Archive for the ‘cartoon’ Category
Well, I don’t know about everyone else, but this holiday season has entirely snuck up on me. I barely saw it coming!
To celebrate, here’s a few places where you can read gorgeously illustrated children’s books online, for free. I foresee an afternoon in my future of cuddling up with pumpkin pie, some tea, and these links:
This index has been in my arsenal of inspirational sites for a few years – and it just keeps getting better. The image takes you to the book “The Ladder of Rickety Rungs” which is just lavishly illustrated with moody and mysterious watercolors.
The Digital Library Center: EBIND Digital Collections features another amazing collection of children’s books, though some of the books I reviewed are scanned at too low of a resolution to read comfortably. However, that still leaves the illustrations to view, and there’s a wealth of holiday themed books of all varieties.
Nineteenth Century American Children and What They Read provides a humourous background to an index of early American children’s literature. After digging a little further, I discovered that they have a wonderful collection of ephemera created by children – exercise books, scrapbooks, even magazines.
Lastly, to celebrate abundance and youth and imagination, here’s a fun Little Audrey short from Archive.org:
“Little Audrey makes a gingerbread man, then takes a nap and dreams that the Gingerbread Man goes to cakeland where he tries to marry his sweetheart, Angel Cake. But Devil Food Cake interferes and carries off the bride. Cop Cakes and Animal Crackers come to the rescue.”
Animation by G. Germanetti. Story by Bill Turner and Larry Riley. Scenics by Robert Little. Music by Winston Sharples. Produced in 1950.
every artist has his humble beginning: Mean collects Steven Weissman‘s unpublished, self-published, and rare comics for us to point and laugh at. Look for it and the artist himself at the San Diego Comic-Con this year.
every summer, my wife (flirting above with a tim biskup monster) takes me to the San Diego Comic Convention. if you haven’t been… if you are ANYWHERE nearby… even if you have a complete disinterest in comics… you must go. at least once. to see the supermen with potatoes in their underwear. to be outnumbered by storm troopers. to experience the culture shock of complete immersion in nerdland.
not to mention the fact that many of the best illustrators in the world are there. in real life. signing books. selling weird stuff. smiling. having fun. absolutely willing to make friends… or enact an awkward moment.
penelope encourages us to toot our own horns. so, if you’re in los angeles next week, i hope you will check out my work, my wife’s work, and the work of some of our favorite artists at the Panelists 3 show at Giant Robot 2.
Happy Monday, ifriers!
Are you as perplexed and overwhelmed by the thought of your own marketing materials as I often am? Do you find it difficult to describe who you are and everything you do on a 2″ x 3.5″ double-sided card?
It is a problem I have and it’s a problem I find common amongst other creative folks: how to market yourself effectively, how to create your own identity, how to sell yourself. We do it for other people all the time, creating awesome logos and web pages and letterhead for the less creative. For some reason it’s just really, really hard to do it for ourselves.
So when I stumbled upon this article by artist/designer John T. Unger, about business cards, I was pleased to find creative suggestions I could use. Like, why just have one design, when you can have ten? This can be especially useful if you work in several different styles, or have design or copywriting skills in addition to illustration. Clients can choose the card design that best suits their needs. See John’s below:
And then, don’t you love it when a useful article links you to more and more interesting and fun things (especially on a Monday)? John T. Unger led me to the site of Hugh MacLeod who creates and sells business cards with a cartoon on one side. Customers purchase these in bulk and print their contact info on the blank side. Hugh has found a way to make business cards fun, unpredictable and memorable for himself and others. Which makes me think, “how can I do the same thing, but in my own style?”
I also found this gem on Hugh’s blog, “How to be creative.” Hugh offers 31 suggestions for those who wish to be original, starting with:
1. Ignore everybody.
2. The idea doesn’t have to be big. It just has to change the world.
3. Put the hours in.
4. If your biz plan depends on you suddenly being “discovered” by some big shot, your plan will probably fail.
5. You are responsible for your own experience.
The list goes on and is followed by very insightful explanations of each statement. It’s a good read and it will excite you.
So I guess if you really want to be creative with your business cards, it’s best not to use a variation on Hugh’s business card cartoon idea at all, but rather to reinvent the entire idea of the business card to your own liking. And how fun is that?
As a comics aficionado and an art teacher myself, i frequently tip my hat to James Sturm. The comic book artist, Xerix award winner, and cofounder of the Stranger is also the cofounder and director of The Center for Cartoon Studies. The school, located in White River Junction, Vermont is the only two year cartooning program in America. I’ve been tempted to enroll numerous times because the faculty and the ambitions of the school are so admirable.
I reserve special enthusiasm for Mister Sturm because his passion for cartooning stretches beyond his own work and his passion for teaching predates the school he founded and stretches even farther than his own classrooms. Which proves a maxim that I try to live by: Those who can, do teach.