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      CommentAuthorJack Crowder
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2009 edited
    In the back of the house my father bought (and I do mean to phrase it like that, he’s been in cinder form for three years but the fight over this house has been vexing at best) there is a built-in library at the back of the living room. The whole living room and kitchen is done in ash wood. A termite’s paradise. In many ways, the library is the same as the cabinets in the kitchenette. Only this one is filled with first editions and pre-digitality shots of long-dead bloodline faces instead of pots and rice.

    As I was thumbing through said photos to see which I intended to steal to go along with me to my apartment, I heard a rattle from one of the top shelf. The jangle came again until a tiny white book fell and drunk-punched me in the nose. I sat down the ‘70s shot of my father looking like a bald (yet having a beard fit Mellion himself) road-warrior on top of a red Triumph. The assailant was Available Light and I found myself revisiting such exquisite places that were a perfect company piece to what I was doing tonight. Essentiality finding shots of history (that I played no part in creating) but scenes that told epic stories by themselves.

    When was the last time you read Available Light?
  1.  (6599.2)
    flipped through it when i moved about three years ago....and it had slight water damage. :(
  2.  (6599.3)
    Read it again a few weeks ago. Elevator is probably my favorite story in it... I have a recording of someone (I don't think it's Ellis, but I can't remember anymore) reading the full thing (of Elevator, not the entire book).
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2009
    not to sound too stupid (I do that enough) but I don't think I've ever heard of or read Available Light. Please tell me more about it.
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2009
    you or someone like you mentioned it in the Open Mic thread, and i immediately Amazon'd it and put it on my books-to-read list. so, i'll get back to you.
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2009
    @LBA - Its an older Ellis book from AIT/Planet Lar, 30 320x240px photos taken by Warren on an old Treo, each with a short story (also Warren's doing) to accompany it.

    Just found it (and found out it existed) at the start of the summer, an oddity that I immediately needed to purchase. I must fess up to not having gotten through all of the stories, having let it drift to the shelf a bit too early and not getting back to it. The book's a thing of raw beauty though, and is a nice reminder that however far we've come of late, the dark days of mobile technology are not that far in the past (according to the liner, the camera was an attachment to the Treo!).
    • CommentAuthorChrisD
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2009
    It's funny this comes up now. I just saw a copy of Available Light in a local comic shop a couple of days ago. I spent a few minutes flipping through it and realized I don't currently own a copy. I borrowed a copy from a friend years ago to read but never got around to buying my own. Awesome book. I take this as a sign to get my ass back to the shop and buy it before someone else does.
    • CommentAuthorBerserker
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2009
    I think the most interesting thing about Available Light was the transitory and experimental nature of it. If it'd come out a year or two later, it would've been an entirely different, and perhaps impossible, piece to accomplish. A year or two earlier, and it would've been just as, if not more, unlikely to have been made.

    Like pi8you mentioned, it solidified a moment of technology that swept by otherwise without any real concrete 'object' to define it.
  3.  (6599.9)
    It's pre-Treo - the photos were taken using the Eyemodule attachment to the old Handspring Visor PDA.
      CommentAuthorCameron C.
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2009
    Aware of it have not found a copy yet. I will look on amazon today.
  4.  (6599.11)
    Funny I was just thinking about buying this at the weekend. Only found out about it the week before, possibly from reading the old Bad Signal compilations.
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2009 edited
    very neat - thanks for the information

    this is what happens when you don't read any comics and very little futurist literature from 1990 - 2005 - you tend to miss a lot of little gems like this.

    I'll keep a look out for it at my LCS
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2009
    @Idiot - Ah right, thought it was too far back for the Treo, just didn't take the effort to unwedge it from my shelf to check.
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2009
    I actually read my copy all the time. It's one of the best things I have for short bursts of creative inspiration.

    Sometimes it's actually something in the writing or the photos that spark it, but usually it's just the spirit of experimentation and do-it-yourself aggressiveness I remember feeling about it when it came out.

    (Plus, anytime I read anything I ordered from artbomb I get an odd feeling of nostalgia for something that's just not all that old.)
  5.  (6599.15)
    It's one of the few books that hasn't migrated up to my loft after I read it.

    Mine is *signed*.

    (I re-read mine a few months ago before taking it to the MCM Expo to get signed)

    It's an artifact of it's time because nowadays you could do a 'regular' artbook using a phone camera and it would look pretty much like other books out there.
    • CommentTimeAug 20th 2009
    Honestly, I don't think I've read this in years, though I did buy a copy when it came out. If anyone's still looking for it, it may be worth sending Larry Young an inquiry to see if he has any.
  6.  (6599.17)
    Hey, Jess!

    Yes, everyone, I have plenty and I can hook you up, but why not give your local retailer some cash? The Diamond code is (whew, let me get these muscles out again) STAR15269 and the ISBN is: 0-9709360-4-4

    And when they tell you it's unavailable or out of print or whatever, ask them why they don't want your twenty-five dollars.
    • CommentTimeAug 20th 2009
    Hey, Lar. You're like a genie, or something. :)
  7.  (6599.19)
    Exactly! Rub my belly, and I appear!