I have a confession to make.
I think I am in Friend-Love with you.
It's that super-awesome bond you share with someone who makes you happy every time you text each other, or meet up for an epic outing. It's not love-love. You don't want to swap saliva; you want to swap favorite books. But it's just as intense and just as amazing.
I Think I Am In Friend-Love With You is one of the sweetest little books I've ever seen and would make a fabulous Valentine's Day gift for anyone with a BFF (of the same sex or opposite gender).
Originally published online in Sadie Magazine in 2012, comic-book strip artist Yumi Sakugawa's charming illustrated tale has been published as a hardcover book by Adams Media.
The 128 page book is perfect if you've ever fallen in friend-love and want to show that person how much you love them...in a platonic way, of course.
PRAISE FOR I THINK I AM IN FRIEND-LOVE WITH YOU
"Look around. You won’t find anything sweeter than this lonely little book anywhere in your immediate vicinity. Unless for some reason there’s, like, a bunny knitting a scarf for a puppy. That might be sweeter. Aside from that, this book is definitely your best bet." —Avery Monsen, coauthor of K is for Knifeball and All My Friends Are Dead
"This is one of my favorite comics ever, a sweet ode to platonic love that will echo through the ages." —MariNaomi, author of Kiss & Tell
"Funny and beautifully drawn, I Think I Am In Friend-Love With You is the bittersweet tale of friendships in the age of social media in which many can relate.” —Esther Pearl Watson, author of Unlovable
"The warmth of Yumi’s soft brushstrokes and vulnerability of her words make me feel less alone in this weird world. I think I am in book-love." —Lisa Hanawalt, author of My Dirty Dumb Eyes
"Yumi Sakugawa’s small, sweet hardcover I Think I am in Friend-Love With You (Adams Media) feels so necessary. Sakugawa’s one-eyed, vaguely socklike protagonist fantasizes a future of book-swapping, Tumblr post–reblogging, coffee-sipping platonic love, but reveals the most simple of needs in the book’s simple black-and-white illustrations.” - Bitch Magazine
“I Think I am In Friend Love With You…chronicles a bashful cyclops with a good old fashioned friend crush. Sakaguwa’s comics, while being hilarious, are imbued with a quiet magic that somehow makes a glowing computer screen as ripe with beauty and mystery as a night sky full of twinkling stars.” - Huffington Post Arts
The comic…expresses all the delightful, little things we hope our best…pals will do for us…. [Yumi’s] work has an eerie, wondrous quality to it, blipped with panels that will make your heart soar and dip and soar again. Themes of space and love pull readers into a pensive world of fantastical creatures.” - NPR’s Code Switch
Yumi Sakugawa is a comic book artist and illustrator based in Southern California. A graduate of the fine art program of University of California, Los Angeles, Yumi is a regular comic contributor for The Rumpus and Wonderhowto. Her illustrations and comics have been featured on Buzzfeed, Lifehacker, PAPERMAG, Apartment Therapy and all over Tumblr. Her short comic story "Mundane Fortunes for the Next Ten Billion Years" was selected as Notable Comics of 2012 by the Best American Comics anthology editors. I Think I Am In Friend-Love With You (Adams Media, Dec 2013 release) is her first published book.
Visit her on the web at www.yumisakugawa.com.
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This week, for Valentine's Day, London will be playing host to romantic pop up with a twist – every single one of the gifts, cards, cakes, cookies and pastries on sale in the Eat Your Heart Out event will be based on anatomically correct hearts.
A joint venture from Miss Cakehead and Medical Illustrator Emily Evans, the sales event features some of the grossest goodies and beautiful finds. The shop will feature a wide range of gifts for those who like their romance with an anatomical twist; the finest arts, crafts and cake makers having been commissioned for the project. Beautiful anatomical heart inspired pieces from jewellery, art prints, cards, embroidery, ceramics to cake, chocolate and anatomical flowers.
