Welcome to mcbess
, a land of odd illustrations
in black and white*, something of a dark and dingy take on Merry Melodies
, where the men are bearded
, and the ladies are toothy, busty (and often topless, in a vaguely NSFW cartoony way)
. There are also some large-scale illustrations
with all those elements, and more. Matthieu Bessudo, aka mcbess, is also in a band, The Dead Pirates
, and his art and music met with the video Wood
(Vimeo; also on YouTube
; more info here
). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jan 28, 2013 -
The Charles Addams Mother Goose
Three blind mice, see how they run!
They all ran after the farmer’s wife,
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife.
Did you ever see such a sight in your life
As three blind mice?
Charles Addams, longtime New Yorker
cartoonist illustrates the nursery rhymes of Mother Goose.
posted by caddis
on Jan 8, 2013 -
The NYT Book Review
just named it one of the 5 best fiction books of the year
. The AV Club helpfully posted a video
to show you what happens when you open it. Actually, lots of folks posted videos
to show you what happens when you open it. Other folks raved in print about the author and his career
. The Comics Journal asked a dozen critics of the author's work
to send in reviews; this one
focuses on the role of disability in the narrative. This one
notes the book "is in a very primary sense a comic about women and the private lives they lead, and it investigates more fully than any other comic I have ever read the way they age, fall in love, explore their sexuality, come to terms with compromises they’ve had to make as they’ve grown, accept their limitations, confront squandered ability, have children (or choose not to have children), marry (or stay single), and make sense of the world around them." You might find Chris Ware's Building Stories
worth a look or two. Or fourteen. [more inside]
posted by mediareport
on Dec 19, 2012 -
Pen & Oink
Pen & Oink is a blog featuring modern and classic picture books, and interviews with children's book illustrators-- including lots of great images of their work and process. And there's some awesome doodles of pigs. [via mefi projects
posted by moonmilk
on Dec 13, 2012 -
In [a series of notes to Noel Moore, the oft-sickly son of her former governess], Potter punctuates her words with small, sweet illustrations: 'I have come a very long way in a puff-puff …' (next to a train), a straightforward, 'Here are some rabbits throwing snow balls,' and, of course, Peter’s debut in a special dispatch from 1893.
- Beatrix Potter’s Picture Letters, The Birthplace Of Peter Rabbit [more inside]
posted by SugarAndSass
on Sep 10, 2012 -
Dog House Diaries
— we know that web-comics are where all the money and fame is at and we want a piece. It was obvious that in order to be successful in this biz, you need to be good with humor, drawing, math and computers. Well we kick some serious butt at drawing and math so we figured 2 out of 3 wasn’t bad.
posted by netbros
on Aug 16, 2012 -
In 1891 author and lecturer ”Max O’Rell
” (being the pen name of one Léon Paul Blouet) published an amusing account of his travels through the States and Eastern Canada - "A Frenchman In America
" - that, along with the charming illustrations, reflect on then popular national stereotypes and character and is presented on Project Gutenberg in its entirely. (via
posted by The Whelk
on Jul 7, 2012 -
Trees of Life: A Visual History of Evolution Trees of Life: A Visual History of Evolution catalogs 230 tree-like branching diagrams, culled from 450 years of mankind’s visual curiosity about the living world and our quest to understand the complex ecosystem we share with other organisms, from bacteria to birds, microbes to mammals.
(More trees are visible at the Google Books site
posted by OmieWise
on May 31, 2012 -
Book illustrator Leo Dillon, who in partnership with his wife Diane Dillon, illustrated and did the covers for many of your favourite childrens' books, has passed away
on May 26th. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse
on May 29, 2012 -
In 1919, everyone wanted a copy of the deluxe edition of Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination, but not because it was bound in vellum with real gold lettering. It was because of these grim and gorgeous illustrations by Harry Clarke
, which added an extra dose of horror to Poe's already terrifying tales.
Tales of Mystery and Imagination, which collects many of Poe's most enduring horror stories, including "The Masque Of The Red Death," "The Pit And The Pendulum," "The Telltale Heart,"
and "The Fall Of The House Of Usher,"
was actually first collected and published in 1908, nearly 60 years after Poe's death. This edition was published by George Harrap & Co., and included 24-full page illustrations by Clarke
. Even though the volume cost five guineas (somewhere in the neighborhood of $300 US), it was much in demand and made Clarke's reputation as an illustrator. It's easy to see why, with these gorgeous renditions of often gruesome subjects.
See all 24 illustrations here
posted by Lou Stuells
on May 10, 2012 -
James William Buel was a journalist, author, and editor
, who was born in 1849 in Golconda, Illinois, and died in 1920 in San Diego, California. In his life, he traveled the world, writing and illustrating adventure tales about the wilds of Africa and the American West, and other exciting parts of the world. Many of his books are on Archive.org
, ranging from America's Wonderlands, as delineated by pen and camera
and Mysteries and Miseries of America's Great Cities, embracing New York, Washington City, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and New Orleans
; to Russian Nihilism and Exile Life in Siberia, with over 200 splendid engravings
, and Sea and Land
[microform] : an illustrated history of the wonderful and curious things of nature existing before and since the deluge
(including a great number of creatures who apparently found joy in terrorizing and devouring people
posted by filthy light thief
on May 3, 2012 -
The Art of Pho
by award-winning British illustrator and animator Julian Hanshaw is a moving and surreal story in interactive animation about a creature named Little Blue and his relationship with Ho Chi Minh City. In Vietnam's bustling capital Little Blue learns to master the art of making Pho - Vietnam's ubiquitous national noodle dish. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Apr 16, 2012 -