Slate's Best Illustrations from 2012

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Dec. 29 2012 5:00 AM

Slate Illustrated, 2012

The best illustrations of the year.

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It’s that time again, when we look back at the year in Slate through our favorite illustrations. Following are five favorites from each illustrator, linked to the article in which it originally appeared.

Illustrations by Alex Eben Meyer

Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer

Illustration for Better Than Words With Friends by Alex Eben Meyer.

Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer.

Illustration for Buy a House Today! by Alex Eben Meyer.

Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer.

Illustration for Smile, You're On Everyone's Camera by Alex Eben Meyer.

Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer.

Illustration for The USA Is Number One (in Cheese Production)! by Alex Eben Meyer.

Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer.

Illustration for Who Killed Sarcasm? by Alex Eben Meyer.

 

Illustrations by Robert Neubecker

Illustration by Robert Neubecker.

Illustration for I Ain’t Sayin’ He’s a Gold Digger by Robert Neubecker.

Illustration by Robert Neubecker.

Illustration forI Do Not Want To Dance the Hora by Robert Neubecker.

Illustration by Robert Neubecker.

Illustration for Tasting Like Chicken by Robert Neubecker.

Illustration by Robert Neubecker.

Illustration for The Creepiness Factor by Robert Neubecker.

Illustration by Robert Neubecker.

Illustration for The Spy Who GPS-Tagged Me by Robert Neubecker.

 

 

Illustrations by Charlie Powell

Illustration by Charlie Powell.

Illustration of Helicopter Parenting by Charlie Powell.

Illustration by Charlie Powell.

Illustration for Ray of Hope by Charlie Powell.

Illustration by Charlie Powell.

Illustration for March Madness by Charlie Powell.

Illustration by Charlie Powell.

Illustration of Five Ring Circus by Charlie Powell.

Illustration by Charlie Powell.

Illustration forFix the Constitution by Charlie Powell.



 

Illustrations by Mark Stamaty

Illustration by Mark Alan Stamaty.

Illustration for Pop Music by Mark Alan Stamaty.

Illustration by Mark Alan Stamaty.

Illustration forCan You Fake Mental Illness? by Mark Alan Stamaty.

Illustration by Mark Alan Stamaty.

Illustration for Could Cops Use Google To Prevent Murder? by Mark Alan Stamaty.

Illustration by Mark Alan Stamaty.

Illustration forMaking Love and Trouble by Mark Alan Stamaty.

Illustration by Mark Alan Stamaty.

Illustration forThe Date Whisperer by Mark Alan Stamaty.

 

 

 

Illustrations by Rob Donnelly

Illustration by Rob Donnelly.

Illustration for Who Needs ACORN? by Rob Donnelly.

Illustration by Rob Donnelly.

Illustration forPreschoolers With Knives by Rob Donnelly.

Illustration by Rob Donnelly.

Illustration for Are Women Better at Living Alone? by Rob Donnelly.

Illustration by Rob Donnelly.

Illustration for I’ll Sit This One Out by Rob Donnelly.

Illustration by Rob Donnelly.

Illustration for My Molesters by Rob Donnelly.

 

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Smash and Grab

Will competitive Senate contests in Kansas and South Dakota lead to more late-breaking races in future elections?

Even When They Go to College, the Poor Sometimes Stay Poor

Here’s Just How Far a Southern Woman May Have to Drive to Get an Abortion

The Most Ingenious Teaching Device Ever Invented

Marvel’s Civil War Is a Far-Right Paranoid Fantasy

It’s also a mess. Can the movies do better?

Behold

Sprawl, Decadence, and Environmental Ruin in Nevada

Space: The Next Generation

An All-Female Mission to Mars

As a NASA guinea pig, I verified that women would be cheaper to launch than men.

Watching Netflix in Bed. Hanging Bananas. Is There Anything These Hooks Can’t Solve?

The Procedural Rule That Could Prevent Gay Marriage From Reaching SCOTUS Again

  News & Politics
Foreigners
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  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 20 2014 6:48 PM Apple: Still Enormously Profitable
  Life
Outward
Oct. 20 2014 3:16 PM The Catholic Church Is Changing, and Celibate Gays Are Leading the Way
  Double X
The XX Factor
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  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 20 2014 7:15 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 9 A spoiler-filled discussion of "Flatline."
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 20 2014 6:32 PM Taylor Swift’s Pro-Gay “Welcome to New York” Takes Her Further Than Ever From Nashville 
  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 20 2014 4:59 PM Canadian Town Cancels Outdoor Halloween Because Polar Bears
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Oct. 20 2014 11:46 AM Is Anybody Watching My Do-Gooding? The difference between being a hero and being an altruist.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.