Robert Hanks

Recent articles by Robert Hanks

To have and to hold

Issue 88, 2014

Feature

The challenges of digital publishing have galvanised a new spirit in book design and production.…

Wordplay for a picture palace

Issue 86, Autumn 2013

Review

In classical texts on the ‘art of memory’, the student is advised to…

Hardcore fluff

Issue 85, Spring 2013

Review

Debates about education seem these days to have been reduced almost entirely…

Iron curtain Vegas

Review

In the mind’s eye, the Eastern Europe of the cold war is painted with a grey…

Consequences for the comic artist

Issue 82, Winter 2012

Review

Nelson is, according to Rob Davis’s introduction, ‘a testament to what comics…

Artwork and play

Issue 72, Summer 2009

Feature

Brian Knight’s lovingly detailed paintings of ships, planes and cars trace an elegiac path for…

Nuffin’ like a Puffin

Issue 77, Autumn 2010

Review

Phil Baines’s Penguin by Design: A Cover Story (2005) was, even at a glance, a…

Recent blog posts by Robert Hanks

Banham’s Melbourne letters

26 March 2013

The first thing you think on flipping through Characters is: Wow, I wouldn’t mind living in Melbourne, writes Robert Hanks.

Lubbock’s brilliance

21 February 2013

During his lifetime, the prickly, uproarious brilliance of Tom Lubbock’s writing on art was a frustratingly well kept secret, writes Robert Hanks, hoarded by a few artists and fellow journalists, and the ever-diminishing fraternity of readers of the Independent newspaper (where we were colleagues for many years).

Technology and myth

2 April 2012

Klimowski and Schejbal give graphic life to Stanislaw Lem’s robots
Stanislaw Lem (1921-2006) is usually considered an author of science fiction, but though his stories have the appropriate apparatus – spaceships, alien life-forms, robots – in mood and structure they are closer to fairy tale, myth or dream, writes Robert Hanks.

Type Tuesday: Iron curtain Vegas

28 February 2012

Ilona Karwińska shoots the lions and mermaids of Polish Cold War Neon
In the mind’s eye, the Eastern Europe of the cold war is painted with a grey wash, enlivened by occasional splashes of beige, writes Robert Hanks.