Stan Mack’s Occupy-the-Fourth-of-July Funnies

It’s 1776 in Philadelphia. Congressional delegates “sweat, swat flies, and argue independence.” They retreat to a tavern and casually dump Jefferson with the job of composing a declaration: “Tom, write us something dignified, yet magical.” Once he’s finished, all the …

Not the Harvey Pekar Graphic Novel You'd Expect

Harvey Pekar had been collaborating with the comic book artist JT Waldman on a book project, one that charts the journey from his Zionist upbringing to his questioning of Israel’s role in the world. But Pekar died in July 2010. Still, …

Long Beach Comic Con: My "7 Highlights" List

  These days, the so-called San Diego “Comic”-Con‘s main attraction is sugary TV and movie confectionery. But if you enjoy graphic novels and cartoons – and, well, scary stuff – you may have attended the recent Comic & Horror Con …

Aaron Draplin on Portland, Palin, Pizza, and…Design

The theme of last month’s San Diego AIGA Y Conference was “Spark.” But Aaron Draplin, the first speaker, had grander ambitions. Aaron had flown down the coast from Portland, Oregon, which he calls “a good place to get rained on,” …

Now You Know Y (the Conference), Part 4

. This is our fourth and final conference report. This time, Y’s achievements and legacies within and beyond San Diego’s design community are considered. Be sure to look back to posts one, two, and three. And note that Y16 is …

You Don’t Know Y (the Conference), Part 3

. In this, the third of four installments, the Y team reflects on memorable people and moments over the past 15 years. Here are parts one, two, and four. And here’s info about next week’s Y16, at the University of …

You Don’t Know Y (the Conference), Part 2

Above: artwork from an animation by Stefan G. Bucher. . The San Diego AIGA’s annual Y design conference is next week, March 25th and 26th. Part one of this four-part report covered its inception. Here, some of the key people …

You Don’t Know Y (the Conference), Part 1

This is the first of four reports. Here are parts two, three, and four. Sure, your boss will foot the bills for design conferences that tell you how to do this ‘n’ that. But the ones that probe the “whys,” …

In San Diego: Rebranding a Newspaper

It doesn’t happen often that the rebranding of a newspaper happens through a dramatic logo change. But the San Diego Union Tribune has done it, with Jim Parkinson performing his usual magic. Relaunching the Union Tribune in San Diego One can only imagine …