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Book Illustration Competition

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The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter. House of Illustration/Folio Society    

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Hand Drawn deadline 15th sept

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Hand Drawn. What is illustration today? Is it pen-and-ink on paper? Vectors on pixels? A cut-paper scene captured in a photograph? A hand-stitched portrait...

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brussels in shorts – graphic novel competition

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brussels in shorts | het beschrijf. deadline October 31st HOW TO APPLY? - Read the competition rules (download below). - Contact us for more...

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Bologna Children’s Book Fair- competition

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http://www.bolognachildrensbookfair.com/en/mostraillustratori/partecipare How to take part The Exhibition is open to: > illustrators, including professionals and newcomers, submitting unpublished works or works published in the last...

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Steven Heller on Russian Children’s books

August 24, 2011
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Books as Big as Russia

interesting article on the ‘golden age’ of Russian children’s books…

“Children were the great red hope for the Marxist-Leninist “New Man” and as early as 1918 Pravda, the voice of the Communist Party, affirmed: “the children’s book as a major weapon for education must receive the widest possible distribution.”

SH:”One of the best kept of the former USSR’s official secrets was the expunged legacy of its innovative children’s book industry that had revolutionized art and design while capturing the hearts and minds of malleable Soviet youth. Stamping out illiteracy was high on the government’s agenda between 1921, when Lenin allowed for a bit of free enterprise under the New Economic Policy (NEP), through 1936 to 39, the height of the “Great Terror” when Josef Stalin purged millions of so-called “counter-revolutionaries” including some children’s book artists and authors.  Until the end of the Cold War, early in the 1990s, universal literacy was achieved but a national treasure was lost, until recent years…

also in  Print magazine.

 

 

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