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Quotes, Part Two

I’ve always been a quote-collector. Scribblin’ ’em down, trying to figure out if they are useable in any way, inevitably doing nothing but cutting & pasting them into WordPress. I gathered a batch together for a blog post last year, and it appears that I’ve backlogged another big pile of ’em. So here they are. Read them. Continue reading

The Blade Runner Sketchbook

A bunch of illustration geeks have been psyched to see some of Syd Mead’s long-out-of-print work find its way onto the internet in the past week or two. The Blade Runner Sketchbook came out in ’82 and includes a bunch of awesome shit you’ll recognize from the movie, some stuff that got changed around a bit during the set-building and costume designing phases of production, and some weird shit that was never in the movie at all, like Continue reading

Charles M. Schulz

“It is difficult to talk about what I do, because I do it so I don’t have to talk about it.” – C.M.S.

Today would have been Charles Schulz’s 89th birthday. An opportune day for me to jot down a little something, I guess, because I’ve just finished reading Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography and I’m currently halfway through re-reading Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz. I don’t claim to be a big fan of many people, but I suppose Mr. Schulz (I can not bring myself to refer to an adult as “Sparky”) counts as one of ’em. Continue reading

Typeface: Classic Typography for Contemporary Design (2009)

Here’s a book that I’ve got a piece in (I’m told the cover of Broken Lines. Thanks, Adam!). I signed release papers for it way back in 2008 and I guess it was released in July 2009 under a different name, but no one told me, and by then I’d completely forgotten about it anyway. A Note To Publishers: It seems to me that notifying contributors that a book they’ve contributed to has been published would be a great way to get some word-of-mouth marketing. Another handy idea: Free contributor copies. They’re worth it!

UPDATE: I just was perusin’ at Barnes and Noble and discovered that not only is the book still available, it’s still a whopping $45, and I have four pieces in it. So Wooo-hooo to that. The work included is the cover of Broken Lines, my Stereolab poster, my Mission Of Burma poster, and my CD cover design for Ricky Lee Robinson’s Secret Love Tricks. The book also contains some nice work from strawberryluna and Jason Munn of The Small Stakes, among many others.

50 Books I Haven’t Read Yet

Since I’ve had shelves to put books on, I’ve had a section set aside for recently-purchased titles. My ‘New Arrivals,’ if you will. But since we bought this house and I built these bookcases, the To-Be-Read section has grown to take up an entire shelf (plus a little more). I just really haven’t been reading as much as I used to. I wish I could blame the internet or something, but that dog don’t hunt. I’ve just been going to sleep faster. Continue reading

MEME: Authors Who Have Had The Most Influence On You

The Rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen authors (poets included) who’ve influenced you and will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Tag at least fifteen friends, including me, because I’m interested in seeing what authors my friends choose. (To do this, go to your Notes tab on your profile page, paste rules in a new note, cast your fifteen picks, and tag people in the note.) Continue reading

Book Covers That I Think Are Really Nice

MIDDLESEX Cover design by Henry Sene Yee, Cover illustration by Olga Grlic, published by PicadorI haven’t read this book yet, but I look at it every time I end up perusing Barnes and Noble. The black and white/matte finish is classy.Hell, even the gold-embossed Pulitzer badge – something usually slapped on long after the cover has been completed – looks great. The mix of photographic smoke-as-water combined with flat silhouette figures is awesome. The implication of cool naked chicks hanging around being naked while smoking cigarettes doesn’t hurt anything, either. And now that I’ve read the credits and know the illustrator is named “Olga Grlic”, well, I’m in love. This is a really nice looking book cover. C’mon!
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