Various Photos and Finds
Lights, Camera, Action!
posted: November 9, 2009

The video of my presentation at the Gel conference has been posted on their site. Every year Gel attracts about 400 managers, editors, user interface experts, finance name it... from companies like BBC, CNN, Microsoft, Google, YouTube, Time Warner, and The NY Times.
It was a blast!
Murray Tinkelman on Today's Inspiration
posted: April 29, 2009
Leif Peng's excellent blog, "Today's Inspiration" is doing a series about Murray Tinkelman, showing some of Murray's very early work. It's a great read (and see) for any and all who have a minute to spare.

I've already posted the painted portrait and interview of Murray for my Art Talks series of illustrator profiles, so I thought I'd do a new Murray in woodcut style for this post.
ICON Roadshow Goody Bag
posted: July 1, 2008
Who wouldn't want one of these?
Here's the free give-away that I had made up for the ICON Roadshow. I know that in the interests of fair play I should offer a McCain tote bag, but, honestly, how many New York ADs are likely to want to carry around his mug on a bag?
Here he is, decked out in an Old-Man-in-Miami powder blue suit, with encroaching thunder clouds...
The Future is Now (Almost)
posted: October 17, 2007
Plastic Logic e-paper (Credit: Plastic Logic)
There's a terrific article on the TFOT website (The Future of Things) about the history and development of electronic paper.

What is e-paper? In the article, Nick Sheridon, who invented what became the basis for e-paper, says, "[It will be] a cylindrical tube, about 1 centimeter in diameter and 15 to 20 centimeters long, that a person can comfortably carry in his or her pocket. The tube will contain a tightly rolled sheet of e-paper that can be spooled out of a slit in the tube as a flat sheet, for reading, and stored again at the touch of a button. Information will be downloaded—there will be simple user interface—from an overhead satellite, a cell phone network, or an internal memory chip. This document reader will be used for e-mail, the Internet, books downloaded from a global digital library that is currently under construction, technical manuals, newspapers (perhaps in larger format), magazines, and so forth, anywhere on the planet. It will cost less than $100, and nearly everyone will have one!"

I believe that this is the future of print, and our work will wind up being viewed on this stuff. It's a fascinating read and prospect to contemplate.
Dad at the Society
posted: October 12, 2007
Dig the dagger highlight in her sunglasses!
Randy Enos has put together a show at the Society of Illustrators called Maestros of the Silver Age, that features illustrators from the 30s through the 50s , among them my dad, Norm Saunders, who painted pulp magazine covers as well as bubblegum cards like Mars Attacks, Batman and Wacky Packs.

The painting Randy included was "The Murdering Kind!" from Detective Tales. Dad would be so proud to see his painting on the walls of the Society ... I know I was. But if you want to check it out you better hurry: the show comes down after tomorrow.

Dad, who died in 1989 at the age of 82, had no idea that anyone even knew he existed, let alone that there were fans of his pulp covers and bubblegum cards. You can see him nearly brought to tears in a videotaped conversation in Jamie MacDonald's documentary, Pulp Fiction Art : Cheap Thrills and Painted Nightmares, when  Dad describes how he felt when he discovered how much people liked his work when he was a guest at the one and only Pulp Convention he ever attended, in the early 80s.
Another pulp painting by Dad.
Mom posing for the laboratory picture.
That's me, helping out in a reference photo with Dad.
To bring back some of the good ol' times for JD, Destroying a Dog from the Mars Attacks bubblegum card series.
Troubled Youth
posted: September 23, 2006
Me and Carl in 1971,

This photo of me and my friend Carl ran in The New York Times Book Review on July 25, 1971, to illustrate some reviews of books about Troubled Youth. It was shot while we were hanging around smoking hash at Bethesda Fountain, in Central Park. They must've liked the wistful white girl and pensive black guy vibe of it. We do look troubled; I think we cultivated a troubled look back then.

Carl and I had no idea that we were being photographed (though it would have thrilled us, had we known), and it was a complete surprise when my parents saw it in the paper that Sunday.

I ran into Carl about 10 years ago, in Union Square Park, and I recognized him instantly. He hadn't changed a bit. Unfortunately, I have.