March 16, 2013 |
Once upon a time not so very long ago I was a young woman living a writerly life of working poverty in New York City, which, for better or worse, engendered certain expectations from HBO's "Girls. " I admired though did not love the first season and felt hopeful about the second - creator Lena Dunham is smart and sharp-eyed, unafraid to wallow in the sticky brine of self-love and self-loathing that marks a certain time of many people's lives. But lately watching "Girls," which has its second-season finale Sunday night, just makes me feel old. And impatient in a vaguely maternal way, like when you see a lovely but irritating wild child running naked around the playground, shouting "vagina" at everyone and peeing in the sandbox.
March 15, 2013 |
She's had her own TV series, theme parks and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade float. She boasts more Facebook “likes” than First Lady Michelle Obama or Mickey Mouse. And her annual sales have been estimated at $5 billion. Not bad for a cat with no mouth. Hello Kitty, the feline superstar who manufacturer Sanrio says “speaks from the heart” instead of a mouth, soon will be clawing her way onto new territory: your walls. On Thursday, the Venice design firm Blik will launch a line of rub-on wall graphics for the home featuring the Kitty's famed black whiskers, yellow nose and puffy red hair bow on whatisblik.com and sanrio.com . We talked with Blik co-founder Scott Flora for this edited Q&A and asked about his experience working with an international starlet: How did this Sanrio project come about?
March 5, 2013 |
It's not accurate, exactly, to say that I've been waiting for James Vance and Dan E. Burr's graphic novel “On the Ropes” (W.W. Norton: 248 pp., $24.95) -- until I saw a copy, I had no idea that it was coming out. But it is the case that Vance and Burr's first book, “Kings in Disguise,” first published in 1988, is one of my favorite graphic novels - a stark bit of social realism tracing the travails of a 12-year-old named Freddie Bloch as he wanders through the Depression - and with this new work, which picks up the story in 1937, the creators have outdone themselves.
February 27, 2013 |
Miriam Katin's “Letting It Go” (Drawn & Quarterly: 160 pp., $24.95) is my kind of graphic memoir: loose, impressionistic, a portrait of the artist's inner life. Keyed by the decision of her adult son Ilan to take up permanent residence in Berlin, it is, in part, the story of her coming to terms, at long last, with her legacy as a survivor of the Holocaust. But without minimizing this part of the story, “Letting It Go” is much more than that - a meditation on love, on family, and an inquiry into art. Functioning in some sense as a sketchbook, Katin's story is delightfully open-ended, less a look back at a particular situation than a series of reflections from the trenches of her life as it is lived.
February 27, 2013 |
LONDON - As the world's oldest subway, better known as the Tube, celebrates its 150th birthday, here's a familiar but gently tweaked reminder: Mind the map. The London Underground is justly famous as a defining feature of the British capital, a wonder of the modern age that whooshes millions of riders around the city every day. But a London institution that may have an even tighter grip on the public imagination is having a birthday too...
February 12, 2013 |
Everywhere you turn, it seems Beyoncé has taken over the world. The superstar singer performed for President Obama at the inauguration last month and managed to brush off the accompanying lip sync scandal with style and grace. She's on the cover of the March issue of Vogue with the line "Queen B ! Beyoncé rules the world!" She had the twitterverse buzzing with #Beyoncebowl after her killer halftime performance at the Super Bowl. And she looked good doing all of it. Whether on stage in a Rubin Singer leather and lace number at the Super Bowl or ducking paparazzi in a sweater and jeans with rapper-husband Jay-Z, Beyoncé knows how to work her curves.
January 26, 2013 |
The artist and graphic designer known as Dickcherry doesn't sport any real tattoos, but he makes temporary ones for characters in the supernatural thriller "Mama," the action movie "The Last Stand," and "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. " "I can't even keep a painting that I've created on the wall long enough to even imagine having something on my body for the rest of my life," he said. "But I like the idea and the challenge of creating an image that will look good on human skin and will be a complement to the art form.
January 22, 2013 |
Gossip website TMZ.com re-edited graphic footage of a 19-year-old man being shot to death outside a Hollywood nightclub, following an online protest from the teen's family that drew support from more than 212,000 people. The family of the victim, Andre Lowe of South Los Angeles, publicly called on TMZ.com to take down the shaky, hand-held video showing a fist fight that spread into a melee, and ended with two shots being fired and the young man sprawled motionless on the pavement.
January 14, 2013 |
The debate over violence on TV is heating up, with a parents' group attacking ABC for a "graphic and disturbing" torture scene on the political drama "Scandal. " "On the very same night that Vice President Joe Biden met with entertainment industry leaders to discuss the issue of media violence and its impact on children, ABC - the television network owned by a company named for Walt Disney - aired an intense, explicit and bloodied torture scene during its show 'Scandal,'" the Parents Television Council wrote in a statement Monday.
January 12, 2013 |
Inspiration can come from anywhere. Even a cardboard box company. In 1950, the Container Corp. of America launched an advertising campaign called "Great Ideas of Western Man. " The series, which ran for three decades, paired quotes from leaders in philosophy, science and politics with artwork from modern artists. A new exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center uses the same technique but focuses on Jewish artists and phrases. "Voices & Visions" features 18 posters inspired by quotations from Jewish authors and scholars.