Perfect Press Book Selections

Books by Bill H. Ritchie

Bill's first book was a hand-bound artist's book of his smaller prints made in 1966 in graduate school. His first trade paperback was Art of Selling Art, 1987. Using on-demand services, he self-publishes in magazine, comic, paperback, hard-back and eBook formats with the imprint, Perfect Press.

Ritchie's
Artiscrip catalog

My Artiscrip Catalog - 324-page illustrated list of Bill Ritchie's art remaining in his family's Mini Art Gallery. Ritchie puts his art up for investment as "artiscrip," a novel way to raise funds for continuing education, research and development of his lifetime goals. Readers are invited to invest in artiscrip like they are penny-stocks in the most likely projects to succeed for the benefit of all. Buy it now on blurb.com or amazon.com and receive credit toward purchase of artiscrip.

Ritchie's
Books of educational interest

Prints/Multiples - Restored 60-page catalog of the 1969 exhibition curated by Bill H. Ritchie for the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington campus in Seattle. This scanned version includes the back story, why it happened and how doing it sent Ritchie to Europe. PDF File, Free to download.

Emeralda Songbook: Journal of a MOOC experience is Bill Ritchie's notes from a songwriting MOOC in 20012, plus the back story for his songs in book 2, about a hapless, stranded Russian boy in the 18th Century. Buy it now on amazon as black--and-white paperback or color Kindel eBook for smart phone, tablet or desktop via Kindle Cloud Reader.

Gaming Rembrandt's Ghost: A MOOC Quest is Bill Ritchie's notes from a MOOC on gamification - a massively open online course in 2012. The course was taught by a business professor at Penn State - a seemingly odd connection since Bill's vision is to make a Printmaking MOOC. This is a daily account of the professor's lectures with marginal notes on how Bill would approach a printmaking MOOC.

Printmaking Time: Structured teaching printmaking online. Bill Ritchie, a former professor of printmaking, planned to teach printmaking at a distance since 1980. In 2006 he wrote this twelve-page descriptionl for a new kind of printmaking teaching method for blended online learning. This 2020 vesion is an eComic book on amazon.

Escape Emeralda: First Quarter Review. Bill Ritchie has an escape game in mind for gamified printmaking teaching. In 2011 he compiled his notes and images for this book as his serious game design bible. It's an adventure where one may experience visiting an artit's retreat in a virtual cabin in wooded island paradise, going there to learn from a master. However, the master has disappeared!

EarthSafe 2022: An artist's response to the Union of Concerned Scientists' 1992 Warning to Humanity. After reading the UCS' first 1992 warning, that we had only 30 years to save Earth's sustainability of human and other life, Bill Ritchie made his EarthSafe 2022 mantra the foundation for his work in art, teaching, and business. He began by documenting a structure in this book.

Ritchie's
Fiction and semi-fiction

Rembrandt's Ghost in the New Machine - An old-world printmaking professor, Mac, wakes up on a dung boat in 17th Century Amsterdam with his Mini Halfwood press. He meets Rembrandt, who is down and out and in need of a press. Mac assists the Old Master make a comeback, but is foiled by a vengeful procuress. Paperback and eBook at amazon.com

A Printmaker's Tale. An ongoing saga of Bill's designing and making two-hundred-fifty etching presses in wood and steel said to be works of art. Bill tells how buyers found and used them. He made up yarns to entertain himself, taking notes and stories about real people blending imaginary places and events bundled as the back story, his over-arching printmaker’s tale. Available as Kindle or paperback.

Swipe: A screenplay. Screen play writing is an art form blending images and story telling. Bill wrote the plot for a biopic while working on Halfwood Presses, studying books, learning software and reading screenplays. An art teacher made lemonade out of a lemon by designing a magical press. Available at Lulu.com and amazon.com

Vladimir's Story Sketchbook, an interactive, do-your-own illustrations project Bill Ritchie launched in 2017. He invited buyers to illustrate a book of 48, four-line stanzas storyline. It's the tale of a Russian boy, Vladimir, who is castaway. It is the stuff of a graphic novel or a storyboard for a film. Available for preview and purchase at lulu.com.

   

Issey is stalked by spies as she follows her dream. Something strange is going on with the Mini Halfwood Press her father gave her for her global travels. This graphic novel is based on Bill Ritchie's a trip around the world, first in a series planned titled, "Printmaking Camp."