Here are a few of the artists and their items featured in the Valentine's Day Pop-Up Event taking place from February 8-10:
Edible Heart by All Mine Patisserie:
Heart Art by Rachel Harmeyer:
Edible Valentine Card from Tasha Marks with artwork by Emily Evans:
Fanny Shorter's Anatomical Heart Print fabric on various items:
Lucy Lyons Heart Box:
Edible Heart from Conjurer's Kitchen:
Heart Art by Geoffrey Harrison (left) and Laurie Hastings (right):
Kate Jenkins' fabulous Knit Heart Art:
Macarons by Miss Insomnia Tulip:
Oreo Fudge Heart with Sugar Blood from Miss Tulip Insomnia:
Various items from Street Anatomy:
Bespoke Barware (left) and Heart Necklace from C B Dahlia (right):
Anatomical Heart Cake Pops by Cake For Breakfast:
Heart Cakes and Cookies by Nevie-Pie:
Tees by La Mort:
The invitation to the event:
It’s being run under the guise of Anatomical Snuff Box, a venture from Miss Cakehead and Emily Evans promoting the education of anatomy using cultural channels.
70% of men admit they only want sex on Valentine's Day, while 80% of women feel their partner does not make any effort in choosing a Valentine's gift or preparing a special celebration for the occasion, according to original research done by LELO, the makers of high end intimate apparel and pleasure items for men and women.
Given that, LELO's Adore Me pleasure set is a perfect gift for both men and women. So don't be shy, be a little brazen and make this the sexiest Valentine's Day ever for you both.
The Adore Me set includes the Intima silk blindfold, Sutra chainlink cuffs and the waterproof, USB-chargeable MIA™ 2 lipstick-style vibrator, all in an exclusive shade of red that matches the collection’s romantic and sensual themes.
Need to drop a "Sexy Hint?" At this link anyone can send a personalized e-card to their special someone and let them know that the Adore Me Pleasure Set is the perfect Valentine's gift to ensure the most passionate Valentine’s night imaginable.
Also available, and just as beautifully packaged, are the slightly more adventurous and risqué Dare Me and Indulge Me pleasure sets, both of which make wonderful Valentine's Day gifts.
Shop for these and other wonderful romantic and intimate gifts here at LELO.
Love Me, the signature of artist Curtis Kulig is the perfect mantra for Valentine's Day. The iconic image, which has been seen in galleries and on rooftops around the world, has already appeared in collaborations with such major brand as Ace Hotels, Burton, Citizens of Humanity, Converse, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Estee Lauder Cosmetics, HBO, Nike, Obey Clothing, and The Standard Hotel.
First, some images of Love Me public art by Curtis Kulig:
Some original available Love Me art by Curtis Kulig:
above: Love Me, 2011, oil on canvas, 36 x 36in, available at 618 Gallery
above: Love Me, 2011, neon sculpture, 24 x 36in, available at 618 Gallery
above: various Love Me prints by Curtis Kulig are available at Poster Child Prints
Now, the latest to adopt the script artwork for branded Valentine's Day products is Vans, Smashbox Cosmetics, Urban Outfitters and Theory11 Playing Cards.
Vans 2013 Curtis Kulig Love Me Collection
LOVE ME is featured in three distinct looks on Vans Classics. The Vans iconic red Authentic is adorned with an all over embroidered LOVE ME while the Checkerboard Slip-On becomes the canvas to a paint splatter design. Finally, the SK8-Hi Slim, a women’s specific style, features an oversize embroidered LOVE ME on the side panel.
Shop the Curtis Kulig Love Me Vans here
Smashbox Love Me 2013 Spring Collection.
A limited collection of art meeting beauty. Two eyeshadow palettes, a red lipstick, two lip glosses, an eyeliner and a blush designed to emulate and /or incorporate the artists paint pens, signature colors and iconic script 'Love Me' image.
Shop the Smashbox Love Me collection here
Urban Outfitters Love Me by Curtis Kulig Collection
Clothing, tote bags, socks, flask, bed sheets and more are available in the Urban Outfitters 2013 Spring Curtis Kulig Love Me Collection
Shop the UO Love Me by Curtis Kulig items here
Love Me Playing Cards by Curtis Kulig for Theory11
The new set of playing cards hand illustrated by Kulig and produced by Theory11 are made in the USA on FSC-certified paper derived from sustainable forests using vegetable-based inks.
The cards feature an original Ace of Spades, Joker, Back Design, Box Design, Sticker Seal, and Ace of Hearts - renamed the Ace of Love. The box is striking, with vibrant red foil accents on premium, fine-linen paper.
In stock now for immediate shipping worldwide, they make a great affordable Valentine's Day gift. Produced and Distributed by theory11. Arrangement by Michael James and Jonathan Bayme. Love Me™ Artwork © 2005. Buy them here.
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