Author Archives: Wim Lockefeer

Bianca Bagnarelli on the Havana Syndrome

Italian cartoonist and illustrator Bianca Bagnarelli created this brilliant piece for an article in the November 18 issue of the New Yorker on the Havana Syndrome, the mysterious case when numerous people working in the American embassy in Cuba suddenly became … Continue reading

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Sunday Evening Special – Júníus Meyvant

Thank God for playlists, offering me (and the rest of us) some kind of brilliance at least every so often. This soul god hails from Iceland, and he makes me very happy. (this post goes out one day late, but … Continue reading

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Sunday Evening Special – Whispering Sons

There is a kind of music that has been with me for more than three decades and that I always turn to from whatever fad I’ve been into at any time. I’ve heard it in several regenerations, from The Stranglers, … Continue reading

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Sunday Evening Special – Hiss Golden Messenger

If you’ve been following this blog for longer, you’ll have noticed that I’ve been floundering for a couple of years now. I guess part of hitting middle age is you start questioning the things you’ve been investing time in, and … Continue reading

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The 1918 Influenza pandemic remembered

Ten years ago, David Lasky created a comic book about the great influenza pandemic of 1918 for the King County public health department. Now, on the occasion of the centennial of that disease that swept the world, Lasky rejoined collaborator Meredith … Continue reading

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Forgive me father, for I have sinned…

It’s been more than three months since my last post, and even then my output was at best sketchy. But on my daily walk today, the Holy Spirit Of Blogging came over me again, and I could not help but … Continue reading

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North Star Fading zooms indefinitely

Comics are about storytelling with images in sequence, which is translated traditionally in rows of images that are read side by side, one after the other. North Star Fading by British cartoonist and illustrator Karrie Fransman shows that you can also … Continue reading

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Bad news or good intentions

When I first saw this print ad by Brazilian agency Box for the government of Boias in central Brazil, I was imagining some high drama in Popeye’s life. Did Olive just tell him that she’d made up her mind and … Continue reading

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Explain this, but without words

Sequential images are used for instruction purpose quite regularly across all kinds of consumer goods. The most outstanding example would be the Ikea instruction inserts which, contrary to popular lore, are extremely clear and helpful if you have even a … Continue reading

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Lettering! Fonts! Starkings!

Comic geekdom doesn’t get a lot more ephemeral than when it’s focused on what’s basically meant to remain unnoticed: the way balloons and captions are lettered. This short (all too short, actually) video covers the evolution of (American) comic book … Continue reading

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