Hunt for the Emeralda Treasure.  Ten souls on an island are drawn into a search for an uncharted ship. A curmudgeon professor knows they are hunting for: a rumored emerald, the size of an ostrich egg. It is not the emerald the professor wants; more important are lost instruments that would have changed world history if they had made it to China. Lulu.com

Emeralda Inventor Interviews - Years of deliberating a new approach to asset management and legacy transfer, artist/professor he decided a game might be the way. He documented experiences all October, 1998, role-playing 31 interviews by phantom students. By this absurd process he'd invent the game. Audio tracks are transcribed as a book to use in the development of his game, "Escape Emeralda." Available at amazon.com.

Ritchie's
Autobiography - 1941 - 2019

Volumes 1 and 2, the years 1941-1960 bound in one book. Titled My First 20 Years, it covers his years from birthday, schooling and his first year in college at Central Washington University. Buy it now on amazon as black--and-white paperback or colorful Kindle eBook for smart phone, tablet or desktop via Kindle Cloud Reader.

Volume 3, the years 1961-1970, titled Box & Portal: Escape the teaching game, ten years of Bill Ritchie's life, college education and his first decade of teaching art at the University of Washington and study abroad. Buy it now on amazon as black--and-white paperback or colorful Kindle eBook for smart phone, tablet or desktop via Kindle Cloud Reader.

Volume 4, the years 1971-1980, Target Heart: Notes from the ivory tower , continuing teaching printmaking and adding electronic arts to his courses and ideas for a new curriculum. Buy it now on amazon as black-and-white paperback or colorful Kindle eBook for smart phone or desktop on Kindle Cloud Reader.

Volume 5, the years 1981-1990, Dumb Hope: My curious life , Ritchie's final push - and failure - to re-define printmaking printmaking education as the mainSTEM of all media. Buy it now on amazon as black-and-white paperback or colorful Kindle eBook for smart phone or desktop on Kindle Cloud Reader.

Volume 6, the years 1991-2000, Hope & Envy: Inspiration and motivation in the final decade of the 20th Century, 2019. Wake-up call by scientists predicting doomsday, and the Internet offers hope. Buy it on amazon as black-and-white paperback or full-color Kindle eBook for phone or desktop on Kindle Cloud Reader .

Volume 7, the years 2001-2010, " My Printmakign Game (or) "Honey, I shrunk my press!" This period was marked by changes in the decade after the Internet opened new possibilities for artists and teachers. Buy it on amazon as black-and-white paperback or full-color Kindle eBook for phone or desktop on Kindle Cloud Reader.

Volume 8, The Payoff: Bill Ritchie's Autobiography the years 2011-20219. His years up to the present, including the peak of his experience making and marketing Halfwood Presses. The title comes from a question - what has been won? Buy it on amazon as black-and-white paperback or full-color Kindle eBook for phone or desktop on Kindle Cloud Reader.

Books of
general interest

My Book, Your Book: Two friends collaborate. Bill made a deal with Pat. He would teach her – from Seattle to her 2,350 miles away, how to make a book on Kindle's platform as a demonstration. It would be blank because the the interior matter would take too long to write digitally; but Pat could write with her real digits, i.e., by hand. Bill made a video to document it. On amazon.

Artist's Collectible Trading Cards and Games: Bill Ritchie's CTC - 1995-2016. Gaming cards always had a close connection to printmaking and, as printmaker, Bill Ritchie is fascinated by both the making of printing plates and the potential of a game for learning printmaking. Collectible trading cards may be a new kind of art collecting.

Printmaking World: One artists's vision of the Northwest Print Center Incubators and Workplaces. Since the year he arrived in Seattle - 1966 - Bill Ritchie and others dreamed of a printmaking center. By 2013, a center for learning, producing, researching and service seemed feasible if comngled on the creative economy and the experience economy. amazon.com

PressGhost Investor Guide: Financing a new school of printmaking. Bill H. Ritchie developed a stock basis concept for a new school for printmaking. Sale of preferred shares, called artiscrip, and sustained by sales of mini etching presses, online classes and services. He challenges conventional ideas about art schools and his financing scheme would be a first in art education history. amazon.com

