Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Freedom to Vote 2016

Wolfsonian Museum's graphic remix project, Thoughts on Democracy: Freedom to Vote 2016, co-curated by Steven Heller with Wolfsonian's Ian Rand and Meg Floryan.
I was among four designers selected to create a poster.
More here.

Casey Ruggles Caught.

I just caught "Casey Ruggles" with his pants down.

Original daily strip "Casey Ruggles" by Warren Tufts from the "The Marchioness of Grofnek" from
4-6-1953, one of the few relatively light-hearted Casey Ruggles stories.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Even without Modesty Blaise

When you know... you know.
Even without Modesty Blaise or having much drawing this still looks great.
Modesty Blaise comic strip from 1969 by Jim Holdaway

Friday, August 11, 2017

Tolerance in Seattle

We are glad to announce that the Tolerance Poster show will be apart of
Design in Public's 7th Annual Seattle Design Festival in collaboration
with the design practice Civilization.

Design in Public is a strategic initiative of AIA Seattle, a chapter of the
American Institute of Architects. Design in Public was founded in 2011 to
help Seattle appreciate the role and impact of design on urban life.

The show will be opened on September 9th going until September 22nd.
At: Civilization 532 1st Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98104.

I hope you can make it there. Check out more here.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Balloonatic by Neville Colvin

Having already a few original strips of "Modesty Blaise" created by author Peter O'Donnell and illustrator Jim Holdaway I decided to get originals from a few other artists who worked on the comic after Jim Holdaway.
Of course that doesn't mean Romero is included. I have my limits.

Here is an original from the early 1980s story arc titled "Balloonatic" by Neville Colvin who drew the strip until 1986.

Hmm... morning after.
As I promised yesterday here is one more "Modesty Blaise" artist. This original daily art is from the late 1970s by John Burns. Nice drawing of lips in the second frame.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Tony Weare's "Matt Marriott"

I just got myself another piece of my lost youth an original strip by Tony Weare's “Matt Marriott”. This strip appears in the episode called "Marshal of Ochre Flat". In my country it appears under the title "Veliki brat" in the "Zlatnoj seriji" booklet.

David Lloyd (V for Vendetta), an admirer of Tony Weare's work, wrote:
“Tony was one of just a very few strip artists here and in the US whose creative identities owed nothing to the heritage of stylisation which influenced many other newspaper adventure strip creators—he was primarily an illustrator who just happened to love drawing strips. . . . He also had a superb command of light and shade, which promoted the impression that he was drawing something he could see in front of him, rather than something he'd built up from his imagination."

“Matt Marriott” is a British newspaper comic strip that ran in the [London] Evening News from 1955 until 1977. More about comics and his artist here.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Featured in BranD Magazine

My cover illustrations for Varoom Magazine - the illustration report a Dutch Magazine was featured in the international brand design publication from Hong Kong BranD Magazine.

Paolo Garretto

To not think that I'm only interested in collecting original comics I also collect almost anything related to illustration and graphic design.

This is my new acquisition, it's a original 1935 caricature of King Haile Selassie by Paolo Garretto.
Paolo Garretto was in the 30s and 40s known as one of the most influential illustrators. He illustrated some of the most iconic magazine covers such as, Fortune Magazine, Vanity Fair, and etc. However Garretto's reputation soon after that declined, partly because he was tagged a "Fascist Artist". It turns out that not only did he design the uniforms for the Italian Fascist but he was also a part of Mussolini's honor guard.

More about Paolo Garretto in this article by Steven Heller here.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

How To Make Comps the Good Old Way.

I just recently acquired these announcement, envelope, and invitation envelope comps, created in circa 1930-1940. The comps are by Harry Brown.

The artwork is amazingly fluid, and appears easily done. It’s pure poetry.
His on the fly comps would stand as final artwork now a days.
This is partly because Harry Brown was a prolific and well known illustrator for many different American magazines, brands, and labels.

Below are also a few of his New Yorker illustration covers.

Head to Toe: The Nude in Graphic Design mentioned in The Wall Street Journal.

In her article for The Wall Street Journal 'What Do You Say to a Naked Lady?' Julie Lasky kindly mentions Steven Heller and mine upcoming book 'Head to Toe: The Nude in Graphic Design.'
The book will be published by Rizzoli and will be available in the spring of 2019.

