This weekend, we hopped into the car and made the 6-hour trip to New York to check out its fast-growing Comic-Con. Since its founding in 2006, explosive growth now makes New York Comic-Con one of the largest such events in the country. Even the mighty Javits Center in Manhattan could hardly contain the throng, estimated at more than 120,000 over four days. Here, Superman and Batman consult the useless maps provided in the convention guidebook. Photo: Rob Beschizza Read the rest
Yoshitoma Nara lives at the intersection of punk rock, Japanese pop art, and Western cartoon culture filtered through the lens of post-World War II Japan. His drawings, paintings, sculptures, and large installations are populated with adorable-yet-menacing children and animals that whisper to the misfit in all of us. Chronicle Books has just published a long-awaited catalogue raisonné of Nara's work, and we're proud to present an exclusive gallery of selections from within.