LOST ART BOOKS, the flagship series from Picture This Press, collects and preserves the works of illustrators and cartoonists from the first half of the 20th century. Too many of these artists have gone under appreciated for too long, with much of their work uncollected or unexamined for decades, if at all. The Lost Art Books series aims to preserve this cultural heritage by re-introducing these past masters to new generations of working artists, historians, and admirers of things beautiful.

Lost Art Books

PICTURE THIS PRESS is dedicated to broadening the appreciation and understanding of the artists who work in the fields of illustration, cartooning, graphic arts, photography, and poster design.

Joseph Procopio (founder, co-publisher) has worked in publishing as a writer, editor, and creative director in print and Web media for 20 years. In addition to founding and overseeing Picture This Press, he currently works as a managing editor at an international financial institution. He has a lifelong passion for illustration, cartooning, and the graphic arts.

Ellen Levy (co-publisher) has worked in publishing and public relations for 15 years. She is an admirer and collector of many media forms, most notably photography and poster art.


“Picture This Press Debuts With Three Books”press release PDF (10/18/2010)

“Renowned artist Heinrich Kley’s Life and Work Celebrated in New Two-Volume Set”press release PDF (9/24/2012)

“Matt Baker’s Canteen Kate Collected for First Time in Volume One of New Series Debuting at Small Press Expo 2013″press release PDF (8/9/2013)

“Lost Art Books’ Canteen Kate Volume Takes Top Honors at Washington Book Publishers ‘Book Design and Effectiveness Competition’”press release PDF (5/17/2014)

“Golden Age Comics Master Captured at Creative Peak in Adventures of Robin Hood Collection”press release PDF (9/14/2014)

Kremos: The Lost Art of Niso Ramponi rescues one of the greatest ‘good girl’ artists from oblivion”press release PDF (9/2015)

“Eisner Award judges nominate Kremos: The Lost Art of Niso Ramponi as one of the year’s best books”press release PDF (4/2016)


Washington City Paper

Meet a Local Comics Publisher: A Chat with Joe Procopio(September 9, 2010)

University of Dayton Quarterly

Superhero of Lost Art” (Profile, Summer 2011)

Bethesda Magazine

In Two Worlds” (Interview, July/August 2014)

Small Press Expo 2015

Interview by SPX staffers Joe Mochove and Rusty Riley with Lost Art Books founder Joseph Procopio on Lost Art Books and passion publishing

Robots from Tomorrow (podcast)

Small Press Expo 2013: Interview with Lost Art Books founder Joseph Procopio on The Lost Art of Matt Baker

Small Press Expo 2014: Interview with Lost Art Books founder Joseph Procopio on The Lost Art of Ray Willner


Washington City Paper

Think Holiday Thoughts” — Lost Art of Frederick Richardson (December 7, 2010)

Illustration Magazine

Review: Zim, Reed, and Richardson books (Winter 2010)

Heinrich Kley: Exploring the Enigma” article by Joseph Procopio (Fall 2012)

Today’s Inspiration

Illustration From an Earlier Age” Lost Art Books launch coverage (November 29, 2010)

The Lost Art of Heinrich Kley” guest blog post by Joseph Procopio (October 7, 2012)

Matt Baker: Making the Most of It” guest blog post by Joseph Procopio (December 2, 2013)

Kremos: The Life and Art of Niso Ramponi (parts 1-5)” guest blog post by Joseph Procopio (March 2016)

Washington Post

SPX 2015: Publishers and creators proudly share books they’re debuting at expo (September 20, 2015)

Gurney Journey (James Gurney)

The Lost Art of Heinrich Kley” book review (December 12, 2012)

Rants & Raves (R.C. Harvey)

The Lost Art of Zim” book review (February 6, 2013)

More from Lost Art Books(February 19, 2013)

Parka Blogs (art book review site)

The Lost Art of Heinrich Kley Vol. 2” book review (September 17, 2014)

The Lost Art of Heinrich Kley Vol. 2” video flip-thru (September 6, 2014)

Some Artbooks (blog)

Three Books of Heinrich Kley(December 8, 2014)

The Lost Art of Frederick Richardson(December 13, 2014)

Cartoon Brew

‘The Lost Art of Heinrich Kley’ Collects over 450 Rare Drawings and Paintings(August 13, 2012)

Cartoon Brew Gift Guide 2013” — Lost Art of Matt Baker (December 11, 2013)

Tony Isabella’s Tips (blog)

Tony’s Tips #39” — Lost Art of Matt Baker review (January 6, 2014)

ComicsComics Magazine

Corned Beef Hash” — Lost Art of Zim review (January 7, 2011)

The Hooded Utilitarian

Books for Looking” — Lost Art of Zim review (November 23, 2010)


The Year in Reprints” — Lost Art of Zim, Reed, and Richardson coverage (December 2010)

SRBissette (Stephen Bissette’s blog)

New Books: Peeps, Babies, Horrors!” — First three Lost Art Books reviewed (November 23, 2010)

Flesk Publications (blog)

New Publisher ‘Picture This Press’ Releases Three New Titles in Thier ‘Lost Art Books’ Series!(December 3, 2010)

Crooked Timber (blog)

Heinrich Kley on Politics and Metaphysics” — review (April 10, 2013)

Women Write About Comics (blog)

SPX: These Are a Few of My Favorite Zines” — Lost Art of Matt Baker review (December 2010)

Spandexless (blog)

SPX: Shout Outs and Highlights” — Lost Art Books praise (September 2013)

SPX Pulls: The Lost Art Collections” — Review of our Heinrich Kley and Matt Baker volumes (March 2014)

The Beat (Publishers Weekly)

Nice Art: Heinrich Kley’s Secret Influence on Walt Disney(September 2013)

Tom Sarmo: Cranky Bird Studio

A Cannonball From Zim” — Lost Art of Zim review (July 15, 2013)

Li-An (blog, in French)

Les italiennes canon de Kremos/Ramponi” — Kremos: Lost Art of Niso Ramponi review (May 20, 2016)