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Thomas Ridgewell, Dorina Herdewijn
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Art is Dead

Thomas Ridgewell
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Thomas Ridgewell

In 2008, Thomas "TomSka" Ridgewell uploaded a short animated film to YouTube; he called it asdfmovie. It has since been viewed more than 50 million times and has spawned eight sequels and many, many dedicated fans. Now, for the first time, the weird and wonderful world of asdf has exploded onto the page in ART IS DEAD, a book conceived and written by Tom and illustrated by Matt Ley. Featuring much-loved characters from the films, as well as brand-new, never-before-seen comics and bonus material - including the asdf origin story and Tom's own sketches - ART IS DEAD is a comic book like no other. Expect trains, potatoes, suicidal muffins and jokes about "death, destruction and things talking that don't normally talk", all wrapped up in book so awkwardly shaped it will make your shelves look weird. (Sorry about that.)

Andrew Marttila

Andrew Marttila is a professional animal photographer best known for his captivating images of felines. He reaches hundreds of thousands of cat lovers through social media where he documents his travels promoting shelters across the country, taking photos for clients, and snuggling his cat, Haroun. Andrew's photography has been featured in Catster, Vanity Fair, Real Simple, and The Guardian, and on CNN and MSNBC, among others. Andrew is the photographer behind Shop Cats of New York http://thegreatwentphoto.comAndrew is 'friends with and [has] photographed nearly all the "famous" internet cats.' He dates Hannah Shaw, known to the internet as 'Kitten Lady', whose life purpose has been dedicated to rescuing, fostering, and advocating for kittens. Kitten Lady has an extremely powerful social media presence; every week Andrew personally generates over 700,000 unique impressions to his social media images.

Charles M. Schulz

Charles Monroe Schulz (1922 -2000) was a 20th-century American cartoonist best known for his Peanuts comic strip. He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Dena and Carl Schulz. His nickname "Sparky" was given by his uncle, after the horse Spark Plug in the Barney Google comic strip. He attended St. Paul's Richard Gordon Elementary School, where he skipped two half-grades. As a result, he was the youngest in his class when he attended St. Paul Central High years later, which may have been the reason why he was so shy and isolated as a young teenager. After his mother died in February, 1943, he was drafted into the army and sent to Camp Campbell in Kentucky. He was then shipped to Europe two years later to fight in World War II. After leaving the United States Army in 1945, he took a job as an art teacher at Art Instruction Inc., which he attended before he was drafted. First published by Robert Ripley in his Ripley's Believe It or Not!, then in a series of chronicles, The Saturday Evening Post, his first regular comic strip, Li'l Folks was published in 1947 by the St. Paul Pioneer Press. (It was in this strip that Charlie Brown first appeared, as well as a dog that looked much like Snoopy). In 1950 he approached the United Features Syndicate with his best strips from Li'l Folks, and Peanuts made its first appearance on October 2, 1950. This strip became one of the most popular comic strips of all time. He also had a short-lived sports-oriented comic strip called It's Only a Game (1957-1959), but abandoned that strip due to the demands of the success of Peanuts.

David Sedaris

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America's pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and his most recent book, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, each of which became an immediate bestseller. The audio version of Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls was a Grammy nominee for Best Spoken Word Album. He is the author of the New York Times-bestselling collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Wicked Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer). He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. Sedaris's pieces appear regularly in the New Yorker and have twice been included in 'The Best American Essays'. There are a total of ten million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into twenty-nine languages.

Gemma Bray

Gemma founded The Organised Mum Method (TOMM) 11 years ago when her first child was born. Fed up with the housework getting out of control, she created a cleaning routine and stuck it on the fridge. TOMM was born!In January 2017 Gemma put it all down in a blog and shared TOMM with her readers. The response has been phenomenal! A firm believer that there is more to life than housework, she shares everything from delicious slow cooker recipes to housekeeping hacks.

Marcus Berkmann

Marcus Berkmann has spent more than thirty years sitting in front of various television screens swearing at incompetent England batsmen. In his leisure time he has written columns on sport for Punch, the Independent on Sunday and the Daily Express. He is a regular contributor to Private Eye and has been the Spectator's pop music critic for over twenty years. His books include Rain Men: The Madness of Cricket, Zimmer Men: The Trials and Tribulations of the Ageing Cricketer, Fatherhood: The Truth and A Matter of Facts: The Insider's Guide to Quizzing

Mark Billingham

Mark Billingham has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier Award for Crime Novel of the Year, and has also won a Sherlock Award for the Best Detective created by a British writer. Each of the novels featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne has been a Sunday Times bestseller. Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat were made into a hit TV series on Sky 1 starring David Morrissey as Thorne, and a series based on the novels In the Dark and Time of Death was broadcast on BBC1. Mark lives in north London with his wife and two children.

