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Taschen have published an absolutely glorious reprint of East of the Sun and West of the Moon illustrated by Kay Nielsen. It’s a gorgeous and incredibly high-quality volume, and I give it my highest recommendation - if you love fairy-tale art and illustration, it’s simply unmissable. The best part is the introduction, which is packed full of rare Nielsen illustration spanning his whole career.

Seriously, go and buy this. Once I get my camera working I plan on taking photos of the interior to show you why this is a must have. It’s easily one of the best books in my collection.

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1970s David Bowie Photography Exhibit by Mick Rock - The early ‘70s work by photographer Mick Rock – whose iconic glam and punk images have become the album and single covers for David Bowie, Queen, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Syd Barrett, Blondie, The Ramones, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Talking Heads – is on exhibit in “Mick Rock: Shooting for Stardust, The Rise of David Bowie & Co.” at the Taschen Gallery in Los Angeles until October 11, 2015. The photos are part of the new Taschen book, The Rise of David Bowie. 1972-1973.

Photos and photos of photos by Jason at HandsInTheAir.net

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Taschen to Unleash the Mother of all Disney Animation Books:

The Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921-1968

Taschen – one of the world’s premier publishers of deluxe art books – describes The Walt Disney Film Archives as the “most comprehensive illustrated Disney publication to date,” and offers the following description of its contents:

With unlimited access to the Disney archives and extensive research, the book’s authors have gathered some 1,500 images, including concept art, story sketches, backgrounds, and animation drawings as well as many behind-the-scenes photos to trace the origins and evolution of such favorites as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, 101 Dalmatians, and The Jungle Book. Transcripts from Walt’s story development meetings, published here for the first time, reveal his imaginative genius in action and immerse the reader at the very heart of Disney’s remarkable creative hub.

This fascinating archival material covers not only the early Disney classics, but also the experimental short films of the Silly Symphonies and the lesser-known war and propaganda films of the 1940s. Widely neglected musical features such as Make Mine Music and Melody Time are also given extensive coverage. Along the way, we encounter the work of all major Disney illustrators and stylists of the era, including such greats as Ub Iwerks, Albert Hurter, Ferdinand Horvath, Gustaf Tenggren, Kay Nielsen, Carl Barks, Mary Blair, Sylvia Holland, Bianca Marjorie, Tyrus Wong, Ken Anderson, Eyvind Earle, and Walt Peregoy. Special archival finds also bear witness to Disney’s collaboration with leading visual artists of the age, Salvador Dalí and Thomas Hart Benton.

You can pre-order the 624 page beauty on Amazon. CLICK HERE.

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Who remembers the YouTube flowchart I designed back in 2010? I just put up a new blog post about how it’s featured in an infographic coffee table book! I also made an updated version for 2015 in which I crossed out any channels who no longer upload content (blue) and well as channels who turned out to be run by sexual abusers (green). It’s amazing how much YouTube has changed in the past five years and how many thousands of new successful channels have been created since then that would make creating such a detailed flowchart like this today almost impossible. But make sure to check out the blog post for a look back at how I designed it!

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Pirelli - The Calendar - 50 Years and More

To mark the 50th anniversary of this legendary institution, TASCHEN has created a retrospective of 50 years of the calendar – a comprehensive volume containing behind-the-scenes photographs of the shoots, the unpublished 1963 edition, and a selection of censored images which were considered to be too risky by editors at the time of publication. It’s a object which screams of desire, and unsurprisingly, we want it. ( Maisie Skidmore )

If Henri Rousseau were alive today he’d be 171 years young. 

In my childhood home my father hung a poster of the above painting alongside a Frazetta viking battle. Both images are burned into my mind forever, and I cannot think of one without the other… but back to Rousseau and his special day. Wow, he was great. If he were alive I’d tweet an HBD at him. Can someone tell Taschen to put out a massive tome of this guy’s work, please?*

*(and maybe another Frazetta book for good measure too)