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Review: Mad Men The Illustrated World

If you are a fan of the tv show Mad Men, you probably know Dyna Moe’s work. She did the illustrations for the Mad Men Yourself application on the AMC website that everyone went nuts over last season. She became pretty popular during the second season of the show for posting illustrations of one scene for each episode on flickr.

Well now she has a book out, Mad Men: The Illustrated World,  which is “An Official Mad Men Book”. What can I say about this book other than I LOVE IT.

Seriously, if you are remotely a fan of this show you will enjoy this book.

The book is divided into different sections: The Office, The Home, Fashion & Beauty, Arts & Leisure, Mainstream & Counterculture, Travel and Rainy Day Activities.

The Office section includes steps on dealing with the accidental foot amputation (Soak up the blood with newspapers but be sure you use the Classifieds section) as well as dealing with a difficult client (Liquid courage. Drink as many highballs as possible to get you through the day).

The Home section includes recipes for the newlyweds supper for two (Peas with bacon), the ever popular Sally Draper’s cocktail menu (now I know how to make a sidecar), hangover remedies, and how to decorate with Victorian fainting couches.

The Fashion & Beauty section provides an illustrated guide to what your secretary’s hair says about her (“I only have sexual fantasies about my husband and my pastor”), steps to getting that perfect bouffant (“Douse the entire head with the remainder of the hairspray can. Add bejeweled accessories if you’re a classy society lady.”), and make up tips.

In Arts & Leisure we get a cheat sheet for mid-century novels. Helen Gurley Brown’s Sex and the Single Girl: How to be an unrepentant – yet Machiavellian- slut from the woman who later founded Cosmo. Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged: A strident defense of capitalism and individualism told in the form of a hack sci-fi novel.

Mainstream & Counterculture furnishes steps on how to make your own Folk song or learn some phrases for well-meaning squares (“How many ascots should I pack for the Freedom Ride?“).

The Travel section offers suggestions on places to visit in New York (Roosevelt Hotel know for their discretion), things you need to outfit a hotel for a workday tryst (liquor, knee brace, Kennedy’s book of signature excuses, etc.)

And for those rainy days when you need something do to, you can play Cuban Missle Crisis or use the paper dolls of Joan Harris (complete with outfits based on the gorgeous costumes designed by Janie Bryant).

This book is the perfect coffee table book as it is a guaranteed conversation piece. The art is fabulous and it just makes me wish I had an ounce of te talent that Moe has. And as someone who loves fonts, I wish I could download the fonts that were used in the book. Some are fanciful and just plain fun.

I highly recommend purchasing this book for any Mad Men fan in your life.

5/5 stars.


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my love of mad men… books

Its not a secret that I LOVE Mad Men. My friends and I dissect the episodes after they air and scour the internet for information about the episodes and to get a better understanding of some of the cultural references.

I’ve already purchased The Mad Men and Philosophy book. (It’s near the top of the TBR pile.) And I’ve been eying Mad Men Unbuttoned: A Romp Through 1960s America.

But I’m eagerly anticipating the release of The Fashion File: Advice, Tips and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of Mad Men. I think Janie Bryant is a genius. The clothing is so much a part of who each of the characters are on the show.  The costumes for Joan alone are beyond amazing.

And then there is the upcoming book by Dyna Moe, Mad Men: The Illustrated World. You’ll recognize Moe’s work from the Mad Men Yourself application and the flickr collection of images from previous seasons.

Do I need either of these books? No. Do I want them? Very much so.  They are like eye candy in book format and I can’t wait until October when both of them come out.

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