Friday, March 17, 2023

Talking Bats, Motorcycling Grandmothers, and The Russian Mafia in THE COMPLEAT MOSCOW CALLING

 “I figured if I was going to wash dishes to eat, I’d wash them in Moscow, the most fascinating, bizarre and edgy place I’d ever seen.” These words, said by Jose Alaniz, author and illustrator of THE COMPLEAT MOSCOW CALLING open up the beginning of this sprawling collection, which includes the entirety of MOSCOW CALLING, the first continuous American comic strip found in Russia, along with it’s partly finished follow up CASSIE’S TURN, as well as the novella MOSCOW ‘93. 

Alaniz’ words regarding the City couldn’t be more accurate in the works presented in AMATL Comix #5. Following Pepe Pérez, the titular star of the comic, who ends up in Moscow accidentally, the reader is taken throughout Moscow and introduced to a cavalcade of characters, included but not limited to a talking bat in a similar predicament as Pepe named Sid, a member of the Russian mafia named Ruslan, who has an uncanny resemblance to Pepe, and his motorcycle riding, rough and ready baba; the vibrant cast of characters, along with the unique setting of Post-Soviet Russia, make for an excellent read. 

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Wednesday, March 08, 2023

David Ward-Steinman’s Stirring Discourse Regarding the Arts

Humans have enjoyed art for centuries, with several types of mediums to express oneself, and by extension, to analyze. One might suggest digesting a piece of music would be variable to digesting a painting, or a building, however, Professor David Ward-Steinman investigates and proposes the similarities of different types of artwork. In his book, diagrams and images are placed alongside transcripts of Ward-Steinman’s lectures from universities in order to delve deeper into his own thoughts of how different mediums of artwork is examined, or rather, how they can be examined with similar techniques. For example:

Ward-Steinman, aside from being a professor in music, as well as a Composer-in-Residence for both the Tampa Bay area, and San Diego State University, also earned the title Distinguished Professor of Music Emeritus at the latter location. With a rich musical background behind him, he is able to take the way music is composed and developed, as well as the process of which it is read, and apply those same standards and techniques to other mediums. 

His thoughts do however go beyond comparing music to other artforms; he also takes the time to show how viewing paintings can be taken in similar ways to pieces of architectural design. 

Ward-Steinman also spends part of his lectures regarding how different mediums of art can be separated into their own groups, and what makes them distinct from one another. 

Between the professor’s words, precise diagrams regarding the lecture, and in addition to that, questions asked to him that are answered eloquently, Toward a Comparative Structural Theory of the Arts is well worth the time of anyone who fancies themselves an enjoyer of art, regardless of the structure or form.

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Tuesday, March 07, 2023

Reviews are in for Susan Cole's THEY MADE A LIST


Reviews are in for Susan Cole's stunning book, They Made a List: A Memoir Beyond Memory. Check out this one found within From the Hill below (featured left).

They Made a List will leave you in wonder too, that what began as an intellectual transaction could result in such a beautiful labor of love.

Roger Rosenblatt, author of The Story I Am: Mad About the Writing Life 

Cole's beautiful memoir investigates her first learned words, as documented by her parents. thanks to their meticulous observations, this book gives the reader not only an in-depth and careful examination of how even the first few words we learn can tie into who you mature into. 

You can check the book out right here! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

SDSU Press' Valentine is... CATARACT BLUES by Roger Rosenblatt


Cataract Blues by Roger Rosenblatt

fall in love… with CATARACT BLUES by Roger Rosenblatt with illustrations by Jules Feiffer 

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Available Now: Cataract Blues- Running the Keyboard

From the celebrated New York Times Bestselling Author Roger Rosenblatt,

accompanied by drawings by famed illustrator and Pulitzer prize-winning

cartoonist Jules Feiffer comes:

Cataract Blues: Running the Keyboard. 


Rosenblatt’s memoir is a genre-bending adventure that takes the reader through his own poetic lens. By exploring an eclectic group of subjects, ranging from art, music, and literature, to science and architecture, Rosenblatt is able to provide refined, subtle analyses of love, death, nostalgia, and the human experience, with a keen sense of humor placed throughout the book. Combined with Feiffer’s dynamic style, Cataract Blues presents us with a partnership that exemplifies all the curves and edges of life; Rosenblatt’s writings paired with Feiffer’s art leaves us with a musical experience filled to the brim with introspection and insight that is well worth your time.  

