Category Archives: Advertising

Diseases are sexy (but so are the cures)

In order to raise awareness about diseases with young people and pop culture fans, in 2019 the Taiwan Centre for Disease Control asked a number of local comic artists and illustrators to contribute to a calendar that featured personifications of … Continue reading

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Well-oiled Smurfs

During the late 1970s, when oil was still “hot”, the Smurfs were called upon by BP to promote a lot of their products. Some of the material seems to have been the result of a blind tracing experiment, some of … Continue reading

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Droptella

Kids love fruity candy. The Dutch love licorice. So if you are confectionary maker Van Melle and have a quite popular fruity chewy product, why not branch out and make a licoricy chewy counterpart? The result, Droptella, didn’t live long … Continue reading

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X-ray speech bubble

It would seem that the speech bubble has totally fallen from grace in adland. I had to go all the way back to July, 2020 on Ads of the World to find one, and it’s a problematic one at that.  … Continue reading

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Dan Clowes loves Apple

Before they went into smartphones and tablets and whatnot and became a global media company, Apple liked to cater for what may be called the creative industry. And so they created ads with representatives from said creative industry to promote … Continue reading

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Savignac for Bic

While browsing through a (virtual) pile of old Spirou magazines, I came across these advertisements by the great Raymond Savignac for the next generation Bic ballpoint pen in 1961.  These ads speak to me for various reasons, all somehow related … Continue reading

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Shooting is Fun

In adition to creating The Spirit, which ran for decades in its own syndicated newspaper supplement, and, arguably, inventing the modern graphic novel (or at least the term), Will Eisner was also well known for his contributions to PS Magazine, … Continue reading

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Whither inspiration?

We’ve only gotten as far as January 6, and I’m already running out of steam a little. What to present so as to keep you interested? Thankfully, Facebook has this wonderful “memories” feature, that presented me with this little ditty … Continue reading

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A Quick One?

“How about a quick one?” — it’s quite easy for this double entendre to be misinterpreted. But poor little Troll in this ad for Belgian craft beer Cuvée Des Trolls ends up getting his wish, in a way. (From a … Continue reading

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No, it’s your frame of reference.

While thrawling through my feeds earlier today, I came across this visual from a campaign for Sanofi Pasteur about the dangers of whooping cough. It’s probably just how my mind works, and how decades of Tintin have shaped my thinking, … Continue reading

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