Thursday, October 30, 2014

SNB featured vendor at "Vis-a-Vis" French Culture festival in Los Angeles, Nov 9th

Stuart Ng Books will be a featured participant at the upcoming French Culture festival ...

"Vis-a-Vis: A Day with French and American Comics Artists."

This event will be held on Sunday November 9th at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd.

Stuart was invited by Meltdown owner Gaston Letelier and Adelaide Barbier, Cultural Attache from the French Embassy Consulate General of Los Angeles, to provide his stock of imported French Bande Dessinee books by the artists and authors appearing at this event... including artist Arthur De Pins.

Many of our customers are fans from his work on the Peches Mignons series .. and his popular Arthur De Pins sketchbook

The event is FREE. Here is a link to RSVP.


Start here to learn how to use this blog..... You are about to explore an archive of SNB adventures from my (Amy's) perspective ... This blog is the realm of Bride of Bookseller. The posts are all written by me. The goal is to educate and entertain.

For the latest news on Stuart Ng Books, you can follow SNB on Facebook or Twitter. Info on ordering books, and a website chock full of our extensive inventory, can be found on the SNB website:

Scroll down to find the most recent posts -- or go to the "Blog Archive" sidebar. This "Your Guide" post provides background on the blog and highlights educational posts from the past:

Stuart Ng Books is a family run, very small business in Torrance, CA. Our bookstore is mostly mail order. We started in the era of old school hands-on bookselling, and we've survived the transition to the Internet age. In addition to our website, we sell books at conventions and book fairs. Our niche is books on illustration, animation and comic art and our wonderful, loyal patrons are artists, students and collectors in these fields. Stuart travels here and abroad searching for great books and artists, including his annual trip to France to attend Europe's largest comic art festival. He doesn't speak or read French; he selects his inventory strictly for the art. I took some French lessons... so now I can order more than a ham and cheese sandwich at the cafes. When Stuart launched our business full-time in 1997, we had no idea we would become a world-wide resource for books in our field. When I married Stuart... a LONG time ago.. I had no idea I would also be marrying a small business (we didn't meet in business school.... but that's another story). Where we find ourselves all these years later is a lucky place to be. Our patrons seek Stuart out, when they have other options, because he provides a unique service. We facilitate connections and inspiration. We get to see the artistic process in action. We steward the passing of cherished books from the reference libraries of artists who are masters in their field into the hands and creative spirit of a next generation. I try to remind us of all this on the days when our "What is the Matrix" question haunts us: Can a little book business survive in the internet age? Stay tuned ....

The blog started in 2008 as a way to share (my) news and views on our booths at conventions ... and on exhibits and shows we attend that artists might find inspiring.
Reoccurring themes on the blog archive include "Get Inspired"... "Your Science Lesson"... "Your Business Lesson," "Con," "POV shot," "Horse Show," "Book Fair"...
See "FAQ," "Stewardship" and "Legacy Books" for posts about bringing YOU the benefits of a devoted rare bookseller in world where mom and pop bookstores are themselves becoming endangered!

Current favorite posts are the 4 I wrote in June for film "Maleficent" .. including 2 detailed posts on the Q&A with director Robert Stromberg and Production Designer Dylan Cole that I attended at Gnomon school.

Here's link to the 1st of the 4 June posts on Maleficent --
More Maleficent posts in Sept and Oct for the "Once Upon A Dream" book signing, including this re-cap of the event

Also popular now -- my post on Copyright Protection for images posted online! UPDATED OCT 22. Lots of resources listed here -- and I welcome comments and additional sources:

Post from May 2014 reveals the "mystery artists" behind Google Doodles

For a complete list of the over 100 countries that have visited the blog, check out this Aug 11, 2011 post: "Hello World.." And one final stat -- as of Oct 2014, the blog has tallied over 100,000 all-time page views.

HERE ARE NEW LINKS on humorous and historical posts: SNB experiments (like our booth at a Twilight convention Oct 2010.  ); Scenes from our bookscouting trips (Aug 2009 is a good one ); Even a post on the time someone shipped us a book in a used pizza box (Aug 2008 post  . For posts written back when I was "the voice" on the phone at SNB and at the order desk full-time, search "Daily Brew" (2008 - 2010). All this and more lurks here on the blog for you to discover..

