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Awesome picture book illustrators #5: Arthur Rackham

Arthur Rackham, like Maxfield Parrish, still enjoys a following today. His legend extends beyond the world of illustrated books and there are several art books dedicated to his work currently in print. It’s difficult to point out works with which he is specifically associated, largely because he mostly provided illustrations for new editions of long-established works like Aesop’s Fables, Alice in Wonderland, Wind in the Willows, etc.  The one original work of some fame that he illustrated is Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, which is largely overshadowed by its sequel, Peter and Wendy (aka Peter Pan).  Anyway, read ’em and weep!

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Awesome picture book illustrators #4: John Tenniel

Mr. Tenniel is the eldest illustrator featured thus far. Tenniel was not a full-time illustrator of books but rather spent most of his time working on editorial cartoons for Punch magazine.  Still, the in addition to a version of Aesop’s Fables, he illustrated a couple of immortal whoppers, namely Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There.  And now gaze at his his handiwork!

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Jan Svankmajer

jan svankmajer is a surrealist filmmaker from prague. he’s made a good number of films, often incorporating stop-motion animation and/or puppetry. tim burton likes him a lot, but the communists do not, and back in 1972, they forced him to stop making films.

later, he made more films.

i haven’t seen any of his features, but after watching some youtube stuff, i really want to see them.






God damn my art teacher

I may have told you before about my horoscope conversations I’d have with my art teacher.

I may have told you other things about her.

Here is another. She mentioned that many of her favorite films have a theme of a young girl traveling to a fantasy land and she cited Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and Labyrinth. “Oh,” I said, “then you must like Mirrormask and Return to Oz.” She responded with, “Huh?” So I let her borrow them, along with The Dark Crystal. Alas, she couldn’t make it all the way through Dark Crystal or Return to Oz because she found them to be too boring but mainly too . . .


Yep, now you know. The Dark Crystal is too old be enjoyed. THANKFULLY, she acknowledged that it was proabably a “great movie in its time.” When I asked what her deal is with old things she blamed the media, and then added that we’re all affected by the media in the same manner.


I asked what movies she likes and her list included Fight Club, The Saint, and “anything with Val Kilmer.” Fuck art teachers.