Une Semaine De Bonte by Max Ernst. $19.95 207 pages, black and white, softcover. Dover Books edition
One of the earliest examples of a sustained graphic narrative, Ernst made this book in 1934. Ernst subverts not just images, but what a narrative can be. The final result, aside from being one of the most famous works of art over the past century, provides a blue print for the possible labyrinth-leading-nowhere storytelling that 'comics' could have pursued, but chose instead to largely ignore. A work that, subtly, informs almost everything else we sell in this shop.