Halfwood Press: The Story the beginnings of Bill's adventure making and selling the first thirty Halfwood Presses, the people who bought and factoids about them. Also a legend of the Emeralda, the ship which brought about the Halfwood design. Bill wrote it under his penname, "Harris Sweed." amazon.com

Halfwood Press Memories: Bill's favorite snapshots over seven years' making, demonstrating and delivering Halfwood Presses. This 37-page hardcover photo book is a document of the early days of Halfwood Press, a collection of memorabilia and related stories to be enjoyed by those interested in printmaking lore. Lulu.com

Cascades - Bill bought a PDA in 1990 to net ideas that cascaded into his thoughts. He dumped them in machine memory, logging entire days—hour by hour, minute to minute for ten years. It's a text-based picture of what he did with time, with whom, where, and why. Filtering over 2,000 of inspirations (he calls "Cascades") resulted in this book. Available at amazon.com

Video Dig Reloaded - Carl Chew's 1987 art exhibit, Video Dig, is the centerpiece for an installation concept for the videos that vivified a time when Bill Ritchie, was a UW media arts professor. This anthology is intended to be the soul of a video art history exhibit, Video Dig Reloaded. The book is available in its original form at Lulu.com

An Unusual Childhood - Memoirs of Bill Ritchie's mother, Harlene Jessie Reeves Ritchie (1916-2001) a sardonic, coming-of-age recollection of growing up near Gardiner, Montana. His sisters started it, Bill hand-bound it and later published it for their mother, posthumously. On amazon.com and an audiobookon audible.com.

Travel Tapes - He was a professor of art in 1982 and he taught that printmaking is the ancestor of video and video art was the Next Big Thing. Therefore, art students needed to study electronic media. For proof he risked everything, mortgaging his family home, selling his car, his etching press, and closing his art studio. He bought a state-of-the-art video system and plane tickets. With his tenure and a sabbatical in hand, what did he have to lose? Read this book to find out.

Ritchie
References

My Copious Year: 1990. Bill Ritchie bought a PDA in 1990 to log his days - minute-to-minute, hour by hour for ten years. Weekly he dumped his logs into his machine memory. It's a text-based selfie telling what he did with his time, what inspired him, flashes of insights and with whom he met, where, and sometimes why.

My Copious Years: 1991. Bill Ritchie bought a PDA in 1990 to log his days - minute-to-minute, hour by hour for ten years. Weekly he dumped his logs into his machine memory. It's a text-based selfie telling what he did with his time, what inspired him, flashes of insights and with whom he met, where, and sometimes why.

My Copious Years: 1992. Bill Ritchie bought a PDA in 1990 to log his days - minute-to-minute, hour by hour for ten years. Weekly he dumped his logs into his machine memory. It's a text-based selfie telling what he did with his time, what inspired him, flashes of insights and with whom he met, where, and sometimes why.

My Copious Years: 1993. Bill Ritchie bought a PDA in 1990 to log his days - minute-to-minute, hour by hour for ten years. Weekly he dumped his logs into his machine memory. It's a text-based selfie telling what he did with his time, what inspired him, flashes of insights and with whom he met, where, and sometimes why.

My Copious Years: 1994. Bill Ritchie bought a PDA in 1990 to log his days - minute-to-minute, hour by hour for ten years. Weekly he dumped his logs into his machine memory. It's a text-based selfie telling what he did with his time, what inspired him, flashes of insights and with whom he met, where, and sometimes why.

My Copious Years: 1995. Bill Ritchie bought a PDA in 1990 to log his days - minute-to-minute, hour by hour for ten years. Weekly he dumped his logs into his machine memory. It's a text-based selfie telling what he did with his time, what inspired him, flashes of insights and with whom he met, where, and sometimes why.

My Copious Years: 1996. Bill Ritchie bought a PDA in 1990 to log his days - minute-to-minute, hour by hour for ten years. Weekly he dumped his logs into his machine memory. It's a text-based selfie telling what he did with his time, what inspired him, flashes of insights and with whom he met, where, and sometimes why.

My Copious Years: 1997. Bill Ritchie bought a PDA in 1990 to log his days - minute-to-minute, hour by hour for ten years. Weekly he dumped his logs into his machine memory. It's a text-based selfie telling what he did with his time, what inspired him, flashes of insights and with whom he met, where, and sometimes why.

