The Street Posters of San Francisco

Owen Smith has drawn up book covers, album covers, and magazine covers (his rich, moody film noiry style has been most recognizably seen on The New Yorker) –– but no movie posters –– unless you count his 2008 San Francisco Market Street poster campaign celebrating Dashell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon.

And now Bay Area BART subway stations are going to be decorated with his latest designs promoting the summer reading season, featuring Hammett, Jack London, and Amy Tan.

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Brokeback Flashback!

Speaking of Brokeback Mountain, here’s a funny New Yorker magazine cover spoof of the 2006 cowboy classic by one of my favorite modern day illustrators, Mark Ulriksen.

Maira-culous!

I recently had a delightful day attending the Maira Kalman exhibit at The CJM to launch her new book, Various Illuminations of A Crazy World.

Kalman, whose colorful illustrations have brightened both The New York Times (via her amazing And The Pursuit of Happiness blog) and The New Yorker covers for years, has never done a movie poster before (I don’t think!). However, she has collaborated with Animal House pal, Rick Meyerowitz, on several projects, including the famed Newyorkistan cover below (left), which cleverly spoofed Saul Steinberg’s legendary 1976 “View of the World” (right).

Not that she needs the work — but here’s hoping that Wes Anderson or some quirky indie film snaps her up soon to do their next print campaign!