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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Meet Frank Ape

Smitten by the deadpan comic innocence of Frank Ape, Steven Heller sits down with creator Brandon Sines.

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Designer of the Week: Liz Blazer

Designer of the Week Liz Blazer is a master when it comes to the animated documentary—and is committed to challenging our perceptions.

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Mr. Natural’s Birth Father

Walt Disney's Albert Hurter was the man behind the characters and the godfather of some underground comics artists, including R. Crumb.

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Beyond the Graphic Novel: A Comically Surreal Comic Collage

Here Comes Kitty is the work of multidisciplinary artist Richard Kraft, a Jess for our age. Kraft has craftily transformed a 1960s Polish espionage comic into a mad, post-mod melange of Western religion and Eastern mysticism, Nazi spies and domesticated animals, the disturbingly chaotic and the playfully erotic.