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Happy Martin Luther King day everyone!
Today is the beginning of a new column on thisisstar.com.
It’s about t-shirt designers that I like alot, who you should like too!
If any of you have suggestions on other companies I should write about, feel free to let me know…
OR if you’re a t-shirt designer who’d like to be included, please email me!

A few weeks ago, I was walking home from work, and I passed this charming little store:

Hello Fluffy!

It had a rack of awesome shirts outside and I couldn’t resist going in.

It turned out to be the showroom for the awesome SF based Apparel company, FluffyCo!!

FluffyCo makes rad t-shirts, wallets, and even some awesome homegoods like pillows and wall mounted bottle openers.

Here’s the rad sparrow shirt I bought:

Star wearing FluffyCo

Thanks, FluffyCo!

I just saw Helvetica, The film….and you should too!

From their website:

Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. The film is an exploration of urban spaces in major cities and the type that inhabits them, and a fluid discussion with renowned designers about their work, the creative process, and the choices and aesthetics behind their use of type.

This movie came out last year, but it’s currently screening at the Roxie in San Francisco (right down the street from where I work!). If you’re not in SF you can order the dvd from their website.

Extra linky goodness:

Popsci review of the film.
Nubby Twiglet: Helvetica: A Love & Hate Relationship

There’s an interview with me up on Newsarama. How cool is that?!

Also, so this post isn’t just shameless self promotion, I wanted to show you all the 2 best things I got at comicon that aren’t comics!

This is a plush representation of Polio, by Giant Microbes.
It’s actually what polio looks like under a microscope…minus the cute eyes and all.

They have 50 maladies available in plush form! You could buy your friend the common cold, chicken pox, even hepatitis!
So rad!

This is a hand silkscreened wooden notebook by Robert Goodin. The covers are made of 1/8′ plywood, and they are full-up with acid free paper. Not to mention that he and his wife are super nice.

In other news, I’ll be off at Burning man for a week starting on Monday! If there’s anything you need to get in touch with me for, do it now…because I’ll be off the grid very soon.

Typically, this post would be full of all the things that inspired me in a given week…
But I’m so smitten with the film I watched last night that I felt the need to give it a whole post.

Tekkonkinkreet is the story of two orphan boys trying to protect the only town they know.
It’s got enough symbolism to satisfy James Joyce, and enough surrealism to make Michelle Gondry weep.
& the icing on the cake is the beautiful score by UK rockers, Plaid.

The animation in the film is a flawless combination of traditional and 3-d, which is executed in a manner not unlike Ghost in the Shell: Innocence. While it is based off the manga by Taiyo Matsumoto, it reminds me more of a Jaime Hewlett drawing, or an American indy comic book than anything else.

This film was brought to us by Studio4°C (that created the Animatrix), and is the first feature length Anime to be directed by an American (Michael Arias).

However, in America, it’s screening only in LA or NYC & it’s only playing for 4 more days.

In LA, you can see it @ Landmark West Los Angeles, The Westside Pavilion, 10850 West Pico.

In NYC, you can see it @ The Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th Street (between 5th &6th Ave).

Check out the trailer:

Or this rad chase scene:

Extra:
Official Site (American)
Official Site (Japanese)
IMDB page
Soundtrack by Plaid on Amazon

xo,
Star