Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday spotlight -- Big Hero 6 -- signed by the filmmakers

Lots of new titles in the store right now .. perfect for holiday shopping. Recent Disney hit Big Hero 6 has this nice "art of" book ... and Stuart got his stock signed by TEN of the filmmakers. Price is $45.

More info here:

Also in stock .. the Little Golden Book version of Big Hero 6 ... Stuart's copies are signed by Mike Yamada and Victoria Ying, who worked on the film as visual development artists AND did this illustrations for this adaptation. Super sweet price point too ... only $4.00!
details on this link

Can't decide ... choose a gift certificate ...

Friday, December 5, 2014

Family Fun -- 2014 Dickens Celebration at Intl Printing Museum dec 13 and 14th

Visit our SNB Torrance showroom Saturday, Dec 13 and you can also take in a performance and/or activities at the nearby International Printing Museum! Tickets for the performances SELL OUT, so book now. Activities available all day .. including a chance to print your own classic holiday card. Fun for all. Plus there's FOOD!!! More info on the museum website:

Monday, December 1, 2014

GET INSPIRED -- Patchwork Show Santa Ana 2014

Why go to an arts fair??? It's a great opportunity to interact with a variety of artisans. You can learn their stories and see all sorts of creative ways artists are diversifying and monetizing their work. So many of Stuart's  SNB artist patrons produce great images. Why stop at sketchbooks?? Help your art help you make it as a free-lance artist. It can be done... and these shows are proof. Plus it's a chance to get outside and see different parts of So Cal.. and there's FOOD. Don't even get me started on the S'mores!!!

More on the Patchwork shows on their webste

General admission is FREE!!! Every show has an info tent.
The Patchwork show venues I've been to have been Long Beach and this one in Santa Ana. Both are scenic and have a wonderful, small town feel...

There are so many artists exhibiting a wide variety of work in different mediums. Lots to discover and get inspired by. It's great to see artists get creative with ways to share their work .. and market themselves along with their images.

You'll see that again and again with the artists highlighted here. It's SO IMPORTANT. Make it easy and quick for someone who picks up an image (and is attracted to it) to find out who made it and how to contact them.

Don't underestimate your Smalls ... business cards, postcards, buttons, magnets ... these "little" items can be big contributors to your branding efforts.

Here are a just a few of the booths and artists that were at this event...


Hard to tell if it was just the images ... or the good karma .. that drew me to this both. Painter Shannon had previously shown at galleries and was a first-time exhibitor at this show. After months of So Cal drought ... wouldn't you know it... there was RAIN to deal with. Shannon had a wonderful, unruffled attitude about it... and listening to her talking about it with another attendee made me even more curious to see her work.

The "starving artist" cliche might be romantic, but let's be practical. Artists have to be adaptable ... and it was great to see someone willing to strike out on her own and try something new. A good reminder that a new venue can introduce you to a new market!! Yes, she had lovely originals with her. And perhaps a purchase like that was more an aspiration than an opportunity on this day... but gold star for her for showcasing so many OPTIONS to enjoy her work.
In addition to originals... she had high-quality greeting cards with the same images. This is a great way to let a patron bring home a work to enjoy and ponder .... or perhaps send on in the card form to another collector. Each card had a sticker on the back with the name of her website.
Below is pic of Shannon with one of her originals..
 Shannon Richardson paintings link


Next stop was a collection of work that intrigued me for its re-purposing of found objects .. in this case, the artist, Robyn, has friends who work in ceramics, so she arranges bits of  broken pottery to frame her own work. Of course, it's the colors and textures she's adding that give the whole process her unique stamp. And there's a comic art connection ... click on image below to enlarge and you'll she her Day of the Dead riff on classic comic characters!

In addition to works with the ceramic frames .. she also had smaller works .. and cards. Like the frames, there was a texture element to these pieces, with the fabric canvases and the chunky, block-like frames. The feeling with "Art" is usually "look, but don't touch." But these works had a playful sense of tension with that expectation, where the materials used invited touch. Art like this is fun, approachable, and affordable ... what's not to love?

Here are two cards..
 Here are two of the small, block works..
here they are at an agle so you can see the depth of the blocky frames
More info here ....Bungalow Art Studio.. Robyn Freeley

This Patchwork show in downtown Santa Ana included lots of vintage architecture... worth looking up and enjoying...


This booth had fun with vintage images .. turning them into witty gifts and coasters...

