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Jon’s magnum opus, Pens Are My Friends, was published in 2009 (see original post here), and two years later, it remains one of my favorite art books. It’s just a visual delight, really. He designed it in such a way that it provides not only an overview of his work, but it also wraps you in an experience of colorful doodles. The 310-page hardcover book comes with a DVD, poster, stickers and a zine. It’s currently on sale for only $40 through Fab.com. This is a MUST HAVE for your bookshelf. The sale is on for 3 days, so get it here!
Jon created this poster inspired by Devendra Barnhart’s “It’s a Sight to Behold”. From The Independent UK:
For the past five years, the Yellow Bird Project’s Montreal-based founders, Matthew Stotland and Casey Cohen, have made it their mission to connect, as they say, “indie musicians, charitable organisations and T-shirts”. They have now enlisted 30 leading illustrators to create an artwork each, inspired by 30 songs – all, naturally, by cool indie bands – and collated them to create The Indie Rock Poster Book (Chronicle Books, £15.99). The royalties from every copy sold will go to a series of charities, all supported by musicians with impeccable taste. The book is, of course, a perfect addition to your coffee table, but it’s also a potential cure for a bare wall.
The Tilburg posse sent in these scans from a free Dutch magazine called Glamsterdam:
Pim Hendriksen was one of the winners of a photoshoot to show a different look at how to see Amsterdam. The theme was Small Things.
The shoot shows Jon’s Gardunny from the Ye Olde English Dunny series at various locations in Amsterdam.
Last month, Anxieteam’s debut single on full-color picture disc became available for pre-order. It’s now back in general release, making today not only the launch of Anxieteam’s brand new website, but also the official launch of the must-have music of 2010. The single is a double A-side on a 7″ picture disc featuring the live favorites “Let’s Eat Soya” and “Lonely In The Digital World”. The band created the artwork themselves, Jim doing one side of the disc and Jon the other. There are only 500 copies of the disc. (I’ve already got mine. They shop fast from the UK!) You can buy it directly from Hello Thor or Burgerplex. Haven’t got a record player? Each ~$11 purchase is accompanied by a suite of mp3s.
Let’s take one more trip in the wayback machine, and we’ll catch up on current stuff tomorrow. This goes back to 2004, when Seismic, a UK-based creative design studio, developed the marketing campaign design for Rizla’s music festival ‘Inspired By’. The campaign received heavy rotation. Jon did the doodles.
Jeps uncovered this compendium from Tiger Translate published by IdN for $25. The book features work from Jon when he participated in the Beijing-based event in 2007. One for the artkive! Per IdN:
“Gold” is the final chapter of the Tiger Translate 2007. It is named because Gold is particularly significant in Asian culture which it is define as wealth and power.
Gold inevitably carries connotations of wealth, power, greed and corruption. But by the same time token, it is also used as a metaphorical yardstick for purity, quality and authenticity. Artists are in conflict when they consider what gold means to them and how to portray it. And that is great news to readers, since variety is the spice of publications.
Released “Rise”, “Merge” and “Gold” contributed by over 75 artists from over 15 countries, Tiger Translate 2007 truly crossed the cultural boundaries.
Actually, unlike Plan 9 from Outer Space, Plan B magazine is from Croatia. It might as well be from outer space though. Very cool to see interest in Jon’s work (and a shout-out to Doodlesplatter) from different parts of the world. Also: you are really famous when people add extra vowels to your name. I’m talking to you, Jona Burgermana.
In 2004, Jon had a guest spot on Andrew Bell’s Creatures In My Head blog. While most of the other guest artists took a more “traditional” creature approach, Jon gave us the “You Have No More Money…or Friends” monster.
Andrew An anonymous user (see Andrew’s comment below) tagged it with, among other things, “abstract,” “color,” and “lips”. The original post is here.
Although I seldom use terms like “thingy,” that most certainly is what this is. You begin here by choosing “econ,” “norm,” or “sport” modes, of which, Jon somehow represents the “norm”. After connecting to Facebook or uploading a picture of yourself, you end up with virtual “mode art” that looks like this:
You can then download an unframed version of the artwork or send it to your phone or a friend. End scene. That’s pretty much it here. Somehow this is supposed to register on a subconscious level that you can customize the Honda CR-Z to “turn your life into a work of art,” but I think this campaign would be more successful if they’d teamed up with Infectious car art. Voila! My Honda (in real time) below.
Ready for more of this? This just in from Jon:
This special event sees the last performance for sometime on the shores of America for the cute cartoon couple.
But wipe those tears away! Through-out the performance, the band will be giving away their first ever CD to ten lucky audience members - for FREE! The CD includes some of their classic pop tunes along with karaoke versions so you too can join in and singalong with Anxieteam! Each CD will be numbered and signed by the band and to further record this momentous giveaway Jim and Jon will draw your portrait on the cover. If you don’t live in NYC, then get a friend to come along instead (with your photograph!).
This is absolutely guaranteed to be a collectors item in the years to come, perfect for you to sell on eBay and retire on the profits. (non-guaranteed by the state of Anxieteam)
See you at Goodbye Blue Monday on Sunday to sing-along and say goodbye (for now) to Anxieteam!
Hopefully the Anxieteam CDs will make their way to Burgerplex for all of us who are currently geographically challenged.