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Best Readings of the Season

R.O. Blechman did the cover and inside artworks for the New York Times 2011 book Review picks. 100 Notable Books of 2011.  Click on the image to link to the New York Times website, or pick up a copy of the Times December 4th.

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November 30, 2011


Brian Bantugan (FAB) enters the world of Maurice Vellekoop and his partner in crime, Gloria Badcock.  Click on the image to connect to the FAB website interview.


Launch is tonight.
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St.
7 – 10pm

November 29, 2011

Felix Wittholz does up the Eaton Center


Touched By Fire


Jeff Jackson has created the poster art for the Moods Disorder Associations’ annual Touched By Fire Exhibition. The MDAO is a member-based, not-for-profit association providing free recovery programs and peer support for people across Ontario who live with or support loved ones with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. This year marks the Touched By Fire’s fifth anniversary. There will be food, a cash bar, live jazz and great art by artists living with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and psychosis.

The exhibition is from 5:00 to 9:00 PM on December 8, 2011 at Coopers Fine Art Gallery, 111 Bathurst Street at Adelaide in Toronto. Admission is $10.

November 28, 2011

Jamie Bennett Mural in Burlington

Reactor was approached by RLW Design on behalf of their client, optician Christine Brooks who was launching a second Blur Eyewear store in Burlington. To compliment the white on white design of the new store (located in the Ikea Plaza at the 403/QEW), they commissioned Jamie Bennett to create and execute a 10’ high by 50’ wide mural. Working with the theme of eyes, looking and seeing, Jamie designed a light and playful composition. She executed the final art in pieces as graphite pencil drawings with separate grayscale watercolour washes. The artwork was scanned by the studio and digitally pieced together. Colour was added to the grayscale washes and the final composition was adjusted to work with the individual glass panels.

The completed mural digital file was printed by Autograph Trim Imaging Specialists onto 3M™ transparent vinyl which was applied to the backside of the glass panel. The glass panels were then mounted three inches from a white wall.

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November 24, 2011

Grow, Mo, Grow!

Regularly bearded Steve Dunk, bares his chin to participate in Movember. He has also designed and printed a limited edition, letterpress poster to give to donors. Donate $10 or more to Steve or his team-members, Jordan and Brad, and you’ll get yourself one of these posters, before the end of November, while they last.

Steve Dunk Stache Poster

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November 23, 2011

The Launch of Maurice Vellekoop’s New Comic



November 22, 2011

Find the perfect match


November 21, 2011

Bob and Chickadee

Here are two spread illustrations by Bob Fortier, commissioned for Chickadee Magazine (thanks Susan) for the December 2011 issue.


November 17, 2011