Illustration for the 4/20 NY Times Sunday Review, for an op-ed on finding meaning at work. Thanks to AD Aviva Michaelov!
COLD BLOOD - Richard Kerridge
'What might it be like to be cold blooded, to sleep through the winter, to shed your skin and taste wafting chemicals on your tongue?’
Part natural-history guide to these animals, part passionate nature writing, and part personal story, Cold Blood is an original and perceptive memoir about our relationship with nature.
For the cover we wanted to celebrate the beauty of nature and these fascinating creatures. We tried many different animals before deciding on our final newt, which was found amongst the Dorling Kindersley collection from Getty Images. The final photograph works its way across the cover and is spot varnished to help give the newt a more tactile feel.
To mark the centenary of the First World War, Vintage is launching a unique collection of war fiction. April 2014 will see the publication of twelve works by the greatest writers of the last century, each tackling this most powerful and universal of subjects.
The series was a collaborative effort by the Vintage Design team. Each cover was designed and hand-painted in-house, with the aim of giving a bold, contemporary look to these war-themed classics.
Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Márquez Dies at 87
MEXICO CITY (April 17, 2014, Associated Press): A person close to the family has confirmed reports that that Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died. He was 87. Garcia Marquez’s magical realist novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America’s passion, superstition, violence and inequality. Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, Garcia Marquez achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. His flamboyant and melancholy works outsold everything published in Spanish except the Bible. The epic 1967 novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude sold more than 50 million copies in more than 25 languages.
My book of cartoons ‘You’re All Just Jealous of my Jetpack’ is available now:
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Unexpected Rain Song
"April Rain Song" by Langston Hughes was one of my favorite poems from childhood. I’ve experienced the rain a bit differently as an adult.
A LITTLE RECYCLING – Yellow Jersey Tour De France Series
Released to coincide with the Grand Départ of this year’s Tour, Yellow Jersey Press are re-issuing five of the greatest cycling books as a unique series.
Illustrated in-house, each title is designed to reflect the livery of the most notable cycling jerseys, and feature a bespoke type design.
While we’re busy with our own Steinbeck agenda, we’d like to share the amazing work our colleagues at Penguin UK (thepenguinclassics) have been doing. This new series, featuring key characters and quotations from Steinbeck’s work, is a truly impressive tribute. Check out Design Week for Penguin UK Art Director Jim Stoddart’s thoughts and inspirations behind the covers.
Happy National Poetry Month! This comic was inspired by one of my favorite poems, "The New Poetry Handbook" by Mark Strand. This month on Incidental Comics, I’ll be exploring the world of poetry. A place, as Marianne Moore famously said, of ”imaginary gardens with real toads in them.”