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Gig Posters Volume 1

Since 2001, Gigposters.com has been the Internet’s first and best resource for rock-show poster art; their massive online database showcases more than 90,000 posters from 7,000 different designers, including all of today’s top poster studios.

Gig Posters Volume I highlights the 700+ best examples in their collection, including 101 perforated and ready-to-hang posters for bands such as Radiohead, Wilco, the Decemberists, the Shins, Arcade Fire, Sleater-Kinney, and more. Among the many designers contributing to this collection are Rob Jones (of White Stripes fame), The Decoder Ring (house artists for Modest Mouse), Patent Pending, Tara McPherson, and more. Packaged in an oversized 11-by-14-inch paperback, Gig Posters Volume I is a spectacular compilation of rock show art (and one hell of a cheap way to decorate a dorm room or apartment).

Clay Hayes is the founder and proprietor of Gigposters.com. He lives in Alberta, Canada.

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First Timer’s Kit

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Color Me Fierce!

This hilarious coloring/activity book skewers the world of fashion with dozens of satirical challenges:

• Pick a stay-true color for Maddy’s lips!
• Dress Tatiana using the colors of seduction!
• Draw a huge engagement ring for Fiona’s finger!
• Give Nora a new post–plastic-surgery face!
• Help Sarah finish getting dressed so she can make you breakfast!

Color Me Fierce! invites readers to connect the dots, color by number, design overpriced outfits, conceal embarrassingly hairy legs, eliminate awkward weight, and more. Best of all, the book includes six glamorous crayons in the hottest fall colors: Nightmare Blue, Red Haute, Chartreuse, Black Is the New Black, Gold-Digger Yellow, and Positively Pink. Color Me Fierce! is the perfect gift for anyone who loves the world of fashion—and everyone who loathes it.

NIKE DESIS is an artist living in Philadelphia.

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To Quote a Queer

We’re here. We’re queer. And we’re hilarious! Not to mention eloquent, bitchy, poetic, luminous, and dead-on brilliant! To Quote a Queer features more than 2,500 quotations on a host of subjects, including:

Body Image: “To be gay and out of shape is almost as much of a stigma as just being gay used to be.”—Bruce Vilanch

Fashion: “If I am occasionally a little overdressed, I make up for it by being always immensely overeducated.”—Oscar Wilde

Homophobia: “A lot of people are not homophobic, but they think they’re supposed to be. They think that if they don’t express prejudice, people will think there’s something the matter with them.”—Barney Frank

Therapy: “I think I have OCD or ADD or some other three-initial ditty. Whatever it is, it’s exhauasting.”—Rosie O’Donnell

Truth: “I don’t care what anybody says about me as long as it isn’t true.”—Truman Capote

Childhood: “Bike-riding and tree-climbing may be typically boyish, but they were merely means to my sissified ends; I wanted, like an eight-year-old Garbo, to be alone.”—Dan Savage

Coming Out: “What happened to me is exactly the opposite of what closeted people fear. They think they’ll lose everything if they come out. This did not happen to me at all. In fact, everything came back tenfold.”—Melissa Etheridge

Fame: “When you become a public figure, you become at the same time a product, and people actually look at your ‘expiration date,’ you know? They look at your age and say, ‘Hmm. How fresh is this one?’”—RuPaul

And much more. Hitting shelves just in time for summer’s pride festivities, To Quote a Queer is the perfect gift for gays and the people who love them.

JOHN LESSARD is assistant professor of English and film studies at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

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