Newman.

Way back in November 2006, we launched The KUR World Tour Book:

Remember those scrapbooks that were passed around when you were a kid? A friend would ask you to write or draw something in his/hers and then you’d give it back. Some of the pages would turn out rather cheesy, while others would consist of really cool doodles or collages.

With positive response from you guys, Sharleena and myself went and bought a (matter-of-fact) rather cheap sketchbook, filled its first pages with some introductory doo-dah, and off it went.

KUR Tourbook Cover

From there on, what can I say, really? Things went good, until they went bad.

The book is lost.

No doubt there’s a Newman in US Postal Services sitting on this book, creaming all over it at the prospect of a quick buck on eBay. Nnnnewman…
Luckily, the last recipient of the book –our good friend SOFA– made pictures of all pages before sending it on. Have a look (flickr link) — be sure to click the “All Sizes button”!

To all of you who received the book, doodled in it, then sent it on, and made it as spectacularly good as it is: you guys rock. Some samples:

SOFA KUR Tourbook Entry

Gnarly Artly

Detonator

Evaristo

Sharleena

Newman? We need to get in touch. I’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse.

8 Responses to “Newman.”

  1. Bálint says:

    Wow.. . ooh… well… How?

    Ah!

  2. urbangraffito says:

    Man, if you can’t trust the post office, who can you trust, Barry? Given that the US Postal Services is sitting on the scrapbook, it makes me think that Gail’s buddies at the FBI have gone through your mail looking for evidence of copyright infrigement. Is photocopying for private use now considered illegal? Or cut and paste artwork? Or illustrations of that bloody fucking imperial?

    I can see the headline now:

    BELGIAN WEBLOGGER RAPES ZAPPA WIDOW WITH SCRAPBOOK!

    For shame, Barry, for shame…

  3. Hugh says:

    Why is it those crappy catalogs never get “lost in the mail”. So sorry Barry, hope it you retrieve it somehow.
    Meantime, how about a Volume II? I would love to contribute!

  4. Paul Sempschi says:

    http://realitystudio.org/bibliographic-bunker/obscenity-and-the-post-office/

  5. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    A quote from Hugh:

    Meantime, how about a Volume II? I would love to contribute!

    We’re considering that actually… Thing is: with the first book we got some 30 people to sign up — I wonder how many sign-up’s we’d get for a second edition? Who of you out there would like to participate in a Volume II?

  6. evaristo says:

    Nnoooooooo… This is bad, bad news; there was some pretty amazing stuff in there. If this really is its ending, it’s a sad one.
    Obligatory emoticon: :-(

  7. jim says:

    So THAT’s what happened!
    Look on the bright side – at least nobody can sue you for it now.

    Besides, there’s always hope – if there’s an “If found send to …” note in it, you might have it land in your post-office, ages form now, forwarded 5 times (though hopefully not postage-due).

  8. bertanya says:

    did i miss something, due to a strange time warp you just sent the book out when i last surfed by. now white is the new red. the poop ain’t hot, though wasn’t it always chilled out anyway. someone called gail must have started. anyone live near the last postal address to make some enquiries….. photo of the black book hole event horizon…..

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