Ceci N’est Pas Une Roquette

The first legend about flying females was that of witches—women who made pacts with the devil. They turned brooms, a symbol of servitude and submission, into one of power and flight. To fly, all they needed to do was put …

“Branding” The Movie

Many people assume that branding is a young profession which started in the modern age. But it seems the history of the profession actually began with the discovery of fire. Here are some of the historic facts about branding according …

The Spirit of the Stone Type

Before the appearance of the movie poster “Ben Hur” (1959) most three-dimensionally drawn movie titles on posters had simple colors and a bit of shading, influenced by art-deco posters. Even the mastheads of comics like “Superman” (1939) followed that tradition. (Seventy-two years …

Stone Type

When MGM was preparing to release the religious epic “Ben Hur” in 1959, they hired Reynold Brown to create an equally epic poster. What could be more monumental than type carved in stone, particularly a stone the size of a …

Beatles Butcher Cover

In May of 1966 The Beatles did something “horrendous.” No, it wasn’t comparing themselves with Jesus Christ (though that was equally as tempestuous). They created an album cover that turned their American label, Capitol Records, into a censor. The album …

Holiday Spirits

It’s kind of strange when you think about it, to have a miniature half-naked lady in your drink. But then again, it’s still better than a fly. Happy Holidays. Bottoms Up!

The Ultra Right is Ultra Wrong

From Belgrade, Serbia, Mirko Ilic (below, bottom) corresponds from a violent anti-gay demonstration fronted by Nationalists and skin heads took place last week. He was there, in anticipation of the threatened violence, to show support for the gay groups involved, …

What Would Henry VIII Do?

This is how I think it happened. A designer got a book cover assignment for another book about the wife of Henry VIII. The story is well known, as is the historic painting of the queen which the designer received …