For his sequel to 1957’s A Book of Battles, graphic design legend Seymour Chwast chronicles 5,000 years of the world’s wars in a new volume’s black and white illustrations.
Charley Harper died in Dayton, Ohio on a Sunday ten years ago this past June. He was just shy of his 85th birthday and had been battling complications stemming from pneumonia for months.
In The Lonesome Go, comics artist and graphic illustrator Tim Lane profiles familiar, typically unshaven folk: bar flies, train-hopping drifters, biker types. His subjects aren’t often shackled to homes or jobs, and in turn, Lane doesn’t weigh them down with backstories or peripheral details. Travel and highways are frequent motifs — everybody’s moving. There are buses, boats, rail lines, gas stations, pickup trucks, and long road trips. Lane’s weathered characters lumber in and out of motels and half-empty saloons on these big, black-and-white pages; they slip suddenly into surreal predicaments, where the pen strokes prove elastic and unpredictable. My new piece on this book is live at Hyperallergic.