Over the last decade, BLAB! has accrued countless design awards and honors. Founded in 1986 by acclaimed Chicago-based graphic designer and art director Monte Beauchamp, Blab World has evolved from a digest-sized comics mag into a beautifully designed and printed keepsake. Over the years BLAB! has featured such (now celebrated) illustrators and painters as Chris Ware, Gary Baseman, The Clayton Brothers, SHAG, Camille Rose Garcia, Mark Ryden, and many, many more. Blab World also features selections of "found" graphic ephemera such as Depression-era matchbook covers, Valmor cosmetic labels, vintage decals, and European devil postcards. Blab World is an annual publication.
Featuring: Mark Ryden, Joe Sorren, Kris Kuksi, Femke Hiemstra, Ron English, Natalia Fabia, Alex Gross, Sue Coe, Gary Taxali, Gary Baseman, Ryan Heshka, Owen Smith, Martin Wittfooth, Yoko D'Holbachie, Andy Kehoe, Travis Lampe, Jean-Pierre Roy, John Pound, Andrea Dezso, Edel Rodriguez, Fred Stonehouse, Spain (ZAP!) Rodriguez, and MANY MORE!!!
Other articles include: SKULL! A history of the skull motif on the covers of Pre-Code Comics, Pulps, and Paperback books, lavishly illustrated throughout. By Bill North, Senior Curator, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art COVERING WEIRDO A loving analysis of R. Crumb's Weirdo Covers by Steven Heller, columnist for The New York Times Book Review and the author of more than 100 books on design and popular culture. AXE THE AXIS! Propaganda Caricature Art of World War II by WW II Historian Jim Lowes Artist profiles include: BALLPOINT BRAVURA: Drawings by C.J. Pyle by Bill North, Senior Curator, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art COLLODION / NOIDOLLOC The Wetplate Collodion Photography of Kari Laine McCluskey by Monte Beauchamp Sequential Art: The Dreaded Mothman of West Virginia / Mark Todd The Neurotic Art Collector / Greg Clarke QUICKSAND! The Tumultuous Life of Isabelle Eberhardt / Nora Krug Four Horsemen / Peter Kuper Slime Molds / Geoffrey Grahn The Life of an Artist / Sergio Ruzzier Fetal Elvis' Art Empire / Mark Landman.