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.
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.
But seriously, why the HELL does America continue to carry the shittiest phones in the world, and Japan continues to bust out AMAZING phones like SoftBank’s Pantone Flavored Phones?! It’s a total joke. I want at least 4 of the colors that are available, for whatever mood I’m in. And I need to move to Japan already… maybe I can find a cute little adoptive family?
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.
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!
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!!
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.