the category of "Humor"
Last year, I acquired a book called Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us by Laurie Kilmartin, Karen Moline, Alicia Ybarbo, and Mary Ann Zoellner. I have to admit that in the past, “humorous” parenting books rarely spoke to me. The humor was usually predictable – and often involved crying while drinking white wine. With Sh*tty Mom, not only could I relate to all of the chapters, but I frequently laughed out loud while editing it, and I STILL laugh hysterically when reading parts of the book. In honor of the back-to-school season (when mothers might actually have two minutes of free time), I’ve asked some of the moms around the office which chapter of the book they can relate to the most.
Assistant editor Wesley Royce talked to our Hungover Owls creator J. Patrick Brown about his inspiration and why owls seem to be hungover ALL the time!
Hungover Owls was a hilarious book to work on, definitely the bright spot for many cold days last winter. If you’re unfamiliar with the Tumblr blog upon which the blog is based, you should hightail it over there right now. But the book does more than just the photo/caption & repeat of the blog: If you’ve ever felt a little worse for the wear after a night out, then you’ll recognize the humor in J. Pat’s spot-on anthropological assessments and crazy stories Hungover Owls. In honor of the books upcoming release I asked the author, J. Patrick Brown, a few questions.
For millions of kids the end of June marks one of the most important times of the year–the beginning of summer camp. The time when you get to leave your parents for two months and spend the summer living in bunks with friends and parents are left at home with an empty nest. It’s a time that can be filled with mixed emotions. If you were anything like me than you found yourself homesick, writing letters begging your parents to pick you up, while you were honestly having the time of your life as soon as you stopped thinking about home. So, having been a child who is still embarrassed by my letters home from camp today, when I was first approached with the project P.S. I HATE IT HERE by Diane Falanga, I was laughing out loud and knew exactly what these kids were going through. Now, after the success of the first collection of letters, Abrams has just signed up a second book titled P.S. I STILL HATE IT HERE, which will be published in Spring 2012. As a kick off to the summer season, here are a few of our favorite letters from the first book.
On my first day at ABRAMS, ten months ago, my supervisor walked me around to meet everyone at the company. As we wound through the maze of hallways and peeked our head into each office, I was taken by the diversity of architecture, furniture, and décor from room to room. I retained very few names from that introductory tour, and spent the next couple months referring to colleagues as “the one with the beautiful window,” or “the guy with the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.” Having come from a company where office fixtures were standardized, I felt I had stumbled upon a mecca of self-expression, “a worker’s right to choose” in its purest form.
It’s not routine for me to commission custom photography for the books I design, but it’s not unheard of. I love to work with a photographer when I can, as it always enriches the project, and adds something very noticeable, and often essential to the finished product. And when I do work with a photographer on a book project, the first person I think of is Geoff Spear. He’s done amazing work for many other books I’ve done, such as Dread and Superficiality, Wacky Packages, and was the co-author and photographer on our book on Captain Marvel Shazam! Geoff co-authored that book with designer Chip Kidd, who he has collaborated on many many projects with, and their long history of working together is how I came to know him and work with him myself, since Abrams has published several books that the two of them created.
Around Mothers Day, when our thoughts turn to the women who raised us, the memories get all sepia-toned, and greeting card homilies really seem like small pieces of fact-checked journalism. Mothers can be the most supportive and nurturing people in our lives. But they can also embarrass us like no one else. Adam Chester probably knows more than anyone about how far a son can be tested. The evidence? S’Mother, a new Abrams Image book with the telling subtitle, The Story of a Man, His Mom, and the Thousands of Altogether Insane Letters She’s Mailed Him. To honor Adam’s suffering, I took a quick poll around the Abrams office for a couple of anonymous anecdotes that may or may not make it into Hallmark’s next Mother’s Day line.