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Something for the Weekend, November 6th, 2009


Wild WoodbinesThe Creative Review profiles illustrator Tony Meeuwissen who designed the brilliant cover — based on a pack of cigarettes — for Keith Waterhouse’s Billy Liar pictured above (NB: David the Designer has more on this wonderful cover if you’re interested).

There is an exhibition, Tony Meeuwissen: 50 Years in Illustration and Graphic Art at the Subscriptions Rooms, George Street, Stroud (UK) from December 5th – 19th if you’re in the neighbourhood.

The Wonderful Wizards of Lodz — Vintage Polish kid’s books at A Journey Round My Skull.

In Praise of Chapbooks — Bryce Milligan, publisher/editor of Wings Press, at Publishing Perspectives:

I do not think that the average reader—no matter how happy he or she is with their voluminous digital libraries on their diminutive screens—will be satisfied to never have access to a true literary artifact, something tangible that connects them to a favorite author. It makes perfect sense that larger printed works violate both our economic and our evolving green sensibilities, but small artifacts of the author may remain a necessity, if only a psychological one.

He’s Just Like Me But >choke< EVIL! — Comics Alliance list their favorite comic book clichés.

Can you put more balloons in your stories?Hark! A Vagrant: comics by K. Beaton (thx Sio):

And also in comics news… 70 Things You Didn’t Know About Marvel in The Times (via largehearted boy‘s Twitter).

Public Gothic — Having already ‘fessed up to slab-serif obsession earlier this week, I might as well tell you that I’m also slightly obsessed with vintage ephemera — especially luggage tags — so I’m very intrigued by this new typeface from Antrepo even though I’ve no idea how I’d use it or been able to download it!

And speaking of typography, ephemera, and luggage tags, take a look at Alistair Hall’s (We Made This) Flickr Set while you’re at it:

And finally…

Barack Obama Names Alan Moore Official White House Biographer:

“As evidenced by his epic run on Swamp Thing #21–64, Moore’s deft hand with both sociopolitical commentary and metaphysical violence makes him an ideal choice to chronicle my time in office”

Oh come on…. It would be awesome.

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