Hey fellow SFGers!
I am SUPER thrilled to be a part of this fantastic show in Paris! If any of you are in the area (lucky!) be sure to check it out! If not, then at least check out the works online : D
Thursday, September 15 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
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My "Bake It So!"
t-shirt design has been reprinted on an apron -- perfect for the culinarily-inclined sci-fi enthusiast ^_^ Get 'em while they're hot!
So many wonderful animal illustrations at the Animalarium!
(via Daniel Savage’s twooter)
Ty Mattson created a series of designs to celebrate Homeland by designing 12 vintage-styled record covers inspired by the TV series - with some very nice results. (via Homeland Vintage Jazz Record Covers « Mattson Creative)
Over at his blog, Sonny Liew’s been posting some lettered pages from his as yet untitled upcoming book with Gene Yang for First Second, and it looks pretty great, particularly that 50′s inspired pulpy cover. As a fan of Liew’s work, I’ve been keeping up with this project for a while, (although aware of Yang -as the author of American Born Chinese and Level Up- I’ve yet to get round to reading any of his books), so I knew it was a retro superhero book, but that’ s about it. Here’s an exclusive, and intriguing, little synopsis from Liew:
‘It’s basically a origins story of a character created back in the 40s – his distinction being that he was meant to be Asian American. Gene has been exploring identity issues with his comics, of course, so this is another angle.
One of the interesting things about the comic was that the artist and creator (Chu Hing) has to go out of his way never to show his face in the comic – which apparently was due to his publishers or editors not wanting to reveal too clearly that he was, in fact, Asian! We did try to incorporate those elements into the book.’
Chu Hing is credited for working on 29 issues in the 40′s and 50′s, 4 of which were on a title called Blazing Comics (the book Liew’s homaged in the cover above). These books featured the character Yang and Liew are reviving: Green Turtle- ‘the first Asian superhero’, a ‘mysterious individual who almost never let anyone see his face (the reader included). Armed only with his wits, combats skills, a remarkable light aircraft (the Turtle Plane,) and a mystic jade dagger, he and Burma Boy, a youngster he saved from the Japanese, flew across Asia battling the Imperial Japanese Army. While having no obvious powers granted by his jade dagger, he did seem to cast a shadow that had a bright pair of eyes and face.’ (via Comic Vine)
No projected release date for this yet, but another title to add to your list of ‘books to keep an eye on.’
I think I'm on a roll?
I FEEL like I'm on a roll.
I just recently discovered that CHICKEN DANCE made it into the Original Art Show at the Society of Illustrators in New York. Now, it's not the first time I've been in the show, but I have to be honest with you, I was truly bitter when I learned that THE GHOSTS OF LUCKLESS GULCH was excluded from last years show. With that said, if OH NO doesn't make it into next year's Original Art Show I will feel truly jaded.
In any case, I wanted to share the cover for OH NO with you all because it will be relevant to my next blog, which will come later on in the week(s)
A while back I blogged about this great book my parents got for me while they were in Thailand. It was a book about old movie posters. Stuff like this...
I just loved the rough painterly feel of old pulp retro posters. OH NO was one of those projects that I felt lended itself to that feel so I modeled it after an old 1960's Japanese Monster Movie Poster such as this...
and especially these...
See the influences? I hope it translates well into a children's book...
(click on all images to see a larger version)
I'll walk you through a few details....
First of all, the jacket as a whole may look a little busy, but if you look at it as parts of a whole then it makes more sense.
Here's the cover...
I thought the single image of a girl standing in front of a city in carnage would stand out on a bookshelf. Then upon closer inspection you would notice that in her glasses you can see the reflection of a giant robot and a giant frog preparing to fight. The art director and I decided that the paper should be matte (or satin finish) and that the glasses would be spot glossed to give it that reflective feel.