If you want to visit the SNB showroom -- and your family or S.O. (significant other) wants something to do besides look at books -- here are some links to local attractions:

From SEPT POST 9/5/11: Two "Family Fun" posts about Wilson  Park. See pics of the ballparks, tree house, duck pond and more ... also a paved walking trail that's mostly shaded and about a mile long.

Here's link to Yelp review of the park.

There are activites for all ages in and around Torrance... so if you want to browse our showroom for awhile and your family doesn't... you can all come to Torrance and do different things! We are minutes away from shops and AMC movies at Del Amo Fashion Mall  A miles north will get you to the South Coast Botanic Garden ..... and we're also close to the Lomita Train Museum

On Saturdays, Wilson Park is home to the Torrance Farmer's Market -- great produce and food booths. Wilson Park is also home to the Southern California Live Steamers Minature Railroad  Ride the trains at the Park every 3rd Saturday!

Even more culture just minutes from our showroom -- The International Printing Museum. This tiny gem hosts an annual printers fair ( -- as well as a Dickens festival (post nov 29, 2010 ) a Ben Franklin b'day celebration (post Jan 6, 2012, and a founding fathers independence day event in July. Check their website for calendar of upcoming presentations:

One of the many reasons Stuart Ng Books is located in Torrance is our proximity to HORSES!! No, I don't have a horse -- but just a few miles from us in Palos Verdes  (PV)  is a thriving equestrian community -- with miles of trails -- lots of riding stables -- all located right on the coast with ideal weather. If you want to sketch horses and equestrian life in a mild, shaded climate there are a number of public parks in PV with rings that riders use to train their horses as well as the various public and private stables in the area. Here are links for two of the public parks:
Ernie Howlett Park (site for annual charity horse show)
Dapplegray Park, Rolling Hills Estates

Every September, a nationally ranked charity horse show, The Portuguese Bend National Horse Show, is held in PV. It's a family friendly event with TONS of amenities. -- and an outstanding sketching opportunity for artists. There is a large, shaded, grassy knoll where you can sit for hours and sketch. You can also get quite close to the horses and riders if you want. While many equestrian events in PV are FREE to attend, there is a nominal admission charge for the charity horse show on Sat  & Sun -- because all proceeds for this event are a fundraiser. Admission to the charity show is free on Fridays. The show runs fri - sun on the 1st weekend in Sept.
"HORSE SHOW 2011 - PREVIEWS AND PICS FROM PREVIOUS SHOWS" post from 9-6-11 has some of my favorite action shots of horses and gives you a flavor of this very special event.

The show has been held for over 50 years by the non-profit PCCH (Peninsula Committee Children's Hospital), an organization that raises money for Children's Hospital Los Angeles. More on PCCH here:

For more info on the annual Portuguese Bend National Horse Show -- including date for this year's show and schedule of activities, check out this link to show webpage:

2011 was the most active year on the blog. Here are links for some of the most frequently visited posts:

(includes posts on REGIS LOISEL

TERRYL WHITLATCH (This post updated 6/14; added you tube interview with her from Academy of Art University)



(another fun SCIENCE LESSON post -- CHEMICAL HERITAGE FOUNDATION LIBRARY (in PA) and MUSEE CURIE (in Paris) post from Aug 21, 2009)

ANIMAL ANTICS.... your preview here on the blog of the Pres Romanillos sketchbook!!

A set of three  "FAMILY FUN" POSTS ON ANNUAL MODEL TRAIN SHOW (oct 30th 2011)




 and THE BLACK STALLION (Oct 2010)

Other popular topics ...

ART OF ANIMALS (Aug 2010) exhibit at Forest Lawn in Glendale with links to more images from amazing artwork at this show!

