‘You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack’ – A Compendium of Cartoons by Tom Gauld

Tom Gauld - You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack

You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack is the title of a new book by the British cartoonist Tom Gauld. Over the last eight years Gauld has been creating a weekly cartoon for The Guardian and this beautiful hardback book is a compendium of many of his best works. Released through the Canadian publishers Drawn and Quarterly, the book features plenty of cartoons which havn’t been seen outside of the UK before.

Tom Gauld - Jetpack

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Philip Kennedy

May 9, 2013 / By

Catching up with Flying Eye Books and their new releases

Flying Eye Books - Collection

Flying Eye Books - Topsy Turvy World Spread

Some of you may remember that last March I wrote about the new children’s book publisher Flying Eye Books. Launched in February of this year, the publisher’s first release was the fantastic Welcome to your Awesome Robot by Viviane Schwarz. Three months on and they’ve put out three new titles, each one fantastically different and offering a great choice of reads for kids of any age. I was lucky enough to get my hands on these books and so I thought I’d share with you a little glimpse of what the guys at Flying Eye have been up to!

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Philip Kennedy

May 8, 2013 / By

‘Monsters Under Bridges’: A New Illustrated Children’s Book

'Monsters Under Bridges'

'Monsters Under Bridges' - Sherman

If you’ve breezed through the children’s book section at your local bookstore lately, you’ll undoubtedly notice an uptick in the amount of picture books. There are so many to choose from and covering every possible genre for the discerning child. I’m not ashamed to say I’m an adult-child who browses this section on a regular basis and am always on the lookout for eye-catching illustrations and a fun story. One book I’m particularly excited about is Monsters Under Bridges, which hits shelves this week.

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Andi Teran

May 7, 2013 / By

John Martz’s ‘Destination X’ – A Science Fiction Parable about Obsession & Singlemindedness

Destination X by John Martz

Canadian illustrator, cartoonist and designer John Martz has just released a new book called Destination X and it’s well worth checking out! Inspired by old pulp sci-fi novels, ghost stories and episodes of The Twilight Zone, Martz’s book is a fantastic sci-fi parable about obsession and single-mindedness.

The comic book tells the story of Sam, the grandson of a world-renowned space adventurer. Impressed by his grandfather’s tales of mysterious planets and alien romance, Sam decides to model his life on his grandfathers, stopping at nothing to fulfill what he believes to be his natural destiny — even if his grandfather’s stories aren’t true.

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Philip Kennedy

May 7, 2013 / By

Massimo Vignelli Makes Books (video)

massimo vignelli makes books

All this week on the blog I’ll be writing about books, so I thought it would be a great idea to start thing off with this lovely video with Italian designer Massimo Vignelli discussing his approach to book design. The video – which was designed and animated by Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and Aron Fay – shows Vignelli explaining his design process and his particular reverence for the grid.

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Philip Kennedy

May 6, 2013 / By

‘Jörgits & the End of Winter’ – An Interactive Kids Novel by Tank & Bear

Jorgits title

Over the last few nights I’ve been stealing my girlfriend’s iPad and reading Jörgits & the End of Winter. It’s an illustrated and animated novel for children written by Anders Sandell and created by Tank and Bear. I had never read an interactive novel before and the adventure of the Jörgits was a wonderful introduction to the format.

Beautifully illustrated and designed by Anders, the book is filled with fantastic illustrations and the story is rich in interactive elements, allowing you to learn more about the characters, the environments and the story. You can get a good introduction to the book by checking out the video above.

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Philip Kennedy

April 26, 2013 / By

‘Hysteria’ – A Look Inside Nobrow 8

Nobrow 8 covers

You probably know by now that I’m a big fan of Nobrow Press. Yet despite my enthusiasm for the indie publishers, it wasn’t until recently that I got to check out their self-titled flagship magazine. Already up to issue 8, each publication is a fantastic compendium of contemporary graphic art, bringing together a wonderful collection of comic creators and illustrators.

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Philip Kennedy

April 17, 2013 / By

‘Encyclopedia of Nature’ exposes the tenuous existence of flowers in a new book by Lars Müller Publishers

Encyclopedia of Flowers - Flower Works by Makoto Azuma, photographed by Shunsuke Shiinoki

Encyclopedia of Flowers - Flower Works by Makoto Azuma, photographed by Shunsuke Shiinoki

The older I get the more I gravitate toward plants. It started about two years ago when I visited Joshua Tree for the first time. While hiking around the desert I began to notice the variety of plant life, and how a lot of it looked like things you would find under the ocean. The plants reminded me of seaweed, of urchins… and this was a crazy concept to me, that the desert and the ocean would have plants that could look so similar.

Encyclopedia of Nature, a new book released by Lars Müller Publishers, explores the breathtaking floral arrangements by Makoto Azuma. You could describe Azuma with the general term of a flower arranger, but that would be a serious over-simplification. Azuma takes the idea of flower arranging and turns the potentially mundane practice and completely flips it. He takes flowers and plants and creates what can only be called works of art.

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Bobby Solomon

April 16, 2013 / By

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