Bill Smith

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  • 9 years ago | Lists

    1. Secret handshake 2. Annual Thetan Jamboree in Trementina, New Mexico 3. Subterranean passages linking Beck’s house to every Starbucks in the city 4. No one feels it necessary to elect a new Hubbard after the old one’s died. 5. Free ...

  • 9 years ago | Longform

    Photo by Bill Smith I’m high in the hills of Pasadena standing inside the Hunting Lodge for Wayward Comic Artists, otherwise known as Tony Millionaire’s garage-studio. We are four beers into a six-pack and Millionaire — raccoon carc...

  • 10 years ago | Longform

    I’d always been fond of Frank Gehry’s balls. Even before I knew they were those of the great architect I admired their playfulness, their perfect, alabaster roundness. They dangled, at times loomed above us — though that sounds a bi...

  • 11 years ago | Books

    Illustration by Adrian Tomine Artist scrapbooks bring to mind a Jon Lovitz sketch about an obnoxious Picasso scribbling on paper napkins and forcing them on people as valuable works of art because “I’m Picasso!” It’s not that s...

  • 11 years ago | Books

    I’ve had amiable debates with my friend Robbie Conal about political graphics. Playing devil’s advocate, I’d argue that protest imagery does nothing but preach to the converted and, worse, galvanize the opposition. Art used in progr...

  • 12 years ago | Fashion

    In the future pantheon of graphic arts, you’ll undoubtedly find an entire hall devoted to nothing but book-jacket design. There will be busts honoring legends such as Paul Rand, Jan Tschichold, Chermayeff & Geismar, Alvin and Elaine Lustig, a...