Winsor McCay Illustrates Temperance — or Prohibition?, 1929

While strolling through a used-books store in Los Angeles over 20 years ago, I spied the dust-jacketed binding of a book with a familiar illustration style. Much to my delight, I’d found a little-known 1929 first edition volume published by …

Tomi Ungerer Takes New York

Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story premieres in the U.S. on November 10 at the SVA Theater and November 13 at the IFC Center, both in New York. Tickets for both go on sale tomorrow. The film …

Film Titles, 8-Bit Art, and Type Explored

Off Book is a web-original series from PBS, produced by Kornhaber Brown, that explores cutting-edge art, the artists that make it, and the people that share it online. And if you haven’t watched it yet, please do. The range of …

Howdy 7Up!

I became interested in pop bottles (I grew up in the Chicago area where we all said “pop”) and related stuff when I was about 12 years old. I had gone inside an old garage that was attached to a …

Animation From China

My MFA Design student, Zhoa Miao, ran into my office today excited by this animation done by his younger classmate back in China, known as Red (real name Tao Zhi Qiang). The film exhibits extraordinary craftsmanship and storytelling. For the …

How Walt Disney Used His Kansas City Library Card

When the word “Disney” is mentioned, it’s almost impossible to separate it from the craft of motion picture cartoons. Whether it’s used to describe a multinational entertainment corporation, or it alludes to Walt Disney the man, it’s easily synonymus with …

Heller in Pink What?

Christian Annyas, purveyor of all things movie title related, recently posted on his Movie Title Stills Collection website a stitched together version of one of my favorite title sequences. This smartly retro-fitted typographic sequence is just what the doctor ordered …

Moveable Feasts

In New York on Fifth Avenue and 16th Street a heavy metal sign is bolted into the side of an imposing prewar building, a combination of gothic and slab serif type, it reads “B. Schackman & Co, Favors, Novelties.” It …

Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart, Maggie and Robbie

This just in (though its been at least a year in the making). Robbie Conal, street artist provocateur, will debut on The Simpsons (above) guest-voicing as himself. Here he is with his poster “Contra Diction” in the all-new “Exit Through …