Tragic Book Number Eight
Contributors: Joseph Dostal, C.K.Wilde, Mark Hayward, Kurt Allerslev Reynertson, Kent Winkler, S.L. Hoche, Scott Teplin, Nick Miller, Dylan Graham, Jonathan Lill, Patrick Joseph Blough Flynn, Jonathan Rosen, Samantha Hunt, Caren Heft, Mark Wagner, Jeffrey Morin, Marshall Weber, Stan Shellabarger, Dutes Miller, Adrienne Herman, Karen Switzer (artnoose), Stacy Wakefield, Amber Gayle, Joyce Burstein, The Reverend Bronwyn Pandemonium, Jan Rolletchek, Kevin Pyle, Adam Januz, David McClimans, Kathyrn Gritt, Fly, Eric Jensen, Pumpkin Boy/ Kurbis Junge, Aaron Noble, Steve Timm, Mara Faye Letham, Peter Spagnuolo, Fiona Smyth, S.S.Schooler, Sara Parkel, Lewis Koch, Lawrie Wenner, Ianthe Jackson, David Heagle Last
Size: 3" X 5"
This brick of a book is the smallest format of the series with a 3" X 5" page face. TB #8s' covers features Scott Teplin drawings made into lenticulars by Depthography. Mark Wagner letterpressed Dylan Graham's mini drawings to festoon the mylar signature tabs bound into the structure. Joseph Dostal braided and soldered 45 silver "eights" that are mounted into the binding as modified place holder/bookmark. Stacy Wakefeild designed the submitted texts into a legiable form in spite of the miniscule format. David Heagle Last included a disk of digital 'mistake' noises in the back of each copy. The casing and binding was done by the publisher, Sara Parkel, and Eliana Perez. This book was a challenge to make for many reasons- the largest of those reasons was 9/11 happened right outside the publisher's windows during the assembly of TB #8. The ensueing chaos and depression stalled the production of this book for more than a year afterword. The content reflects the catastrophe of 9/11 with Peter SpagnouloÕs poetical diatribe entitled "Blowback". Highlights include Marshall WeberÕs "Feeling inside", Samantha Hunt's great story about Beckett, Jon Lill's " Angels to Aberfan", and Fiona Smyth's hand painted edition of a crying woman. All in all, this book is hermetic and mysterious. The processes utilized in this book are numerous, as are the material used. The mechanical handeling is uneven; the reader must really WANT to read this book, as it resists all but the most intrepid engaugement.