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Monday, December 19, 2022

A Tribute to Fluxus Scholar Owen F. Smith from SDSU Press


We have published the work of over 200 authors over the years and yet it is still gutting when we hear of the passing of...

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Thursday, November 24, 2022

Black Representation in the World of Animation- For Sale Today!

 Do you have a fascination with animation? Film? African-American studies? Darius Gainer synthesizes all three in his book BLACK REPRESENTATION IN THE WORLD OF ANIMATION. Throughout the book, Gainer dissects animation over the last century, and analyzes the positioning and purpose of Black characters in the white-dominated medium. By choosing to discuss an eclectic collection of shows and characters, such as Valerie from JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS, Frozone from THE INCREDIBLES, and Storm from X-MEN, Gainer is able to form a clear picture for the audience regarding the marginalization of minorities in animation. 

With praise from other academics in similar fields, such as Tim Fielder, author of INIFINITUM: AN AFROFUTURIST TALE, and John Jennings, professor and comics illustrator, Gainer’s work is a necessary read for everyone wanting a deeper understanding of media, and to a greater extent, the world around them. 

You can purchase the book here! 

Tuesday, October 11, 2022


Poetry International is Available for Purchase!

“for this anniversary edition assembled during a pandemic, climate crises and world uprisings, it’s never been more important to have these shared conversations in verse and prose on the page” 


✨you can purchase the 25 year anniversary edition of POETRY INTERNATIONAL here

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Books of the Week (9/18)


cultural studies with san diego state university press 

CULTURAL STUDIES IN THE DIGITAL AGE a collection of findings on the 21st century and the interplay between technology and the world around us (edited by Antonio Rafele, Frederick Luis Aldama and William Anthony Nericcio)

BOHEMIA IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA an anthology of essays exploring the lifestyles of Southern California and the unique way that the land of sunshine found its culture (edited by Jay Ruby) 

PROUST IN BLACK a map of the way Proustian fiction and film noir have worked together to create the city of Los Angeles (written by Fanny Daubigny)

Wednesday, September 07, 2022

BOOK OF THE WEEK: What's New at SDSU Press?

 Fall 2022 First Book of the Week (9/4)

The Associated Preston by Preston Turegano

In this tell-all memoir, Preston Turegano dishes out a story of war, celebs, politicians, the arts, the social elites and more. The SDSU Press best seller is available now on amazon and through the SDSU Press store. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Creating the Future Through the Past With SDSU Press

Honoring The Land: Kumeyaay Culture Publications

SDSU Press' publication finds ways to teach Kumeyaay Culture to young students 

These past few years we have seen the United States educational system making leaps and bounds in the teaching and treatment of other cultures, but we still have holes to fill. SDSU Press has always been devoted to publishing works from a diverse range of cultures, and that is no better shown than in our collection of Kumeyaay and Indigenous peoples centered publications.

Tipai Ethnographic Notes by William D. Hohenthal Jr.
Tipai Ethnographic Notes by William D. Hohenthal Jr. 

Footsteps From the Past into the Future a collection of stories written in English, Spanish, and Kumeyaay

A Teacher's Guide to Historical and Contemporary Kumeyaay Culture by Geralyn Marie Hoffman and Lynn H. Gamble, Ph.D

Of the three main works we have on Indigenous tribes like the Kumeyaay, the teaching guide to the Kumeyaay culutre is the one that is most rooted in the type of educational practices every university press should be encouraging. This teaching guide to the Kumeyaay Culture works to spread information about the past to help better craft a more aware future. 

The publication focuses on aiding teachers of third and fourth grade classrooms on how to better teach and articulate the way that the Kumeyaay people live. And not only how they lived hundreds of years ago, but how their culture is still present today. 

Check out all of our Kumeyaay publications and order A Teacher's Guide to Historical and Contemporary Kumeyaay Culture via our AMAZON to begin teaching the minds of our future with stories from the past.