The Truth Behind Old Comic Book Novelties and Other Great Books

Wink is Cool Tools’ website that reviews one remarkable paper book every weekday. We take photos of the covers and the interior pages of the books to show you why we love them.

This week we reviewed:

R. Crumb: The Weirdo Years (1981 – 1993) – All of Robert Crumb’s work from his fantastic Weirdo Years

Mail-Order Mysteries – Revealing the truth behind the outlandish gizmos advertised in comic books during the 1960s-70s

Warhammer 40,000 (7th Edition) – New rules, new game direction, and surprisingly lovely new rulebooks for the popular tabletop role-playing game

The Red Book – Carl Jung’s amazing self-illustrated dream journal

The Day-Glo Brothers — The story of Day-Glo paint, told with Day-Glo inks

Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities —  Striking artifacts from one of the masters of fantasy and horror

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-- Mark Frauenfelder  



75 Questions About Science and Other Great Books

Wink is Cool Tools’ website that reviews one remarkable paper book every weekday. We take photos of the covers and the interior pages of the books to show you why we love them.

This week we reviewed:

Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology – A handsome collection of this little-known art form

The Where the Why and the How – 75 questions that can’t be conclusively answered by an iPhone


Letter Fountain
– A stunningly well-crafted bible of typography

Adventure Time: A Totally Math Poster Collection – Featuring 20 Removable Frameable Prints


Stencil Republic
– 20 laser-cut, brown-paper stencils bound on perforated pages


The Good Life Lab
– Moving from a high-powered life in New York to off-the-grid living in New Mexico

Take a look at these books and many others at Wink. And sign up for our Wink newsletter to get all the reviews and photos delivered once a week.

-- Mark Frauenfelder