Melanie Marder Parks has illustrated 17 of the Elm Creek Quilts novels by Jennifer Chiaverini. There are 20 books in the series and the publisher decided to add illustrated endpapers with the fourth book. I asked Parks about reviving the art of endpapers in this way.
Those of us who reside east of the Hudson and west of the East rivers are grateful we don’t live anywhere else. Yet, despite all the Jersey put downs, its not such a bad place. In fact, aside from bridge lane closings and the incredible number of Jersey mayors on trial or in prison for graft and corruption, the Garden State has a fair concentration of very talented illustrators, a number of whom appear in an exhibition organized by Chris Gash, and feature the following Jerseyians.
I’m not trying to be sarcastic, but these are difficult times for literacy. Despite the lower overall national literacy rate in 1916, a year before the U.S. entered the Great War, literate kids had a lot more to be literate about. St. Nicholas: Scribner’s Illustrated Magazine for Girls and Boys premiered in November, 1873. Roswell Smith, co-founder of the publishing company Scribner & Company, hired Mary Mapes Dodge (author of “Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates) to edit the new children’s magazine.
Sylvain Boyer founded icons times, which he claims “is quite possibly the first iconographic news aggregator.” It provides a new way to read the news by representing each breaking story as an informative icon. Icons times presents a series of icons evolving over time and topics, creating a new language and a new way to read news. I was intrigued by Boyer’s concept and skeptical of its viability, so I asked him to explain: