I love Mad Men. Seriously, I eat each episode like candy, soaking up the fashions, the art direction and, since I currently work in advertising, a little history on the culture and the business. So I got pretty excited when I learned, upon watching the behind the scenes DVD of season 3, about an illustrator named Dyna Moe who is responsible for the images used in the “Mad Men Yourself” feature on the web as well as episode drawings that have become viral hits. She recently put out a book, “Mad Men: The Illustrated World.” In a reading at the store, Book Soup in W. Hollywood, Dyna talked about the inspiration of her drawings that began with a Christmas card request from Rich Sommer (aka Harry Crane.) She took us on a journey through ’50s and ’60s era advertising illustrations that influenced her own. As a bonus, not one but two actual Mad Men were in the house to read from her book Rich Sommer and Michael Gladis (aka Paul Kinsey.)
Now you just can’t beat that for an evening as cool as a cocktail made by Don Draper!