News, Views and Oddities, where we link to various bits and bobs which have grabbed our attention, encompassing comics, books, illustration, design and film. Clicking fingers at the ready.
Hayao Miyazaki’s advice on how to use transparent watercolors, taken from the Ghibli Museum Sketching Set booklet.
Kenny mentioned Hellen Jo to me the other day, which triggered this reminder: Jim and Jam is now available to read for free here. Feast your eyes on that.
Remember DC’s Solo series? Featuring the works of Paul Pope, TimeSale, Mike Allred, Darwyn Cooke, Howard Chaykin and others, in stories that allowed them to use DC characters and write pretty much whatever they wanted? Well, I haven’t read news of this elsewhere yet, but accessing a certain site shows a deluxe, collected, 500+ page hardback apparently due to hit stores this summer. Of course, this is just when I bit the bullet and bought most of the issues on ebay. *le sigh*
The ubiqtious ‘surely everyone’s seen it already’ link for today: a fantastic Doctor Who/Edward Gorey mash-up by deviantArt user EatToast.
The fabulous Eleanor Davis, freshly minted Society of Illustrators gold medallist, now has a tumblr. You should follow it.
Robot 6 have a preview of Warwick Johnson Cadwell and Robert Ball’s upcoming new project, Dangeritis. You can follow the fellas’ process over on their Dangeritis tumblr, which includes, previews, inspiration pictures, dodgy haircuts and a lot more.
I have soft spots for both Alien films and storyboards, and look- Alien storyboard.
Ah, you wait ages for a Super Antics and then two come along at once. This one features the tale of how Batman got that T-Rex in the Bat-cave.
David O’Connell on the agonies of being a famous author.
If you have a couple of hours, Fantagraphics have now released their 2013 Spring/Fall catalogue and it’s a read in itself, packed with great art, previews and recommendations.
Comic-themed design has to be done just right to work. This Batman bookshelf is petty cool, but I’d have to rule it out due to the messily stacked books.
This made me think of how we take our ability to enjoy comics for granted: Peanuts in Braille.
Neil Gaiman’s incredibly inspiring ‘Make Good Art’ speech delivered at Philadelphia’s the University of the Arts last May is to be made into a book, designed by Chip Kidd. That sounds like a thing worth having.