Fantastic Pulp Fiction Covers

"The term pulp fiction originally referred to "pulp" paper magazines of the late 19th century, such as Weird Tales and The Strand, which featured the work  of such prolific literary masters as H.G. Wells  (The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, (The Lost World, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes) J.R.R. Tolkien (Lord of the Rings) and Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan of the Apes). Generally, pulp fiction stories focused on man struggling with dark, powerful and often, evil forces -- both internal and external -- beyond his control. By the early and mid-20th century, pulp fiction, with its mix of science fact and speculative fiction, launched a new era and genre of fantasy stories with compelling alternative or parallel realities." Source: http://www.online-literature.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3992 and http://www.coverbrowser.com/

Ren & Stimpy | Drawings, Concept Art & Storyboards

Found these great sketches and storyboards for Ren & Stimpy from the http://www.animationarchive.org - while I was at it I ran into some of Scott Wills intense acrylic paintings from the show too...

Spumco - Vincent Waller 
http://www.animationarchive.org/2005/11/media-spumco-vincent-waller.html

Jim Smith Ren and Stimpy Layout Drawings 
http://www.animationarchive.org/2007/05/auction-jim-smith-ren-and-stimpy-layo...

John K's Storyboard For Stimpy's Invention 
http://www.animationarchive.org/2006/03/media-john-ks-storyboard-for-stimpys....

Ren & Stimpy Big House Blues Seq 03 
http://www.animationarchive.org/2007/01/story-ren-stimpy-big-house-blues-seq-...

Candy Cane Land - Scott Wills Paintings 
http://animationbgs.blogspot.com/

More here: John K Ren & Stimpy 
http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/search/label/Ren%20and%20Stimpy

The Illustration & Art Direction of Mary Blair

Blown away by the body of work of Mary Blair - she was responsible for the Art Direction of numerous classic Disney films such as Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan as well as producing fantastic illustrations for many children's books of yesteryear.

Assorted Illustrations from Mary Blair's 'Baby's house', 'Little Verses' and 'Golden Song Book' and other works
Main source: http://www.animationarchive.org/bio/2005/12/blair-mary.html

Animation & Imagineering @ Disney - Cinderella & Alice in Wonderland 
"An imaginative color stylist and designer, Mary Blair helped introduce modern art to Walt Disney and his Studio, and for nearly 30 years, he touted her inspirational work for his films and theme parks alike. Animator Marc Davis, who put Mary's exciting use of color on a par with Matisse, recalled, "She brought modern art to Walt in a way that no one else did. He was so excited about her work." Source: http://legends.disney.go.com/legends/detail?key=Mary+Blair

Spoonflower.com | Kawaii & Geek Fabrics

Kawaii...
http://www.spoonflower.com/tags/kawaii

Geek...
http://www.spoonflower.com/tags/geek via http://prostheticknowledge.tumblr.com/
Space Invader pillows by http://www.flickr.com/photos/voodoo_rabbit/sets/72157622336189343/
 

& Finally...
One for design geeks, Pantone Fabric http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/234992
Fabric pic from http://www.flickr.com/photos/38367146@N05/4640589836/ 

All from http://www.spoonflower.com/
"Spoonflower makes it possible for individuals to design, print and sell their own fabric designs."

Enter the 'War of the Worlds'

The Book Covers
Sourced from the remarkable collection of H.G Wells 'War of the World' covers and ephemera, with items stretching back over 100 years http://drzeus.best.vwh.net/wotw/wotw.html

Also, check out this chart mapping the comparative use of cover subjects, namely Tripods, Planets, Words, Martians and reference to the 1953 movie, all used as graphical subjects in the covers. Tripods=Win. http://drzeus.best.vwh.net/wotw/graphics.html

The Orson Welles Broadcast
Get a warm milky drink, close your curtains, then your eyes, and immersive yourself into the genuinely scary original 1938 radio broadcast of Orson Welles "War of the Worlds"...
 Source: http://www.archive.org/details/OrsonWellesMrBruns

"The War of the Worlds was an episode of the American radio drama anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was performed as a Halloween episode of the series on October 30, 1938 and aired over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network. Directed and narrated by Orson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds. The first two thirds of the 60-minute broadcast were presented as a series of simulated "news bulletins", which suggested to many listeners that an actual alien invasion by Martians was currently in progress. Compounding the issue was the fact that the Mercury Theatre on the Air was a 'sustaining show', meaning it ran without commercial breaks, thus adding to the program's quality of realism. Although there were sensationalist accounts in the press about a supposed panic in response to the broadcast, the precise extent of listener response has been debated. In the days following the adaptation, however, there was widespread outrage. The program's news-bulletin format was decried as cruelly deceptive by some newspapers and public figures, leading to an outcry against the perpetrators of the broadcast, but the episode secured Orson Welles' fame." Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_of_the_Worlds_(radio_drama)

And finally...

A test reel by stop-motion guru Ray Harryhausen, created for a pitch to RKO in 1949. This footage is from the documentary, 'The Harryhausen Chronicles', on almost every Harryhausen DVD.

10 Favourite Posts in 2010

Looking back on 2010, here's 10 of my favourite posts over the year - Have a Happy New Year Everyone! xx

1. Graphic Design of Fred Troller 1930-2002 http://kathykavan.com/fred-troller-graphic-design-swiss-typography

2. Mexico 1968 Olympic Identity by Lance Wyman http://kathykavan.com/mexico-1968-olympic-identity-by-lance-wyman

3. Graphic Heroes: Otl Aicher, Designer 1972 Munich Olympics Identity http://kathykavan.com/graphic-resource-otl-aicher-designer-1972-mun

4. Soviet Arcade Games & Posters http://kathykavan.com/soviet-arcade-games-posters

5. Tadanori Yokoo Psychedelic Posters http://kathykavan.com/tadanori-yokoo-psychedelic-posters-japan-grap

6. A lil' Waldo Pancake for you..http://kathykavan.com/a-lil-waldo-pancake-for-you

7. Modernist Textiles | 1950's & Henry Moore http://kathykavan.com/modernist-textiles-1950s-henry-moore

8. The many ways Star Wars is used in adverts... http://kathykavan.com/the-many-ways-star-wars-is-used-in-adverts

9. A World of Miffy & Dick Bruna http://kathykavan.com/a-world-of-miffy-and-dick-bruna-miffy-dickbru

10. Graphical Godzilla Godzilla Godzilla!!! http://kathykavan.com/graphical-godzilla-godzilla-godzilla

Illustrating the Mind > The Design of Psychology Book Covers

How would you illustrate matters concerning the mind? Well most of these Pelican and Penguin book covers use circles in some form as the shape of choice, add to that a few crazy squares, an ink blot and the occasional photo. The indistinct nature of the content allows rather graphic, abstract forms to occur - me likey. This set is also viewable in my Flickr gallery 'Illustrating the mind > Psychology Book Covers' - http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathykavan/galleries/72157625545004808/