I got to enjoy a dinner with him over the holidays. One of my favorite art exhibits last year was at the MOCA in Virginia Beach - Wayne White had a show called Monitorium that was fantastic!

Do you have any upcoming projects you would like to share?

In 2018, we will be releasing the collected main story from Pope Hats called Young Frances. We will have at least one (and possibly more) copies of the book at CURRENT Books.  We hope attendees will stop by to take a look!