Come Here Often?

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Meet Sean Manning. Sean is the executive editor of Rhapsody, the first- and business-class magazine Ink publishes on behalf of United out of our Brooklyn office. I’ve yet to meet Sean but I’ve a feeling we’re going to get on because we’re going to have a lot to talk about.

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Sean’s the editor of the just-published Come Here Often? in which, as the subtitle makes clear, ’53 Writers Raise A Glass to their Favorite Bar’. Under headings including ‘Dives’, ‘Upscale Joints’ and ‘The Music’ a bunch of contributors, some of whom you might have heard of (war correspondent and Vanity Fair contributor Janine Di Giovanni, The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, author of the highly controversial novel Tampa Alissa Nutting, crime writer James Sallis of Drive fame, and bloody-nosed king of partying Andrew W.K.) and many of whom you won’t hold forth on the ideal drinking haunt.

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The book is heavily slanted toward Sean’s current burg of residence, NYC, and the US in general, and while there are no London entries (like this city doesn’t have drinkers and writers!) there are some terrific far-flung contributions from the likes of Beijing, Kiribati, Tel Aviv, Positano, Zagreb, Jerusalem and Tehran. Yes, Tehran. Where the punishment for intoxication is not just a disgusted look from your partner but 80 lashes. The bar in this case isn’t a bar at all but a Peugeot belonging to the author’s friend Leila in which they cruise around town swigging homemade vodka with orange on streets “where many young people, like us, drink in their cars, because Iran is a country with no bars, and there is no suppressing the human urge to drink publicly, in the unscripted company of both friends and strangers’.

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While I don’t imagine ever finding myself in Leila’s car, other inclusions in Sean’s book have definitely been bookmarked, so that if I ever find myself in Oxford, Mississippi, then there’s this little bar I read of… (Posted by AndrewH)

Eurostar by Print Club

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Realising that a cheesy birthday card just wasn’t going to cut it for Eurostar’s 20th anniversary, Metropolitan art director Adriano Cattini commissioned London’s Print Club to create eight art works exclusively for the magazine’s celebratory November issue, including the cover, above. All are now for sale on Print Club’s website.

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The vibrant big-message cover is from London-based Irishman Barry Leonard, who, apparently, likes to listen to a bit of Nick Cave while he works. The ‘Better Closer’ slogan is Eurostar’s own birthday message of love.

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Lucille Clerc is a French illustrator whose work features the derelict buildings and local shops of her East London hood.

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Rose Blake is a Royal Academy of Art graduate, whose piece illustrates a write-up of a speed dating evening organised by Metropolitan editor Marie-Noelle Bauer (a resounding success, seeing as you ask).

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Spaniard Marina Esmeraldo added graphic punch to the magazine’s Style section.

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Also illustrating the Style section is Joanna Ham‘s ghostly, elegant silhouette.

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Another print by Marina Esmeraldo is a portrait to accompany an interview with Kim Jones, the Brit who heads up the menswear design team at Louis Vuitton in Paris.

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The work of South London printmaker Claudia Borfiga is used on the opener to Omnivore, the magazine’s food & drink section – with, presumably (I haven’t seen it yet) features stories on puppy dogs in slurppy cups, burgers with antlers and purple lobsters.

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Rose Stallard is the London-based creative director and co-founder of Print Club and her rock’n’roll print opens Metropolitan‘s listings section.

Overall it’s a very cool collaboration and a brilliantly creative response to a client’s request to do something special for their birthday. Certainly beats cake and a cup of tea. (Posted by AndrewH)

The really big Big Apple

I was waiting to receive a finished piece of work from illustrator Ross Murray last week, and he was unusually slow (for him) in coming back. I now see why. He’s been tied up on a magnificent panoramic NYC mural for the forthcoming issue of Thomas Cook Travel.

The brief, according to editor Mike MacEacheran, was to create the ultimate greatest hits of New York for the first-time visitor. “We asked him to take a cinematic, musical, artistic journey through the Five Boroughs, ticking off as many pop culture icons as possible. Hence the illo takes the reader from Lower Manhattan into Brooklyn and then back into Midtown, before heading up into Harlem and the Bronx. So geographically it all makes perfect sense. We gave him a list of around 60 things we wanted included but he came back with about 100.”

It’s an epic piece of work befitting an epic city. Hats off to art director Dan di Paolo, too.

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And here’s the complete illustration (click to enlarge). (Posted by AndrewH)

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