Never imitate the master

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Ever wanted to follow in Calvin and Hobbes’ footsteps? Truman and Oscar, by far the most endearing characters from Frank Cho‘s Liberty Meadows, try just that in this strip that Cho created as an incentive for his Kickstarter project, “Drawing beautiful women”.

As much as I like Liberty Meadows, and admire Frank Cho as an artist in the tradition of Hal Foster and Burne Hogarth, I can’t help but see a, probably unintentional, self-deprecating “Don’t imitate the master” here. Which, in my opinion, makes this strip even greater, and probably one of the best laudatios to that late, great comic strip that was Calvin and Hobbes.

(Calvin & Hobbes © Bill Watterson; Liberty Meadows © Frank Cho)

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Baeken lights the book signal

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Every year in November the Boekenbeurs, the biggest book fair in the Dutch-speaking part of the world, is held in Antwerp. For this year’s edition, the organisers commissioned a poster and a general brand image from Flemish illustrator and cartoonist Serge Baeken. And leave it to Baeken to make sure that comics are not only in the spotlight on their special focus days, but shine a light over the whole fair. After all, how else can you interpret his Book Signal, which immediately brings to mind the signal that shines over Gotham?

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Swarte chocolate coins

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The Dutch city of Gouda has a library / cultural centre with the delicious name, De Chocoladefabriek (or The Chocolate Factory). Illustrator and designer Joost Swarte created five chocolate coins to celebrate the five aspects of this organisation : the library, the local archive, the printing division, study room and cafetaria.

They are only available locally, and I haven’t seen them myself. But the two designs that I was able to track down, at least look delicious.

(via Joost Swarte Blog)

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The thin line between rememberance and attraction

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Leave it to Adrian Tomine to aptly trap any well-thinking individual’s ambivalent views on the 9/11 memorial in New York City on the cover of the July 7th New Yorker magazine. On the one hand, it is an impressive work of art that does the job of remembering those who died on that fateful day on various levels. And at the same time, it’s another attraction for tourists giddy with Big Apple fever that very soon will be populated with guys trying to make a fast buck. Maybe it’s all just too soon.

Also, mark how Tomine fits himself in the picture, Hitchcock-style. He even has his name all over himself…

The New Yorker website has an interview with Tomine about the creation of this great image.

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Supergirl is a baker

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Recently Flemish chef extraordinaire Kobe Desramaults opened a new place in Ghent. Superette offers sandwiches and salads that are a little more down to earth than the culinary experiments he presents in his restaurant In De Wulf, but are nevertheless astoundingly delicious.

Superette is also above all the laboratory for baker Sarah Lemke, who came from the US to complement Desramaults’ palette of tastes with honest, old-fashioned, tasty bread, the fruit of locally resourced ingredients, a traditional wood oven and a lot of passion. She is Supergirl with a baker’s apron, and so Superette’s bread bags proudly sport an image of the girl from Krypton holding a baker’s peel. Why she’s astride a giant wild boar, I’m not really sure.

(And with that we are picking up with the blog where we left it some two months ago. Our apologies if we kept you waiting; things have been quite hectic at our end. Thanks for coming back to see if somehow we had managed to post something new. We won’t let you down ;-)

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All the wrong questions, with the right pictures

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Apparently Lemony Snickett is doing a new series of books, and nobody told me. They’re called All The Wrong Questions, and each book indeed asks a, well, wrong question.

I remember reading the Series of Unfortunate Events books for my kids, and liking it more than them. And with Seth doing the covers and interior illustration (not to mention the website) I have the feeling I’ll like these too. There have been three books so far, and a fourth one is planned in the fall.

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Garfield = orange

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In comics, colors are iconic – characters are instantly recognizable based on their color, even if their shape has been largely removed from the image. So it is no surprise that this idea is used in ad campaigns for brands of dyes, paints and other color products. Comex did it with the Smurfs and the Pink Panther, and Pantone presents its patented color coding scheme with Garfield and assorted Muppets.

(via Adevee)

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