Master Masterpieces of Poster Art

Martijn F. Le Coultre, a Dutch notary who is among the leading poster collectors in his native Holland and the world, started collecting posters over 35 years ago because, he says, “I just fell in love with them.” His focus went towards posters with a cultural or historic impact. He realized that product posters tell...

Coming Soon: Movie Posters for Those Films Inside Our Heads

Attention dedicated film buffs: have you seen Saul Bass’s other sci-fi feature, Rendezvous with Rama? How about Luis Bunuel’s supernatural Las Fotografias? Or that low-budget thriller by Alfred Hitchcock’s nephew, Oh Shit, Bees!?Of course you haven’t. They only exist in print form, as part of “Coming Soon,” an L.A. exhibition of designs for imaginary movie...

The Mandela Poster Project

Rolihlahla Mandela was born into the Madiba clan in 1918 in Transkei, South Africa; was given the Christian name Nelson by his white teachers; became a student activist against the country’s apartheid laws that segregated people by color and oppressed blacks; co-established the country’s first black law firm; planned a national strike; was tried for...

Taking Comics Seriously: for Insight, Inspiration, and Creative Transformation

Next week’s San Diego Comic-Con started touting its movie and TV show programming: AMC’s Breaking Bad! BBC/PBS’s Sherlock! Woot! Also as usual, there’ll be plenty of activities for designers who are tuned into comics. Regular Imprint readers may already know that Peter Kuper, Arlen Schumer, Craig Yoe, and Eliza Frye are among the hundreds of...

Howard Chaykin on his lewd, depraved, banned graphic novels

The trouble started with Diamond, America’s largest comic book distributor. Back in August, they wouldn’t ship Howard Chaykin’s six issues of Black Kiss II to retailers in Canada and the UK due to customs regulations concerns. Now ComiXology, comics’ leading digital distribution platform, won’t sell either that series or the book version of the original...

Soviet Revolution Italian Style

Carlo Miccio is an Italian artist / designer whose recent series, Propaganda, is made of digitally manipulated Soviet propaganda posters, where the original texts have been changed into new slogans (recalling Micha Wright) inviting the masses to fall in love, to search for wisdom in sex / eros, and believe beauty is revolutionary.The idea, he...

How About a Project a Week

Jon Newman was raised in a suburban town just outside of Philadelphia. His first interaction with art was watching cartoons. “I loved them and started to recreate everything I saw on screen to paper.” Growing up, he always thought he was going to study animation when he got to college, but realized that he didn’t...

Peter Kuper: Drawn to an International Comic Art Career

Peter Kuper’s seen it all. And he wants us to see it, too. So he draws it for us. His visits to Latin America, the Middle East, and beyond have been providing him with perspective and inspiration for World War 3 Illustrated – America’s longest-running radical comic book anthology, since 1980. His various comics autobiographies...

Words – and Images – on Ed Fella

Ed Fella’s AIGA Medalist profile sums him up succinctly: He’s “one of the most influential designers of the last quarter century.” And now he’s retiring. But having been friends since I first interviewed him for Emigre back in 1993, I figure that “retire” will be more like a change of treads, appropriate for a man...

Robert Andrew Parker on Life and Illustration

We see deeply disturbing images in dark, murky colors: guns pointing at heads, children strung up by their feet, abandoned eyeglasses lying twisted in a void. Eventually, we come to a factory billowing smoke: the crematorium at Auschwitz. They’re from a series of 20 hand-colored etchings, titled “German Humor.” And they’re by Robert Andrew Parker,...