Cartoonist Lynda Barry Shows You How to Draw Batman in Her UW-Madison Course, “Making Comics”

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How do you draw Batman?
Don’t say you don’t, or that you can’t. According to cartoonist and educator Lynda Barry, we’re all capable of getting Batman down on paper in one form or another.

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Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov Strikingly Illustrated by Expressionist Painter Alice Neel (1938)

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We all know the reputation of 19th-century Russian novels: long, dense bricks of pure prose, freighted with deep moral concerns and, to the uninitiated, enlivened only by a confusing farrago of patronymics.

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Glorious Early 20th-Century Japanese Ads for Beer, Smokes & Sake (1902-1954)

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Earlier this month, we featured advertisements from Japan’s prewar Art Deco golden age, a period that shows off one facet of the country’s rich graphic history. While all forms of Japanese design remain compelling today, any time or place would be hard pressed to compete with the world of Japan’s pre-war print advertising.

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7 Rock Album Covers Designed by Iconic Artists: Warhol, Rauschenberg, Dalí, Richter, Mapplethorpe & More

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The art of the album cover is ground we cover here often enough, from the jazz deco creations of album art inventor Alex Steinweiss to the bawdy burlesques of underground comix legend R. Crumb.

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600+ Covers of Philip K. Dick Novels from Around the World: Greece, Japan, Poland & Beyond

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I envy book designers tasked with putting together covers for Philip K. Dick novels, and yet I don’t envy them.

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Advertisements from Japan’s Golden Age of Art Deco

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Get talking with graphic design people, and Japan will come up sooner or later. That country, always a world leader in aesthetics, has put the time and energy of generations into perfecting the discipline.

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Illustrations for a Chinese Lord of the Rings in a Stunning “Glass Painting Style”

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy has had an enormously wide, cross-cultural appeal.

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Gun Nut William S. Burroughs & Gonzo Illustrator Ralph Steadman Make Polaroid Portraits Together

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Ralph Steadman is best known as the artist who realized the gonzo vision of Hunter S. Thompson in illustrations for the latter’s books and articles (and more recently, perhaps, for the labels on Colorado’s Flying Dog brew).

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Salvador Dalí Illustrates Don Quixote: Two Spaniards with Unique World Views

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Both Spanish, both mustachioed, both see the world, insistently, in their own way: only natural, I suppose, that Salvador Dalí of Figueres and Don Quixote of La Mancha would run into each other sooner or later.

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Designer Reimagines Iconic Movie Posters With Minimalist Designs: Reservoir Dogs, The Matrix & More

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While watching Interstellar and hating it, designer Nick Barclay came up with a project for himself — taking the posters of famous films and reimagining them with a minimalist design that uses only circles. Above, you can see his clever take on Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs.

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