The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

August 15, 2011
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Grant Morrison | All Things Considered

Author and comics writer Grant Morrison talks about superheroes and his new book Supergods with NPR’s All Things Considered: NPR ALL THINGS CONSIDERED: Grant Morrison Supergods

May 10, 2011
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Chip Kidd at The Comic Archive

Last week I linked to a short video of Chip Kidd talking about growing up with comics. Now, The Comic Archive have posted a few more segments from that interview in which Chip discusses his book design and work in … Continue reading

May 5, 2011
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Chip Kidd, Growing Up With Comics

Chip Kidd, designer, writer, and art director at Knopf, talks about his childhood love of comic books with The Comics Archive:

December 1, 2010
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Midweek Miscellany

I’m something of skeptic when it comes to Nick Hornby (to put it politely) but the “Ministry of Stories” is, despite its Orwellian moniker, clearly a well intentioned venture, and the design of its Hoxton Street Monster Supplies storefront by … Continue reading

October 6, 2010
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Midweek Miscellany

The Man With the Getaway Face — Cartoonist Darwyn Cooke talks The LA Times’ Hero Complex blog about his latest Richard Stark (AKA Donald Westlake) adaptation, The Outfit, released this month: With the first book, I was really trying to … Continue reading

July 30, 2010
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Something for the Weekend

Today is Penguin’s 75th Birthday! Happy Birthday Penguin. Tony Lacey, Publishing Director of Penguin, discusses the Penguin Decades series: And The Guardian interviews Penguin Chief Executive John Makinson, who sounds pretty pleased with himself (Penguin just announced record-breaking half year … Continue reading

June 23, 2010
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Midweek Miscellany

Tom Gauld‘s cover illustration for Death at Intervals by José Saramago, who died last week, aged 87. From The New York Times obituary: [T]he critic James Wood wrote: “José Saramago was both an avant-gardist and a traditionalist. His long blocks … Continue reading

July 20, 2009
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Monday Miscellany, July 20th, 2009

Shelf Life — EMPRNT‘s Bookshelves Flickr Pool. I could look at other people’s bookshelves all day… You Don’t Belong — Lee Bermejo and John Arcudi’s Superman story for DC’s Wednesday Comics is also running in US Today. Two episodes in … Continue reading

April 25, 2009
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Something For The Weekend, April 25th,2009

Comic Shelves by Oscar Nunez for Fusca Design (via The Ephemerist) Goodnight Mechanical Dinosaur — Neil Gaiman on Batman in Wired (via LinkMachineGo): [T]he great thing about Batman and Superman, in truth, is that they are literally transcendent. They are … Continue reading

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