A regular contributor to the American cult classic “Mad Magazine” for the last 24 years, Rick Tulka has been very proud to be called one of the “Usual Gang of Idiots.”
In celebration of its 60 years of hijinks, Mad Magazine linked up with Time Home Entertainment to produce the archival book “Totally Mad,” which debuted at #1Â on the New York Times’ Hardcover Graphic Novel list. Understandably, Rick was incredibly excited to participate, and he has several pages included in the tome. You can learn more about this awesome compilation on Mad’s Blog.
We have some lovely goodies to share with you this week!
We were so happy to learn that Victo Ngai was asked to illustrate a full page piece for the New Yorker – possibly one of the most coveted assignments in our industry. The illustration was to accompany a wonderful piece of fiction by Peter Stamm entitled “Sweet Dreams,” and Victo was asked to create an image about the two young protagonists, a couple in Switzerland. Take a peak on her blog to see sketches and to learn more about her interesting process.
We also received these awesome images from Carlo Stanga, who recently completed a fabulous campaign in his native Italy for the cheese manufacturer “Galbani.”Â Here is a closeup of the work, which is classically Carlo:
And here we see the image in context, used in a huge advertisement next to a glorious gothic cathedral in Milan:
Finally, we wanted to take a moment to honor the life and work of Maurice Sendak, who sadly passed away this week. Sendak, who most famously penned the children’s classic “Where the Wild Things Are,” had an incredible influence on children’s literature, and he will be greatly missed. You can read more here.
image by Maurice Sendak:
I’m sure that the announcements are still trickling out, but we have heard confirmation from Victo Ngai and Valeria Petrone that two of their pieces (each!) have been accepted into CommArt 2012. Congratulations, Ladies! Let the jobs roll in.
Accepted Works by Victo Ngai:
Accepted Works by Valeria Petrone:
Another MGI artist was featured in Communication ArtsÂ recently! We were a bit delayed in announcing it, butÂ Valeria Petrone has been actively participating in the illustrative United Airlines campaigns, and a terrific article highlighting the efforts of the creative team behind the ads has been included in the January/February issue of CA.
Displaying one of her trademark humorous images, the article is a fascinating look at how illustration can be effectively used in marketing today.Â
It is so encouraging to see creatives using illustration so effectively and abundantly….be sure to pick up your copy today!
Many of us at MGI are huge fans of Katherine Dunn’s wonderful blog, so it was particularly exciting when The Bark Magazine decided to utilize her compassionate voice to approach this touching article. Accompanied by a wonderful pet portrait done in Katherine’s distinctive style, it’s a bit of a tear-jerker for animal lovers…proceed with caution!
When we first saw Rene Milot‘s scary bunny image commissioned by the Cirque de Soleil, our reaction was to run for the hills! But we made ammends when this fierce fellow hopped onto the cover of the new 3×3 Illonine Directory of Illustration. Every artist included in the directory was personally chosen to participate by the publisher, Charles Hively. What an honor for Reneâ€™s furry warrior to be selected as the sentry for this yearâ€™s beautiful presentation which also includes 40 pieces by MGI artists.
The January/February issue of Applied Arts Magazine is looking pretty snazzy to Anson Liaw this year. His awesome graphic fashion piece, “Parie-Claire,” graces the cover, while the interior features 12 additional illustrations plus an interview with the artist.
Anson’s unique style and energetic personality are surely what garnered him this attention, and congratulations are in order! Be sure to pick up your copy today.