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Love. Chronicle Books had only a dummy of the trade edition at BEA, but the book is out now. (Buy it through Indiebound.)

from the Guardian

from the Guardian

They’ve been doing a lot of nifty slide shows at the Guardian. Here are four recent ones: British Library launches online newspaper archive As you may have guessed, I love this kind of stuff. Unfortunately, the archive website’s not working—at least, for me. I click on links and get nothing but error messages. I’ve written […]

Vanessa Davis, computer whiz and more!

Vanessa Davis, computer whiz and more!

The charming and talented Vanessa Davis has a new comic about past jobs, good and bad, over at Tablet, which is Nextbook’s reconceived, redesigned, and mostly restaffed* online magazine: Vocation, All I Ever wanted! Vanessa’s also, after a long period of dormancy, reorganized and relaunched her own website, Spaniel Rage. With a blog and everything! […]

We love Vanessa Davis so much

at my workplace that we asked her to do a monthly column. The first installment was posted today: Vanessa also did a holiday comic for us that I was too frazzled to blog when it went up: Crispy Christmas.

Do circuit diagrams count?

Do circuit diagrams count?

Yes, folks, once again it’s that magical time of year: only six days until DrawMo! 2008! Who: People of the Internets What: Try to make at least one drawing a day for a month Where: Offline, online, on blogs, on Flickr, wherever When: November 1–30 Why: Because it’s fun To join the DrawMo! group blog, […]

Flash vs. substance

A few weeks ago, Rachel Sugar, one of my coworkers, had an idea—based on a book called Jews and Shoes—to present some illustrated factoids about footwear in Jewish tradition. Staff favorite Vanessa Davis was nominated for the art portion of the project, and I asked if she’d be interested in working on what was then […]

Maira Kalman’s Tel Aviv

Maira Kalman’s Tel Aviv

This here, my friends, is art direction at its finest: I ask an artist I’m all fawny over if she wants to draw something for us, she very kindly says yes, and then I don’t lift another finger (well, except to digitize five gouache paintings, which was a nontrivial task given their size, my mediocre […]

The Week in Pictures

The Week in Pictures

I’ve been on vacation since last Thursday, so I forgot to take screenshots of the glory until yesterday, but for nearly every day in the past week, Nextbook.org has been running stories garnished by illustrations I commissioned. Two are by artists you’ve seen here before—Samantha Hahn and Vanessa Davis—and two are by new! people!—Jonathon Rosen […]

A-lines are always in style

Brainiac Josh Glenn takes issue with Steven Heller’s facile assertion that although “The human leg has evolved continually over many eons, adapting from an underwater propeller to its current form . . . on book covers and on film and theater posters, the leg has evolved very little.” I hate to quibble with the master, […]

Fore-edge books

Fore-edge books

Had you heard of fore-edge paintings? I hadn’t. From Karen at hangingtogether.org: During Merrilee’s and my visit to the Boston Public Library last Friday, Tom Blake and Maura Marx introduced us to the results of the BPL’s digitization of its fore-edge books—books with paintings on their edges that can be viewed only by looking at […]