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Production Narrative

by J. Drucker

The linoleum cut on the cover was easy to produce, but the interior of this project was done silkscreen. I'd never done silkscreen, and I painstakingly lettered the entire text onto the screen, right-reading, but on the wrong (upper) side of the screen. As soon as I started pulling prints, the block began to crack and pull off. I got only a handful of good images for the interior, and was too overwhelmed to try to redo the printing.

Critical Analysis

by J. Drucker

Design Features

typographic: Hand lettered interior and exterior, produced with silkscreen, not really typography, more calligraphy, and with the scratchy, scribbly quality of punk aesthetics.

imagery: The imagery of wicked children.

graphical: The overall graphic effect is striking, stark, aggressive.

textual: The text is dark and funny, wicked, and irreverent.

Kidz

Agents

Johanna Drucker

type: initiating

role:
author
printer
artist

nationality:
born: United States
active: United States
citizenship: United States

dates:
birth: 1952-05-30


Publication Information

edition type: editioned

publisher: self-published

place: Oakland, California, in the warehouse on E. 11th Street.

dates:
publication: 1979-00-00

edition size: 21

Measurements

horizontal: 6 inches closed

vertical: 7.5 inches closed

depth: .1 inches closed

Production Information

production means:
letterpress (local)
linoleum (local)

binding: other not bound

substrate:
bookBlock: paper

media:
ink (local)

Appearance

format: codex (AAT)

cover: The cover features a red linoleum print of a frightening looking child with its hands by its head in a taunting position. The title, Kidz, has also been printed in linoleum with black ink, and a top and bottom border has been linoleum printed on the front and back covers.

color: yes Red ink on the cover, black in the interior.

Content

pagination: unpaginated 4 pages

numbered?: numbered

signed?: unsigned

Colophon

none

Exhibition Information

exhibition history: Only in exhibitions of a larger selection of my books.