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There's a wide range of content in Catalan artist Joan Cornellà's comics. His panels can easily include silly sight gags about having a face where a butt should be, or more upsetting, gory, violent imagery. No matter what, his characters are almost always smiling and definitely psychotic. For a good example of the twisted psychotic logic that dominates each comic's narrative, see "Zonzo" (first comic below). In it, a man's arm catches on a door and rips off. He's scared and spurts blood everywhere, until a co-worker slips in the blood and everyone laughs.

Keep an eye on Joan Cornellà's blog for new work. Prints are also available directly from the artist

Inspired by Samuel Beckett's "Endgame" 

Alex Eben Meyer is a Philadelphia-born, Brooklyn-based illustrator, with a portfolio that puts print work for the New York Times and Time magazine next to iOS imagery and remains remarkably cohesive. He's fond of anthropomorphizing everything from hair dryers to hot dogs. And while meat appears in much of his work, he skips the tired bacon humor and instead uses imagery of steaks and other cuts in a more inventive way, like showing meat consumption by state, and creating new lettering for a summertime arts feature.

Check out Meyer's new site.

Photo by: Andrew Ho

We're big fans of Andrew Ho's colored pencil illustrations. The California-based illustrator has a way of rendering the everyday activities of his anthropomorphized sports fan characters into vibrant scenes. Mundane activities like watering plants in a household garden or taking a nap on the couch easily become eye-catching scenes with Ho's eye for color and composition. We had to know more, so we emailed Ho some questions.

What's a typical day like? What time of day do you usually start working on illustrations?
Honestly, my days are inconsistent. I do not have a normal cycle by any means. For the most part, I work at night. There's something about the quiet and coolness of night that my mind really responds to.

What kind of materials do you work with?
I work with pencil. I have no secrets.

The brown and yellow striped upholstery in the Patrick Ewing fan's living room [Doubt] is pretty amazing. Can you talk a little about your work with color and texture? Seems like you intentionally want some things to clash.
When I make an image I always consider composition. When I draw one thing I will always consider things already existing within the image. Everything reacts to something else and equilibrium must be maintained. That aside, color, shapes, value are all considered in my process.

What projects are you working on now?
Currently, I'm working on a landscape drawing. Recently, I've been making drawings based off of some still lives, and I thought it might have been time to switch it up. So I've been studying various works from the Impressionists to the Hudson River School painters and I've been trying to implement some of their ideas into my work. It has been hard.

What's one place you'd love to see one of your illustrations? A bus? A billboard?
Honestly, the greatest place for my work would be in the possession of individuals who can appreciate what I have done. Knowing that my work is in the hands of someone who can value my labor is more than enough to grant me peace of mind.

There's a lot of sports imagery in your work. Is it hard being a Knicks fan in California?
That's funny. Um, well I don't have many friends that watch basketball with me and the few friends that I have are rather civil. We get into arguments here and there but it's all good fun. But believe me... we get into it.

See more from Andrew Ho at AndrewChuaniHo.com

Photo by: Ryan Heshka | Frog Mens Prize

Canadian magazine illustrator Ryan Heshka actually trained in interior design, but it seems the self-taught illustrator found his true inspiration in pulp mags, classic comic styles, and graphic design. His show "Strange Powers III" just opened, featuring 16 paintings from a forthcoming BLAB! trading card set of money-grubbing zombies, a multi-tentacled death, and slime-drooling creatures. 

The show runs to November 5 at Copro Gallery.



The new card game published as a collaboration by Rollo and Nieves is quite a flexible deck. The artist who drew the 100 cards, Masanao Hirayama, sees the deck having three possible uses: a simple memory game, a modified version of the quick draw Japanese card game Karuta, or for an entirely new game with rules written by the players. The deck contains 50 drawings, each printed on two cards, with a printed cardboard box.

The deck is on sale now from Nieves and Rollo.

For a new documentary profile, Ghostly sent filmmaker Will Calcutt to Rochester, NY to spend some time with artist Andy Gilmore in his studio. Gilmore, a frequent Ghostly collaborator who has contributed cover art for albums from artists like Gold Panda (whose music happens to soundtrack the profile), also releases his own work through the label's in-house art division, Ghostly International Editions. In addition to prints and music packaging, Gilmore's geometric illustrations have appeared in the pages of Wired, The New York Times, and a long list of publications. Check out the profile, and some of Gilmore's work below.

The two upcoming Steve Jobs biopics and the incredible auction price for an original Apple 1 computer ($671,400) should be proof enough that the cult of Apple has grown considerably since the company shipped its first garage-built computers. While the films will probably focus on more dramatic details of Apple's history, illustrator Aakash Doshi's work distills the company's design history into a series of minimal illustrations. While the project sticks to desktop computers, in a few years an iPod or iPhone centric series would be in order. [via Defringe]

Graphic designer Zaven Najjar is a massive hip hop fan. On his Tumblr, Rap Posters, Najjar isolates single lines from new and old rap songs, and illustrates the lyrics in a bold graphic poster using a single image and a consistent typeface. He posts a new one every day, working in equal parts with silly lines from tracks like Lil Wayne's "Lollipop", more ominous verses from Mobb Deep, and French language rap verses from the Malian rapper Oxmo Puccino.

Follow Rap Posters on Tumblr.

Will Laren's down-and-out characters have a tendency to deliver dark comedic monologues. His illustrations, which appear in his three-color silkscreen zine Slurricane, in Vice, and his own posters, feature highly active colors, usually bright blues, purples, and greens made to intentionally clash. The resulting work, especially his fluorescent outlines, shouts at us to be seen.

Keep up with Will Laren via his Tumblr and Facebook.

"Youth Tooth"

If you picked up the latest issue of Apartamento, you might have seen the epic 14-page "Looking for Anything" comic, the work of illustrator Andy Rementer. While his style looks great as a piece of longform, Rementer has also done remarkable lettering work, including features for New York Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and a spot for a sustainable paper called Opus 30, seen at the top of the post.

See more work on pillowcases, posters, and wrapping paper on the artist's site.

Pick up a copy of this poster from the artist.