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MAD Magazine’s Spy vs. Spy 50th anniversary

Black vs. white: a type designer brings her skills to the world of acrylic figurines.

As a little girl, I often perused my brother’s comics. X-Men, Tales from the Crypt, and MAD Magazine were just a few. One of my favorite pieces in MAD was Spy vs. Spy, where the Black and the White spies found interesting ways to kill each other. Cartoonish violence aside, I was always fascinated by their creativity. And I always rooted for the Black Spy.

As an adult, my friend and associate editor of MAD, Dave Croatto, asked if I would participate in the 50th Anniversary of Spy vs. Spy. He thought the addition of a type designer would lend an interesting voice to the project. And as I work in black and white, would be a perfect fit.

Working with such small brushes on a three-dimensional surface was a new experience for me. While I have been known to venture into calligraphy, I found this even more challenging. The delicate thins that I can get using bezier curves in FontLab I couldn’t replicate here the way I’d envisioned. With more practice, I’d like to think I could do a much more detailed Spy, but it was fun to be a part of something that ended up at Comic-Con in San Diego, and to be in the company of such talented artists. Check out the other (more acrylic-savvy) artists.