The Little Golden Books series have been a huge piece of Americana for over 70 years, and most of us as kids grew up reading them back when we were in pre-school and kindergarten. For a lot of us, Scuffy the Tugboat and Katie the Kitten were among the first books we ever read or owned, and their cheerful art style is instantly recognizable to us all, even years later as adults.
Over the past few years, artist Joey Spiotto has taken the classic Little Golden Book art style and applied them to modern pop culture icons, with characters from movies, television, and even well known musicians. He debuted his first series of these in a line of parody style art he called Storytime back in 2014, which featured cute Little Golden Book inspired pieces featuring the likes of Shaun of the Dead and Guardians of the Galaxy. Spiotto then followed up that series with the equally cool Storytime 2 a year later.
Now we’ve learned that Spiotto is continuing his Little Golden Book inspired art with Storytime 3, which will once again exhibit at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. Although the artist draws from the past several decades of popular culture, there are a lot of very current aspects of media that are currently grabbing everyone’s attention, like Logan, Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad, Negan from The Walking Dead, Hamilton, Mr. Robot, Westworld, Stranger Things, and video games like Overwatch. And that’s just naming but a few. You can check out a handful of them down below in our gallery, and to see the rest, be sure to head over to Gallery 1988’s site.
The Storytime 3 art show will be on exhibition at Gallery 1998 from April 7 through April 22, 2017. You can also purchase Spiotto’s book featuring all his Storytime art to date by clicking on his personal website here.
Which of these adorable takes on your favorite characters do you think is the best? Be sure to let us know down below in the comments.
Images: Joey Spiotto/Gallery 1988