March 12, 2013 at 9:30 AM
New artwork for ‘Mad Men,’ Season 6
Here’s a fun “Mad Men” story for this cloudy Tuesday morning: The show (which returns to AMC for its sixth season April 7) has a jazzy new promotional poster, shown below. And its retro look isn’t by accident: Series creator Matthew Weiner looked through ’60s and ’70s advertising to find the kind of image he wanted for this season — and learned from his marketing team that the creator of the illustrations he liked best was still drawing. 75-year-old Brian Sanders, who lives outside Cambridge, England, got his start as an illustrator in the ’60s (with assignments that included work for Stanley Kubrick), and created the new image in a style he referred to as “bubble and streak.” Sanders told the New York Times that watching the series and making the illustration brought him “such a deja vu feeling of place and time . . . I almost wanted to reach for a cigarette, and I haven’t had one for 30-odd years.”
(Image courtesy of AMC; click here for a larger version)
So, whose hand is Don holding? Megan? Or . . . ? Love how the city is collapsing in on him, and he how avoids our gaze.