Category Archives: Comics

The anti-Valentine

In order to give some counterbalance to the annual smooch fest that is Valentine’s Day, cartoonist Liana Finck presented this impression of Out of Africa writer Karen Blixen’s love life in the New York Times. Once more Finck proves herself … 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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Original and clear signage? Call Joost Swarte

What do you do when you visit a museum that’s full to the brim with artwork by your all time favorite artist? You admire the signage for toilets, wardrobes and the like. When the Musée Hergé in Louvain-La-Neuve opened its … Continue reading

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Moebius for Maxwell House Coffee

This illustration is one of a series created by French comics genius Moebius (né Jean Giraud) for Maxwell House coffee. Continue reading

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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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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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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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