The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

December 15, 2012
by Dan
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Something for the Weekend

Folklore — Mike Mignola talks about drawing Hellboy again, at ComicsAlliance: I do have a library. Very little of it is leather-bound. The folklore and mythology library, which is in my studio, is pretty tacky looking since it’s all picked … Continue reading

August 3, 2012
by Dan
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Something for the Weekend

Somehow I missed that the second volume of Baltimore came out in June. It will soon be on the ‘to read’ pile along with the new Darwyn Cooke ‘Parker’ book The Score. And just so you have ample advance warning: The … Continue reading

March 6, 2012
by Dan
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New Graphic Classics

Creative director Paul Buckley has posted the covers for the latest Penguin Graphic Classics to his Flickr. The new covers include Heart of Darkness by Hellboy creator (and Optimist hero) Mike Mignola (pictured above) and an absolute belter by Stuart … Continue reading

February 9, 2011
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Midweek Miscellany

Atrocity Exhibition — Rick Poynor on the book covers  and other visual interpretations of J.G. Ballard at Design Observer: The repeated failure of editors, designers and illustrators to engage intellectually with The Atrocity Exhibition is all the more remarkable because … Continue reading

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