Christmas Shopping: Last ModCon Books Discovered!

IMPORTANT NOTE: While I still have a rather small number of books left, I will be in the hospital until year’s end. When I get out I will reply to all pending emails. If you want to guarantee a book then send a PayPal payment for the book and we can sort out shipment later. First come first serve.

We recently found some ModCon books — literally one box. These are the very last untouched books that exist on the planet as far as I know, from the original printing. I have about 25 still-shrink-wrapped copies of the ModCon book, the one that used to be sold through BMEshop (the far right one in the picture below), and — and this is really amazing — I also have 20 of the true original photo books “I Am The Strength Of Art” that were published after ModCon II (but before ModCon III). Note that they don’t include the VCD though. Finally, I have 5 copies of Lukas Zpira’s book “ONANISME MANU MILTARI II” (the one in bubble wrap), which is a beautiful photo compendium of his early work.

Cost for either of the ModCon books is $30, or $50 for both. Cost for Lukas’s book is $25.

(Lukas’s book is sold out, and I have about half of the rest left so you can still get ModCon books).

Shipping is hard to predict, but to generalize, shipping one book is $10 in Canada, $15 to the US, or $30 airmail international. Two books is about $15 in Canada, $22 to the US, or $50 airmail international. You can get the exact rate at the Canada Post Website (my postal code is M6R2B2 for calculating purposes) . The new ModCon book weighs 0.620 kg, the old one 0.340 kg, and Lukas’s book 0.700 kg (add 0.100 kg for the envelope and cardboard stiffener). I’m happy to ship them via regular “cheap” mail or ship it overnight if you’re rushed (give me a day to get to the post office). If you want me to do the math, write me with your address, or if you want to do it, email me at with “Book Sale” in the subject line so I don’t miss it.

To pay for the book(s), PayPal me at If you’re not sure how to do that or you want me to compute the shipping cost, email me and I’ll send you an invoice. First come first serve. Here’s a PayPal link. I know it says Donate but it’s for the book… I couldn’t figure out how to set up a proper button, sorry, but the effect is the same.

I’ll amend this entry if the books sell out, but assume that as long as this entry is here, the books are still available! Remember, these are the very last books available, and they’ll never be posted again. If you want to get a fresh copy, this is your one and only chance!


  1. Rebecca wrote:

    Wow, what a great find. I still own both of your books, each from the first run and my “I Am The Strength of Art” is one of the hand numbered copies (47 of 500). They are full of wonderful photographs and very high quality. I highly recommend them both!

    Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Permalink
  2. Steph wrote:

    What an awesome discovery!
    Although to use Canada posts shipping calculator you need the sizes too.
    I just guesstimated it for a rough idea and shipping between Montreal & Ontario is thankfully quite reasonable (about $10.00) however once you start getting into other provinces it costs more.
    I would like one though, I think it would be an interesting book to have!

    Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 9:41 am | Permalink
  3. starbadger wrote:

    i sent you an order but have not heard back

    put me down for one of each

    send by snail mail
    or ups ground

    send an invoice

    thank you

    Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Permalink
  4. Gosia wrote:

    I got Modcon a few years back from ebay for at least double that (it was the only copy available anywhere at that time). Get it! I promise you’ll love it!

    Monday, December 6, 2010 at 1:10 am | Permalink
  5. Marjorie wrote:

    Sent a second email to be sure u got the first one ;)

    Monday, December 6, 2010 at 10:22 am | Permalink
  6. Timothy wrote:

    WOW. I get paid in a few days and I think I’ll buy one or both Modcon books. I lost my original that I bought from BMEshop years ago during the “division of stuff” in a breakup.

    Monday, December 6, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Permalink
  7. Get them both, Tim. The first book is amazing…. I have so many memories of the first event and the book captures a lot of the spirit.

    Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 12:40 am | Permalink
  8. Timothy wrote:

    Shawn, I did grab them both (thanks for the tip) and I will be anxious as hell until they arrive. Stuff coming from Canada Post takes eons. I’m really excited though, especially to show Rowena since she hasn’t seen either of them.

    Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Permalink
  9. angela wrote:

    good timing on the find. they’d make great christmas gifts!!

    Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Permalink
  10. Marjorie wrote:

    Got my book in the mail today, thank you for everything shannon. Xx

    Friday, December 10, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Permalink
  11. efix roy wrote:

    Thank you so much Shannon!

    Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Permalink
  12. Gillian wrote:

    Got mine! Thanks, Shannon!!!

    Monday, December 27, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Permalink
  13. david wrote:

    hey, i sent an email to both your emails dmk it starts with hoping to get one. glad youre back in the real world. thanks!

    Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Permalink
  14. Eric wrote:

    i had sent u money via paypal around the 12 of december.

    Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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