Wherefore fliest thou, Romeo?


In his inimitable style, R. Sikoryak provides the cover for this year’s Comic Book Theatre Festival brochure. The festival organised by The Brick for the second time coming June. The Beat has the lowdown.


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Domino’s pulls a groaner


Domino’s UK, purveyor of pizzas, thought it would be a good idea to create a comic about how they make their wares as if they were girls getting ready for the summer. After all, bikini season is on its way!

I have never seen so many groaners in one single piece of marketing, starting from the title, A Dough In the Life. The funniest part, in my opinion, are the categories that the post fits into according to the Domino’s content marketing exec  - “All posts, food, funny”. ‘Nuff said; click on at your own risk.

Oh, and the art is by James Iles.

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No superheroes without signal!



These ads for Russian TV carrier Viasat highlight the idea that their subscribers never suddenly lose programs or channels when licencing agreements change, as is often the case with competitors who sometimes tend to carry content “unofficially”. Ironically, though, none of the ads refer to the owners of the properties used, either.

Come to think of it – did they just overlook the one super-hero that actually uses a “signal”?

(via Ads of the World)

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Paris vs New York

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Next This week’s issue of the New Yorker magazine puts the City of Lights vs the City that never sleeps, and asked French cartoonist Charles Berberian, who sees both cities slowly blend into one general taste. His illustrations are top notch, though.

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Of Mice And Mothers


Anders Nilsen illustrated a story in the April 30 issue of the New York Times about the perils of using mice in HIV research. On his own site, he has a colored version of the same strip.

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The Invention Of The Children’s Short

ogalopAccording to this ad from an old French magazine, flexible yet sturdy cotton shorts for children were invented in Africa. When they are a success in Europe and production is moved there, their inventor is officially rewarded by the Président.

This ad was created by O’Galop, or French cartoonist and illustrator Marius Rossillon, one of the pioneers of modern branding and probably best known for Bibendum, the character he created in 1898 for tire manufacturer Michelin (which is still in use today).

I’m not sure whether this kind of imagery is a quaint relic of a forgotten past, or a reminder of how race-based prejudices are ever present, even in a context that seems to be a confirmation of the value of all people to society. Also, the fact that those production plants are located in the East of France instead of some low-wage country is quite ironic.

(from the ever-amazing Agence Euréka)

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A Moral Child



Israeli cartoonist Rutu Modan (Wikipedia link) provided these illustrations for an article on how to promote moral thinking in your children, for the New York Times (April 12, 2014).

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