Spacing Magazine launch this Wednesday

This Wednesday July 7th Spacing Magazine will be launching their latest issue (18, which has a similar title to this blog) at the El Mocambo. You can RSVP on Facebook.

Keep an eye open for my illustration accompanying the article on public hanging.

Trio Magnus at Resistor

If you’re in Toronto, be sure to check out Trio Magnus’ new show at Resistor Gallery

Here’s a time lapse video of the guys working, shot by Arv Slabosevicius of Ghostmilk Studios. Coincidentally, I ended up buying the print of this piece. All of the prints for sale were screen printed by Studio Number Nineteen.

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Hangman

Here’s a look at my illustration for the upcoming issue of Spacing Magazine for an article on public execution. I’m not sure who the author of the piece is, but I’ll update this post when the issue comes out shortly. Be sure to pick up a copy! Here’s a short excerpt:

Between 1798 and 1869, 92 people were hanged in front of jeering audiences in Toronto. Public executions were an elaborate ritual, with the condemned performing a heavily choreographed act of repentance. Prisoners were expected to read pre-prepared speeches to the crowd, explaining their regret, or their fear of God, or their allegiance to the Crown.

The crowd, in turn, was expected to jeer and mock the condemned, reveling in the punishment that the sinner deserved. According to eyewitnesses, the mood was often carnivalesque, a celebration of life amidst the death of a criminal. When the rope sprung, however, the crowd usually became subdued.

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Suffer for fashion

First post in a month! This also happens to be my most recent illustration posted on the Torontoist in about three months. I might be starting a bi-weekly feature in the near future, but that’s sort of still pending.

The article is focused on an opinion piece in a 1971 North York Herald issue on apparent fashion crimes committed by female youth. Here’s the snippet I was given to work with, taken directly from the old column:

They tell us this has been the Age of Aquarius. But it’s really been the Age of the Ugly Girl. Of course there are a lot of lovely ones—they stand out almost incandescently, so fresh, so natural, their hair shining, their faces clean and unmade-up. Yet they too are a trifle over-exposed and in their extreme minis and long hair, resembling nothing so much as a bevy of lovely mermaids

Nonetheless, these attractive ones only serve to emphasize the generally unkempt, unpressed, almost unwashed look of the majority of girls who stroll our streets. For them, mini-skirts and “hot pants” only serve to emphasize their legs, lean, knock-kneed and scrawny or ugly flat. As girls, they seem deliberately to choose the styles that emphasize the bad points.

Where this passion for ugliness will end, no one knows. Are these supposedly “hip” youngsters governed by the same herd instinct which causes women to conform to fashions which flatter no one. Fashions for women for the past three years have resembled something out of a horror movie. Are the current styles just a snide joke of the fashion creators, a put-on, like the one in the Tale of the Emperor’s Clothes, which proved that most people will agree on almost anything in order not to differ from the majority opinion? Only a child had the good sense to say—”but the emperor has nothing on.”

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Clean up

This is a mock up comp for a series of illustrations I’m doing with a graphic design colleague. They’re all based off of the Kennedy administration’s guide to Fallout Protection in the heat of the cold war. We’ll be covering some of the rather strange pieces of advice like questionable shelter methods and the amount of space vs. the amount of necessary supplies suggested. Above is the reccommended way of cleaning up the streets after nuclear fallout: dumping everything into the storm drains.