"DREAM CON 2011"

Dream Con is an annual Book Fair for and by the DreamWorks Animation artists. They get to showcase some of their personal projects -- self-published sketchbooks, photography, original art etc. It's held on the DreamWorks animation campus and SNB is the only outside vendor. We are lucky to be invited there every year, as they kindly consider our booth a "perk" they are providing their artists. Always a great day with fun folks at a beautiful setting


"GET INSPIRED - Artist contacts from Printing Fair 2011"

Want to sketch bones??? Check out these three posts on the LA County Museum of Natural History and the Sept 2011 opening of the new Dino Hall:  Link for LA County Museum of Natural History

Can't get enough of San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) ???
See July and August 2011 posts for our booth at Comic Con (SDCC) for that year.
And posts this year for my summary (and mini-rant) on what's up with that show ...

Some blog posts highlight the directions that SNB takes me (but not necessarily Stuart)... search the archive posts to find Hoops and Yoyo; Twilight; and equine artists
Ready for a dance break? Enjoy this music video of band Ok Go w/ agility dogs!
Here's the link for the MSBNC show that featured Stuart: AUGUST 2010 posts additional pics and info on SNB on MSNBC...

FYI notices: 1) Stuart's last name, "Ng", is pronounced like the suffix "ing" in "drawing" or "Wendling." 2) you can email comments or questions directly to me at seahorse310(at) Aloha and thanks for visiting.

Monday, October 20, 2014


If your're lucky enough to be in the SF Bay area this weekend, quick grab your ticket to a great talk with artist Ronnie del Carmen. This talk is an outstanding opportunity to hear one of the real leaders in the field of animation. More info here:

Here's the museum's description of the talk:
Fascinated by the process of animation but mystified by how it works? Join us for a five-part series about the basics of animation production that were followed in Walt’s time and are still applicable today.  Part I: STORY covers how a film’s story is shaped and defined, how a script is developed, the importance of concept art, and how storyboards and animatics figure into the process. Guest speaker: Ronnie del Carmen, Pixar Animation Studios director, story supervisor and designer. - 

And here are links to Ronnie's website:
and his blog

Ronnie is a long-time supporter of Stuart Ng Books . We've carried all of his sketchbooks and he was one of our first guest artists .. signing at our booth at SDCC back in 2008!


The Chemical Heritage Foundation Library (CHF) is one of the best science museums ever! This gentle gem is the quiet neighbor of the Liberty Bell and Independence Square in Philadelphia, PA. Enjoy this video of their exhibition "Books of Secrets" that pairs rare manuscripts with paintings of alchemists at work! Exhibit runs from Dec 5, 2014 - Sept 4, 2015.
and here is link to more info on CHF website:

Saturday, October 4, 2014


Too much of a good thing??? Check out this list of great dealers who exhibited at the Pasadena Book Fair!
Lots of colleagues at that show -- always a wonderful event. SNB not there only because APE(Alternative Press Expo) in SF the same weekend.

LOS ANGELES PRINTERS FAIR 2014 -- UPDATED Oct 8 (blue text, new link)

So excited to visit the annual Los Angeles Printers Fair, held at the International Printing Museum

This show is such a delight. Wonderful to see it growing! Also lots of exciting expansion plans for the Intl. Printing Museum -- which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. Paper arts and artisans are alive and well thank you -- and so are their fans!

Lots of pics and links with this post ... just some hightlights here on the blog. There was LOTS MORE at the fair.

The program guide had a beautiful paper cover (Crane's Lettra , Flourescent White 110C) -- and lots of info inside --

This little gem of a museum is only minutes from our showroom. Like us, they are open on Saturdays (the Printers  Fair is only once a year). It was heartwarming to see how the museum is adding to its interior space!

In addition to the Printers Fair -- the museum was open for tours and live demos ..covering print from its past..
 to today ...

Exhibitors could be found at tables and booths -- some inside, but most outside in a large tent that occupied the museums usual parking lot. (Parking for the event was available across the street).

Here's a view of the tent as you approached ..

and here's a random view from inside ...

