In other news I was possessed by a sudden and savage compulsion to design a new EXIT VECTOR cover and it felt good so I just went with it

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Photo by Chica Fumando

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Storm Pitch: ARE WE NOT MEN? WE ARE DURACELL!

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Sorry, The Creep in the Art Department just couldn’t resist. An apocalyptic storm bearing down, and all the shit laid out on the counter, and it was just sitting there, man, a real MAD MEN moment. “Are we not men? WE ARE DURACELL.”

Some muscles never stop flexing.

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Because You Need a Little PHANTASM on Your Saturday

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Illustration by Coke Navarro

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ART IN THE INFOGRAPHIC AGE

I’m cutting and pasting this from BoingBoing because the art is just too beautiful—I want to hold it and stroke it and love it and name it George.

Art in the Infographic Age

Artists Tom Whalen and Kevin Tong break into the sophisticated, rapidly growing world of infographs with their exhibition, Info•Rama.

No one wants to read anything any more, or so I keep reading on the interwebs. Which is one reason why infographics have become the preferred method of delivering news and information for newspapers, magazines, and online-only publishers. In fact, data visualizations have been around since at least the Victorian Era, and savvy schoolteachers have long known that if they pair pictures with text in an engaging way, kids tend to pay attention.

Now two artists, Tom Whalen and Kevin Tong, have merged infographics with fine art in an exhibition called Info•Rama (August 23 – September 17, 2014) at the Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach, California. Consisting of a dozen limited-edition screenprints, six by Whalen and six by Tong, the exhibition features colorful charts on leafcutter ants, an homage to the P-51D Mustang (“The most recognized and celebrated American fighter of the second World War”), the component parts of an Extravehicular Mobility Unity (we know this device as the spacesuit) and a diagram detailing Samurai armor worn in feudal Japan.

“Kevin reached out to me more than two years ago about the possibility of putting on a two-man show,” says Whalen of the show’s genesis. “We were both fans of each other’s work, and after a lot of spitballing, Kevin, who had just created an infographic-style poster for “Breaking Bad,” threw out the idea of a show full of infographics.”

The result is a dozen images on topics from technology to nature. “I worked on the octopus first,” Whalen recalls, “Kevin started with the leafcutter ants. We didn’t have a hard-and-fast list of subjects at the beginning, but my son is a train fanatic, so he was the inspiration for the transcontinental-railroad piece.”

With most of the printing handled by DL Screenprinting in Seattle (Ohdanielsan of Los Angeles printed Tong’s Spacesuit and Zeppelin prints), the series features small edition sizes (no more than 100) and dimensions from 12 inches tall by 36 inches wide (and vice versa) to the more standard 18-by-24. “As varied as they are, the sizes are all suited to standard off-the-shelf frames,” says Whalen. And while both artists would obviously be happy if some of their prints ended up on a few living-room walls, discounts are available to teacher who wants to use Whalen and Tong’s infographics in their classrooms.

Photo IDS:

Kevin Tong

Print

Leafcutter Ants

12 x 36 inches

Ed: 60

Printer: DL ScreenprintingPrint

Nikola Tesla

12 x 36 inches

Ed: 100

Printer: DL ScreenprintingPrint

Zeppelin

18 x 24 inches

Ed: 80

Printer: OhdanielsanPrint

Spacesuit

18 x 24 inches

Ed: 80

Printer: Ohdanielsan

Tom Whalen Print

Octopus

12 x 36 inches

Ed: 90

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Transcontinental Railroad

36 x 12 inches

Ed: 80

Printer: DL Screenprintinginfographics_P-51mustang_dev1

P-51 Mustang

18 x 24 inches

Ed: 75

Printer: DL ScreenprintingPrint

 

 

Samurai

12 x 36 inches

Ed: 100

Printer: DL Screenprinting

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“Floaty Witch” by Becky Munich

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Isn’t this lovely? Christ, I wish she’d agree to create a comical book w/ yours truly! But she won’t, because I’m such an absolute bastard. Perfectly understandable. In the meantime, you are invited to enjoy her inestimable work on instagram.

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Takato Yamamoto — NECROPHANTASMAGORIA

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Takato Yamamoto’s latest collection of illustrations, NECROPHANTAS- MAGORIA, is otherworldly, eerie, sexy, disturbing, and gorgeous. Of course.

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Man, it’s been too long since Yamamoto’s beautiful lines have graced these hollow pages!

Books and prints can be ordered from AkaTako.net.

Many thanks to Kill The Ponies and Ghoul Next Door.

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“Alas Vegas,” Stunning Tarot illustrations by John Coulthart for a Vegas-themed role-playing game

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Now, I think John Coulthart walks on water, okay? Brilliant designer, outstanding draftsman, super-swell generous guy into wicked nifty stuff, etc. But I have to admit when he mentioned a few months ago that he was working on a Tarot project, my blood didn’t boil with enthusiasm; it didn’t even simmer. What’s he going to bring to the Tarot table? thought I, because I am a warped frustrated old man, bitter about the power I used to wield with the deck, long fled, long gone. Well. Then I saw John’s designs for the 21 Trumps and the exclamation Holy shit my eyes are melting was woefully inadequate, as you can see from the samples above. John’s imagination and invention has never been stronger than what’s currently on display at his site and I am low and craven cur for ever doubting him.

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Watch This Space — hexes —

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PHOTO: Dissolution by Marcel Bolivar on Behance

SECRET INFO! The Creep in the Art Department is… pleased with this cover.

Coming soon.

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ZIMMERMAN MEETS DEXTER

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via DANGEROUS MINDS

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LOVE IS THE LAW, a new novel coming this fall from Nick Mamatas — Special Alternate Cover Gallery by The Creep in the Art Department

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Warren Ellis author of GUN MACHINE and CROOKED LITTLE VEIN writes: “Absolutely, perversely brilliant… a fucked-up piece of work.”

In 1989, punk-rock girl “Golden” Dawn has crafted an outsider’s life combining the philosophies of Communism and Aleister Crowley’s black magic. One fateful day she finds the dead body of her mentor in both politics and magick shot in the head, seemingly a suicide. But Dawn knows there’s more going on than the Long Island cops could ever hope to uncover. In setting out to find the murderer herself, she will encounter dark and twisted truths for which no book, study, or basement show could have prepared her. Award-winning prose author Nick Mamatas crafts a raw, hilarious, original mystery!

The Creep in the Art Department felt compelled to create alternate covers for LOVE IS THE LAW

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Nick writes: Why not pre-order a copy? Things From Another World is the publisher-preferred e-retailer. Amazon has it so cheap that for Amazon Prime customers they’ll lose money selling it.

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