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Looking Back

Published June 14, 2010 by Graham

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The epic ride that has been We Love You So simply cannot be done justice in bullet-point form, but we’ll give it a shot anyway. Here are some great memories from these past 14 months–and 1000 posts–for you to revisit in our absence:

  • Skating with Mark Gonzales: rad photos form Spike’s shoebox
  • Scoring with Carter Burwell and then mixing at Skywalker Ranch
  • A homemade Max costume – the first of many
  • The many Wild Thing inspired pastries and bento box arrangements
  • A list of literature’s Top 10 Rascals – hotly contested in the British press
  • Quilts, murals and chalk drawings
  • Wild Things skate decks!
  • Hidden gems from childhood heroes like Mr. Rogers, The Muppets and Richard Scarry
  • Brilliant images from Max’s dad, Shawn Records
  • Spike’s bank commercials with a sumo wrestler and Brad Pitt
  • A crazy music video for Japanese band Sour and then an interview explaining how they made it
  • Behind the scenes on a BBC sitcom with Spike, David Cross and Will Arnett
  • A visit to Maurice Sendak’s house, and plenty of looks back at the author’s life and interviews about his views on childhood
  • Comic Con ‘09, where the movie’s promotion began and we got to know Max Records
  • Kanye West in We Were Once a Fairytale– and the behind the scenes drama
  • I’m Here, the bittersweet robot love story: from the shoot to Sundance to the Opening Ceremony collaborations and its worldwide premiere
  • Tributes to cinematic classics like Ratcatcher, Time Bandits and The Neverending Story
  • Interviews with amazing artists like Tao Lin, Matt Furie, Miguel Arteta, Ray Tintori, Edith Zimmerman, Jordan Crane and Vanessa Dualib
  • More Where the Wild Things Are food – this time, fruit
  • The pandemonium in Spike’s music video for LCD Soundsystem
  • A visit with graphic design great Geoff McFetridge
  • The WTWTA pop-up shop at Space 15 Twenty
  • Literary coverage on books you might not have read yet, from Nabokov to postmodern comic epics to hard-hitting journalism!
  • Where the Wild Things Ought to Be: a photoshop contest!
  • The demise of an infamous production office sofa
  • Forts, forts and more forts!
  • Olympia Le-Tan’s beautiful books
  • Bringing Where the Wild Things Are around the world! Japan! Madrid! Italy!
  • And then of course there are the hundreds of artists and musicians and writers who’ve inspired us along the way– go back through the archvies and rediscover them whenever you feel lonely! We’ll always have these moments, and one day we will meet again.

    The FINAL DAYS of We Love You So…

    Published June 8, 2010 by Dallas

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    Well everyone the time has come for We Love You So to take a much needed rest. When we started this project last year we had no idea how much fun it would be and how much support we would receive from so many places around the world, but like anything this site must also end.

    This coming Tuesday, June 15, WLYS is going to be going to sleep for a while. With any luck we will be back, in some form or another, soon enough. Meanwhile, to celebrate the final week we’ll be revisiting some over our favorite articles from our time here and also announcing one FINAL giveaway for all the fans out there.

    Stay tuned and thanks again for everything!

    Internet Archaeology

    Published June 2, 2010 by Molly

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    One of Emma Balkind’s many notable efforts is her appearance onInternet Archaeology, an archive of “graphic artifacts found within earlier Internet Culture” established in 2009 and with a purpose of preserving these artifacts to “acknowledge their importance in understanding the beginnings and birth of an Internet Culture.”

    To which we can only say: heck yes!

    Travess Smalley

    Published June 1, 2010 by Molly

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    We’re not clear on how we wound up at Travess Smalley’s web page, but we happily spent a solid chunk of time staring hypnotized at the never-ending wall of images Smalley has arranged for all to see. Imagine, if you will, that a Magic Eye puzzle book consumed the entire internet circa 1997, entered a wormhole, took a cat-nap, woke up and shouted “HELLO” to the world. That’s a starting description. We challenge you to come up with a better one.

    Mark Mulroney

    Published May 27, 2010 by Molly

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    Thank goodness for the web: it allows artists like Mark Mulroney to amass their high-concept weirdness into one viewing zone for home audiences to pore over. We dig the site’s surreal categorical distinctions almost as much as the work contained within: collages, drawings, scanned sketchbooks and more. Give it a look.

    Jillian Tamaki

    Published May 27, 2010 by Molly

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    How do we love Jillian Tamaki? Let us count the ways. The Canada-born and Brooklyn-based illustrator/artist illustrates for a huge variety of publications (everything from The Atlantic to Esquire), produced Skim, a graphic novel co-created with her cousin, and updates a delightful process blog whenever the inspiration strikes, which is (thankfully) often.

    We love spying on Tamaki’s projects as they develop, including the tiny paper quilts made of rainbow squares which mingle with her thoughts on color theory and her spectacular, surreal collages. Check out the process blog here and don’t come crying to us if you get inspired to start your own!

    Mike Billington

    Published May 26, 2010 by Molly

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    Mike Billington’s zines are pastel-covered manuals of how to live in a world where there’s just not enough white space. Billington’s little vignettes and aphoristic/humorous drawings are rendered in a chicken-scratch scrawl that is sometimes opaque and sometimes cacklingly rad, in perfect correlation with the words conveyed. Check out snippets from the zines here.

    Famicon Express

    Published May 25, 2010 by Molly

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    Looking for a one-stop shop for all your zine and small-press book needs? Search no further than Famicon Express, which deserves permanent status on the ole’ bookmarks list.

    The shop provides a vast selection of comics, special projects books, travel adventures, ghost stories, prints inspired by Grand Theft Auto imagery, and more, all of which are immaculately designed and many of which feature special crafty bonuses (like hand-pulled silkscreen covers or neat stitching).

    We’re suckers for crafty bonuses. Who isn’t!?

    Sam Bosma

    Published May 20, 2010 by Molly

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    Sam Bosma’s illustrations are detailed, colorful and a little loco. We love the way he draws people, hairy ape-men, wedges of cheese and renegade chickens. Best of all is Sam’s rad blog, which keeps track of all of his work-in-progress and sheds light on how the illustration process trucks along.

    We’re huge suckers for behind-the-scenes enterprises, and Sam’s blog doesn’t disappoint. If you don’t know the meaning of the words “duralar” or “vellum bristol”, prepare to learn some new vocab too!

    Special Reflection

    Published May 17, 2010 by Molly

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    Occasionally you stumble upon a website that raises more questions than it provides answers. Sometimes this is a good thing. In the case of Special Reflection, it’s a great thing. The website collects drawings and posters and music by (we think) various people connected by some mechanism that we can’t quite divine.

    Anyone out there have more information? If so, offer it up. If not, just enjoy the treasures of the site under the auspices of anonymity. After all: a good drawing is a good drawing, no matter who made it.