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The Bookplates of Slíva Jiří September 5, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Illustration

Among the accomplishments of noted Czech cartoonist, illustrator and graphic designer Slíva Jiří is a healthy output of bookplates.  His illustrations have appeared in over 150 books and he has published 15 books of his own cartoons. Enjoy this taste:     A few of his books are available including Cafe Fetish, his “tribute to the last legal and socially acceptable drug – coffee” and his homage to musical instruments, Jam Session: Blues Bop & Bach   images via…

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Have Book Will Travel August 21, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Illustration, Reading / Literacy

Eiffel Tower Patrick Girouard was assigned the task of creating the visuals for the 2013 Illinois Library Association’s iREAD® Summer reading project. The theme was “Have Book Will Travel” and here is his journey around the world.  Big Ben Leaning Tower of Pisa Bookhenge Easter Island What a trip! Girouard’s blog post on the project 

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Dr. Seuss as a political cartoonist August 17, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Illustration

Dr. Seuss is forever entrenched  in the upper pantheon of children’s books writers. Many of the 46 children’s books he wrote still have a place on our kids bookshelves. From Cat In The Hat to Hop on Pop to Green Eggs and Ham his stories are part of the fabric of many a childhood. His books have sold over 600 million copies, and appear in more than 20 languages. In 2000, Publishers Weekly compiled a list of the best-selling children’s…

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Shakespeare Altered: Imagining other looks for the Bard August 6, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Illustration

Everyone knows who he is and everyone has an image in their mind of what he looks like. Now let’s open our mind and enjoy a sampling of what Shakespeare would look like if…  The wonderful site Érase una vez compiles a selection of images featuring  some of the “most picturesque, comic, absurd or ironic” images of the Bard. From Top Gun to the Terminator here is Willie in all his glory.       More images…

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Picturing Haruki Murakami’s Women June 27, 2014 – Posted in: Art, Books and Art, Content, Illustration

Portland-based artist Johnny Acurso celebrates some of Haruki Murakami’s most memorable female characters in his triptych painting ‘Murakami’s Women’.   “Granddaughter” from Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World “Sumire” in Sputnik Sweetheart ‘ “May” from The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle    The originals were painted in oil on illustration board.  Prints are available here

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