We just discovered a really great website recently called the MONKEY ART AWARDS and it’s main focus is celebrating achievement in the entertainment advertising arts and sciences, whew! Another way to put it, it’s a very clever, funny & informative site where they cover ideas relating to Art Direction & Graphic Design.
Here’s an example. Check out these totally hilarious “Vintage Pulp Paperback Book Covers” that anyone in this field can relate too, funny stuff! To enjoy more of their wacky crazy antics please CLICK HERE!
April 24th, 2013
OK, here’s a wacky piece of literary history! Back in 1948, at age t thirteen, a young Elvis Presley checked out “The Courageous Heart: A Life of Andrew Jackson For Young Readers” from his high-school library. In fact, he must have really loved this book because it’s said that he checked it out multiple times! Also, this is the earliest known example of his signature… cool!
April 22nd, 2013
This post is not only for sharing the news about a reallt great book coming out, titled “THE DANIEL CLOWES READER: A Critical Edition of GHOST WORLD And Other Stories, With Essays, Interviews, and Annotations” (Fantagraphics). Whew! Now that’s a title, ha! but this book is already getting great buzz and the other reason for the post is that the Publisher was very generous in supplying a very large preview of the book, which you can read down below. Also, you can pre-order the book RIGHT HERE and save some money too.
The book was edited by Ken Parille. It has 360-pages, full-color, and measures about 7.25″ x 10.25″ (softcover) and will retail for around $24.99. (ISBN # 978-1-60699-589-1). Look for it to hit bookstores around July, 2013.
This landmark collection features ten of Daniel Clowes’s most influential graphic narratives, along with interviews about his career and creative process, and twelve thought-provoking essays by contemporary scholars and critics. Oh yeah, here’s the preview:
Zen Pencils’ NEIL GAIMAN MAKE GOOD ART SPEECH POSTER To Benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF)
April 18th, 2013
Gavin Aung Than is a freelance cartoonist who lives in Melbourne, Australia. He runs a website called ZEN PENCILS where he shares his wonderful art and also sells limited-edition art prints and posters. Shown up above is one such item. This is his “CREATE GOOD ART” Poster which is based on one one his comic strips.
OK, I’m sorry, I’m getting a little way too ahead of myself. Please check out this back story:
Back in May of 2012 Gavin had seen the (now famous) speech of the bestselling author, Neil Gaiman, who delivered a special commencement address at Philadelphia's University of the Arts, in which he shared his thoughts about creativity, bravery, and strength. He encouraged the fledgling painters, musicians, writers, and dreamers to break rules and think outside the box. Most of all, he urged them to “Make Good Art”. Now, after seeing this speech, Gavin was inspired to create a special comic strip quoting a small portion of Gaiman’s address. I mean, the speech was about, “Hey! Go Make some ART”, so he did! You can read that COMIC STRIP by clicking right HERE.
Now, long story short, the comic strip went totally viral and so Gavin decided to contact Neil Gaiman for permission to print the strip as a special poster. Neil gave his blessing, under one condition, that a portion of the purchase price be donated to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF). Hey, no problem! Now we have this wonderful poster I’ve been rambling on about forever, ha!
The poster is available for purchase RIGHT HERE. It is available in a vast multitude of sizes ranging from MINI (10″ X 7″ at $17.00) to X-LARGE (39″ X 28″ at $60.00) with 50% of the purchase price going right to CBLF, whose work fights censorship and saves free speech in America!
Now, we should also mention that Neil Gaiman’s famous speech is being made into a book (unrelated to the comic strip we have been talking about). The book is titled, Neil Gaiman’s MAKE GOOD ART Speech, and was designed by graphic artist Chip Kidd. The book will contain the full text of Gaiman's inspiring speech, all done in a unique clever way. Here’s Neil, holding the book fresh off the press from the Publisher, William Morrow!
Look for the book to hit Bookstores around May 18th, 2013 or you can always pre-order from TFAW (Just CLICK HERE) or from Amazon, link provided down below. Also, if you want to view a High-Def Photo of Chip Kidd’s Book Cover Jacket, then please be sure to visit this site’s GALLERY PAGE.
April 6th, 2013
Yes, the title of this post is kind of confusing but looking at the photos here should explain everything! A Company called STANDARD DESIGNS has released a series of Art Prints where they have made “Book Cover Spines” that are parodies of actual Record Albums originally done by two bands, Joy Division & New Order. Well, they have done other bands too, but who cares!
Just to clarify, the second photo, is not one of the print images but a very close-up detail shot of the 1st photo.
We thought these parodies were wacky, clever, & fun. So, if you do too then please be sure to visit their site for more information & eye candy!
Hey, just CLICK HERE!
April 1st, 2013
We recently discovered a cool blog named CORPUS LIBRIS that has a very fun unique concept. They share photos that people have taken where the picture shows them with a real-life BOOK JACKET COVER very strategically placed in the photo to blend in with their own body. You have seen these before, sometimes they’re really very clever! Well, that website has a ton of them and you could easily spend an hour or two of your time just laughing! Here a few we wanted to share, but for the full effect you need to visit their webpage, so please CLICK HERE!
As an important side-note we should mention that a few of these book covers were designed by Chip Kidd like, Jay McInerney’s THE JUICE and a few Book Covers for Japanese Author, Haruki Murakami.
March 30th, 2013
Here’s a reproduction of a page from a Vintage PEANUTS Comic Strip Paperback Book. It features the character SALLY having the best day of her life. She is so happy she got her new Library Card, ha! Hey, if YOU don’t have one then please hit your local Library and get it now. It will be the greatest thing you ever did.
Here’s a Meme we made for you to share on your favorite social media site like Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Thanks!
March 28th, 2013
Today’s Libraries are about so much more than Books. They are also a place of Community, Teaching, Support, etc.
March 20th, 2013
Check out this totally hilarious photo posted on Twitter by an Artist named Rossetti Rogers. Her Mother actually used a Kindle as a bookmark for a real-life book, ha! The funny thing is that the post went totally viral and has been shared or re-tweeted like crazy!! Go Mom!!