My Copious Years: 1998. Bill Ritchie bought a PDA in 1990 to log his days - minute-to-minute, hour by hour for ten years. Weekly he dumped his logs into his machine memory. It's a text-based selfie telling what he did with his time, what inspired him, flashes of insights and with whom he met, where, and sometimes why.

My Copious Years: 1999. Bill Ritchie bought a PDA in 1990 to log his days - minute-to-minute, hour by hour for ten years. Weekly he dumped his logs into his machine memory. It's a text-based selfie telling what he did with his time, what inspired him, flashes of insights and with whom he met, where, and sometimes why.

Ritchie Mined - 2020 . Summaries of 360 essays by Bill H. Ritchie, artist, teacher and visionary. Mindful of new text search technologies, each summary has key index keywords. In its digital form, Ritchie's database is suited to online learning experience, as if students could "pick the professor's brain." Available at amazon.com

Ritchie Mined Series - collect the complete 10-volume set of thousands of 50-word summaries of Bill H. Ritchie's writings logged since 1969. Ritchie made these suitable for "mining" an art professor's mind, his one's private musings and essays spanning a fifty-year career inside and outside Ivory Towers.

Artsport 'Zine Index: Ritchie Mined 2019 2nd Edition. A catalog of 576 summarized musings by Bill Ritchie. a catalogue raisonné of 576 of his 'Zine essays as an abstract of his 60-year career as a professor and artist. The eBook edition includes color images of the artist's trading cards and artistamps. Subtitled "Ritchie Mined" referring to mining the art professor's brain. See the video.

E'Studios 'Zine Index: Ritchie Mined 2019 2nd Edition of 561 summarized musings by Bill Ritchie. The series is an abstract of his 50-year blog list of private essays on wide-ranging subjects indexed by year. The eBook version has color images of artist trading cards and artistamps - the paperback is black-and-white. See the video.

MacRitchie's 'Zine Index: Ritchie Mined 2019 2nd Edition of 488 summarized musings by Bill Ritchie. The series is an abstract of his 50-year blog list of private essays on wide-ranging subjects indexed by year. The eBook version has color images of artist trading cards and artistamps - the paperback is black-and-white.

O'Studios 'Zine Index: Ritchie Mined 2019 2nd Edition of 568 summarized musings by Bill Ritchie. The series is an abstract of his 50-year blog list of private essays on wide-ranging subjects indexed by year. The eBook version has color images of artist trading cards and artistamps - the paperback is black-and-white.

Perfect Press 'Zine Index: Ritchie Mined 2019 2nd Edition of 539 summarized musings by Bill Ritchie. The series is an abstract of his 50-year blog list of private essays on wide-ranging subjects indexed by year. The eBook version has color images of artist trading cards and artistamps - the paperback is black-and-white.

Perfect Studios 'Zine Index: Ritchie Mined2019 2nd Edition of 561 summarized musings by Bill Ritchie. The series is an abstract of his 50-year blog list of private essays on wide-ranging subjects indexed by year. The eBook version has color images of artist trading cards and artistamps - the paperback is black-and-white.

RIISMA 'Zine Index: Ritchie Mined 2019 2nd Edition of 604 summarized musings by Bill Ritchie. The series is an abstract of his 50-year blog list of private essays on wide-ranging subjects indexed by year. The eBook version has color images of artist trading cards and artistamps - the paperback is black-and-white.

SPEACON 'Zines: Ritchie Mined 2019 2nd Edition of 635 summarized musings by Bill Ritchie. The series is an abstract of his 50-year blog list of private essays on wide-ranging subjects indexed by year. The eBook version has color images of artist trading cards and artistamps - the paperback is black-and-white.

Video 'Zines: Ritchie Mined 2019 2nd Edition of 460 summarized musings by Bill Ritchie. The series is an abstract of his 50-year blog list of private essays on wide-ranging subjects indexed by year. The eBook version has color images of artist trading cards and artistamps - the paperback is black-and-white.

Video 'N Print 'Zine Index: Ritchie Mined 2019 2nd Edition of 482 summarized musings by Bill Ritchie. The series is an abstract of his 50-year blog list of private essays on wide-ranging subjects indexed by year. The eBook version has color images of artist trading cards and artistamps - the paperback is black-and-white.

Email: ritchie@seanet.com