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In 1995 Manuel Auad edited ALEX TOTH, the first book on the art of Alex Toth, which was published by Kitchen Sink. In 1996 the book won the Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Publication. Soon after that the book sold out and is now out of print. It has been one of the most difficult books to find, and since Kitchen Sink is no longer in business, it is very doubtful that it will be reprinted.

In 1999, Auad established his own publishing company and published the second volume in the continuing series on the work of Alex Toth. TOTH: Black and White is 224 pages and contains unpublished material plus 12 complete stories ranging from the early 50's to 1990. The book was an Eisner Award nominee. TOTH: Black and White is now out of print as well, except for a few deluxe, signed and numbered, hardcover with dustjacket editions.

Auad's third book on the art of Alex Toth TOTH: "One for the Road" is a compilation of the pages Toth did for Pete Millar's magazines in the 60's -- "DRAGCartoons", "Big Daddy Roth", etc. These pages are a departure from Toth's war, horror, romance, and crime stories that fans have been used to. These pages show the humorous side of Alex Toth, a side that has not been seen for 30 years and probably won't be seen again. Highly recommended for any Alex Toth fan.

There has rarely been an artist so admired and respected by his fans all over the world as Alex Toth. Most of all, Toth was admired and respected by his own peers, the highest compliment an artist can attain. Alex Toth died in 2006.

After the three Toth books it was time for a change. The subject Auad chose was Jordi Bernet (pronounced "burnett"), a prolific and accomplished Spanish comic book illustrator.

Ironically, Jordi Bernet was introduced to American audiences when his work followed that of Alex Toth on the Spanish strip, "Torpedo 1936". Even more ironically, when the first Bernet episode was reprinted in Vampirella #112 (March, 1983) it was the final issue of the magazine, and the art was mis-attributed to E. Sanchez Abuli, the strip's author.

Since then, editors from Fantagraphics to DC Comics have developed a great appreciation for Bernet's name and talent. From "Betty by the Hour" ("Clara de Noche" in the rest of the world), to "Batman", to a three-issue arc telling the origin of Jonah Hex, to the pages of the prestigious "Solo", Jordi Bernet's talent is here to stay. Auad's book, BERNET (2005), offers a rare glimpse into Bernet's multi-faceted career as an illustrator. It is the only book showcasing Bernet's career from early works at age 15 to the present. A must-have book for Bernet's legion of fans, and for all fans of art and storytelling in the comics medium.

Auad's next project was the 2006 FRANKLIN BOOTH: American Illustrator. Franklin Booth was an early 20th century magazine, book and commercial artist with an intricate pen, brush and ink cross-hatching style that has been greatly imitated over the years, but never equaled. From Walt Kelly to Bernie Wrightson, Booth's influence has been seen in the work of illustrators and comic book artists. The 128-page volume is in hardcover with a dustjacket and includes 16 pages of Booth's seldom-seen color work. Despite utilizing what appears to be a very time-consuming style, Franklin Booth was very prolific and this new volume does not reproduce work that has appeared in other Booth volumes. Recommended for the Booth connoisseur and guaranteed to delight, amaze and inspire any newcomers to his art.