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
FINAL EXTENDED DEADLINE: Logo Design Awards It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Halloween of course. Who doesn’t like a good scare every once in a while? Not to mention the beautiful tradition of Samhain, welcoming the darker half of the year and celebrating the end of the Harvest season. This year I’m celebrating with some delicious pumpkin beer and reading from one of my newest favorites, Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction (Quirk
Ken Tanabe is a graphic designer who creates Halloween costumes according to “design rules” as a way to avoid the worn-out Halloween routine of: I paid too much to dress up as a sexy dead version of that person from that thing. Although Tanabe has developed his own Halloween costume style and everyone is encouraged to participate and share. I asked Tanabe to tell us more about them. What inspired you to make these costumes?
I wanted to reverse the patterns that make Hallowee
With Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) and the Americanized version, Halloween, approaching, we dug into the archives to bring you Susan N. Masuoka’s Joking with Death article from 1984. Learn about the cultural significance of skull design, skeletons and death motifs in Mexico. Joking with Death By Susan N. Masuoka Elegantly dressed dancing skeletons and pyramid stacks of skulls are not part of most people’s daily visual vocabulary. In Mexico, however, such motifs are
Entertaining gallery from Letterology of vintage book illustrations, packaging, comic book covers and this, an 1860 clipper ship card for a ship called the Witchcraft. #vintage #illustration #typography #witch #halloween #Gallery
In honor of Halloween, which is, as far as I’m concerned, starting tonight and continuing until I am a dried up, dirty skin on Monday morning, here be monsters! This gorgeous little alphabet comes to us courtesy of the lovely and talented Heather-Lynn Aquino of Las Vegas, currently studying at my own fondly-remembered SCAD in Savannah. Her work has a delicate surrealism to it, sometimes accompanied by a lovely evening light in watercolors. Interestingly, the childlike joy wor