The back of the book continues on with the whole retro feel. The robot is a dominant shape in the background which is predominantly red/orange. I also gave him a speech bubble where the book bar code would be placed as if the robot were talking and I included a 'Presented in Retrovision' and 'Color by Colorflux' ads which were later removed before printing. Also note the rough painted edge over the white border. The large signwritten in Japanese literally translates to "OH NO" in Japanese. For the longest time I was trying to convince the folks at Hyperion to include Japanese in the title and in the text. We ended up settling on a middle ground.
The about the author/illustrator section is also part of the whole retro feel of the jacket. Here is an image of the author, Mac Barnett and I running away from the monster (in classic sci-fi poster form). I added an eye patch to myself as an homage to to some of the old mad scientist villains you would see in the Bond movies and so forth. It almost rings synonymous with the goatee in Star Trek that automatically signified Spock as being evil. It was as if to say a prerequisite to being evil in the 60's was that you had to have lost an eye. Oh those silly 60's...
But wait that's not all... Take off the jacket and turn it over. What's this? A door poster?!
The art director and editor were awesome enough to let me include a movie poster that kids can hang up on their wall. It comes complete with tag lines and movie credits which include the names of the art director and editor as well.
BUT WAIT DAN! HOLD ON! If my kid hangs this book poster on his door then he's gonna have a book with no jacket on it. What good is that?!
Ah, never fear. The hardcover is decorated, as well, as you can see here...
It's supposed to be the science notebook of the girl in the book. The coffee stains were supposed to be tinted to more of a chocolate milk sort of feel but I think it failed. There was originally more stuff on it to begin with but Mac and the editor felt it was best to simplify it and keep it minimal.
OK. I'll concede on that one...
by Katie Van Camppictures by Lincoln AgnewBalzer+Bray / HarperCollins 2009Here we have the promise of some truly bold retro graphics marred by a weak text with the faint whiff of celebrity, second-hand by-association celebrity at that.Late at night, while she should be sleeping, Harry sneaks out of bed and grabs his Bubble Blooper down, a 50s space gun that shoots large bloopy bubbles. The
Alternative box cover design for the Hoi Amiga game from 1992, executed in a minimalistic 1960s style.
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Searching for some retro logo inspiration, I stumbled upon Depression Press’s Flickr stream, which has retro logos in spades along with other old printed goodies, including plenty of illustration:
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Tags: Design, ephemera, logos, retro
Tribute to the 3D retro game Hunter for the Commodore Amiga computer, released in 1991.
You're invited to Sevensheaven.nl for an extended impression.
My latest stuff ...
Product design as a cartoon for a Nu.nl news article about the rapper Snoop Dogg performing in the Netherlands:
Retro 1980s video game console poster design (with a hint of Art Deco) featuring the characteristic Atari 2600 joystick:
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We’ve been publishing books since 1919, which means we have one heck of an archive. Every Friday we highlight one of our more unusual, beautiful, or hilarious titles unearthed from the storage bins.
This week’s selection is Skip Sees the Signs, by Virginia Novinger; illustrated by Beth Wilson, 1953.
WHOA THAT'S A LOT OF SIGNS
Does Skip see the signs of a world gone mad? The cover would seem to indicate this. And yet inside the book, to our delight, we find a gorgeous and orderly world rendered in that lush 50s Technicolor palette that we love. It still looks dreamy after all these years. Look at those cars!
What are you doing this weekend? Maybe you’d like to take a drive over to Big Town and grab a bite at that new joint, Hot Dogs?
Me, too, my friends. Me, too.
Hi dears! I’m so glad to be adding a couple of new things to the Etsy store. Some pretty stationery things for you: a Thank You card set plus Print Your Own stationery (you’ve gotten a sneak peek of both items on ye olde blog).
The drawings are inspired by late summer: lazy afternoons, golden sunlight and pretty wildflowers. And as you can see I’ve used some of my favorite colors too (coral-y pink, golden yellow and teal blue!).
As of this posting, the above stationery items are on Etsy but I’ll also be adding them to le shop as well. But first my husband is taking me on a museum date!