Publication date 4/1/2005
5 x 6.5 inches (12.7 x 16.5 cm), Paperback
176 pages, 176 color illustrations
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"There's evil in the world."---George W. Bush
And lots of it. The question is, just what does it look like? A politician? An ex-girlfriend? Your landlord? Your boss? Hanna Arendt said it was banal. The Red Sox think of the Yankees. And in this hilarious, disturbing, quirky, and brilliant little book, noted illustrators Nicholas Blechman and Christoph Niemann present a catalog of their own misanthropic imaginings.
The two met in 1997, when Blechman was art director for the New York Times Op-ed Page and Niemann, now a frequent contributor to the New Yorker, had just started working in New York City. As their personal and professional friendship began, they found themselves spending countless nights together in Brooklyn bars, drawing up images--wry, comic, arch, painful--to represent the sex affairs and political scandals, acts of terror and acts of war that were the news.
This professional work led to a personal passion, and so the illustrators chose to draw a small series on rosier subjects like maps and love. But as the world around them grew darker, they decided to explore the other end of the emotional spectrum and devote themselves to evil. 100% Evil is the result: a thoughtful, comical, and--at times--joyful book that just goes to show that sometimes it's good to be bad.
Visit the Evil website.
Nicholas Blechman is principal of Knickerbocker Design, in New York City. He is the author of Empire (Princeton Architectural Press)and publisher of the award-winning political underground magazine Nozone. Christoph Niemann is an illustrator, animator, and graphic designer in New York City. His work is regularly featured in the New York Times, Fast Company, the New Yorker, and Rolling Stone.
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"How would you describe evil in the post-9/11 world of George W. Bush? This textless volume of illustrations attempts to explore the question with witty drawings that cut to the core of the issue."
"Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, oftentimes disturbing, the black and white pictures tweak the everyday and offer stinging critiques of the 'might makes right' mentality that persists throughout our government. . . . What at first glance look to be bar-napkin doodles show, upon further inspection, just how much power the pen can have when applied to paper."
Manhattan User's Guide.com:
"Illustrators Nicholas Blechmann and Cristoph Niemann take on evil in the most engaging way imaginable."
Step Inside Design:
"Five years ago, the authors of this book were participants in Fresh Dialogue One, along with Paul Sahre. Now they're incredibly well known among creatives, and have produced several books in their 100% collaboration, the theme of this installment being Evil. Filled with over 180 pen-and-ink drawings doodled between deadlines and after work at bars, 100% Evil is sure to both frighten and delight with its illustrations of "evil furniture, evil shoes, evil toilets, evil flowers, evil keyboards, evil bunnies, evil pizza, evil doers, and an evil introduction by Chip Kidd," jokes Niemann on his website."
"Cryptic black and white images of nose hair, fashion magazines and untied shoes are sandwiched between a sixteen page centerfold of extra-reprehensible phenomena like war and the military industrial complex (that part is printed on red paper-kinna sexy and evil at the same time-like girlfriends who shoplift)."
5 (rating 5 out of 5):
- sockwell from Jersey (04/12/2005)