NYT obituary of a master concept artist and hero of industrial design students everywhere. When we learned to render with markers, we referenced him a lot. Not only did he draw extremely well, he designed some incredibly cool-looking things.
“‘I envy writers who suffer from no self‑doubts’: inside the world of graphic novelist Chris Ware”
A funny look at Mort Künstler’s 60s pulp magazine illustrations.
There was some money underneath the Christmas tree this year, so I spent some of it on my Amazon Wish List. The latest haul:
- “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean. Got it for two reasons: 1) I love libraries 2) Kleon keeps recommending this. Haven’t started reading it yet, but can comment that it’s beautiful object – the kind of book that reminds you why a book is a nice thing to hold in your hands.
- Tried to green up my fingers a little last year, but there’s so much to learn! Went to the worst garden center a while back, and got some nasty surprises over the following weeks: the Dracaena had spider mites, the Schefflera was infested with scale bugs and the Croton? The Croton had dodders. Ughh. Now I have Caro Langton & Rose Ray’s “Root, Nurture, Grow”, a beautiful book about houseplants and getting them to make small houseplant babies, so no more parasite-infested garden centers for this guy.
- “How to Raise a Reader” by Pamela Paul, since our toddler’s starting to get into books in a big way.
- “Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style” by Benjamin Dreyer. Educational and hilarious.
- “Murder by Remote Control” by Janwillem van de Wetering and Paul Kirchner (after reading this interview in TCJ). Surreal murder mystery with jaw-dropping art by Kirchner.
- Felt I should know more about Robert Crumb and his work, so I got a used copy of “The R. Crumb Handbook” by Peter Poplaski and the man himself. Some of the comics are filthy, but there’s a lot of funny, trippy and thought-provoking stuff in here as well.
- Feeding my Lynda Barry obsession with her latest, “Making Comics”. (Currently reading “The Greatest of Marlys”, too.) Not so much a “how to make comics” as another “let’s free our inner children and be creative, you guys!” and it’s inspiring as heck.