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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The Spearmen are Dear Men, Buy Gum

Before the Doublemint Twins put Wrigley's gum in America's mouths and minds of gum-chewing millions, the trade characters that most stuck as effective mnemonics were the Spearmen

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July 4: CONSENSUS, at Last!

On this Independence Day, let's get behind the candidate the D's and R's can support. (From Cartoons Magazine, the Daily Show of its day.)

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History For The Price Of Peanuts

I can't say I think of Planters' Mr. Peanut as a source of historical data, but this colorful little "Paint Book" from 1935 would seem to indicate otherwise.

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The Ages Of “21″

In 1936, the former speakeasy and NYC restaurant-club, Jack & Charlie's "21" (what we now know as The 21 Club) published, "The Iron Gate" as a self-promotional tool.

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Noir is Dark: Black Scat Publishing

Black Scat Publishing is responsible for visual and literary books, including "Nickle Noir: the Art of John Nickle". Founder Norman Conquest provides insight into his evolution in the publishing world. "There's nothing wrong with digital books, mind you, but only as a convenience. An accessory. Not a replacement!" he says.

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Riting Before Texting

Before Instagram, photo albums required considerable manual labor to keep fresh and current. There were various ways, but one of the most popular was a tracing method, in this case known as Rite-a-Title. You could “Write a Title in a brilliant, permanent white without pen or ink” and “Decorate snapshots with humorous sketches.” It...

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A Stan Mack Cartoon Chronicle of Revolutions Foretold

Stan Mack’s “Real Life Funnies” strip, created in the mid-1970s for the “Village Voice,” presaged the documentary comics of artists such as Art Spiegelman and Joe Sacco. And now it appears that his Print feature from 17 years ago also anticipated today’s digital communications environment. Here’s Mack’s personal, behind-the-scenes details about one such story....