Avant Guardian 10

Avant Guardian 10

Avant Guardian 10

Submissions for Surface Magazine’s Avant Guardian photography contest is starting now. The contest is open to all emerging photographers who haven’t had a fashion shoot in a magazine with a print run over 100,000 copies. So that’s a whole lot of people! My favorite finalist from last year was Jaime Chard, with they’re slick looking advertisements. Be sure to check out his site for all sorts of beautiful product shots as well.

Bobby

200%

200%

There are books, and there are magazines, and there are things like 200%. Started three years ago by Thierry Somers out of Amsterdam, 200% is a “bookazine”, a book in the form of a magazine featuring creative, passionate people in the fields of fashion, art, music, and film. In the current issue features an interview with typography wünderkinds Jonathan Hoefler & Tobias Frere-Jones, who also give a masterclass about their typeface designs and the thought processes behind them.

Also be sure to check out their website as well, which gives you a bunch of “extras” and behind-the-scene stuff that complements the content in the magazine.

Bobby

The Books / ‘Play All’ DVD

The Books / Play All DVD

I’m not really sure if The Books are a popular group, but I’d definitely say that they’re geniuses. The Books are made up of Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong, who hideaway in Massachusetts and create amazing aleatoric/electronic music.

Recently they’ve released a DVD of the videos they show while they play live. There are 13 total with 4 bonus videos to make you even more happy. Watch the video above to see what I mean. If you like the music from the video above, be sure to check out all 3 of their albums, they’re all EXTREMELY good.

Bobby

Microsoft Table Surface

Microsoft seriously needs to rethink their strategies in the hardware market, and this video shows the reasons why. Totally hilarious.

“…and it’s not an iPhone. It’s a big ass table.
…Take that Apple.”

Link via Engadget

Bobby

James Kochalka’s Little Paintings at GRSF

James Kochalka’s Little Paintings at GRSF

After my last post I decided to check out James Kochalka’s website, American Elf, to see what’s new in his life. He keeps a daily comic strip of his life, and it seems that’s his wife Amy is pregnant again! Yay! Anyway, I noticed that he’s having a little painting sale at the Giant Robot in San Francisco! He has 188 of ’em up for sale, and there’s still a bunch left. The best part is that they’re only $60! Go get a whole bunch and use ’em as stocking stuffers for X-mas!

Bobby

Marvel Indie Anthology

Marvel Indie Anthology

This looks so exciting! Marvel has decided to hook up with a bunch of “indie” artists such as Dash Shaw, Paul Pope, Johnny Ryan, James Kolchalka and Michael Kupperman for a Marvel Indie Anthology. Anyone who reads my blog knows of my art boner for Paul Pope, and I absolutely adore James Kochalka, but it’s too bad that the Hulk won’t get to drop a ton of f-bombs. Shown above is Dash Shaw’s version of Dr. Strange fighting Nightmare after he eats a poisoned bowl of alphabet soup! So rad!!

YOUR WORST FEAR!

Bobby

Ray Fenwick

Ray Fenwick

I have an intense love for patterns, and even more so if they involve science-y things. Ray Fenwick is an illustrator living in Canada who has a great old-fashioned, hand-drawn style. He draws lots of things too, like t-shirts and posters and comics. Also be sure to check out his Hall of Best Knowledge will be published in 2008 by Fantagraphics.

Bobby