The art is by Jack Kirby with inks and colors by me. Kirby was my earliest artistic role model and never before has his influence on our culture been more profound. Beyond the comics page through film and television his archetypes, creations and co-creations have become our new mythology: the list is staggering: Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Thor, the X-Men, the Silver Surfer, the New Gods, just to name a few.
There is a new book out by Mark Evanier, Kirby: King of Comics, which I have reviewed for Print Magazine. This is a “coffee table” art book, with beautiful reproductions, from H.N. Abrams publisher.
The Thinking Creatively Conference is held every spring at Kean University in Union, NJ, cosponsored by the Art Directors Club of New Jersey. It is a world-class event, featuring speakers from all disciplines of design. Since the second conference I have designed all the graphics. Each time, I do what I caution my students not to do; I try to reinvent the wheel.
There is a beautiful new book released from Rockport Publishers, Design For Special Events by Peleg Top. It features Thinking Creatively as one of the case studies included.
It’s not every day that you get to revisit an older design and update it. However, that is what happened recently with the Design Exploration Series. The reason? Thomson Learning, the parent company changed hands last year and the imprint was changed from Delmar to Cengage.
Basically, working with student designer Lisa Marie Pompilio, we got to give it a new coat of fresh paint. Thanks to the support of Design Director Bruce Bond and Editor Jim Gish, I think it’s looking good. See for yourself: