Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Joe Palooka is "Making America Great Again"

I usually buy original comic strips either because I would read them when I was young, or I love how they're drawn.

This comic "Joe Palooka" by Ham Fisher from the 1940s/1950s of which I had never heard of before, I bought exclusively because of the story.

And what a story it is!
Can you imagine in today's syndicated comics?
Now I know why Trump wants to "Make America Great Again."

"Joe Palooka" was an American comic strip about a heavyweight boxing champion, created by cartoonist Ham Fisher in 1921. The strip debuted in 1930 and was carried at its peak by 900 newspapers. The strip was adapted to a short-lived 15-minute CBS radio series, 12 feature-length films, nine Vitaphone film shorts, a 1954 syndicated television series, comic books and merchandise.

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Design of Dissent, A Letter from the Authors.

A Letter from the Authors,

When our book “The Design of Dissent” was first published in 2005 we could not anticipate the era of conflict and disorder the world would face in the next decade. We have been immersed in the thousands of manifestations objecting to the political and social issues around the world.

Artists usually are the alarm system for society. We share the need to express danger when totalitarianism becomes more powerful. The Graphic Arts community uses the most primitive of means; posters, handouts, buttons, and graffiti linked to provocative ideas to protect us all.

We invite you to once again help us observe and record what has happened in our time.

Join us.

Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilic

If you are interested in submitting your work to “The Design of Dissent” please download this pdf for additional information: Here

All questions should be directed to dod@mirkoilic.com

Print Magazine Blog, The Comic Art of Mirko Ilic.

Print Magazine's Blog just published an article, The Comic Art of Mirko Ilic by Steven Brower. The article features some of my comics from the late 70s and early 80s.

See the full article here.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

House of Tolerance

House of Tolerance Ljubljana / Hiša strpnosti Ljubljana will be hosting an open air exhibition of posters. The theme of the show will be "Tolerance" featuring designs by artists from around the world.

The Exhibition will open in Trg francoske revolucije on March 27th at noon.

Author of the exibition: Mirko Ilić

Designers: Milton Glaser (USA), Yuko Shimizu (Japan), Paula Scher (USA), Miran Mohar, Novi kolektivizem (Slovenia), Iztvan Orosz (Hungary), Peter Bankov (Russia), Jainping He (China), Fons Hickmann m23 (Germany), Michel Bouvet (France), Chaz Maviyanne-Davies (Zimbabwue), Alejandro Magallanes (Mexico), David Tartkover (Israel), Sue Coe (Great Britain), Anette Lez (France), Tarek Atrissi (Libanon), Hamza Abdel (United Arab Emirates), Mwalimu Saki Mafundikwa (Zimbabwue), Sarp Sozdinler (Turkey), Reza Abedini (Iran), Xiao Yong (China), Felipe Taborda (Brazil), Manuel Estrada (Spain)

Check out this special animation made by Fons Hickmann here.

I ❤️ Milton Glaser

Milton Glaser about the Tolerance for Ljubljana House of tolerance festival:

“Tolerance” is essential for human’s to embrace. It is the only antidote for the competitive drive that characterizes our species. At this moment in history, there’s a slightly reluctant quality to the word. What we really want it to mean is acceptance and generosity.

Exhibition Opening, Ljubljana, Trg francoske revolucije, March 27th 2017.

Children Magazine's to Penthouse.

I'm still buying crumbs of my youth. The latest one is this original illustration art by Ron Embleton for children's magazine (c. 1960-70's). The gouache painting on the 13" x 16" illustration board.

The first time I saw Ron's work on the covers of comic magazines in former Yugoslavia. I was fascinated with his huge amount of details and bold colors. Some of those covers your can see below.

When I was slightly older I discovered his comic "Oh, Wicked Wanda!." Of which he created for Penthouse Magazine. Because of Blogger regulations here below you can see some of the milder ones.

More about Embleton here.