Friday, January 29, 2021

"Steve Canyon" by Milton Caniff

I recently acquired this daily comic strip of Steve Canyon, by Milton Caniff from 1963.
I know that some of you are going to say "But there is no Steve Canyon in this strip". Yes, but look at this beautifully drawn cloud. On top of that, the subject of this story/strip is about the ethic tension between the Turks, the Greeks and the Communist agitators. 
What more can we expect from Cold War comics? My cup of tea. 


Monday, January 25, 2021

"Savage Sword of Conan" by Alfredo Alcala

I recently acquired this comic page from Savage Sword of Conan #89, Page 23, by Alfredo Alcala from 1983. 

What is quite fascinating about this original is that it's drawn on very thin paper. The paper is not thicker than regular copy machine paper. The artist probably chose this paper because of its stipple texture. The paper is so thin that they needed to put the speech balloons on a separate acetate overlay otherwise the original drawing will be wrinkled.


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

"When They Burned the White House" by Milton Glaser

Today of all days, I received in the mail with a very appropriate title: When They Burned the White House.

It was published in 1961, written by Andrew Tully and illustrated by Milton Glaser.


Friday, January 15, 2021

"M.Frog" by Milton Glaser

I just acquired this unusual LP record from 1973 by M.Frog (Jean Yves Labat). The album sleeve is unusual because on the front of the sleeve a page of a pamphlet is attached, which usually is inside of the sleeve. 
The pamphlet includes an attempt by Labatt to produce a way of writing musical notation using colour and graph paper. 
What is really special to me is that it was designed by Milton Glaser.


Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Glas Slavonije

My interview about comics in today's Croatian newspaper Glas Slavonije.
If you can read Croatian, you can read the full article here. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

The Portfolio by Galerie Martel

It's good to have friends.
A few days ago, I received this portfolio as a present from a friend. 150 portfolios were published by Galerie Martel in Paris to celebrate their 10th anniversary. It contained 56 mixed media prints made from past invitation cards from the gallery. The prints are nice, but what is really nice is the last sheet of the portfolio with a list of all the artists represented in it. In this case, this page is signed by most of them. It's amazing to have the signatures of all these artists in one place.
Thank you again, my friend.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

"Rip Kirby" by Alex Raymond

I acquired this Alex Raymond, Rip Kirby comic strip from 1953 not only because it is Alex Raymond's, but also because it's an unusual piece for Alex Raymond's. The third frame of the comic is typical Raymond. But the second, especially the first frame, is very atypical. Big, static, symmetric, contrasty and with minimal details. 
My cup of tea.


Monday, January 4, 2021

Communicate Arts Magazine, Typography Annual 11

When I arrived this morning in my studio, there was a present waiting for me. A new Communicate Arts Magazine, Typography Annual 11 issue. I am glad that the jury included in the magazine the poster that I designed with Nicky Lindeman for the 20th Anniversary of Ulysses Theatre in Croatia.
A good way to start the new year.
More about the poster, you can read here.