Considering he was elected Class Clown in high school, it should come as no surprise that Dave Barry has since been having a long and storied career as one of America’s top humor columnists. Now, the professional funnyman has teamed up with original SNL writer Alan Zweibel for a collaborative comic novel about two suburban dads who manage to make sense of the world through humor.
While some of us are still scratching our heads wondering just how true Exit Through the Gift Shop is, filmmakers Alper Cagatay and Christopher Thompson have released their “modern-day, true-story, crime-theft, comedy-caper” documentary, How To Sell a Banksy. True to the title’s name, it follows the two as they get their hands on a Banksy and go through the motions of trying to unload it and make a profit. The documentary is available for download now.
Pairing rare highlights with ubiquitous Beatles tunes, Sir George Martin and his son Giles have put together a sonic odyssey that serves as the musical backdrop for Cirque du Soleil’s mesmerizing tribute to the Beatles: Love.
Sculptor Mark Nathan Stafford has created a delightful teapot in the form of Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy from Star Trek. Plug his noodle full of leaves, let him steep, and then proceed to tilt and pour some brew out of his left ear. Yum.
As if most images of LA weren’t weird enough, now there’s a whole new crop of pictures that shed light on a gritty Los Angeles — in glorious black and white. They’re rare, archival snapshots of mid-century LA, documenting an era, landscape, and zeitgeist that no longer exist.
With the American version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo out on December 21, Sony Pictures has released a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,” as interpreted by Karen O of the Yeah, Yeah Yeahs, Atticus Ross, and Trent Reznor.
Life magazine called it “the skinny dip you’ll never see.” In what would have been Marilyn Monroe’s last film role, the buxom, platinum-haired icon frolicked in and around a swimming pool for the unfinished Something’s Got to Give in 1962, a remake of the screwball comedy My Favorite Wife from 1940. Monroe died before she finished making the movie, but excerpts and snapshots of her now-legendary nude bathing scene have only fueled her posthumous celebrity.
The journals of commercial designers, graphic artists, and illustrators are the subjects in Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Great Graphic Designers by Steve Heller and Lita Talarico. Whether it’s design and branding, stock illustration, print, interactive media, or typography, ideas are recorded in the artist’s sketchbook long before the finished products are in the public eye. This book illustrates a wide span of creative approaches and techniques with themes as unique as the artists who created them.