back from NYC

Art Book Fair was really fun and hot! HOT literally because of the unusual Indian summer weather and the lack of air-conditioning at the DIA center. But really, we met many interesting independant publishers and artists, and many people who seemed to know about us and our products, that it really energized us and gave us inspiration. Our 2 new books, Sam Prekop's "Photographs" and King Joe's "Singles Going Steady" were very well received, and unlike the Japanese people, US people really show their honest feelings and reactions (which is a great virtue) so this was very interesting for us. Sam showed up on the 29th for a book signing and then on the same night, The Sea and Cake were playing in Brooklyn at a club called Warsaw so we went and had a great time. One of the opening band, Antietam gave an awesome performance and we became fans. Besides being at the fair, we got to do many fun things like going out for lunch with Charlie Ahearn (director of Wild Style), going to visit Glenn O'Brien at his home and play with his little puppy, and going out to have the best pizza with James and Amy. And we had ramen for the first time in NYC at this place called Momofugi but.....it was not ramen.....We heard Setagaya ramen opened in east village, so next time, we want to try that. Hopefully, it's as good as what we get in Tokyo.

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