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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 …

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Weekend Heller: Shooting Shame, Storm Dies, Sparkling Neon

Ignoring the 90 Percent Milton Glaser responded to the cowardice of the United States Senate to pass the minimum gun legislation with a poster. While posters won’t end gun violence, at least the 90 percent who advocate for some kind …

Thought You Had Animation Pegged? Not For Much Longer !

The drawing/image registration process is a fundamental aspect of film animation. If the images that are animated don’t have a shared foundation with each other, the movement that’s created by the animator has no common relationship with the background or …

Graphically Seasoned Greetings!

Last year at this time, I did a post on past holiday cards that J.J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc. has sent out over the years. This year I’m presenting some of the greetings the studio has RECEIVED throughout the years! They …

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 …