This past Wednesday Richard Solomon and staff attended the Visual Connections Expo in Manhattan. It was a great meet and greet session where we saw art directors we've worked with before and made new connections! It was a great annual event and a great way for creative professionals find new sources for illustration, photographer, and stock images. Its a free event for creative professionals so keep an eye out for the Expo next year and be sure to attend!
An early view of the Expo
Richard and staff member, May Parsey answering questions
A view of the expo in full swing
Richard and artists representative, Tim Mendola, catch up and compare notes
Richard reuniting with the World Book's art director, Tom Evans
Maria Corte Maidagan collaborated with Barcelona based studio, The Others, to create this in depth beautiful video, educating the people of Europe about Ebola and how to help. The video was commissioned by the World Health Organization and the European Commission. Maria illustrated all of the characters and all the scenes, The Others took care of the animation. So awesome to see Maria's work come to life!
"We fear death so profoundly, not because it means the end of our body, but because it means the end of our consciousness - better to be a spirit in Heaven than a zombie on Earth."
- Alison Gopnik
"I always thought of the zombies as being about revolution, one generation consuming the next."
- George A. Romero
" These days, it's kinda hard just to make the buried stay
Our subject's not alive, but he fakes it anyway
We told him he was dead, and he'd better lie down
But he just waved at us as he shambled into town"
- Pretty Spry (For a Dead Guy)
"If thou openest not the gate to let me enter, I will break the door, I will wrench the lock, I will smash the door-posts, I will force the doors. I will bring up the dead to eat the living. And the dead will outnumber the living."
- The Epic of Gilgamesh
"The foulest stench is in the air
The funk of forty thousand years
And grisly ghouls from every tomb
Are closing in to seal your doom"
- Vincent Price
"It's a perfect night for mystery and horror. The air itself is filled with monsters."
- Mary Shelley
"Sometimes dead is better."
- Stephen King
"Corpses... lumbering, rotting cadavers. What contrivance could have wrought this... this... abomination? Diseased science? Blasphemous occult rituals? How could something so, so dead... yet be so... alive?! And hungry! They lust for flesh! Human flesh! And feast on all the sweetbreads a man has to offer..."
- Dr. Maximillian Roivas
"Life after life, you won't need flowers on your grave.
You won't need prayers; you have no mortal soul to save."
- Dracula (The Musical)
"I hate the undead. All dead, but yet still alive. Makes a mockery of me job."
- The Grim Reaper (The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy)
"This is the way the world ends; not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door."
- Amanda Hocking
"There is a universal fascination with the living dead. There is more to a zombie story that a bunch of corpses attacking the living. The real power of such a story lies with the undercurrent of hopelessness compounded by a very real instinct to survive."
- Julie Ann Dawson
"They say that shadows of deceased ghosts Do haunt the houses and the graves about, Of such whose life's lamp went untimely out, Delighting still in their forsaken hosts."
- Joshua Sylvester
"The world's gone mad, he thought. The dead walk about and I think nothing of it. The return of corpses has become trivial in import. How quickly one accepts the incredible if only one sees it enough!"
- Richard Matheson
"If people don't wish to be eaten then they shouldn't taste so nice"
- Amy Mah
Edward Kinsella III
"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
"Though I walk through the valley of death I will fear no evil, for I am the evilest motherfucker in the valley"
- Alex garland
"When there's no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the Earth."
- Peter (Dawn of the Dead)
Mark T Smith
"It's said that All Hallows' Eve is one of the nights when the veil between the worlds is thin - and whether you believe in such things or not, those roaming spirits probably believe in you, or at least acknowledge your existence, considering that it used to be their own. Even the air feels different on Halloween, autumn-crisp and bright."
- Erin Morgenstern
"I think zombies have always been an easy metaphor for hard times. Because they're this big, faceless, brainless group of evil things that will work tirelessly to destroy you and think of nothing else."
- Seth Grahame-Smith
"Zombies are apocalyptic in nature. They belong to a class of monster that doesn't just hunt humans, but seeks to obliterate that entire human race."
Borja Bonaque was commissioned to illustrate the cover of the November issue of ACC Docket. The illustration accompanies the cover story about conflict minerals and their origins. Very interesting read and great illustration! Check it out!
Last week Jason was commissioned the illustrate the cover for Las Vegas Weekly and their cover story about the Professional Bull Rider World Finals. The 2015 Super Bowl of bull riding has been dubbed the toughest PBR event yet and Jason definitely delivered the goods with this hard core cover. Check it out!
We are pleased to announce our newest addition to our list of amazing illustrators, LEONARD PENG. A California native and MICA graduate, Leonard is now a Brooklyn transplant wowing his clients one piece at a time. Check out some of his work below!
Mark Summers was commissioned by French Newspaper/magazine to illustrate the cover for their October issue. The cover stories is about Serge Gruzinski, the director of studies at EHESS, and his explanation of his definition of what an "empire" is from Rome to Star Wars. Check out the beautiful cover below and check out the article here!
"Emigration, forced or chosen, across national frontiers or from village to metropolis, is the quintessential experience of our time. "
"The "Great Migration" from the South to the '"The Promise Land" of Chicago brought more African Americans here from Mississippi than any other state...With the migrants came the Delta blues that was the foundation of the classic postwar Chicago blues style."
-Mississippi Blues Commission
"Migrations speak to us, not just as observers, but as integral parts of nature."
-David S. Wilcove
"America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts. "
"A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving."
"It is hard to begin to move when you don't know where you are moving, how to move, or if you are going to get there. "
-Peter Nivio Zarlenga
"In blazing a trail; in setting a standard, think of the highest and distinctive standard. If your contenders beat it, you still have the highest standard."
-Ernest Agyemand Yeboah
"Long after this wonderful event in the Earth's history, when the human species was spread over a good deal of Asia, Europe, and Africa, migration to the American continents began in attempts to find new feeding grounds and unoccupied areas for hunting and fishing. "
"A nomad I will remain for life, in love with distant and uncharted places. "
"They told me to grow roots, instead I grew wings."
"I've never been one to stay still. I was born a nomad, and I still am a nomad and always will be. "
"Sometimes I feel very alone. I am a bit of a nomad. Many people in sort of emerging countries, emerging economies, find themselves displaced. So there is that sense, and so I'm part of a whole, I think, group of displaced people. "
"... given the distances these nomads travel, the varied habitats they visit, and the hardships they face, it makes little sense to exclude them from a discussion of the plight of migratory species."
- David S. Wilcove
"Long term travel is not an act of rebellion against society; it's an act of common sense within society."
Maria Corte Maidagan
"As always on this boulevard, the faces were young, coming annually in an endless migration from every country, every continent, to alight here once in the long journey of their lives. "
"Pioneer: One who goes before to prepare or open up the way for others to follow."
-Oxford English Dictionary
"For me, moving is always a big opportunity. It's just a enough of a shift in outlook that every time I move, it seems to open something up. "
- John Darnielle
"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. "