Death & The Dolce Vita

Death-And-The-Dolce-Vita Lambretta Cover Book

Here’s a great cover for your nightstand. And it’s on sale for $5.98 at Daedalus Books (one of my favorite online bookstores). Don’t worry – it’s in English. Just wanted to show you the biggest cover pic I could find. It even sounds like a juicy read:

“In April 1953, attractive, 21-year-old Wilma Montesi went missing from her family home in Rome; when her body was found washed up on a neglected beach, the incident was attributed to either suicide or an accident. But as the author of Glamour shows in this history, as the police tried to close the case, darker rumors suggested that the death of this quiet, conservative girl was linked to a drug-fuelled orgy, involving some of the richest and most powerful men in Italy. By the 1950s, post–Mussolini Italy was in the process of successfully reinventing itself, but Montesi’s death exposed a darker side of Roman life—a life of corruption, cover-ups and carnal pleasures.”

Read a book review from The Telegraph (UK)

Order book at Daedalus Books.

A real kickstarter!

The Scooter Diaries Ronald Bowman

I came across a Kickstarter campaign on the blog “Mod Scene Weekly” and I want to see this book get made! They have less than two days to meet their goal.

What’s it about? It’s “an epic adventure romance through Latin America on a scooter during a time when such a journey was virtually unheard of.” And I gotta say the romance part sounds great! But just the fantastic photos alone would make this book worth it.

Visit here to learn more and watch the terrific book trailer. And then lay down some dough!

Tank Girl is a scooter girl.

Tank Girl Vespa Scooter Bad Wind Rising Poster Magazine 2

I have always had a fondness for “Tank Girl” although I don’t think I’ve ever sat down and read an entire comicbook. I’ve just seen frames from the books and of course the Lori Petty movie which people seem to love or loathe. I loved it because at the time it was really freakin’ rare to see women kick ass. I do remember that the target roundel showed up here and there but I didn’t even know what that was about at the time. I just thought she was making herself a target which fit in with her M.O. perfectly. I also didn’t think of her riding a scooter. A yak-like animal and well, a tank. So I was very happy to come across these images and things all started clicking into place. It is a British comic after all.

The poster magazine up top is available for £6.99 at this site.

The other cover can be considered a bit of Rare Swag but the tenacious among you will no doubt find it.

And for a little mid 90s nostalgia, watch the Tank Girl trailer here.

Tank Girl Trailer 1994

Scooters of the Apocalypse!

Scooters of the Apocalypse El Crappo Comics Comicbook

Here’s Amazon’s description which really can’t be improved upon:

“El Crappo Comics (New Zealand) is proud to present “Scooters of the Apocalypse”. Quite possibly the first book ever to combine Homer’s “Odyssey”, the “Revelation” and classic scooters in comic book form. If you’re one of those people who find James Joyce’s “Ulysses” too long and lacking in pictures “Scooters of the Apocalypse” is the book for you – it’s much shorter, got more pictures and has scooters!”

It’s just $9 at Amazon. Would anyone be interested in doing a book report for ScooterSwag?

Scooters of the Apocalypse

Liberty Annual 2012 Comic Book

Liberty Annual 2012 Scooter Vespa Comic Book

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund puts out a fund raising special edition comic book every year. Edited by Image Comics, these editions are filled with all-new stories about freedom from an all-star line-up of artists and writers. It’s just $4.99 and money from the publication goes to the Fund which has been fighting censorship in comic book industry for over 25 years.

Thanks to Paul from Sportique Scooters in Denver, Colorado for this neat find!

Liberty Annual at

Deadenders Book

One of ScooterSwag’s very first posts was about this comicbook series. And just this year they released to entire collection in a book form.

From Amazon:

“In this stylized book of mystery and science fiction, a drug-dealing car thief must discover the secret behind his visions in order to save the world. Twenty years after the devastating Cataclysm, society has been separated into sectors in which the rich are able to enjoy machine-generated weather and sunlight while the poor are forced to live an eternally dank and dark existence. Banished to the dismal Sector 5, the angst-ridden Beezer discovers that the corrupt city police are hunting him because of his experiential visions of a pre-apocalyptic world. Now Earth’s reluctant savior must learn his true origin and the meaning of his visions before he is captured and killed.
This trade reprints critically acclaimed writer Ed Brubaker’s DEADENDERS issues 1-16 as well as Vertigo Winter’s Edge #3!

Thanks to Paul from Sportique Scooters in Colorado for reminding me of this great series!

Deadenders Book

The Appian Way.

From Amazon:
The Roman poet Statius called the via Appia “the Queen of Roads,” and for nearly a thousand years that description held true, as countless travelers trod its path from the center of Rome to the heel of Italy. Today, the road is all but gone, destroyed by time, neglect, and the incursions of modernity; to travel the Appian Way today is to be a seeker, and to walk in the footsteps of ghosts.

Our guide to those ghosts — and the layers of history they represent — is Robert A. Kaster. In The Appian Way, he brings a lifetime of studying Roman literature and history to his adventures along the ancient highway. A footsore Roman soldier pushing the imperial power south; craftsmen and farmers bringing their goods to the towns that lined the road; pious pilgrims headed to Jerusalem, using stage-by-stage directions we can still follow—all come to life once more as Kaster walks (and drives—and suffers car trouble) on what’s left of the Appian Way. Other voices help him tell the story: Cicero, Goethe, Hawthorne, Dickens, James, and even Monty Python offer commentary, insight, and curmudgeonly grumbles, their voices blending like the ages of the road to create a telescopic, perhaps kaleidoscopic, view of present and past.”

$17 at Amazon. And it’s also available on Kindle.

The Appian Way: Ghost Road, Queen of Roads