They also do custom orders!
 Cheltenham Road "Vintage Style handmade for you" more coaster images also on Esty

As you  might imagine, living and work space in SNB land has lots of bookshelves and not much wall space. I'm always attracted to racks of cards. With postcards and cards I can send a bit of art with a note to a friend ... tuck the image into a tiny frame for a gift ...  have a handy bookmark .. or decorate some space on a bookshelf (as if we have any of that :)


These pretty cards and graphics are by Courtney Oquist.... once again, contact info included on all the cards! Gold star :)
 she also had pic below to enlarge and read where her business card lists her as "artist, art teacher, friend." Charming example of injecting some whimsy and personality into a small item.
 and sweet little magnets....
Even more options at her booth.....
Courtney Oquist link

There were lots of roads to wander down ... with food options on every path...


If you get the chance... you must try these made-from-scratch Torch S'mores. So incredible!! They were at the Long Beach show and I was super happy to find them again. They are just getting started so the website isn't fully operational yet ... but look for their cart. So yummmy!!!
 Here's a view of the Torch s'mores set-up .... only web address I have is for catering company they are part of ..
Back to art .. and cards...


Here are some samples..

these and more at the booth...
here's the link for website

Thank goodness most of the vendors had tents... as we had RAIN that day!!!
but nothing could dampen my enthusiasm for clever offerings like these...


unique jewelry items ... handmade .... FROM BOOKS!!!
Again.. excellent, educational marketing. Artist Laura had an instructional display ... and postcard-sized "business cards" that explained the process of making the pieces ... how to care for them... and some philosophy as well (she uses discarded books, not vintage collectibles...)

In all my years in books .. I've never seen anything like these. Super inspiring... and cool!!!

see more images and the backstory on her website


Also clever art .. and marketing .. at the Human Tree Robot booth..
Wonderful array of sizes and price points...
 Here's artist Mark Brunner
The individual works are framed on blocks that can stand alone or be hung on a display. What really got me was how compelling it was to line up 3 to 5 of the individual blocks and make your own narrative story from the images. Super fun .. and of course, it made you want to buy in multiples. (Genius!!).

I opted for the magnets... so many ways to play with the that's fun and inclusive... 

See more on this Human Tree Robot link

So ..... some new discoveries... and also glad to see some artists I knew from previous events... and featured on my posts for Patchwork shows and the LA Printers Fair


Award winning witty cards and graphics ....

 Warren Tales ..

More card fun..

Here are 2 sample images from her etsy page....

and her booth at this show....
 Paper Wilderness

Cards, buttons and felt animals.... and more super-smart this next stop...

SQUSHIES (yes, that's how it's spelled :)

The tag on the squirrel contains the story of the character .. and the back of the button has a sticker with the website address...
also hoop art .. and a 3-d paper scuplt featured on their Facebook page....
Overall pic of their booth from the same FB page...
check out more of their characters and adventures on their website


Spirits were high in spite of the stormy weather. Get inspired by attending an art show. Support your local arts community....
Previous Patchwork show posts from November 2014
and May 2014

also post for Los Angeles Printers Fair 2014:


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. To receive Stuart's email newsletter (with lots of exclusive offers) use this link from the SNB website:
For info on ordering books, and a website chock full of our extensive inventory, start at the homepage for  SNB:

Scroll down to find the most recent blog 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 genteel era of old school hands-on bookselling, and we've weathered the transition to the Online arena. In addition to our website, we sell books at conventions and book fairs. Our niche is books on illustration, animation and comic art. Our wonderful, loyal patrons are artists, students and collectors in these fields.
Stuart is a man on a mission, in constant search for great books and artists. He is known for his finds during his annual trip to France to attend the festival in Angouleme, Europe's largest comic art convention. He doesn't speak or read French; he selects his inventory strictly for the art. He's the visual one. I'm more verbal. I took some French lessons... so now I can try to talk with people there (and order more than a ham and cheese sandwich at the cafes). When Stuart launched the 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 now, all these years later, is a lucky place to be.
Our patrons seek Stuart out and buy books from him because his "eye" and expertise are a bonus they value. Part of the fun of Stuart Ng Books is how we get to 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

(LtoR, Dylan Cole, Robert Stromberg, Charles Solomon, Don Hahn at Center Stage Gallery for book signing co-hosted by Stuart Ng Books)

Two fun November posts on CTNX 2014

Also popular -- my post on Copyright Protection for images posted online! UPDATED NOV 27. 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.