Matthew Manning

Matthew Manning is one of the world's best-known and most gifted healers and has a healing practice in Suffolk. Matthew lectures, gives workshops and demonstrates all over the UK and Europe.

Melissa Katsoulis

Melissa Katsoulis is a journalist and writer. She has written for The Times, where she also worked on the books desk, the Sunday Telegraph, Financial Times, The Tablet and the Ham and High. She lives in London.

Nigel Cawthorne

Nigel Cawthorne is the author of a number of successful true crime and popular history books. His writing has appeared in over 150 newspapers, magazines and partworks - from the Sun to the Financial Times, and from Flatbush Life to The New York Tribune. He lives in London.

Paul Husband

Paul Husband is an award winning, published photographer based in Manchester in the North West of England, who specialises in wedding, portraiture and event photography. He is currently the photographer for The Greater Manchester Fringe Festival and The Blackthorn Music Festival.

Quentin Letts

Quentin Letts is parliamentary sketch writer and theatre critic for the Daily Mail. A regular broadcaster on radio and television, he was formerly New York correspondent for The Times and gossip columnist for the Daily Telegraph. He recently presented Radio 4's series 'What's The Point Of?' He lists his recreations, in Who's Who as 'gossip' and 'character defenestration'.

Richard Herring

Richard Herring has enjoyed phenomenal success as a writer and performer and is an innovator in the world of podcasts. Persistently placing in the Top 10 UK Comedy Podcast chart,Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast sees him interview top comedians in front of a live audience, with previous guests including Stephen Fry, David Mitchell, and Russell Brand. He has written and appeared in a number of critically acclaimed plays, is a frequent guest on television panel shows, and regularly tours as a stand-up comedian.

Running Press

Running Press, Running Press Kids, and Running Press Miniature Editions publish books that inspire, entertain and delight readers with innovative formats and irresistible packages for humor, pop culture, activity, cooking and self-help titles. The long-running miniature editions program features original bestsellers like Grow Your Own Mini Bonsai and top licenses like Harry Potter.

Ryan North

Ryan North is a New York Times-bestselling author and cartoonist. His previous Shakespeare book, To Be or Not To Be, became Kickstarter's most-funded publishing project when it launched. North writes the popular webcomic Dinosaur Comics and the critically acclaimed Unbeatable Squirrel Girl for Marvel Comics, and he wrote the first thirty-five issues of Adventure Time, for which he won an Eisner Award. That's like the Oscars of comics! There's a gala and everything. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Jenn, and their dog, Noam Chompsky.

Samantha Jayne

Samantha Jayne is an actress and writer living in Los Angeles. She's the creator of the popular Tumblr and Instagram Quarter Life Poetry, in which she documents the #struggles of adulthood through doodles and quatrains. Her work has been featured on Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, and shared across the web by disgruntled 20-somethings everywhere.

Shuichi Tsunoda

Shuichi Tsunoda is a Tokyo-based commercial photographer and Azuki's owner. In 2016, Shuichi started an Instagram account for his pet, and a star was born. Shuichi was born in Tokyo in 1975. Having graduated from the Department of Graphic Design at Tama Art University, he started working as a freelance photographer in 1998. http://shuichitsunoda.com/

Thomas Ridgewell

Thomas "Tomska" Ridgewell is an "unprofessonal comedian/filmmaker" with more than 3.5 million YouTube subscribers. His series of short "asdf" films have been viewed more than 300 million times in total.

Tony Husband

Tony Husband is a British cartoonist whose cartoons contain much black humour. His cartoons have appeared in many newspapers, magazines, books and websites, in several TV and theatrical productions, and are often found on humorous greeting cards, and he has a regular cartoon strip in Private Eye entitled Yobs, which has run from the late 1980s. He co-wrote the Round the Bend children's television series, which ran from 1989 to 1991. He was also involved with Hangar 17, which ran from 1992 to 1994. He and the poet Ian McMillan tour the UK regularly with their show A Cartoon History of Here, an evening of live, improvised poetry and cartoons. He has won The Cartoon Museum's Pont Award.