Alex Mellon is an illustrator and mess maker originally from Newcastle, but is currently based in London. Whose distinct satire has been featured Frische Magazine, and Vice Magazine.
Mellon studied at the world leading University of the Arts London. Graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Illustration. Since graduating, he has worked on some varied project. He collaborated with photographer, Anna Victoria Best, for a Frische magazine shoot where he illustrating three unusual monster-inspired masks. He collaborated with fashion designer Sarah Hellen on her LFW14 collection.
Emmanuel Larcenet, better known as Manu Larcenet. He is a French comics writer, illustrator and colourist. A prominent name in Franco-Belgian comics. To date he has worked on in excess of 50 books. Larcenet is known for his humour, showcased on title Bill Baroud and Le retour à la terre (The return to earth). However, he has demonstrated a great strength to handle deeper social and emotional content, evident in Le combat ordinaire (Ordinary Victories) and Blast.
Chris W. Kim is an illustrator and cartoonist who lives in Toronto, Canada. His portfolio mainly consists of editorial pieces, but also features a few short comics rather reminiscent of the Theatre of the Absurd.
The combination of Kim’s thin crisp outline with spirited cross-hatching truly brings some unusual imagery to life. His use of disproportionate facial features and exaggerated body language help the character’s woes leap off the page. Kim’s work is not confined to just the conceptual and somber. His style and technique also brings a lot of liveliness to more humorous pieces as well.
Rea Irvin’s name might not be instantly familiar, but you most certainly are familiar with his work. Born August 26, 1881 in San Francisco, Irvin studied at the Mark Hopkins Art Institute. His first steps into an illustration career was as an unpaid cartoonist for The San Francisco Examiner. In conjunction with his illustrating endeavours, he also worked as an actor and a piano player before moving to the East Coast in 1906.
He was working as the art director for Life Magazine until American journalist Harold Ross approached Irvin to help launch a new magazine, The New Yorker. Initially brought on board just as an advisor, Irvin created the New Yorker typeface, served as the magazine’s first art editor and drew the famous Eustace Tilley portrait used for the very first issue. The New Yorker debuted on February 21, 1925 with Irvin assuming that the magazine would fold after just a few issues, but would go on to illustrate 69 covers from 1925 until 1958. All of which you can see in the book, Covering the New Yorker.
Fellow cartoonist James Thurber had this to say about Rea Irvin,
“The invaluable Irvin, artist, ex-actor, wit, and sophisticate about town and country, did more to develop the style and excellence of The New Yorker’s drawings and covers than anyone else, and was the main and shining reason that the magazine’s comic art in the first two years was far superior to its humorous prose.”
Today marks the opening of a new exhibition at the Cartoon Museum called “Gillray’s Ghost: James Gillray and his influence on political cartoons”. As such I thought it was about time, perhaps even overdue, to look into the inspiration of the exhibition and countless illustrators.
James Gillray was born in Chelsea, London on August 13, 1756 (or 1757). He was sadly the only child of five to survive infancy. When Gillray was five years old, he was sent away to be educated at the Moravian Academy, Bedford. He left education when he was eight and became an apprentice to a letter engraver, Harry Ashby. After learning the trade, Gillray got bored and decided to join a group of strolling players traveling England, putting on theatrical performances.
Harry Partridge, a British independent animator who came to our attention with his satirical Saturday Morning Watchmen short. A child-friendly reimagining of the acclaimed comic, with some nods to the adult material of the original. The juxtaposition of the two worlds, funny in itself, becomes funnier when you stop to consider the true butt of a joke was the many children cartoons based on inappropriate content we were actually exposed to.
You may recognise Natalie Nourigat’s name from our recent 28 Gumroad Creators You Really Should Know post, but undoubtably you would like to learn a little bit more about her. “Tally” is a cartoonist, storyboard artist, character designer, animator and writer. She attended University of Oregon and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese, in 2010.
Tally is currently working on a creator-owned serialised comic, Over the Surface. The 10-issue miniseries will be published in 2016 by Oni Press. She has started a Patreon for it, where patrons are privy to behind-the-scenes process and artwork.
What is next for the multi-skilled and multi-disciplined Tally? Well, she recently moved to Los Angeles, California to begin her new role as a Story Apprentice at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Sounds about right. I will be looking forward to her future projects.