I get hyped every time I get an email from Kurt Boone – the guy is a legend among NYC messengers. Check out this video and listen to a few readings from his latest book “Bard of New York”.
Kurt Boone is launching his latest book titled Chicago CMWC: The World’s Fastest Bicycle Messengers. I’m a huge fan of Kurt’s. I don’t know about you, but growing up in the NYC area as a youth I’d always hear stories of messengers and Kurt’s name, along with others such as Kevin Bolger (aka Squid) became synonymous with the deep, yet tightly-knit community of bike messengers that make up New York City.
Fast forward ten years and I’m still fascinated with messenger culture and those involved. My best friend from High School started his own courier service and I’ve met a number of great folks working day in and day out on their bikes in many cities across the US. Not to digress too much, but these types of books excite me. Be sure to check out some of Kurt’s other titles including Asphalt Warrior: The Story of New York City’s Fastest Messenger and Messenger Poet featuring illustrations by Greg Ugalde.
I’m also a big fan of J Milligan’s Eggman.
Eggman is a novel written by J Milligan about a bike messenger and his experiences navigating day-to-day life in the city. I’ve only made it through the first 2 chapters (work has been crazy busy), but let me tell you this is a fine piece of literature. You really get a feel for the daily diversities that are unexpectedly thrown at messengers, and J does an amazing job of making you feel like you’re cruising along for the ride. Recognize the art work? Thought you might, the cover was done by none other than Chris Piascik.
A few shorts accompanying the new photo book on Richard Sachs, compiled over a year-and-a-half in Mass.
“Shot over a year and half in Massachusetts and across New England. 110 pages with over 120 black & white photographs. Landscape format – 11.75″ x 8.25″
Printed in Massachusetts, United States of America”
All photos by Nick Czerula
Pick yourself up a copy here.
Chris just got his advanced copy of the final printing of the I Love My Bike Book that he did for Chronicle Books. It looks like it turned out great. Make sure to check out Chris Piasnik if you haven’t already and head over to Print Brigade for some apparel and good.
By combining various media, styles, and influences, artist and cyclist Richard Poplack has taken the story of Igor Kenk, who you may remember as the Toronto bicycle theif, and presented it in a never before seen way. The virtual book combines video, text and illustration to create this Journalistic masterpiece. You can read more on this project, as well as take a nice preview of the book here, below is a brief synopsis from the site.
“KENK: A Graphic Portrait is a ground-breaking 304-page journalistic comic book detailing the life and times of Igor Kenk, “the world’s most prolific bicycle thief” (The New York Timesand The Guardian). In summer 2008, Kenk was arrested and nearly 3,000 bicycles were seized in one of the biggest news stories of the year. Built from more than 30 hours of never-before-seen intimate footage taken over the year leading up to his arrest, KENK is a thought-provoking and surprisingly funny portrait of an outsize neighbourhood figure and a city in flux, both wracked by the forces of gentrification and by a burgeoning global environmental and economic crisis that promises to define our generation.
KENK is an exciting new hybrid that simultaneously takes the form of documentary film, journalistic profile and comic book.”