What Things Do is great, really, I couldn’t spend enough time on there. It’s a stopping place for full-length comics complete with impossibly great cover art, and the names and work that sit on it read like a register of the new and old school of cartooning and comics influencers.
The motivation of its creator, Jordan Crane, could not express my own sentiments more: “We want to read comics, good comics, a lot of them, and all the time.” Somehow WTD brings together, regularly and without a blink of the collective curatorial eye, a brilliant resource and worthy platform for the medium.
“We want to read comics, good comics, a lot of them, and all the time.”
Jordan Crane, What Things Do
Looking at the work of Jordan himself is evidence enough that he practice what he preaches. He has a crafted an aesthetic that uses every panel in an effortlessly articulate way, his narratives are touching and occasionally wildly emotive, and there is a subtle yet consistent emphasis on sound that feels that much more sophisticated – like abstract shapes that occupy a space rather than the ambiguous “zaps” of popular super hero comics. His illustration style is clear and unpretentious which is kind of great for the sprawlingly-emotional and situational leaps the frames take you through.
With a illustrative career spanning… well, a long time, the value of Jordan’s work is well worth reimbursing with a few of your own hours.
- Creative director David Lane tells us about redesigning frieze and creating campaigns for Hermés and Ally Capellino
- Photographer Zuza Krajewska's fragile portraits of Polish young offenders
- Anibal Bley’s Risograph zine experiments with glitchy patterns and illustrations
- CG Watkins’ narratively driven photography conveys mystery and escapism
- Sharp Type creates punchy typeface inspired by Swiss designer Adrian Frutiger
- Illustrator Susa Monteiro’s lonely figures battle the elements
- Grope Sans: a very rude typeface by Bompas & Parr
- Japanese graphic designer Ryu Mieno creates type-heavy works fizzing with energy
- The reductive and exacting work of graphic designer Laura Prim
- Why creative education for advertising is stuck in the dark ages
- Leipzig-based graphic designer Anja Kaiser takes us through her portfolio
- Nicolas Jaar releases Network, a book inspired by radio