graphic journalism

Comics journalist Dan Archer talks on the potential of digital, interactive comics to effectively tell complex stories. The whole graphic journalism area holds some interesting potential for the future of illustration and journalism. Here’s another longer video presentation: The Future of Journalism is...

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James Joyce’s cat and the devil
Jul19

James Joyce’s cat and the devil

Who would have thunk it – James Joyce wrote a children’s picture book The Cat and the Devil. The Blachon edition has been recently republished and available again here, but I think the Richard Erdoes one looks worth tracking down as well. Read more here. Analogies to Celtic Tiger infrastructure building I’ll leave to your...

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let’s make some great art
Jul18

let’s make some great art

Illustrator Marion Deuchars releases a creative activity book Let’s Make Some Great Art this week for all ages. More info...

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Save the ballyvaughan sign
Jul11

Save the ballyvaughan sign

Given that we have few enough design or folk art landmarks in Ireland it seems a shame that the iconic Ballyvaughan signpost in the Burren was removed recently by Clare County Council over National Road Authority issues of national signage policy. This is despite it being used in years of tourism imagery by Bord Fáilte and other agencies. As Finan O’Toole recently wrote: The signs didn’t just point to particular places, however....

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Drawing power

Drawing Power is a Compendium of Cartoon Advertising from 1870s-1940s and features work by Thomas Nast, Joseph Keppler, F Opper, Bud Fisher, George Herriman, John Held, Jr., Charles Dana Gibson, Percy Crosby, Peter Arno, Gluyas Williams, Milton Caniff and over 60 other cartoonists. BTW it’s great that Fantagraphics does video previews of its...

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