The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

November 11, 2016
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The Wall

Bob Staake for The New Yorker. 

August 12, 2015
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Françoise Mouly: No House Style

It’s Nice That has a great interview with the remarkable Françoise Mouly, co-founder of comics anthology Raw, editorial director of TOON Books, and, of course, art editor at The New Yorker: “One of the things we had at Raw which I … Continue reading

April 16, 2015
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Françoise Mouly on Voice

Grace Bello interviews the always interesting Françoise Mouly, art director of The New Yorker and founder of Toon Books, for Guernica: I know what I respond to is a voice. A voice is not just a stylistic thing, but it … Continue reading

March 17, 2014
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Françoise Mouly on TOON Books

At Mutha Magazine, Meg Lemke talks to Françoise Mouly, Art Editor of The New Yorker and co-founder of RAW magazine, about TOON Books, her line of comics for kids: When I go to schools, even in very impoverished school districts, … Continue reading

December 2, 2013
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Françoise Mouly and the One-Image Narrative

R. Fiore reviews In Love With Art, Jeet Heer’s shory book on Françoise Mouly, for The Comics Journal: At this point is there any more important editor in periodical illustration than Françoise Mouly? With so many erstwhile venues for illustration … Continue reading

November 22, 2013
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Françoise Mouly: “Can I just show you, and not have to tell?”

At the L.A. Review of Books Sarah Boxer interviews Françoise Mouly, art editor of The New Yorker and the editorial director of Toon Books: At RAW, I felt I was the advocate for white space. There’s a certain kind of comic esthetic that is … Continue reading

November 4, 2013
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Jeet Heer: In Love With Art and The Superhero Reader

At the Comics Reporter, Jeet Heer discusses his two recent books on comics, The Superhero Reader edited with Charles Hatfield and Kent Worcester, and In Love With Art: Françoise Mouly’s Adventures in Comics with Art Spiegelman, with Tom Spurgeon:  Strange to … Continue reading

September 13, 2013
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Françoise Mouly: In Love With Art

Jeet Heer discusses the work Françoise Mouly and his new book, In Love With Art: Françoise Mouly’s Adventures in Comics with Art Spiegelman, with Dave Berry at The National Post: She’s open to the wider world in a way that was very … Continue reading

May 24, 2013
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Françoise Mouly: In the Service of What the Artist is Saying

In a follow up to his short Q & A with Françoise Mouly and her partner Art Spiegelman for the National Post, David Balzer has a fascinating full-length interview with Mouly, publisher of Toon Books and art editor of the New Yorker, at Hazlitt: I … Continue reading

May 17, 2013
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Something for the Weekend

They Call it Madness — Jess Nevins  reviews the H.P. Lovecraft collection The Classic Horror Stories for the L.A. Review of Books: Lovecraft was not the best of his era in any of the genres he wrote in. Clark Ashton Smith … Continue reading

August 8, 2012
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Midweek Miscellany

A few remembrances of art critic Robert Hughes, author of The Shock of the New, Nothing If Not Critical and Things I Didn’t Know among others, who died earlier this week aged 74… Maria Bustillos for The Awl: “The Shock of … Continue reading

May 22, 2012
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Francoise Mouly on WNYC

Françoise Mouly, co-founder of RAW magazine and art editor at The New Yorker, talks about her book Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See with Leonard Lopate on WNYC: WNYC: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to … Continue reading

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