A Coded Message

I tweeted about this book a couple of days ago, but I think it deserves its own blog post too. A Coded Message is “a picture book for children between 8 and 12 years old entirely made in ASCII”. What’s ASCII, you ask? It’s a widely used standard for encoding text documents on computers. In other words: The images in A Coded Message are really nothing but computer symbols and characters.

A Coded Message

A Coded Message by Nicolai Troshinsky.

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Cartoonists’ Desks

David Wasting Paper posted a nice gallery of some well-known (and some less known) cartoonists’ desks. Check it out!

Charles Schulz

The desk of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz.

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Under the Christmas Tree: Books

Under the Christmas tree: Books

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The Brain: The Charlie Brown Effect

According to Dr. Neil Cohn, “[…] we use the same cognitive process to make sense of comics as we do to read a sentence. They seem to tap the deepest recesses of our minds, where we bring meaning to the world.” Read more here. Found via The Beat.

Peanuts

The first Peanuts strip, by Charles Schulz.

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Charles Schulz Would Have Been 90 Years Old Today

Happy birthday, Sparky! Read more about Schulz here and here.

Charles Schulz 90

Source: Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection.

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Sites You Should Visit: The Tools Artists Use

Curious about what tools artists use? Here’s a site full of shop talk!

Lapin

© Lapin.

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A Visit to Fantagraphics in Seattle

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum curator Caitlin McGurk visited my favourite publisher, Fantagraphics: “Yes, that’s right, if you didn’t know it before you know it now- the Fantagraphics HQ is actually located in a snug red house, in the suburbs of Seattle.”

Fantagraphics Front Door

© The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library.

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Chris Ware on Building Stories

There’s a brief interview with Chris Ware on his latest book, Building Stories, over at The Comics Journal‘s website. Check it out!

Building Stories

Building Stories by Chris Ware.

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What’s Inside Chris Ware’s Building Stories?

I’ve already mentioned Chris Ware’s latest book, Building Stories. If Drawn and Quarterly‘s unpacking of it doesn’t make you want to order your very own beautiful box o’ ennui, then nothing will.

Building Stories

Photo by Drawn and Quarterly.

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In the Mail: Stuart Murdoch’s Celestial Café

The Celestial Café

Stuart Murdoch’s The Celestial Café.

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