500 Portraits collects for the first time over two decades of portrait work by
the beloved and award-winning creator of Drinky Crow’s Maakies, Sock Monkey
and Billy Hazelnuts. Tony Millionaire’s gorgeous fountain pen illustrations,
which mingle naturalistic detail with strong doses of the fanciful and grotesque,
include the famous (Bob Dylan), the infamous (Abu Ghraib soldier/model
Lynndie England), the fictional (Yoda), the animal kingdom (a cockroach), and
everything in between. Literary figures (Hemingway), literary characters (Don
Quixote & Sancho Panza), Hollywood legends (Steven Spielberg), comics icons
(Hergé) and historical figures (Hitler) also figure prominently.
Millionaire’s impeccable linework resembles that of Johnny Gruelle (creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy), whom he cites
as one of his main sources of inspiration along with Ernest Shepard and "all those freaks from the '20s and '30s who did
the newspaper strips."
Many of these 500 portraits were created for The Believer, the magazine founded by Dave Eggers that Millionaire has
helped define visually with his signature portraits of interview subjects in every issue since the magazine started. But it
also includes dozens if not hundreds of illustrations from various other publications, including The New York Times, The
New Yorker, Ephemera Press Historical Maps, The Wall Street Journal, and others.
“I think Tony Millionaire can only do important things.” — Dave Eggers
"Buy 500 Portraits by Tony Millionaire and see me with hair." – Peter Landau