Friends and Favorites of Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.

JVJ Publishing is the name of my new imprint for ImageS and for my first book. I expect to be devoting more time to publishing as I transition away from my role as a bookseller. You can now order ImageS and Everett Raymond Kinstler: The Artist's Journey through Popular Culture - 1942-1962 on-line. Just visit the JVJ Publishing website.

The Vadeboncoeur Collection of ImageS. Issues #1-11 have been published in color. #1 is 24 pages. 2-4 are 36 pages, 5 is 40 pages, and 6 through 11 are 44 9"x12" pages on fine coated stock in full color. The first issue features 13 pages of Heinrich Kley, most of it in color, plus Maxfield Parrish, Arthur Rackham, Vernon Grant, Lee Conrey, T.S. Sullivant, Lawson Wood and Alberto Vargas. Over 50 classic images from rare source material you've probably never seen - and that's just #1!. There are also five issues of Black & White ImageS (#1 is 96 pages, the rest 112 each). Get a complete preview of all issues on line. Or order at

Bud Plant was my partner in Illustrated Books until November 30, 2005 and he owns another company in Grass Valley, California. For the very best in current art and fantasy art books, calendars, prints, cards, and more, check out his company's web site. Bud's Art Books is the industry standard in variety, quality, and service - since 1970!

For old illustrated books, write to Anne Hutchison at

It's taken me far too long to add my favorite publisher to my links page. Flesk Publications is the brainchild of John Fleskes who is publishing some of the best books on illustration and comics around. Currently available are books on Franklin Booth, Joseph Clement Coll, James Bama, Mark Schultz, Steve Rude, and William Stout. Tell him that Jim sent you.

My sister-in-law, Neva, has just opened a shop on the Etsy site to market her unique jewelry. Her company is Imagine MDD. If you tell her that I sent you, she'll offer a 10% discount on any purchase of $40 or more. She's a nice lady and does beautiful work. Check it out.

Illustration House is the premier purveyor of original art by American Illustrators. Visit their site for more Illustrator Biographies, auction and for sale information.

You might also check out Taraba Illustration Art. Fred Taraba is an old hand at buying and selling illustrations and has recently branched out on his own. He's an old friend and will be happy to discuss any artwork that you might have for sale or that you might want to purchase.

The Art Renewal Center is the best site I've found on the web for those of us who appreciate the quality and content of 19th Century Academic art. I highly recommend that you spend some time there, especially make the effort to read the "Philosophy" pages and browse through the "Museum." I thought I'd done a lot of work on my site, but I think these folks have me beat.

Dan Zimmer and his brother, Matt, publish a magazine devoted to classic illustration from the 1930's to the 1950's. Check it out. Issue 26 was just published.

Another friend and publisher, Manuel Auad of Auad Publishing has books on Franklin Booth, Alex Toth, Jordi Bernet and just recently reprinted a deluxe edition of Frank Brangwyn's The Way of the Cross portfolio. He's currently hard at work on a book on Robert Fawcett.

Have too many books or magazines or prints or drawings and can't figure out how to deal with them? My friend Jeri Dansky Professional Organizer works with clients around the world to help them straighten out their "stuff." Maybe she can help YOU.

Mark Wheatley and the Insight Studios Group create and publish art that isn't afraid to wear its influences proudly on its virtual sleeve. From their paean to the classic pulps, Titanic Tales, to their recent book on the late Gray Morrow, et al, these folks are keepers of the flame. Tell them we said, hi.

Find out more about Tony DiTerlizzi at his website. Do come back, though, ya hear?

Yo! Know Yoe? No? Go Yoe, yo-yo!

lees comicsWant to check out a great store for modern comics, alternatives and even a selection of Golden and Silver Age, then try Lee's Comics.

Tom Ranheim, from Norway, runs the slickest Dave Stevens page on the net. He's a fellow Elvis Presley fan.

Hot-shot ace illustrator, Paul McCall wants you to come visit his website and see what he's been up to lately.

Long-time friend John Pound, he of Garbage Pail Kids, Mars Attacks and now Meanie Babies fame, just got his site up and running and he would love for you to visit.

The legendary Percy Crosby has his own site courtesy of his daughter, Joan Crosby Tibbetts. Visit the Skippy site and see what's going on.

Jessica Amanda Salmonson has a site devoted to Antiquarian Supernatural Literature. It's called Violet Books and it's worth a look if you like "literary ghost stories, Victorian science fiction, Yellow Nineties Decadence, H. Rider Haggard & haggardesque "Lost Race" novels, Marie Corelli & other occult romancers, swashbuckling historical romances, classic detectives," etc.

One of the earliest and most famous American illustrators was Felix Octavius Carr (F.O.C.) Darley. This site devoted to him provides an important look at what was happening in the field of illustration before Pyle. It's an extensive site, so take your time when you visit.

Chuck Lukacs describes himself as "a struggling freelance illustrator." His work has style and polish and he does bookbinding as well. Check it out. You might like it, too.

- a collection of fantasies, daydreams, and nightmares rendered in ink, paint, and electrons. The gallery is home to a small number of artists and illustrators whose work lies - more or less - within the realms of fantasy and science fiction. Ian Brooks is our contact there. Tell him we sent you.

Jackie Baldwin claims that she sells stories and that the 750 plus images she showcases on her Story-Lovers site are just there for show. We know better, however. You can get notecards, notepads, postcards, stationery, envelopes, bookplates and even business cards with any of those hundreds of images on them. Funny, she doesn't offer any ONLY with stories...

Terri Windling's site explores the denizens and depictors of myth. A great place to learn more about all aspects of faery. Terri is an artist herself and also co-editor with Ellen Datlow of the annual Year's Best Fantasy and Horror collections from St. Martins Press.

Ed Nudelman of wrote a biography and a bibliography of Jessie Willcox Smith and specializes in her art and rare editions of her works. Visit his site for samples of her work and other rare and unusual tomes from the late 19th century.

Kandice McCallum is Lady Bluestocking and she makes and sells facsimile dust jackets for Victorian and early 20th Century books. She specializes in the popular fiction of the day and offers illustrated jackets with art by Howard Chandler Christy, Harrison Fisher, Frank Craig, Charles Dana Gibson, etc.
is run by Minh Lai and he is dedicated to reproducing all the plates in books illustrated by the classic Golden Age illustrators. He has scanned images, from the first editions, by Rackham, Dulac, Nielsen, Parrish, Clarke and many others. Except for the annoying and distracting "watermark" that he uses on the images, his scans are excellent and provide a chance to view the contents of some very rare books.

For an in-depth look at books and illustrations devoted to The Arabian Nights Entertainments, I recommend Rob Hafernik's site, Arabian Night Books. Wander through the site and discover just how many (and how many GREAT) illustrators produced a version (or two) of these marvelous stories.

The folks at the Norman Lindsay Gallery have a new website. Check it out and tell 'em Jim sent you.


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