Tome Press makes neat books about interesting things and is based in the Pacific Northwest. It was founded in 2018 by Tom Eykemans.
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Forthcoming Fall 2022
This colorful book of portraits explores the evolution of Tom DesLongchamp's artistic journey. Its seven sections contain over 200 works that reveal the gradual development of his fingerprint/masking technique. It also explores the purpose and possibilities of keeping a pocket sketchbook. An introduction and section descriptions are provided by the author, as well as process photos, mistakes, and experiments.
Tom DesLongchamp is a multidisciplinary artist living in Seattle. He studied animation at Rhode Island School of Design. When he isn't creating portraits, he develops and hosts the Twitch livestream Cartoon Mess LIVE in his home studio. He is married to designer Jess Phoenix and has two cats: Reuben and Roscoe.
Introduction by Paul Constant
The Lines That Make Us is a collection of thirty stories and thirty photographs by Seattle bus driver Nathan Vass (The View from Nathan’s Bus).
Watch an interview with Nathan on KING 5's New Day Northwest (November 21, 2018).
“Read this beautiful book about junkies and hookers and bankers and lawyers in the last place in America they can’t avoid each other.”—Paul Currington, Fresh Ground Stories
Nathan “...describes the riders—often poor, often not white, often going to bad news, often just being in the world—with a prose that’s at once elegant, rhythmical, and clear.”—Charles Tonderai Mudede, writer, editor, filmmaker, cultural critic
With an introduction by Paul Constant (The Seattle Review of Books).
Tome Press is happy to announce that Seattle's Chin Music Press is now distributing this book nationally!
$19.95 | Available online and in stores
Paperback with flap, 228 pages, 5.5 × 8.5 inches, 30 illustrations
ISBN 978-1-6340501-5-9 (Chin Music Press, 2020)
ISBN 978-1-7327641-0-1 (Tome Press, 2018)
There was a brief window of time between 2002 and 2007 when cellphones suddenly had tiny cameras and anybody could take photographs anywhere at anytime. Smartphones did not yet exist and ever-present social media was still years away. With no audience, who were these inconveniently-formatted, poorly-composed, garishly-exposed, low-resolution, blurry snapshots for? This collection of orphaned photos is from a more innocent time, free from the burden of documenting a curated life.
$20 | Available online
Paperback, 72 pages, 9 × 7 inches, 72 illustrations
Introduction by Frank J. Mather
$25 | Available online
Paperback, 72 pages, 8 × 10 inches, 60 illustrations
A makeready sheet tests color and ink coverage when offset printing. These are often printed on recycled scrap paper, resulting in surprising juxtapositions as different books print upon one another. This salvaged makeready overlays Chinese paintings onto Dutch etchings.
The oubliette — or in German, das Angstloch ("fear hole") — is one of the most terrifying medieval inventions imaginable. This artist book explores the subject through dimensional typography, compelling one to look into its black depths to uncover the very letterforms themselves.
Cloth hardcover tunnel book with magnetic flaps, 9 pages, 4.25 × 4.25 inches, edition of 2
Inspired by a memorable passage in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, this short story imagines the steps involved to bring animals back to life from their fate as food.
Paperback meandering book, Risograph-printed by Cold Cube Press, 2 colors, 16 pages, 2.75 × 2.75 inches, edition of 50
This book documents the aspirational nature photography pervasive to the windows of downtown Seattle storefronts and contrasts it with the complex realities of an urban setting.
Paperback with clear jacket, 48 pages, 4.25 × 5.5 inches
Twenty years of fortune cookie wisdom bound in a single tiny book.
Paperback with slipcase, 100 pages, 2.25 × .5 inches, edition of 1