Remember the illustrations I did for Susan McGregor about digital security? Well, we followed up with this poster summarizing the different steps of digital communications, the point of weakness and ways to protect them. If you want a printed version to hang in your office or your classroom you can buy it HERE.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: the 2015 Humanist Calendar is out!
I always wanted to make a calendar that was something more than pretty pictures to hang on the wall, something that could actually give a twist to the new year. For 2015, Undercurrent Design and I decided to collaborate on a calendar that celebrates the greatest achievements of human reason and the birthdays of some of our favourite scientists. From Ada Lovelace to Isaac Newton (who was conveniently born on the 25th of December) passing from π day and the discovery of DNA.
My 12 original illustrations were remixed by Undercurrent Design on a two sided poster (195mm x 841mm) that folds down to a booklet, printed in full colour and silver metallic ink. It is the perfect gift for all your enlightened friends and also a little act of charity: in fact we decided to donate our profits to AWIS (Association for Women in Science) because working on this calendar reminded us how painfully underrepresented is half of the human population in the STEM subjects.
This blog is going to be on hiatus for a while, as I will be travelling quite a lot around Italy to promote Neurocomic. In case you miss my comics, here is a list of the various places and festivals where you will be able to find them (and me).
The trip to New York is mostly an holiday but if you’re around and want me to sign some books or simply have a chat, why not, just let me know.
I’m looking forward to meet some new friends as well as to catch up with the old ones.
See you around.
Today has been exactly 5 months since the opening of our exhibition at The Cube. Our last event was all about memory so I made this special illustration of the Hippocampus patiently working away in his cave. The theme seems particularly relevant now, since September will also mark the first anniversary of Neurocomic, published by Nobrow in September 2013. Boy, what a year this has been… I never expected so many good memories could be packed in such a short time, my hippocampus feels giddy!
But let’s not linger too much on the past. Even if our exhibition in London will soon be closing, you will be able to find some of the original drawings during the Treviso Comic Book Festival. I will be there as well and at many other festivals. More news are about to come, always remember to check out my blog or follow me on Twitter @matteofarinella.
Here is my copy of the month, a tribute to The Magic School Bus (in particular The Electric Field Trip episode). I have to admit that while writing Neurocomic I was totally unaware of this pioneering work in scientific adventures. Only recently I have been given some of the books as a present and I have discovered the art of Bruce Degen and Joanna Cole. If – like me – you missed it when you were a child it’s never to late to catch up with Ms. Frizzle!
I have recently finished reading The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick and I haven’t been so excited about a non-fiction book for a very long long time. More than 400 pages about the history of science may be off-putting at first glance but Gleick is simply a master. He carefully blends the history of the scientific discoveries with the personal life of the scientists and the society around them, until you truly appreciate the ambition (and sometimes the loneliness) of their visions.
I’m not in the business of writing reviews but I really wanted to recommend this book somehow, so I decided to draw an illustration inspired by the 4th chapter of the book. Here Gleick tells the story of Charles Babbage and his colossal Analytical Machine. This tragic character – definitely one of my favourites – somehow dreamt of a modern ‘computer’ in the midst of the industrial revolution. He spent most of his life trying to build one, with little support besides the passionate letters of Ada Byron, daughter of the famous poet and pretty badass lady herself: self-taught mathematician and basically the world’s first computer programmer.
I am seriously thinking about turning their story into a short comic…