Our annual collision between large screen fantasy and small screen fiction is about to commence. And nobody can explain what it means. That might be because it is profoundly without meaning. With that in mind I offer my annual take on the future of Hollywood. This is all certifiably correct. Mock my words.
In all the pre-Olympic hubub, there is nary a mention of the most exciting events lined up for Sochi.
As a public service, by way of the Washington Post and Marianne Seregi, AD, (in print this Sunday) here they are.
Here's to our brave athletes!
Bridgegate” isn’t just about a mistake that some bureaucrat made in New Jersey. It’s about Chris Christie’s using the city of Ft. Lee and surrounding towns as hostages in a political game. It’s a kind of political terrorism. And don’t think people were unhurt. Many were. As their stories come out, so too will be those of the people surrounding the Big Boss. And like all Big Bosses he will have to come clean. If he had from the beginning, this, and he, wouldn’t smell so bad. Here’s my take for The Nation, coming out today. First the sketches:
Humpty Dumpty and the Great Grey Bridge was the winner. After a number of email exchanges with the great art director Robert Best, all compositional issues were resolved. On your newsstand soon. Thanks to Robert, Roane Carey and Katrina vanden Heuvel for being typically wonderful. Drive safely!
Direct from our SVA amphi-packing night in November, (people were sitting in the aisles . . . okay it was dark) Illustration Next moves to the Society on Thurs. Jan. 23, 6:30 PM. $15 Non-members | $10 Members | $7 students/seniors.
We will be looking at the butt-kicking work of brilliant artists finding new ways of navigating the stormy seas of the graphic arts world, 2014. There will be some newer work, about 15% faster narration by me, and much better tech. I am in awe of the awesome art and generosity of the colleagues who are in the swim with me: Peter Kuper, Edel Rodriguez, Calef Brown, Michael Sloan, Scott Bakal, Christoph Hitz, Hal Mayforth, Andy Ward, David Klein, Gerard DuBois, Julia Breckenreid, Richard Borge, Dash Shaw, Lou Beach, Leo Espinoza, Victor Kerlow, Leah Goren, Jillian Tamaki, Peedee Shindell, Jonathan Twingley, Julie Lieberman, Hanoch Piven, Harry Campbell, Alex Nabaum, Mark Fisher Olivier Kugler, Nancy Stahl, Christoph Neimann, Viktor Koen, John Howard, Yao Xiao, Ann Telnaes, Joseoph Fiedler, Simon Spillsbury, Laura Tallardy, Katherine Streeter, Tatsuro Kiuchi, Kyle Webster, Paul Hoppe, Serge Bloch, Jonathan Rosen, Len Small, Koren Shadmi, Yuko Shimizu, Mike Moran, Fernanda Cohen, Randall Enos, Mickey Duzyj, Keith Mayerson, Marvin Mattleson, Paul Rogers, Marsellus Hall, Marc Rosenthal to name a few.
Here's the link for a reso: http://www.societyillustrators.org/Events-and-Programs/Lectures/2014/Illustration-Next/Illustration-Next.aspx
Some art by them:
Tatsuro Kiuchi has been doing comics and having them spark book ideas. One feeds the other in a seemingly seemless cycle of creativity.
Mickey Duzyj started with a conceptual pitch for the web that was timed perfectly, centering on his passion for sports. This, in only a few years, has been parlayed into a career that uses film as a part of a multi-platform medium for his art. And that doesn't exclude print!
Gerard DuBois has applied his brushwork to the world on the online magazine Nautilus, art directed by the visionary Len Small.
John Hendrix, also in Nautilus, which has a print edition (not that there's anything wrong with that).
Peter Kuper, who never rests, is always writing, pitching and selling books . . . and creating a body of deeply caring, socially aware art. This is part of a project wordlessly communicating the danger of buried nuclear waste to future generations.
Fernanda Cohen, among many interesting projects, does her art on Buenos Aires department store windows. With a live audience.
Paul Rogers hooks up his love of jazz with projects that swing.
Then there's yours truly. 156 live art blog drawings of the political conventions last year got people clicking on the Nation's website as they watched TV. After the last balloon had dropped, a friend, who had been watching and clicking all night, saw me on the street walking home and said, "you crazy, man!" Yep, got that about right.
More crazy stuff on the 23rd. As Paul Rogers would say, hope you can fall by.