Do you follow “Spots”? They are the little illustrations that appear scattered through the magazine. (If they are new to you, more about them here.) Here are a few that caught my eye since spring:
For the April 9 issue, R. Kikuo Johnson drew a series of people wearing hoodies.
Whatever we end up thinking about the Trayvon Martin case, I’ll remain impressed with the quick and creative response through illustration.
I totally fell for the little old guru who didn’t like the chairs he tried, drawn by Christoph Abbrederis, May 21 issue. I’m small, too, so chairs designed for 6-foot-tall guys leave my feet swinging in the air or my back a foot from the back of the chair. In the guru’s case, however, only a bed of nails would do…
The May 28 issue featured an oddly compelling alien workday by Philippe Petit-Roulet. A blob-ish humanoid appears to arrive at work, sit in a cube, go to a meeting.
He confronts some kind of machine I couldn’t decipher, and flees home exhausted. (If you know what that was, explain??)
Finally, the Science Fiction issue on June 4 & 11 featured a creepy story about a robot that got set up, by Otto Steiniger. Poor little guy! The series stood out to me for the complexity of its story and its striking use of color; both are still unusual in Spots.