Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Artist Himself: Rand Holmes

Published by Fantagraphics, The Artist Himself: Rand Holmes is a true artist retrospective. It wonderfully chronicles both the art and life of artist Holmes, illustrated througout with what is likley the most comprehensive catalogue of his art available.

Several of his indie comics stories are re-printed in full, as well as selected paintings and personal art pieces that show his tremendous skill and adaptability. His fine art paintings are pristine and inspiring, but I myself adore his black and white comics art that holds the style of the greats and clearly represents the best of the indie genre. The pages are at times rough and loose, yet elvolve over time in to pure comics craftsmanship. Holmes covers many subjects of his day, which thankfully include a healthy dose of drugs and smut.

Any art fan or would-be comics historian will revel in the text that rolls over the years of the birth of the underground comics scene through the indie comics boom of the 80's. This peppered with the story of one artist's life and all his ups and downs, loves, losses, struggles and successes. At times Holmes seemed to have lived a hard-luck life, at others a carefree hippy lifestyle with just the right amount of luck. It's decades before Holmes finds his place as both an artist and a man, sadly his final determinations come only shortly before his death. This, along with other key moments of his career, is punctuated by Holmes' own journal entries, heightening the personal tale with few details omitted. It is an amazing story of an amazing storyteller.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

I also like to grow onions

If you're looking for something more dramatic.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

I like to grow garlic

Mmmmmm... garlic. I love garlic. And whenever I come across a bulb that shows signs of a little green, I throw it in a jar and watch it sprout at a tremendous rate over just a few days.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Mac and Cheese Refresh

You may have noticed (or not) the bold new design on boxes of the Kraft classic. It's actually been out for a while now, but each time I see it I take a second look. There have been quite a few designs over the years but they haven't strayed far from home.

This design literally turns the heritage upside down! Another small detail that's so subtle it barey registered: That box has got a spoonfull of mac and cheese-- on a fork.