The Great Gatsby Returns!

On the eve of the high-profile release of The Great Gatsby remake, The New York Times recently discussed how retailers like Barnes & Noble and WalMart were having a classic New School vs. Old School debate on whether to feature the movie tie-in edition (below, left) or the original book cover art (right) for their shelves. (NYT)

Perhaps even design legend, Saul Bass, might’ve been inspired by Gatsby, too, when you look at his 1960s one-sheet for Bonjour Tristesse. And just in case you missed it (or are a loyal Bing fan), Mr. Bass was given the Internet’s highest honor yesterday with a Google Doodle tribute on the search engine king’s main page. (Guardian)

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And Now For Something Completely Different…

it's just a dog book cover blurbsDear Gentle Reader,
Meansheets is excited to tell you about a brand-spanking new book that has absolutely nothing to do with vintage movie posters!

It’s Just A Dog is my new novel about a famous dog painter’s prized pooch who dies unexpectedly, and then later comes back from the dead as a talking ghost. It’s like the movie, Ghost — except if Patrick Swayze returned to haunt Demi Moore as a rude, wise-cracking Jack Russell terrier.

And what’s better — 50% of all sales during the book’s 3-month summer launch go to, a San Francisco senior dog rescue that believes every dog deserves a happy ending. You can read more about the book and download the first chapter for FREE at the official website,, which has a blog and the book trailer below.

Anyway, the reason I’m telling you all this is because I need your help. No, I don’t want your money — but I am requesting a bit of your time. You see, before the book goes live on Amazon in late May 2013, I’d like to get as many reviews as possible to increase exposure.

So, if you’re interested, please drop me a line at meansheets (a) before May 4 with the subject line “dog book” and tell me about yourself (include any Facebook/blog/website links, if you wish — or, better yet, if you already have an Amazon account) and I will then send you an advanced copy of the book in PDF (don’t worry, it’s short — under 200 pages).

Then right before the book goes live on Amazon in May 2013, I’ll send you an email reminder with the Amazon link to go submit a review for the book. You don’t have to write a long review — just a sentence or two to express your deepest, inner-most thoughts (e.g., “I can’t believe this book didn’t totally suck!” or “This dog book sucks, but I still love dogs anyway!”).

Thanks for your time. I look forward to hearing from you!

Oh yeah, and if you’re hankerin’ to see some vintage dog movie posters, check out this recent story on Posteritati via

Classic Car Talk!

The new Gatsby poster adds some polish to the car movie poster.
But if you’re really serious about your automotive-inspired one-sheets, you’ll get plenty of mileage out of Paul Veysey’s Motorin’ Movie Posters book.(IMP)

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More Horror!

too much horror business the kirk hammett collectionI’m not much of a horror movie fan, but I finally got a chance this weekend to look at Kirk Hammett of Metallica’s movie poster/memorabilia book, Too Much Horror Business — and was mesmerized by his scary pre-1940’s collection.

There’s also a revealing interview with Hammett, in which he details his poster collecting habits and how he has avoided the “celebrity tax” by hiring a fellow collector to do his bidding for him. (AllPosterForum)

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Happy James Bond Day!

Just in case you forgot to mark your calendars, today is officially Global James Bond Day.

And why not celebrate by picking up the new art/film/design book, James Bond: 50 Years of Movie Posters — to celebrate the International superhero Super-spy.

Bob Peak Back In Fashion?

Masters of Fashion Illustration, a new art book by fashion maven, David Downton (no relation to Downton Abbey), profiles some of the greatest fashion illustrators of the 20th Century — including a chapter dedicated to legendary poster artist, Bob Peak, who first penciled his beautiful lines for many high-profile fashion mags and commercial print ads.

Blown Out

Every artist has suffered rejection — and now Francoise Mouly, art editor of The New Yorker mag, has a book out called Blown Covers that is dedicated to the many interesting, but perhaps too incendiary, potential covers submitted for their vaunted weekly — no doubt supplied by the likes of such high-profile contributors as Chris Ware, Dan Clowes, Maira Kalman, and Saul Steinberg.

The Slasher-house Rules

There’s a new horror movie art book out called, appropriately, The Slasher Movie Book by J.A. Kerswell for all you blood-lovin’ film fans out there…

And The New York Times asked six artists to come up with new takes on the classic Jason slasher pic, Friday the 13th

Nice Bass!

Just in case you haven’t seen this yet…

In honor of the newish highbrow artsy movie book, Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design (written by Pat Kirkham and his daughter, Jennifer Bass, no less) — here’s a smashing tribute video of Bass’s work done by Ian Albinson of the always inspiring/excellent Art of the Title.

The Title Design of Saul Bass from Ian Albinson on Vimeo.