Welcome To BusinessTown, the Children's Book Version of Silicon Valley 

In your recent internet wanderings you might have spotted a few residents of BusinessTown, the industrious anthropomorphic animals who look strikingly similar to the ones from your favorite childhood picture book—except these creatures are digital strategy “intrapreneurs” who give TED Talks on how nanobots will end… » 5/06/15 1:50pm 5/06/15 1:50pm

These Richly Detailed Maps Give the Modern World a Victorian Twist

Wouldn't we all love to live in a city where floating dirigibles shared the horizon alongside the glass towers of our modern skylines? Such is the wild world featured in the highly complex, geographically accurate illustrations of Icelandic artist Kristjana S. Williams, whose maps are part of an exhibition for the… » 9/15/14 5:00pm 9/15/14 5:00pm

The Dark, Glamorous World of One of NYC's Real-Life Mad Men

New York in the years after World War II was a city more prosperous and more modern than anything the world had seen—and it spawned a whole culture unto itself, distributed in newspapers, magazines, and advertisements. This was the era of Madison Avenue Men, and Mac Conner was their illustrator. » 9/09/14 11:15am 9/09/14 11:15am

Meet the Illustrator Who Drew Kids' Books, Anti-War Posters, and Erotica

At one point in the documentary Far Out Isn't Far Enough, French illustrator and provocateur Tomi Ungerer is sitting on a bench in a quaint town square, when from offscreen someone hands him a small, disembodied doll's arm. His face lights up; then he picks his nose with it. Meet one of the most wonderfully artistic,… » 5/17/14 8:00pm 5/17/14 8:00pm

Watch a Story Literally Unfold From the Creases of this Kids' Book

The Adventures of a Village begins like many stories do—by setting the scene. In this case, a small cluster of snow-covered buildings are intersected by winding train tracks. That's it. What happens next is a clever play on the old Choose Your Own Adventure books—but, instead of turning pages to read ahead, their… » 12/18/13 4:40pm 12/18/13 4:40pm

This Entire Awesome Star Wars Poster Was Illustrated From Memory

Let's do a little experiment. Grab a pen and a piece of paper and, without doing an internet search, draw C-3PO and R2-D2. We all know what those droids look like, but how close can you get without peeking at a pic? John Hendrix has been sketching the Star Wars universe since he was a kid; now, as a grown-up… » 12/12/13 3:00pm 12/12/13 3:00pm

The hilarious side jobs of superheroes are just perfect

Being a superhero is a tough gig. You have to deal with evil to the bone bad guys, an unconvincing public who thinks you're a weirdo vigilante in costume, people's unrealistic expectations of you to save the world and probably a really tough dating life. But what is a superhero to do if not be a super hero? Well, … » 11/11/13 11:41pm 11/11/13 11:41pm

9 Visions of the Future Described by Kids and Drawn by Adults

Ask the average four-year-old a question, and you'll probably get a wild, winding explanation in return. Case in point: Last month, little visitors to the V&A Museum of Childhood were invited to share their visions of what the future holds. The predictably weird and wonderful results—Invisible owners of the world!… » 10/24/13 9:00am 10/24/13 9:00am