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.

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TAM Tells It With Pictures

tam-tam-marcelo-thiago-silva-david-luiz-print-361498-adeevee In its campaign, Com TAM A Historia E Outra (With Tam It’s A Different Story), Brazilian airline TAM uses a combination of (animated) comics and short video clips featuring star players of its national football team to give prospective customers an idea of their services in times of dire need. I like how various styles are combined, and how subtle animations are used in the transitions between the panels, and in the pictures themselves. Also, the combination of video and cartooning works very well for once.

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Ever Meulen in 3D

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The city where I live played quite an important role in the history of rock music in Belgium, and music festivals in particular. From its inception in 1965 until its demise in 1981, Jazz Bilzen was one of the most important rock festivals on the continent, bringing bands like AC-DC, Deep Purple, the Police, the Damned or the Small Faces to our neck of the woods.

For a long time, Jazz Bilzen worked together with Humo Magazine for the promotion of the festival, which makes for a direct connection between the town and illustration superstar Ever Meulen.

To commemorate the town’s glorious history, a series of sculptures were commissioned based on Meulen’s artwork featuring musicians and performers, the first two of which were presented to the public on midsummer’s eve. They really manage to convey the energy that Ever puts in his artwork, with bright colors and inventive forms. And, as each sculpture features a different character on each side (including one of Ever’s famous Elvises), every sculpture counts as two!

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Great minds think alike (?)

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The picture at the top is an amazing tattoo designed by Russian artist Alina Fokina, as shown on her Facebook page on Decembe 20, 2013. Below is an ad for a brand of safety gloves, created by the Brazilian agency Filadélfia Comunicação in April 2014, as shown on Ads of the World. You be the judge…

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Ever watches the World Cup

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It has been a very long time since Ever Meulen last created the cover for Humo, the magazine in which he published his first illustrations and for which he created some of his most famed imagery. This week though, the wait is over – Ever was asked to create the cover of the issue that coincides with the start of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The illustration has everything you’d want from Ever : skewed perspectives, Magritte-like layering of objectds and many, many little in-jokes. The only thing that mars the picture a little, are the many little titles that seem to have been added by the magazine’s lay-out department hinting at the various features in the issue. But at least they follow the image’s lines and dynamics.

(Illustration © Ever Meulen, Humo © 2013 Humo N.V)

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Thrillers in social times

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This illustration by Jan Van der Veken was published in an article in Vrij Nederland on new thrillers that incorporate Facebook walls, Twitter feeds and other social things of the times.

Illustration © Jan van der Veken

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