I'm a big fan of self-publishing in principle - let the workers control the means of production!, et cetera - and lately I've been considering it for one of my own writing projects (more to come on that).
Today The Awl ran a nice piece on a recent success in the world of self-publishing, an illustrated book of short stories called To Slow Down the Time, written by Matthew Allard and illustrated by Ian Dingman. It looks beautiful and it's hard to imagine that a *real* publisher could have improved on the final product. Allard's already made some $$ off the book, which is pretty incredible in the world of letters.
Check it out.