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"Beautiful color drawings. Mitch O'Connell is a master of skin-deep kitsch" -- Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly

"A Genius! Wild and Witty!" -- the Chicago Tribune

"Bewitching Kitsch!" -- The Village Voice

About the Author

Mitch O'Connell has somehow has been able to make a living as a freelance artist. Big shot editorial clients include, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, GQ, The New York Times, Time, Playboy, Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker and Juggs! Advertising campaign art for Coke, McDonalds, KFC, Kellogs plus many more. In-between paying jobs he creates fine art masterpieces that adorn gallery walls (the trick he's working on now is to get folks to buy 'em and hang 'em on their own walls). He's exhibited from New York to Chicago, to Germany to Miami to Tokyo to Hollywood to Mexico.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Last Gasp; Lam edition (October 16, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867197730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867197730
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No one blows their own horn louder than artist Mitch O'Connell--and no one lives up to the hype better than he. O'Connell's all-consuming obsession with the kitsch and the bizarre is matched by his mastery of his subject. No one paints sexier "cheesecake" or renders more perfect replications of pop culture ephemera than does Mr. O'Connell. His devotion to maniacal clowns, Tor Johnson and "Li'l Puddles" is second to none. The artist narrates his career overview in the character of a comically demented huckster of his own wares. Yes, the man is a genius in his own mind, but the evidence that he's right is on the page for all to see. A must-buy masterpiece of post-modern high and low art.
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Mitch O'Connell has been a top contributor to national publications for years with his instantly-recognizable, imaginative style. Fans of illustration in general and kitsch, retro and pin-up art in particular have gotten to know his name and enjoy his work. Now any Mitch O'Connell fan can take a deep dive into the life of this top-notch pro with this thick book which combines art from his early career -- okay, earliest days! -- with O'Connell's laugh-out-loud writing. We journey through Mitch's art and life and enjoy the character he's created for himself as the World's Best Artist. By the end of this thick volume we have a real appreciation for his astounding and always impressive output, the hard work it takes to do his job and the lightness and joy he obviously takes in it every day.
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I have been a connoisseur of mitch's work for a long time. Then I found a french to english dictionary and realized Im actually a stalker! With this book I can enjoy his work from my cell...once the boys in the yard get done knifing each other over it! Don't worry, the glossy print and hard cover is built to last any orgy / bloodbath. Seriously, good collection and story of a fine career/style. more more more
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Earlier today, if you heard a sort of weird, high-pitched shrieking noise, not unlike the mating cry of some long extinct bird, wafting high above the trees, far off in distance...it was just ME receiving a package from my UPS Heart Throb that contained THIS BOOK, quite possibly THE BEST BOOK EVER!

First of all - it has a vinyl cover. A VINYL COVER!!! Perfect for tubby-time viewing, or perhaps for enjoying in the inflatable wading pool on those hot summer days.

And then there's the AWESOME, AMAZING ARTWORK on the inside. From tattooed vixens to big-eyed bunny rabbits, there's something here for the whole family...if you have a family where the kiddies are allowed to look at pictures of nekkid women. There is a mind-altering feast for the eyes in store for you.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to get back to squeezing that vinyl cover. (This is apparently a new fetish I didn't know I had, and to tell you the truth, it's got me a little worried.)
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*But were afraid to ask.

I'm sure the title "Mitch O'Connell, The Worlds Best Artist" is a gag, but for my money it's the truth!

I have been a fan of Mitch O'Connell's work long before I knew the name "Mitch O'Connell." I used to see these little spot illustrations in the Chicago Tribune and I actually clipped and saved them in an envelope. Now, fast forward all these years later, and here is an entire volume dedicated to the man. What a great retrospective of amazing work and an interesting life! Oh, and did I mention the book is beautifully designed? It couldn't have been better if Chip Kidd himself had a hand in it!

5 stars all the way, baby!!
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The puffy plastic cover over Mitch O'Connell The World's Greatest Artist gives a damn good indication of what's inside: A massive, whopping, ridiculously definitive collection of Mitch... and all Mitch.

From the cutesy-sweet to the clip art to the truly naughty, here is EVERYthing. Superb book design makes the collection seem to fly, float and take on a life of its own.

There was a long, long wait for this terrific tome; it was truly worth the wait. WOW!
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Okay, full-disclosure, I'm a client of Mr. Mitch (pages 119 to 122, heh), so obviously, I'm a fan of his work - but what a GREAT collection! The selections are all gems, and what a happy surprise that it's, well, chronological. That's right folks - from grade school until now-a-days. The layout, cover - everything is exquisite. Top notch execution!

Plus, it smells like an old-school Halloween mask, which is just about as "Mitch O'Connell" as you can get.
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If you liked the art on the cover, well, there is more of it inside. The book itself is reminiscent of retro children's books with a foam / vinyl embossed type cover. It even has glitter. Its something you can't appreciate on the internet. The size is thick with tons of vibrant reproductions of his artwork. There is lots of detail like the pages have a contoured edge. The book construction itself is amazing. The reason I bought this on amazon was because my bookstore's copy was damaged. Seeing it in real life made me want this book, so I had to get it. Its just fun to pick up and flip through. Chances are you are an artist and will find some inspiration in here even if it is a little bit crazy/freaky. I wouldn't give this book to a child, the audience is more adult. I can't say this is lacking anything as it is just an art book with good examples. The time that went into this book puts it over the top. Worth 5 stars. I can see why 66 people thought it was awesome. I don't know who would rate this a 4 or less unless they had a problem with amazon. Sweet!
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