I usually have no reason to stop into the 7-Eleven down the street from my house, but soon, this will all be changing. The kitten eating monster Domo will be invading 7-Eleven stores across the country, gracing the fronts of slurpee bottles, cofee cups, and even eating up hot dogs.
I think this is such a clever and silly idea, but there’s something about it that’s really charming. Domo is such a cute character and seeing him in coffee cup form makes me want to go down there every morning to greet him. And I love the Spice Pumpkin Latte image (which is under the cut) and how he’s holding a pumpkin. Be sure to check out more images under the cut.
Josh Agerstrand is an illustrator and designing who currently lives in Guam and makes some pretty great looking work. He’s got this really loose and sketchy style, it kind of reminds me of a mix of Jim Mahfood and Deth P. Sun. His work is pretty weird and off the wall, but that’s kind of the charming part of it. Be sure to pop by his blog as well as his Flickr.
Rian Hughes is going to be giving Invincible Iron Man a sort of retro inspired redesign once the new storyline launches next month. He, along with series writer Matt Fraction, wanted to create a drastic change in the feel of the cover, marking a new era for Tony Stark. As Fraction says:
‘Iron Man’ will look like an elegant, aggressive, and forward thinking piece of quite frankly gorgeous design. It will be a design artifact appropriate for the coffee table of any forward thinking home… ‘Invincible Iron Man’ is going to leap 10 feet off the racks. You’ll be able to see it a mile away. I’m so excited to have gotten to work with Rian.
I think they’ve done a great job, especially with the bits of op art and and 60′s color palette. I also love the Penguin Books inspired header, which is clean and easy to read. I’ve thought a lot about how a lot of comic books have horrible title design, and wondered why more effort wasn’t put into it. James Jean comes to mind, with his work on Fables which always incorporates the titles wonderfully. Comic books need more creatives like Rian Hughes helping out.
On Saturday I had a chance to stop by the Arkitip Shop here in Hollywood, which happens to be about 2 miles from my apartment, probably less. What they’ve done is created a cute little shop in the front of their studio, offering up all kinds of amazing things for sale. I also got a tour of the studio from Scott, the founder of Arkitip, and they have a wonderful little space that’s filled with light. I’m not allowed to say anything about anything, but what I can say is that Arkitip will be continuing to amaze and wow us all, so keep your eyes open.
Bambi: A Life in the Woods is a book that was published in Prague in 1971 that was written by Felix Stalten with some beautiful images created by Mirko Hanák. Mirko worked in the Czech Republic as a painter and designer, his style somewhere between chinese ink drawings with the vibrant colors of a Disney cartoon. A wonderful set of images have been posted to Flickr of the book, which I highly suggest you check out.
His style seems so effortless, like his brush knew exactly where to fall. His sparse use of colors really makes his work pop. We need more experimental art in children’s books like this.