Carol Day

Carol Day is an original English comic strip by David Wright from 1959.
These comic were always beautifully cross-hatched and richly textured.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Interview with Japanese Heaps Magazine about Tadanori Yokoo.

From new Japanese Heaps Magazine.
Interview by Risa Akita.
Photos by: Sako Hirano
Check it out here.

The Design of Dissent - Advance Copy.

I just received first advance copy of Milton Glaser and my new book,
The Design of Dissent - Expanded Edition, published by Rockport Publishers.
Book will be available for sale sometime in September.
You can see more pages from the book here.

Casey Ruggles

I just got myself another Warren Tufts "Casey Ruggles" original daily comic strip from 1951.
More about Warren Tufts.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

One by One in Print

I finally got my hands on this very elaborate (with a wooden slipcase and laser cuts, etc.),
beautiful, and extensive 630 page book 'One by One in Print' published in 2011 by
Hesign Publishing & Design.

The book is complied and designed by Jianping He, the Chinese and German designer.
It featured almost 600 designers around the world.
I'm extremely honored to be one of them.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Tolerance Poster Show annouced in Breda, Holland

Graphic Matters in Breda, Holland has announced that the Tolerance poster traveling show will be apart of this years design festival

"Mirko Ilić explains the role of the designer in promoting tolerance and establishing peace: “The initial idea of ​​this exhibition was to invite well-known graphic designers to create posters based on their understanding of tolerance in the mother tongue. One of the conditions was that the exhibition is placed in a public space, among the citizens, not in art galleries. The purpose of the exhibition is not only posters, but in gathering and approaching people.”

The festival will contain posters by Milton Glaser (USA), David Tartakover (Israel), Yuko Shimizu (Japan), Paula Scher (USA), Manuel Estrada (Spain), New Collectivism (Slovenia), Istvan Orosz (Hungary), Peter Bankov (Russia), Jianping He (China), Fons Hickmann (Germany), Michel Bouvet (France), Chaz Maviyanne-Davies (Zimbabwe), Alejandro Magallanes (Mexico), Sue Coe (UK), Felipe Taborda (Brazil), Tarek Atrissi (Lebanon), Anette Lenz (France), Hamzah Abdelal (Jordan), Saki Mafundikwa (Zimbabwe), Xiao Yong (China), Srdja Dragovic (Montenegro), Reza Abedini (Iran), Sarp Sozdinler (Turkey), Slavimir Stojanovic (Serbia), Niklaus Troxler (Switzerland), Katarzyna Zapart (Poland), Anur Hadžiomerspahić (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Hoon-Dong Chung (Korea), Aleksandar Macasev (Yugoslavia), Seymour Chwast (USA), Rodrigo Sanchez (Spain), Dan Reisinger (Israel), Steff Geissbühler (USA), and Drew Hodges (USA).

We are expecting a few more artist to finish and send us their posters.

The festival will be open from 22 September - 22 October, 2017

You can check out more about Tolerance at Graphic Matters here.

The Design of Dissent show in Breda, Holland

Graphic Matters in Breda, Netherlands just announced that the Design of Dissent show will be apart of this years Graphic design festival.

"Originally curated by Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilic, The Design of Dissent was displayed in 2005 at School of Visual Arts – NY. A portion of this exhibition is on loan from the School of Visual Arts – NY. The new iteration, curated in collaboration with Civilization and Graphic Matters, is a direct reaction to the state of current affairs. It is our responsibility to question, challenge, and communicate dissent wherever necessary to protect those freedoms we so value."

The festival will be open from 22 September - 22 October, 2017

You can check out more about Graphic Matters here.

Thursday, July 13, 2017


To mark the 100th year anniversary of the 'October Revolution' Serge Serov decided to invite a big group of prominent graphic designers/artist around the world and asked them to create a poster, using only red and black color, as a personal assessment on what has happened in those 100 years.

"The contest was held in principle without an ideological focus, without defining any vector, estimates and definitions that could be put in its name, so that everyone would decide for themselves, how to interpret the concussion of the universe - as an impulse to the future or the greatest tragedy of Russian and World History?"

Titled 1917-2017 the show of 500 of chosen posters will be opening in October in Berlin and Prague. I'm honored that my poster is one of the poster selected for the show.