Popular culture tends to trends. Vampires were the rage, then werewolves. And now it's Zombies. With the popularity of AMC's The Walking Dead, it seems likely that we will see more zombies infiltrating our media as vampires, perhaps not as immortal as believed, begin to die out. Ad campaigns, young adult books and graphic novels are sure to capitalize on this trend. Zombies may not be as sexy as vampires, but they should be around for a while as art directors figure out how to glamorize and use them. WIlliam Brown has taken this theme and created a series of "occupational zombies" to show what might become of us in the future.
By Claire Semnacher
Val Bochkov's "New World Money" began as a personal project, and has quickly gained popularity amongst creatives. Based on the rave reviews he received, several people have commissioned Val to create variations of his initial drawings for campaigns and magazines. The artist proposes a new way to look at money and recreates his own currency based on his admiration of influential figures in literature, the arts, peace, music, and science.
Val Bochkov's artist statement,
As the economic collapse proceeds, it's time to take a hard look at Money.
Little pieces of paper with numbers and faces of politicians and kings, symbols of wealth and power, symbols
of the global economy and the winners and losers.
Dollars, Pounds, Euros, Rubles, Rials, Guilders, Dinars, Yuans.
Let us now honestly declare:
This money has let us down!
This money is a failure.
All kinds of money.
But it's not just a problem, It's an opportunity:
It's time for New World Money!
Utne Reader art director Stephanie Glaros discusses a recent assignment she did with illustrator William Brown. Read about their process.
But, that's no baby, he's an ancient god the Romans called Cupid and Greeks called Eros - as in "erotic." in other words, the flying fat-boy is the ancient god of Whoopee.
Mister Whoopee's job was to make sure humans, creatures, and even plants Did The Deed so that life could go on.
But Cupid bungled his biggest assignment, and his MOM was the client. Considering his mom was Venus, goddess of beauty and love, this was a bad move. Venus is not somebody you want a bad business (or any other) relationship with.
Venus was jealous of a mortal hottie named Psyche. "Psyche" means "soul," by the way - this story gets Deep. The goddess sent her son Cupid to sneak into Psyche's bedroom and, um . . . prick her!
No, no! Not like that! Prick her with an ARROW! Cupid had magic golden arrows that - you know this part - make people fall in love with the next person they see.
The PLAN was for Cupid to prick Psyche with his magic arrow. The PLAN was that Venus would make sure that the first person Psyche saw when she awoke was an ugly monster.
What was NOT in the plan was that Cupid, Venus' son, was a KLUTZ! He snuck in, accidentally stuck himself with the arrow , glanced down at Psyche . . . and cue the hearts and flowers music!
"Uh, mom? I had, like, a little problem?"
"Like, you know that arrow?"
"The golden magic arrow? The one you were to prick Psyche with?"
"Yeah, yeah! Uh, . . . I kinda, like, just grazed . . . myself. With it.
"It's ok, it's just a scratch? But, you know, then I, like, looked at Psyche? And, . . . um?"
"BY THE GODS! Can't you do ANYTHING right! You're worse than your father! [Mars - but that's another story]
These days, Cupid gets depicted as a baby, but he was definitely a teenager at the time. Isn't it just like a teenager to be so klutzy?
Consider his thought process - you can tell his cerebral cortex was still mushy. He decided to woo Psyche, whom he was now head over wings for, by talking to her from the shadows and from behind walls. Is that fuzzy-headed, self-loathing teen-angst, or what?
A fuzzy-headed teen herself, Psyche decides that his invitation to live together in a castle where they will only meet in the dark seems like a good idea. Bliss is short-lived. Psyche's jealous sister suggests her mystery lover is hideous. Psyche wants to know, so she sneaks up on Cupid for a peek while he is sleeping.
When she sees him, thinking "Oh - the - gods, he is, like, SO hot!" he wakes up. But, does he say "Helloo, bay-bee!'" - which seems like the sort of response you'd expect from the God of Whoopee? No, he kicks her out of the castle! Teenagers!
She goes to Cupid's mother and begs her to help get Cupid back. Venus, the woman who wanted to hook Psyche up with an ugly monster, says, "Surrrrre . . . after you run some errands for me. Muwhahahaha!"
The errands are impossible - such as fetching a cup of water from a spring inaccessible to humans and guarded by giant serpents. But various gods and spirits help her out. She and Cupid get married and Psyche gets immortality. Imagine how happy that makes mother-in-law Venus! Stressed-out family holidays - for eternity!