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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Coming Soon: Movie Posters for Those Films Inside Our Heads

Attention dedicated film buffs: have you seen Saul Bass’s other sci-fi feature, Rendezvous with Rama? How about Luis Bunuel’s supernatural Las Fotografias? Or that low-budget thriller by Alfred Hitchcock’s nephew, Oh Shit, Bees!? Of course you haven’t. They only exist in print form, as part of “Coming Soon,” an L.A. exhibition of designs for...

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Weekend Heller: Trolling the Info for Bleu Migration

For a wonderful website experience visit Frances Jetter here. And for a moving gallery experience visit Jetter's New York exhibition at VanDeb Editions here or in person. Her "Works on Paper" opens on October 10 through November 9. Below is Jetter's Troll (linocut). Now you don't have to imagine a troll at your table....

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Cover Your Eyes: the Graphic Horrors of 1950s Comics

Since this is Banned Books Week, I’ve come to bury Dr. Fredric Wertham, not to praise him. Wertham was an anti-comic book crusader who did some serious damage back in the 1950s. As an entertainment medium, comics were the digital devices of their day: Sales could be counted in hundreds of millions, and more...

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The Comics that Corrupted Our Kids!

Kids these days, with their violence and gunplay and perverse sex. We’d all be so much better if only they didn’t have access to those video games and that nasty music and those awful movies and blah blah blah. Thus goes the scapegoating just as it always has. Back in the early 1950s, comic...

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Chicken Gutz is Not a Meal

Randall Enos, whose comic linoleum cuts graced the pages of magazines and newspapers everywhere, was known for a crazy, gag-riddled comic strip called “Chicken Gutz” that first appeared in the January 1972 issue of the National Lampoon and ran in each issue for about 12 years. All this time later, Enos has revived his...

The NY in KUPER

Peter Kuper has produced countless comic panels since he started making them at age 19. This week through October 5 (with a special opening on September 25), he is having an exhibition at the Society of Illustrators MOCCA Gallery of the work from his new book Drawn To New York, a paean to the...

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Civil Rights History as Graphic Novel

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, where Martin Luther King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech. Artist Nate Powell discusses his work on a new graphic novel that details Congressman John Lewis' struggle for civil and human rights.

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Beyond Comic-Con: The Wonder Women of Comics

One of the most significant comics events during San Diego Comic-Con this week isn’t even part of the official program. It’s the “Wonder Women: On and Off Paper” exhibition.