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...
Steven Heller looks back at the racist imagery in "Mickey Mouse and the Boy Thursday."
Michael Dooley explores Popular Skullture: The Skull Motif in Pulps, Paperbacks, and Comics, a book dedicated to vintage skull 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...
Steven Heller takes a look at "How To Read Donald Duck," in which the authors claim the famous Disney comic reflects American corporate exploitation.
The bold new Criterion Designs coffee table-sized hardcover includes video packaging designs that are a joy to behold. Michael Dooley explores.
From Puck to Perfect Nonsense, Michael Dooley identifies seven notable comics, graphic novel and cartoons, all published in 2014.
Steven Heller interviews Josh O'Neill about "Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream"—a multi-artist celebration of Winsor McCay's classic comic.
Here are two rich resources for Eastern European Communist era graphic design.
Steven Heller interviews Vishavjit Singh about the path that led him to create Sikhtoons.com—and about his identity as a Sikh in the post-9/11 U.S.