So many lovely prints ... handmade cards ... and all sorts of delights. I LOVE prints, but I've been collecting a long time and have run out of display and storage room. That's why I now ADORE cards! They are a great way to share a little artwork with a friend -- and get the images and name of an artist OUT THERE in the world. You just never know where your cards end up folks -- so TIP TO ARTISTS --- make sure your cards have your website and contact info on them! Your card might be your calling card to your next great collector or job.

Meanwhile ... here are just a few of the tables and artists that caught my eye (and my $$ -- I mean, investment in their efforts :)

De Milo Design, Studio and Letterpress

Kiss and Punch Designs

CJ Whitlock art

click pic below to enlarge and check out her framed print on her table of the blue whale and yellow submarine! So great!

This next table had more SUPER TEMPTING prints!! You can find more on their Etsy site.
Panicle Designs (pssst artists -- always a bonus to have a charming, "keeper" image on your business card!)

The cards at Warren Tales had lots of interactive options --- quite clever!

 Loved the "Thank you (d)oodles" card for artists --- add your own drawings. And" Haiukte" for writers!
On the typewriter card, the image detaches and is a postcard on back. And there's a whole series of the connect the dot cards that spell out the greeting. Can you figure out the sample here??
 She also had these handmade cards that paired cancelled stamps -- super thoughtful re-use of great images!

Besides big tent to explore outside the main buildings -- the museum has a gift shop in a separate building ...

and there was a smaller tent to print your own t-shirt ..

Around the corner ... a peek inside the museum's mobile operation -- where the museum's famous "Ben Franklin" and his printing press come to YOU.

This touring exhibit offers a 2-hour, interactive educational experience, available for schools, events... even b'day parties!

Back inside the other half the museum -- More printing art and artists to discover ..

Regret I don't have picture of this table .. but Paper Pasteries has an engaging series of custom return address rubber stamps -- what a great holiday gift idea!!

Found one of my favorite creatures -- a little bat -- hanging out with buddies at Papermum Press
and the bee-themed items from Kupchick

more greeting card fun at the Pup and Pony table ..

Really loved these images at Modern Optic's table ..

My first purchase/investment of the day was this little charmer with a quote from Dr. Seuss ....
  that I found at the table for Sunshine 'n Tangerines

All this and so much more ... so inspiring to see all this creativity ... in a setting that celebrates the history of printing making ... and the printed word.
Final tip to artists --- you work so hard to make your art. Make sure your art works just as hard for you! Label your cards and prints with your website or contact info (on the item itself when appropriate). Highlight when items are hand-made -- it's a great chance to to share your story. When you EDUCATE your collector, they can appreciate what makes your art special. Your audience buys an image that appeals to them. Use that image to make a connection between your patron and your craft. Encourage people to love and support the arts :) Everyone benefits....

OCT 6th update -- BONUS print image by Poli Marichal...... you can see another image of her's in my 2011  post on the Printers Fair. At this 2014 show, she had an image that caught my eye with a lovely big FISH! I don't have a picture of it; but it's a reminder why it's important to go see these events in person! I wasn't able to chat with her at the show, but we've emailed since and she she kindly forwarded the image below to share here on the blog. More on her website:

OCT 8 UPDATE --- WOW! This has become a popular post on the blog. Thanks everyone for sharing. If you're new to my blog, please look at the "Your Guide" post.
Lots of educational highlights there,  such as this post on "Copyright Info for artists" with links to resources regarding unauthorized use of images posted on internet

Hope you enjoyed these highlights of just a few of the artists at the Printers Fair. There was a variety of work on view. Congrats to the museum for providing a home for this lively event.  

The International Printing Museum has launched a 25th Anniversary Building Campaign... There is even a GIFT-MATCHING program for 2014, from by PIASC (Printing Industries Association of So Cal) providing a 100% matching grant for all donations, so your contribution NOW has double the impact!
In addition to hosting the annual Los Angeles Printers Fair, the museum has a calendar of events, highlighted by their own annual programs in the summer ..
 and a special Charles Dickens-themed celebration for the holiday season

Include a stop at the International Printing Museum with your next Saturday visit to our showroom. Make a date to see the Los Angeles Printers Fair on Saturday Oct 3, 2015!