Sad News ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 8:50 AM, December 14, 2014 [Permalink]

I have some unhappy news to report today. Long-time collector/friend Anita Caga from New Orleans has passed away, at 80.

I mention this here, because she has been a frequent commenter on these Conversations over the years, and some of the regular visitors may remember her name from reading some of these.

I'm not sure how much she would want me to write about this, but I certainly see no problem in mentioning a few things about my experience with her. It kind of goes without saying that she was a steady supporter of my work when it came to ordering prints; she not only basically took everything I made for the past decade or so, she made multiple purchases to give prints away to her friends and acquaintances.

But it was her open friendship, and willingness to contribute her thoughts and suggestions about my work that made it a pleasure to see her name in my email Inbox any given morning. She not only posted thoughtful commentary here on the blog, but she gave me plenty privately too, especially if she was concerned that her comments might possibly have been considered as 'criticism'.

I didn't know much about her personal life, but after reading some of the material that has been posted about her on the internet this week, it seems that I was very lucky that such a friendly and supportive person came to develop an interest in supporting my activities. Have a look a this online obituary … and this thread from the MetaFilter group, where the members learned of her passing. She was clearly a very special lady.

I am of course very saddened to hear that she is gone, but am very happy to have known her. I wish she would have given us a better chance to say 'good-bye' properly, but I understand why she did not feel able to do that ...


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Reviews ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 4:02 PM, December 11, 2014 [Permalink]

I wrote a piece about online reviews in the A Story A Week series a couple of weeks back … and it has begun! We're scored the first online review of our Print Parties …

Trip Advisor has a system where they supply code to put onto your page that allows viewers to see your current 'rating' and to click through to see reviews, so I'll copy that code right here:


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Plan of Attack ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 10:12 PM, December 8, 2014 [Permalink]

I think I mentioned in a post a couple of weeks back that - with the major construction work now behind us, and the shop basically up and running - it was now going to be time to get busy with letting the world know we are here.

Because we don't have enough staff to dedicate someone specifically to publicity and promotion work, we're going to take this in stages, snatching time from our normal work as best we can. The overall 'plan' is something like this:


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Mokuhankan Staff Letter - end of November 2014

Posted by Dave Bull at 11:05 PM, November 27, 2014 [Permalink]

An open letter from Dave to the Mokuhankan staff, after our first month of operation in Asakusa.

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The first month of our (hopefully) long adventure in Asakusa is now behind us. I have to say right up front that I am quite happy with the way that things have gone during this early stage. We've encountered a couple of minor bumps, but overall I think we have done a good job in bringing this new place to life.

The best indicator of this has been the reaction and feedback from the customers who have visited so far. You have heard their comments - "What a beautiful place!" being perhaps the most common - and you have certainly felt their reaction after a Print Party. Every single person who has participated in one of these events has enjoyed it ... immensely.

Our first month of business has confirmed a number of things:


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Two Years in the planning ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 9:32 PM, November 26, 2014 [Permalink]

We're ready to announce our new subscription series for 2015!

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Another day, another party …

Posted by Dave Bull at 7:22 PM, November 16, 2014 [Permalink]

The busiest day so far in our little shop ...

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The money goes round ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 12:23 AM, November 11, 2014 [Permalink]

An update on the delay in getting paid by Kickstarter ...

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Grand Tour ... (Part II ...)

Posted by Dave Bull at 6:52 AM, November 4, 2014 [Permalink]

Part 2 of the Grand Tour of the new shop!

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Grand Tour ... (Part I ...)

Posted by Dave Bull at 11:02 PM, November 3, 2014 [Permalink]

Slome photos of the new shop ...

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Sign up!

Posted by Dave Bull at 7:06 PM, October 28, 2014 [Permalink]

Our large 'baren' sign is finally raised!

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Homestretch!

Posted by Dave Bull at 10:28 AM, October 24, 2014 [Permalink]

We're approaching opening day ...

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Getting close!

Posted by Dave Bull at 2:23 AM, October 5, 2014 [Permalink]

Another construction update ...

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