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Save Last Gasp Publishing!

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October 11, 2014

THE LAST GASP - EMPTY KINGDOM - KICKSTARTER
Our good friends over at Last Gasp publishing who are in their 45th year of creating and distributing some of the finest books in art and alternative literature are running a Kickstarter campaign for their fall line. This campaign is near and dear to our hearts because as many of you probably know, the world of print has been going through many changes and difficulties in a digital age and for those that appreciate art you know having a finely printed book is a completely different experience than viewing online. We are doing our part to support them because there's nobody else like Last Gasp out there and we want them to keep on keepin' on. They have supported many of the artists we love and we hope you join us in supporting their campaign, they have lots of cool prizes so please check it out!
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EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2013

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January 31, 2014

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[Photo by: Shelbie Dimond] 939 is the magic number for EK in 2013. 939 only has 4 factors: 1, 3, 313, 939...which doesn't really have any significant meaning relating to our TOP 100. AMD made a CPU called the Socket 939 back in June 2004...but we're not sponsored by them nor any other computer tech company to supply us with the machines that we need to run EK. The year 939 in Roman numerals is CMXXXIX...which doesn't mean crap since none of us use Roman numerals anymore. According to HistoryOrb.com, 4 major events took place in year 939 that were documented: July 8th (The Major Occultation, or Ghaybat el-Kubra of Muhammad al-Mahdi), August 6th (Battle at Simancas - Spain beats Moors), October 2nd (Battle at Andernach: King Otto & Hermann of Zwaben beat Eberhard of France & Giselbert of Lutherans), October 27th (Edmund I succeeds Athelstan as King of England)...which all has nothing to do with EK. Nonetheless, 939 is the exact number of posts we had to sift through for 2013 in order to bring to all of you art-fiends our fourth annual EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2013!
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Tobias Hall

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December 5, 2013

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Freelance illustrator Tobias Hall creates beautifully composed pieces using the written word, specializing not only in digital art but  lettering, and mural painting. Gotta love a man who keeps such a classic form of art like hand made typography alive and well.
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EK Interview: Defasten

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July 21, 2013

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Montreal-based motion-VFX-filmmaker Patrick Doan (running under the name of Defasten) presents a bulk of his work through geometrical layers of abstract subject matter. Our conversations with the artist helped us reveal how computer graphics become a tool for storytelling and expression. Check out the Q&A interview after the jump!
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Ji Lee Revisit

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February 16, 2013

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Ji Lee was featured back in April 2010. He used to be a creative director at Google and is now currently working as a creative strategist at Facebook. Lee loves cycling, animals, and jazz music.
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EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2012

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January 31, 2013

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[Photo by: Lauren Treece] The beginning is, in fact, finally here. After shifting through exactly 1470 posts for the entire 2012 calendar year, a dozen pots of coffee made, several holes punched in the drywall during heated deliberations, and several concussions suffered from office supplies hurled at each others' heads, we proudly present the third annual EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2012!
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Synoptic Office

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January 11, 2013

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The work of Caspar Lam and YuJune Park of Synoptic Office has a relevant and practical focus. Reading the meaning behind each of their projects is necessary to understand them, so make sure to check our their site!
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2013: THE BEGINNING IS NEAR

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January 3, 2013

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2012 was an unpredictable, fast, scary, wild, and beautiful year in many ways. While the media want to talk about the Mayans and debate the end of the world, to tell you the truth none of that matters. Because every day is somebody's last day on earth. Every day people lose loved ones who mean the world to them. While we would love nothing more to speak only of the beautiful wonderful possibilities of the new year, 2012 was sobering in many respects and it would not be honest to ignore some of the incredible human tragedies of the year.

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Pablo Abad

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December 27, 2012

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Pablo Abad is a graphic designer currently based out of Madrid, Spain.
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Anatol Knotek

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November 2, 2012

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Anatol Knotek is an Austrian artist born in Vienna. He is recognized for his work in concerete poetry and is a member of the Austrian Art Association.
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Tauba Auerbach : RGB Colorspace

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September 23, 2012

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Tauba Auerbach is a very unique artist who creates everything from installation pieces, sculptures, prints, experimental typeface, and a whole slew of other art pieces ranging in mediums. Auerbach's RGB Colorspace piece is a 3200 page creation that showcases the entire range of the RGB spectrum...DAAAAAAAAAAMN.
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Novamente, DerbyBlue!

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September 17, 2012

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Behold the Italy based, Brazilian illustrator DerbyBlue! His first feature was on May 2010 and he continues to kick ass with his watercolor brilliance and cheeky style. Was that a lame pun?
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“I swear I use no art at all”

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August 11, 2012

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Today, we introduce Joost Grootens, a self-taught graphic designer who has created several design books for architecture, urban space and art, and even specializing on atlases, designing both the maps and the books themselves. Grootens' "I swear I use no art at all" is a design book that covers his work over that span of 10 years, 100 books, and roughly 18,000 pages as he dissects, graphs, charts, maps, and gives personal accounts behind the ideas of his designs.
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George Strouzas’ TYPEFACE

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July 25, 2012

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George Strouzas is a graphic designer based out of Athens, Greece who brings to us the FTRT typeface design. Strouzas' FTRT typeface is the result of a 3-month research and design based on capital Latin and Greek letters, numbers, and symbols in three different weights and a total of 251 different glyphs. The FTRT typeface has very modular typeface in which all the glyphs have exactly the same height and weight. This characteristic offers typesetting to be easier in a grid environment or for lettering in both a landscape or portrait setting.
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Grzegorz Domaradzki

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July 19, 2012

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With an incredible flare for design and fantastic skills with graphite, this illustrator/graphic designer/video game enthusiast mixes traditional and modern techniques and creates an infusion of sick chromaticity; I present to you Grzegorz Domaradzki, but you can call him GABZ.
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Great Expectations

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July 1, 2012

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Who knew that one page could make a whole book? Incorporating typography into a modern publication of Great Expectations, GraphicDesign& has available for purchase Page 1: Great Expectations, "The responses of 70 international graphic designers when posed with the same brief – to design and lay out the first page of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, a text chosen in part because it directly references lettering as Pip searches for clues about his family from the letterforms inscribed on their tombstone."
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Typography Pin-ups

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June 2, 2012

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Malika Favre is a French designer and illustrator residing in London who has a good amount of sex-charged work.
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Type

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May 22, 2012

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The motion graphic wizards at Weareseventeen rightfully flex their muscles in their latest title-sequence project Type. Wonderful sound design by Box of Toys Audio.
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Kamen Kamenov

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May 17, 2012

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Kamen Kamenov is a digital artist based out of Sofia, Bulgaria who also works with typography. Majority of his illustrative work is rendered in such a way that resembles that of molecular structures and forms. Check out more his work at Behance.
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ALPHABETIC

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April 14, 2012

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Ariel Costa's mutating typeface project ALPHABETIC makes me wonder if fonts have trailers. If not, it should definitely be considered.
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