Paul Hornschemeier contributed this haunting image for an opinion piece on the possible demise of the alternative weeklies, in the March 4, 2014 issue of the New York Times
35 years after they included mini-comics featuring DC heroes in their cereal boxes, General Mills have once again opened the lid for the Justice League. Four exclusive books will be included in assorted cereal brands (and a fifth one exclusively in Target boxes), each containing the first part of a story featuring Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman and all the other League members. For the second part of the story, a special website has been launched, which is available for all.
The cool part (besides the fact that Dan Jurgens is on board)? The promotional material sent out by the company’s PR firms, is in comic format. That’s what you call knowing your public.
In November, 1977, High Times magazine published an interview with R. Crumb. Nothing out of the ordinary there : two counterculture legends meeting for a civil heart to heart.
What’s different is that Crumb presented the interview in a six page comic format, which begs the question whether indeed this was not so much an interview by the magazine, as Crumb interviewing himself, and confronting himself with all the self-doubt and obsessions that plagued him around that time.
In any case, it’s a fascinating read, and another great insight in the troubled mind of America’s greatest underground cartoonist.
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Following up on last week’s posts with comics from Spruit #1, I present you the awesome This World Made By You And Me from Spruit #2, created by cartoonist and designer Luc Carlens. I used the version as was reprinted in Ciso Stripgids # 17 in 1978 (which was printed on better paper), hence the page numbers.
New York designer Diego Fonseca created these mockups for Red Bull energy drink cans adorned with the colors of celebrated Justice League members.
I doubt whether these will ever be realised. After all, the Flash already has wings, and the ability to fly is not that rare among JLA regulars. The designs do however clearly show Aquaman’s sad lack of indicia in the chest area.
(via White Zine)
Comics may be a trivial cultural product (if you don’t count derivatives like almost any grossing movie), but at least one of its glyphs seems to have become the predominant image to denote “two-way communication” : the humble balloon. Instead of the WordArt of choice to playfully add “I’m talking to you” to any home-designed leaflet or poster, it now automatically seems to include two-way communication.
And in a way, the balloon has become the default go-to for brand designers and iconographers when they want to express the concept of the Messenger. Which makes Skype either moribundly backwards, or bleeding edge hip.
According to these ads for Melo chicken nuggets, your comfort zone remains in your childhood, whether it’s your heroes, or your comfort food. However, they don’t speak out on a possible causal relation between said comfort food and the guts these middle-aged superheroes sport.
(via Ads of the World)