The literature and art inspired clothing company Miles to Go have just released my 'A Confederacy of Dunces' t-shirt. The book remains one of my favourites and one I've reread several times.
For the design I wanted Ignatius to be the focus but I also wanted to represent New Orleans somehow. I tried to illustrate him standing in front of some NO landmarks but it didn't work so I sourced an old NO map from the era ACOD is set in and proceeded to brainstorm some ideas. It didn't take too long to see that the boundary line of NO was such that I could potentially have a portrait of Ignatius that inhabited the city centre.
I finished the illustration then tried to add an obvious map element to it with a street map label featuring the Miles to Go logo but we (Greg MTG) decided that maybe it needed a quote instead. Initially I went with "Leaving New Orleans also frightened me considerably. Outside of the
city limits the heart of darkness, the true wasteland begins" which was almost too good with regards to the design but not really that in keeping with the tone of ACOD.
The book has so many brilliant quotes to pick from but eventually we settled on the Jonathan Swift quote that introduces the book; "When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him".
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