Alison Bechdel Howard Cruse Chip Kidd Mocca Festival 2014

Meet Alison Bechdel and Howard Cruse at a special pre-MoCCA reception hosted by Chip Kidd on April 4th, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. This cocktail reception is hosted at Chip's apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side, where you'll be able to view his incredible collection of original art from the likes of Chris Ware, Alex Ross, Frank Quitely and many others. Bechdel and Cruse are guests of honor at the MoCCA Arts Festival, presented by the Society of Illustrators on the weekend of April 5 and 6. This intimate gathering is limited to only 20 people. Tickets are $100 for CBLDF Members, $150 for non-members. Get your tickets here.

Alison Bechdel is an award-winning cartoonist best known for her long-running comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. In 2006, Bechdel published Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, an autobiographical graphic memoir chronicling her childhood and relationship with her closeted bisexual father following his death. Fun Home was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist and was named Best Book of 2006 by Time Magazine. A second graphic memoir, Are You My Mother: A Comic Drama, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in May 2012.

Howard Cruse first became known in the 1970s with his contributions to underground comix publications. In 1979 he began editing Gay Comix anthology series, featuring work by openly gay and lesbian cartoonists, and in the 1980s went on to create Wendel, a strip about a gay man, his lover Ollie, and a cast of quirky surrounding characters, which appeared regularly in The Advocate. During the 1990s Cruse worked on the award-winning graphic novel Stuck Rubber Baby, published by DC Comics imprint Paradox Press. Since then, Cruse has published numerous titles including Wendel All Together, The Swimmer with a Rope in His Teeth(written by Jeanne E. Shaffer), From Headrack To Claude, Felix's Friends, and more.

MAD MEN TV Show Poster by Milton Glaser

Here’s a quick post to share a few wonderful images of the MAD MEN promo poster created by designer Milton Glaser. The show’s final season starts next month on April 13th and to celebrate AMC hired Mr. Glaser to create an iconic image for that era. Wow, it’s amazing!Down below is another example in an ad banner format and then a cool photo of Milton Glaser (pictured on the left side) with an Executive from AMC TV.


Mad Men AMC TV Milton Glaser Poster Ad

Milton Glaser MAD MEN TV Show Poster

Seattle Arts 2014 Chip Kidd Chris Ware Lecture Poster

Advance tickets for this event are SOLD OUT. Stand-by tickets will be available at the door starting at 7:15pm.

Chip Kidd is a renowned graphic designer and associate art director at Alfred A. Knopf, lauded for revolutionizing book design, and for his iconic illustrations such as the T. rex image he designed for Jurassic Park.

Chris Ware is a comic-book artist and cartoonist, notable for his Acme Novelty Library series (published by Fantagraphics Books) and the graphic novels Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth, and last year's Eisner Award Winning Graphic Novel, Building Stories.

Presented by: Seattle Arts & Lectures as part of its Literary/Arts Series.
Tickets: Season subscriptions are on sale now.Single tickets are $15 general/$50 Grand Patron/$35 Patron/$5 students, at 206/621-2230, or at the door.

For more information please CLICK HERE.

Design Matters with Debbie Millman Shepard Fairey Art Artist Podcast Interview

Debbie Millman is the president of the design division at Sterling Brands. She is also President Emeritus of AIGA, a contributing editor to Print Magazine, and chair of the School of Visual Arts’ master’s program in Branding. In 2005, she began hosting the podcast show, DESIGN MATTERS.

In a recent "Design Matters" broadcast, Debbie interviewed Shepard Fairey. He is a designer, illustrator and author of Supply and Demand: The Art of Shepard Fairey and Shepard Fairey: Post No Bills. He created the ultra-iconic Barrack Obama “Hope” Campaign Poster but is mostly known as a graphic designer for his image of “Obey Giant” (pictured in the graphic up above, on the lower far-left side). He’s a street artist, ex-skateboard punker, and a rebel.
Here is their discussion down below, enjoy:


To HEAR MORE talks with innovative thinkers and designers just click here, DESIGN MATTERS.


Dave Taylor Comic Book Artist Batman Death By Design DC Comics

Marc Kleinhenz, a Writer/Reporter over at the Huffington Post BOOKS BLOG, has been writing a very excellent on-going article series titled “Creating the Bat”. Basically, he interviews many Artists and Writers who have worked on the Batman character over the years. In “Creating the Bat # 9″ he talked with the Comic Book creator Dave Taylor. Dave, as you should know, was the official artist for the Batman graphic Novel, Batman: Death By Design (DC Comics), which was written by Chip Kidd.

Marc threw some very though-provoking questions out at Dave Taylor and his answers are both insightful and clever. Seriously, it’s a great article! So, if you’re a fan of THE BAT-MAN then please check it out, just CLICK HERE!

93rd Annual Awards of Art + Craft in Advertising and Design

The call for entries to this year’s 93rd Annual Awards of Art + Craft in Advertising and Design has been extended from January 17th to January 24th, 2014. Hey, this gives YOU plenty of extra time to submit YOUR work.

We would also like to mention that Chip Kidd will be one of the Judges. So, please enter today! For more information, just CLICK HERE!


93rd Annual Awards of Art + Craft in Advertising and Design

Chip Kidd Book Author Quote

OK, in all seriousness, we gotta say that we’re totally honored to be included at Kate Gavino’s LAST NIGHT’S READING Tumblr Page. What is this website and what does she do? Kate visits local book lectures and signings located in New York City and then she does a sketch of the Author she saw at the event and she also includes a famous quote she heard from that person. Awhile back, she saw Chip Kidd at a book event held at the McNally Jackson Bookstore. This was for the release of the latest copy of Vintage Magazine. So, this is what she drew… it ROCKS!!

To see more of her wonderful (and very original) artwork, just CLICK HERE!


Kim Deitch Original Art Waldo The Cat

We’re pleased to announce that KIM DEITCH will be having an exhibit of his original comic book art at the SCOTT EDER GALLERY on December 6th, 2013. The show starts at 6:00pm. The gallery is located in Brooklyn, NY, so if you live close by then you need to check it out. I mean, Kim Deitch is an Underground Comix Legend!

The show will include artwork from his latest graphic novel, “Katherine Whaley”, and will also include previous works including his famous cat, Waldo! In addition to the original art they will also have Silkscreen Prints, T-Shirts, and Signed Books. It’s an event you will not want to miss!

For more information, just CLICK HERE!

Scott Eder Gallery
18 Bridge Street
Brooklyn, NY.


The Art of SETH David Rakoff Book Cover

If you happen to live anywhere near Toronto, Ontario, Canada then, over the next few weeks, you need to swing by a magical place called “The Beguiling Books & Art” Store. Our good friend Seth, cartoonist extraordinaire, is having a major art exhibit with all of the original artwork from the recently released novel: Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, by David Rakoff (Doubleday Books). It's a gorgeous collection of portraits and incidental works, including the very lovely color painting that Chip Kidd used to design the book’s cover (shown down below).

The artwork will hang through the month of September. We hope you get a chance to see it. For more INFO, Click Here!

The Beguiling Books and Art
601 Markham Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M6G 2L7
Phone: (416) 533-9168

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Mon-Tue: 11-7, Wed: 11-9,
Thu: 11-7, Fri: 11-9, Sat: 11-7, Sun: 12-6

Cover David Rakoff LOVE DISHONOR MARRY DIE PERISH Novel Chip kidd design


How Artists get paid

Cartoonist Melanie Gillman just created this hilarious comic strip that shares a major fact of life for Creative People. It’s funny… because it’s true.