Wired‘s slideshow Vintage Japanese Robots Storm Sci-Fi Museum shows 13 pictures of neat toys, like Mechagodzilla bellow. The toys are from the personal collection of the designer Tom Geismar, from Chermayeff & Geismar, which has been collecting for decades. Those and many other robots will be presented in exhibition Robots: A Designer’s Collection of Miniature Mechanical Marvels at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, in Seattle, through October 26th. More images here.
The Weapon Shop
Mark Bergin Toys
Robots and monsters
Robots: museum and sculptures
The adorable taro root mice bellow were created by Jimmy Zhang, a chef and produce artist in San Francisco. The image is part of The New York Times‘ slideshow Playing With Food, which also includes more images of food turned into art by James Parker, Hugh McMahon and Saxton Freymann. It’s part of the article Knife Skills: Creating Feasts for the Eyes by Kate Murphy. She presents the carved watermelon sculptures by Mr. Parker and explains the growth of those kind of creations using fruits and vegetables:
“We’re seeing more fruit and vegetable entries every year that are incredibly creative,” said Thomas Smyth, chairman of the Salon of Culinary Art, an annual competition sponsored by the Société Culinaire Philanthropique in New York. Recent eye-catchers, he said, have included melons carved to look like Fabergé eggs and lifelike cocktails made of butternut squash, carrots and papaya.
Probably part of the “guilty” of the current appetite for whimsical produce art belongs to Saxton Freymann, which published in 1997 book Play With Your Food, with pictures of brussels sprouts pigs, broccoli poodles and lemony bears. The article also presents a video with Hugh McMahon carving the portrait of James Beard in a watermelon.
Food to amuse
The card above looks like Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks!, but it’s from the popular science fiction trading card series Mars Attacks. The bubble-gum cards were released by Topps in 1962, created by Brown and Woody Gelman and were the base of inspiration to Burton’s film. The cards were painted by the famous pulp-comic artist, Norm Saunders. Check the other 65 cards on the Mars Attacks Archives Gallery. (via Pez)
The Trade Card Place
A Nation of Shopkeepers
Famous Person Caricatures
Coca-Cola Trading Cards and Ads
The Nineteenth-Century American Trade Card
Chéri Hérouard was a French illustrator who was most famously known for his forty-five year work for French society magazine, La Vie Parisienne, which was (is?) a French humoristic and erotic weekly magazine, published in Paris since 1863.
‘La Vie Parisienne‘ was one of the more famous and well-known of specifically Parisienne magazines. Originally intended as a guide to the privileged social and artistic life in the French capital, it soon evolved into a mildly risqué publication in which illustrations of scantily clad damsels abounded. It was all done in very good taste though it had more than its fair share of detractors. General Pershing for one is said to have personally warned American servicemen against purchasing the magazine – for little good that would have done. ‘La Vie Parisienne’ was also banned in certain countries such as neighboring Belgium for instance, though in war-time it appeared that such silly regulations were not always adhered to.
The marvellous art work of Chéri Herouard is very well presented by this photoset with 197 images, many of them covers of La Vie Parisienne. The set was created by asoftblackstar and contains some NSFW illustrations. For more images and covers visit this, this,this and this page. (via Hugo Strikes Back)
Takorantis is the site of the Japanese studio Takorasu, “Las octopus” according to a weird on-line translation. On the Takorasu portfolio you will find their work of wonderful illustrations and animations with robot-like giant animals, which transport tiny whimsical steam worlds; midis from their animations, images of character design, and images (reload the page) of a web comic (now closed). Those steam worlds are inspired on the 19th century machinery and the middle ages European cities. For more information about it, watch the short video bellow by Diginfonew. (via armchair aquarium)
The Italian artist Maurizio Savini makes amazing sculptures with fibreglass and pink chewing gum. Mario Codognato wrote about his work:
The sensual act of chewing, the voluptuous warmth of rebelling saliva, the artificial and secretly aseptic fragrance which spreads from the mouth as a promise and missed kiss. The synthetic fleshliness of the pink color, the obsessive square shape of the product unwrapped and ready to be shred to pieces by the power of the tongue, all compete in crashing on the senses. Applying all this to the power and energy of the Sculpture and its history causes a short circuit having the capacity of turning the ludic into stately and vice versa. The strict minimalism of parallelepiped is subverted by the uniform coating with many bars of chewing-gum completely cover it, rendering chewable to desire, soft and provoking to forbidden touch, what was abstract and distant.
More images of his works at Pastificio Cerere Foundation, Olivier Houg Galerie, artMbassy, Arts blog.it, Angel Art Gallery and bellow. (via Notcot)
Wow! For the third time, Bibi’s box is a finalist in the Best Latin American Blog category on the Bloggies! First, I’d like to thank all those who voted for this blog on the Eighth Annual Weblog Awards: The 2008 Bloggies, since I hadn’t even annoyed people for votes. I really appreciate your support. It makes me a happy Bibi.
However, now that I am one of the finalist, and I really hope that third time is a charm.I would like to ask all of you who visit, read, or just stopped by for a peek, to vote on the 2008 Bloggies for Bibi’s box and, if at all possible, to spread some love on your blog, asking people to vote for me. Specially if you are Brazilian. Think about it, I am the only Brazilian there, and a woman, and I think that is something special.
Thanks again for your vote, love and comments. And don’t forget to vote until January, 31.
During the summer and early fall of 2003 The Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library featured the exhibition Ohio Cartoonists – A Bicentennial Celebration shown in the Philip Sills Exhibit Hall of the William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library, The Ohio State University Libraries, and The Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library.
Ohio has remarkable place in the history of American cartooning. The number of well-known cartoonists who were born, educated and/or worked in the state is amazing. It was fitting during this bicentennial year to honor our stateâ€™s extraordinary legacy with this exhibition.
The digital version of the exhibition Ohio Cartoonists: A Bicentennial Celebration highlights the accomplishments of six of the state’s most notable late nineteenth and early twentieth century newspaper and magazine cartoonists.
The on-line version presents the works of only six cartoonists: Edwina Dumm, Billy Ireland, Winsor McCay, Charles Nelan, Frederick Burr Opper and Richard Outcault. However, the images of comics and cartoons worth a visit.
The Cambodian blogger Jinja , from Webbed Feet, Web Log, made some interesting discovers in the pulp books universe. Then, as a nice guy does, he blogged the “Pulp Cambodia Novel Covers” through three posts: Uth Roeun, Hul Sophon and Em Satya. I think all the covers are from 1970’s, with styles going from action with romance to historical novels and revolutionary themes. (via PCL)