Vanity Fair, 8/22/06

August 22, 2006

The Artist Formerly Known as Paul Frank
Since its inception in 1995, Paul Frank Industries has sold $100 million worth of its cute but edgy clothes and accessories. Late last year, however, it lost the allegiance of Paul Frank himself, the design savant whose quirky creations, starting with Julius the monkey, gave birth to the brand itself. As Frank and his erstwhile partners trade allegations of disrespect, disengagement, and wedding-day slights in a battle for millions of dollars, the question arises: Which Paul Frank—the man or the company—is to blame?…..


WIRED, August 2006

August 1, 2006

Heroes of Color
Every so often, comic books attempt to up their hipness quotient with ethnicity. The 1960s and ’70s brought the first African-American superheroes – the Falcon, Black Panther, Black Lightning, and Luke Cage (think Shaft, only more invulnerable). Forty years on, the diversity fairy has struck again. The Atom is now Chinese; the Blue Beetle, Latino. And there’s even more action in foreign comic books aimed at the US market…..