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Denslow’s OZ January 14, 2020 – Posted in: books, Content, Illustration

      Of the 14 books in L. Frank Baum’s beloved Wizard of Oz series only one was illustrated by W.W. Denslow. As it turns out, it was a big one. For it was Denslow that illustrated the first volume, Wizard of Oz, published in 1900, and visually introduced us to Dorothy and the gang.   Though many of us think of John R. Neill when thinking of Oz illustrators it was Denslow’s  “depictions…

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Literature + Comics = December 20, 2019 – Posted in: Comics / Cartoons, Content, Illustration

Classic Comics No. 1. The Three Musketeers, 1941. Cover art by Malcolm Kildale For almost 30 years Classic Comics brought the hi-spots of literature to our nations youth via the comic book. First published in 1941 the series changed hands a few times, beginning as Classic Comics and ending as Classics Illustrated in 1969.   Classic Comics No. 26: Frankenstein December, 1945. Cover art by Robert Webb and Ann Brewster Over 150 issues were published…

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Posters for an Autumn Book Fair in Madrid October 18, 2018 – Posted in: Content, Illustration, Visuals

Spanish artist and illustrator Fernando Vicente‘s latest book-centric illustrations are a set of four posters for the Autumn Book Fair in Madrid, Enjoy!   Previously on Book Patrol: Fernando Vicente does Dracula Portraits by Fernando Vicente Fernando Vicente illustrates The Communist Manifesto

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Tea Time! New Kickstarter campaign blends classic lit with quality tea August 25, 2015 – Posted in: books in design, Content, Illustration, product design

Under the moniker NovelTea Tins John Pujol and Matt Kraemer have launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce a line of organic teas emanating from classic literature. NovelTea Tins has partnered with world class tea aficionados to pair the classics with award winning, organic teas. They also have enlisted the services of Iuliia Glushchuk and Dietrich Kleffel to illustrate the tins. They have two tins ready for production, The Picture of Earl Grey and Don Quixotea, with Tolstoy’s War and…

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Digital Treat: Thanks to Cambridge University we can now see inside the world’s first multicolored printed book August 10, 2015 – Posted in: book arts, Books and Technology, Illustration, Painting

The book is called Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu, ‘Manual of Calligraphy and Painting’ and was first published in 1633 in Nanjing. The book is comprised of eight categories – birds, plums, orchids, bamboos, fruit, stones, ink drawings (round fans) and miscellany – and is illustrated by 50 different artists and calligraphers. It is the earliest known example of multicolor printing in the world: printed by the technique of polychrome xylography known asdouban invented and perfected…

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