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MAGS Talk
posted: May 6, 2008
The illoz and Drawger crews got lots of well-deserved props in my talk to the Magazine Association of the Southeast today, which centered around using illustration to start conversations and boost circulation. A great association, these MAGS people are and a terrific design block set up by board member, Lisa Sparer. I really enjoyed these people - they run a tight ship, which in the conference racket is a tough thing to pull off well. They did it flawlessly.

Lisa brought in myself to talk about illustration. Luke Hayman was there to talk about his current work over at Pentagram and past work at ID Magazine as well as New York Magazine. Mitch Shostak did a really cool presentation on all his current projects and showed a huge amount of illustration work he's commissioned, to boot. And lastly but not leastly, D.W. Pine was there as well to talk about his past ten years at Time.

This talk I did was an hour and a half. That's a long time to talk about something! It would not have been possible without a lot of help from others. Edel provided me with some great information from his years at Time. Brian Stauffer was a big help as well when I needed some extra insider details. Eddie Guy, Brad Holland, Anita Kunz, Ross MacDonald all also sent in stories and antidotes that were a huge help to me as well. And, I also have to thank Drawger itself, as I lifted several success and horror stories straight from these pages, including from Harry Campbell and Tim O'Brien to share with the conference.

The bonus dinner with Mitch, Luke and editor Bruce Anderson last night was a real treat for me. I got insider details on the secret Smooze Society, it's untimely demise and Shostak's covert plans for it's revival. I hope to be lucky enough to be included...
6 comments
Christoph Hitz May 7, 2008
Zimm, NYC is a bleak town since Lisa Sparer moved back south. I can't wait until presentations like yours are pod casted. Thanks for speaking up.
Tim O\'Brien May 7, 2008
Did you record it? Is there a transcript? What good is this fantastic blog site without content!!!! : ) Tim
Harry Campbell May 7, 2008
Hey Zimm, Was I in the success or horror category? Thanks for the mention, good or bad. Thanks, harry
Zimm May 7, 2008
There's no transcript exactly and it wouldn't make a bit of sense because I'm referring to specific illustrations, of which I used about 70 or more.... Hey Harry - I was referring to this article of yours in the context of what happens when illustrators get micro-managed by well-meaning editors. Mitch came after me and used a lot of Harry Campbell success stories. Mitch is an amazing advocate for iillustration.
Tim O\'Brien May 7, 2008
Did you show my bruise? That was a shining momemt.
Zimm May 7, 2008
Forgot about the bruise, damnit! The O'Brien stuff I pulled from Drawger was incorporated into a section of the talk about media coverage of attention-getting illustrations such as the Reagan tear for Time and the Obama cover for Rolling Stone.