Comics & Animation Design

Animation design has a long history, from Disney classics like Bambi to stop-motion animation shorts and computer-generated Pixar films. Animation has had an important influence on graphic design—and vice versa. Imprint columnists including J.J. Sedelmaier and John Canemaker, both revered animators, reflect on the essential techniques and milestones in the field, including animation character design as well as digital design and animation.

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Irwin Hasen R.I.P.

Steven Brower commemorates the life of comics artist Irwin Hasen, whose work included illustrating Dondi, the Wildcat comics and others.

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Insider Histories: Black Cartoonist E. Simms Campbell

E. Simms Campbell was an indispensable part of Esquire’s birth in the early 1930s. He established its visual style. He invented the original Esky character. And, in the words of its founding editor Arnold Gingrich, his full-page color cartoons “catapulted the magazine’s circulation from the start.” Campbell may also be the first African-American illustrator...

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The Importance of Creating Provocative, Uncensored Art

Don’t say you weren’t told. WARNING! Graphic Content: Political Cartoons, Comix and the Uncensored Artistic Mind has well over 350 controversial illustrations by artists from around the world and throughout history. They deal with extremes of political, cultural, sexual, racial, and, yes, religious issues. It’s also an ebook, enhanced with plenty of video and...

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Duck And Cover

Steven Heller takes a look at "How To Read Donald Duck," in which the authors claim the famous Disney comic reflects American corporate exploitation.

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Wake Up Little Nemo, Wake Up

Steven Heller interviews Josh O'Neill about "Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream"—a multi-artist celebration of Winsor McCay's classic comic.