Friday, August 28, 2009

Call for Entries: Broadsided! The Intersection of Art and Literature (9/1; 10/2-31)

While this event is more for artists than academics, I know more that a few people who are both...
The Intersection of Art and Literature

October 2-31, 2009
23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon

Before books, before blogs and before mass media, there were broadsides. Historically, broadsheet posters were ephemeral in nature: often political or editorial proclamations or even advertising. Today, broadsides hang at the intersection of art and literature. Letterpress printed broadsides are valued as graphic fine art designed and printed by a true craftsperson; but also as fine literature featuring poetry or prose.

This exhibit is open to all letterpress printed broadsides. At least one element of the broadside must be letterpress printed and may be combined with any other artistic medium. The work may be created in whole by the artist or in collaboration with others. Broadsides will be judged on overall design, typography, cohesiveness of text and image as well as the level of craft and production quality. One broadside chosen by the jurors will be awarded a Best of Show Award with a cash prize of $300 and a solo show in the book room at 23 Sandy at a future date.

Entry deadline is September 1, 2009. Complete entry information and online entry form can be found here:

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Great Comic Book Typography (Lecture): September 17, Type Directors Club, NYC)

Here's the announcement of an upcoming lecture by "Friend of the Blog" Arlen Schumer. I'm really hoping to attend, not least because I have a professional interest in the topic. Plus, Arlen's lectures are always mind-blowingly illustrated. So if you're in the neighborhood on September 17, come on down!
Great Comic Book Typography
by Arlen Schumer
Comic Book Historian
(The Silver Age of Comic Book Art, Collectors Press 2003)
September 17, 2009
Type Directors Club, 347 W 36 NYC

An overview of some of the best typography in comic book history -- hand-lettered balloons, ads and logotypes -- and the impact it has had on Schumer's own comic book-styled illustration for the advertising and editorial markets over the past 25 years.

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