Readers: CM Campbell discusses social commentary through the comics he draws. In this particular one, he addresses stereotypes and misconceptions by using humor and references to comics and cartoons that were very tone deaf for their times. Mr. Campbell received his BA in Fine Art with a studio emphasis at San Francisco State University, and […]

[Click on image above to watch video] The Santa Claus we all know and love — that big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard — didn’t always look that way. In fact, many people are surprised to learn that prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt […]

Readers: On the Saturday before Memorial Day last year, Ray Stanjevich decided to attend an auction of an unusual collectible: an 8,000-pound section of the Berlin Wall. He did not plan to bid on the concrete slab at the sale outside Atlanta last year. Where would he put it? What would he do with it? […]

Readers: As a young child, I loved to dye Easter Eggs. We tried to be as creative as possible and would try to make one half one color and the other half another color. Sometimes we would try to be real tricky and add a middle color, which was no easy task with the paper […]

Readers: I could not let Valentine’s Day pass without showing you this vintage Valentine’s Day card. Following today’s political correctness standards, this might be considered somewhat shocking. A girl would have to wonder what her suitor’s intentions were. This is just to hot to handle! Have a Happy Valentine’s Day! Best Regards, Michael

The Star Wars Episodes IV-VI Character Poster from designer Wes Anderson is a fantastic visual tribute to the Star Wars series.  The limited run of 500 printed posters sold out in a few days on Spoke Art, but everyone can still admire the design online. In 1978 my father took me as an excuse to […]

Fred G. Johnson was an artist of circus sideshow banners whose career spanned 65 years. He designed advertisements for the Century of Progress Exposition, the 1933 World`s Fair held in Chicago; the city`s old White City and Riverview amusement parks; traveling shows throughout the country; and all the great circuses, including Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey and […]

One of my favorite data visualizations of all time is John Snow’s “Ghost Map” that helped identify the cause of the 1854 London cholera epidemic. I am currently reading Steven Johnson’s exciting book on this tragic chapter in London’s history. The book is titled The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – […]