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Brecht Evens’s ‘the Making Of’ graphic novel

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By Raymond Biesinger in New Illustration on Tuesday 29 January 2013

I’ve heard that Belgian artist Brecht Evens likes to party. I wonder how he finds enough time to do so given how labour-intensive his graphic novels appear. A lot of comic artists play with black and white, maybe a wash of grey or digital flat colours in firm boxes, while Brecht deploys watercolours, watercolours, and […]

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Iron Curtain: a new social history by Anne Applebaum

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By Raymond Biesinger in New Products on Friday 25 January 2013

If you’d like to read archetypical nightmare design stories, one needs only type in the URL “Clientsfromhell.net” and you’ll find a tonne. If you want to find some unique nightmare design and art stories, though, I’d advise reading Anne Applebaum’s new social history of Stalinist Eastern Europe. In it are tales of dreadful state-artist collaborations, […]

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Retromania: a new book by Simon Reynolds

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By Raymond Biesinger in New Products on Wednesday 23 January 2013

In 2011, Simon Reynolds published an amazing book called Retromania in which he argued that modern society is more obsessed with exploring, repurposing, collage-ing and adoring the recent past than any other society before it. In 1909, the Italian Futurists decided everything made more than five minutes ago needed to be insulted as passe and […]

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Wendy: a comic strip by Montreal artist Walter Scott

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By Raymond Biesinger in New Illustration on Tuesday 22 January 2013

There are two well known people by the name of Walter Scott. One is a Scottish historical novelist; the other is a Montreal-based comic artist whose strip I’ve fallen in love with. It’s called Wendy and it’s all about that very awkward party phase between art school and perhaps becoming an artist, the very same […]

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B&W Illustrations: a book by Raymond Biesinger

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By Raymond Biesinger in New Illustration on Monday 21 January 2013

I have to admit, this is my baby. It’s a 208-page book collecting black and white illustrations I completed between the years 2002 and 2012, and it includes everything from house party flyers to zine covers to pieces for the New York Times and GQ. A theme within it: that we live in a fantastically […]

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Whatever happened to the Convair B-58 Hustler?

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By Raymond Biesinger in New Trends on Thursday 17 January 2013

The Convair B-58 Hustler was the USA’s most sexually frustrated atomic bomber. Designed for speed and height, it was a beautiful thing sporting an innovative delta-wing and lines that still appeal today. It’s a great looking jet, even with a half-its-size bomb strapped to its underside. But just a few years after its introduction in […]

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