Don’t have a cow, man, but Bongo, the Eisner Award-winning publisher of Simpsons comic books for nearly a quarter-century, died this month. Yes, the Matt Groening line – the one that once brought you Sergio Aragonés’s Funnies and a Zongo imprint that put out Gary Panter’s Jimbo and Mary Fleener’s Fleener – has ceased publication. And if you’re a designer whose first and foremost priority for comics is their visual appeal, you might give your shoulders a simple “whatever” shru
By Michael Dooley Although Anthony Bourdain died before the release of Hungry Ghosts, he did review and approve the design of the last of his three graphic novels. That’s right: “graphic novels.” This acclaimed writer, chef, and TV host wasn’t only obsessed with cooking. Once an aspiring comics artist, Bourdain also had a passion for the medium in its myriad forms. He loved and collected adventure newspaper strips Milton Caniff’s Terry and the Pirates and Will Eisner’s The Sp
On Aug. 28, 2016, longtime Print Creative Director Andrew Kner passed away. During his lifetime, he impacted countless audiences. After graduating from Yale and spending time with Esquire and Look, Kner joined the New York Times as art director for the Sunday Book Review. By 1970, he was executive art director for the New York Times Promotion Department. “I worked in the Promotion Dept of The NY Times when Andy was our art director. He was a special person who had great artis
Alexey Brodovitch had the eye. Beginning in the 1930s Harper’s Bazaar’s art director became famous for his ability to look through contact sheets and know precisely what images to choose, where to crop, and arrange to produce highly elegant and refined pages and spreads. And he’s since come to be considered American publication design’s most innovative and skilled practitioner. One of his freelancers in the 1950s was a struggling, unkempt graphic artist nicknamed Raggedy Andy
Paul Soady doesn’t care that Eric Gill had sex with his sister, his daughters, and his family dog. He’s simply in love with the art and typography of this controversial artist, writer, and designer of Gill Sans. And these days, he’s got a big crush on Gill’s Perpetua, so much so that he’s devoting a 250 copy limited edition book to it, Two Men, One Type Face. It’s currently at Traction Press, a fine letterpress printer in downtown L.A., and may or may not be finished by June.