Books &Illustration 13 Dec 2011 07:05 am

Christmas Cards

- This past Saturday, hundreds of 20 and 30-somethings filled the streets of Manhattan dressed as Santa. Apparently they were somehow raising money for “Toys for Tots” by bar-hopping in the Santa uniform (many of them very makeshift). I don’t know how it worked, though it felt a bit like the Christmas version of St. Patrick’s Day (without the parade.) A lot of white guys inebriated.

Regardless. The proliferation of Santa’s, however, reminded me of a Christmas card I did back in 1978. The card was picked up by Steven Heller and used in a book he edited called Artist’s Christmas Cards. (I always thought it should have been called Illustrator’s Christmas Cards, though I have to admit that I’d call two or three in the book “Artists”.) There was no pay for it, but there was the enjoyment of having my card connected to some great company.

I thought it’d be interesting to post a few of the cards in the book. So here we have them:


Here’s MY card that reminded me
of Saturday’s funfest.


The original book’s cover with a card by
Paul Degen gracing the red face of the book.


This MAURICE SENDAK card would later become the
animated opening to Simple Gifts, a show for which
I acted as Asst Director for R.O. Blechman in 1978.


BLECHMAN’s card, which he turned into an animated
I.D. spot for CBS – which has become very visible on the net.


EDWARD GOREY


BOBBY LONDON


ED KOREN


TOMI UNGERER


RALPH STEADMAN


RONALD SEARLE


TOM HACHTMAN (in the days before we’d met)


GÜNTER GRASS


ALEXANDER CALDER


PAUL CADMUS


ELWOOD SMITH


BRAD HOLLAND

4 Responses to “Christmas Cards”

  1. on 13 Dec 2011 at 7:45 am 1.Stephen Macquignon said …

    What a great assortment of artist

  2. on 13 Dec 2011 at 9:18 pm 2.Michael Barrier said …

    A lovely book, which we’ve enjoyed owning for 30+ years now. We’ve always counted ourselves lucky to be the recipients of Sporn Christmas cards.

  3. on 28 Dec 2011 at 8:51 am 3.Oscar Grillo said …

    For me the best card in this book is André François’. Im quite surprised you haven’t chosen it.

  4. on 23 Dec 2012 at 6:33 pm 4.An Animated Christmas Card from Maurice Sendak | biblioklept said …

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