Slate's Best Illustrations of 2013

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Dec. 27 2013 10:30 AM

Slate Illustrated, 2013

The best illustrations of the year.


Illustration by Robert Neubecker

Unlike Me (July 18, 2013)
I went through my entire Facebook history, and I’m considering unfriending myself.


Illustration by Robert Neubecker

Bone Thugs-n-Disharmony (Aug. 7, 2013)
Was forgotten paleontologist Joseph Leidy a casualty of the famous dinosaur wars?


Illustration by Robert Neubecker

The Six People You Meet In Mahattan Before 8 A.M. (Aug. 15, 2013)
Singing garbage men, smiling police officers, teenagers, joggers, babies, and dogs.


Illustration by Robert Neubecker


The Big Sell (Oct. 11, 2013)
What ambitious scientists can learn from the Human Genome Project.


Illustration by Robert Neubecker

Giving Thanks After A Split (Nov. 25, 2013)
When you’re a child of divorce, holiday celebrations can come with a lot of baggage.


Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer

The Recline and Fall of Western Civilization (Feb. 19, 2013)
Tilting your seat back on an airplane is pure evil. But so is installing seats that recline in the first place.


Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer

Choose Your Own Sixth Sense (March 14, 2013)
DIY superpowers for the cyborg on a budget.


Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer

Which U.S. City Has the Worst Drivers? (July 25, 2013)
A Slate investigation.


Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer

Four Reasons Why You Shouldn't Exist (Aug. 29, 2013)
Physics says you’re an impurity in an otherwise beautiful universe.


Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer

God's Workshop (Oct. 23, 2013)
Terrific first draft, but the female characters need some work.


Illustration by Charlie Powell

The Million Dollar Dinosaur Scandal (Jan. 9, 2013)
Meet the crooks, smugglers, and counterfeiters who run the most brazen fossil scams.


Illustration by Charlie Powell

The Debt (Feb. 18, 2013)
When terrible, abusive parents come crawling back, what do their grown children owe them?


Illustration by Charlie Powell

Please Do Not Chillax (March 6, 2013)
Adjoinages and the death of the American pun.


Illustration by Charlie Powell

Superhero or Supervillain? (May 3, 2013)
If science gives people superpowers, will they use them for good or evil?


Illustration by Charlie Powell

Don't Say Goodbye (July 3, 2013)
Just ghost.


Illustration by Mark Stamaty

The Mommy Worry Wars (Feb. 20, 2013)
Anxiety doesn’t make it harder to get pregnant or have a healthy baby.


Illustration by Mark Stamaty

Tipping Is An Abomination (July 9, 2013)
Here's how to get rid of it.


Illustration by Mark Stamaty

Are You a Language Bully? (Sept. 5, 2013)
If so, cut it out.


Illustration by Mark Stamaty

Debugging the Program of Everyday Life (Oct. 2, 2013)
How software engineering saved my marriage.


Illustration by Mark Stamaty

Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore (Dec. 10, 2013)
It’s time to give St. Nick his long overdue makeover.


Illustration by Rob Donnelly

The Plant Whisperer (March 27, 2013)
A mother, a daughter, and a garden.


Illustration by Rob Donnelly

When I Leave This Earth (Oct. 10, 2013)
Comparison shopping for the best deals in space burial.


Illustration by Rob Donnelly

The Business of Living Forever (Nov. 14, 2013)
The melding of human and machine intelligence might make us immortal—and might make a bundle for an ingenious few.


Illustration by Rob Donnelly

Do You Think Like Sherlock Holmes? (Jan. 3, 2013)
What the detective can teach us about observation, attention, and happiness.


Illustration by Rob Donnelly

Inside the Box (Dec. 6, 2013)
People don’t actually like creativity.

And of course the Slate Book Review  features illustrations by great cartoonists each month. Here are a few of our favorites:


Illustration by Luke Pearson

Thesis Hatement (Apr. 5, 2013)
Getting a literature Ph.D. will turn you into an emotional trainwreck, not a professor.


Illustration by Lisa Hanawalt

Gross National Product (May 3, 2013)
Two new books look at how we turn food into poop—and what happens to it afterward.


Illustration by Jess Fink

Men Respond to Marie (Jun. 7, 2013)
The titillating, frustrating debut by online lit’s enfant terrible.

Duplex by Kathryn Davis, Illustration by Dalton Rose.

Illustration by Dalton Rose

Coming Unhinged (Sep. 6, 2013)
A peculiar novel about all the possibilities your life doesn’t include.


The Overlooked Books of 2013 (Dec. 2, 2013)
Slate Book Review
critics suggest 19 great books you never heard about—but should’ve.



Slate Plus Early Read: The Self-Made Man

The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.

Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada. Now, Journalists Can’t Even Say Her Name.

Mitt Romney May Be Weighing a 2016 Run. That Would Be a Big Mistake.

Amazing Photos From Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution

Transparent Is the Fall’s Only Great New Show

The XX Factor

Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada

Now, journalists can't even say her name.


Lena Dunham, the Book

More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.

What a Juicy New Book About Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric Fails to Tell Us About the TV News Business

Does Your Child Have Sluggish Cognitive Tempo? Or Is That Just a Disorder Made Up to Scare You?

  News & Politics
Damned Spot
Sept. 30 2014 9:00 AM Now Stare. Don’t Stop. The perfect political wife’s loving gaze in campaign ads.
Sept. 29 2014 7:01 PM We May Never Know If Larry Ellison Flew a Fighter Jet Under the Golden Gate Bridge
Dear Prudence
Sept. 30 2014 6:00 AM Drive-By Bounty Prudie advises a woman whose boyfriend demands she flash truckers on the highway.
  Double X
Sept. 29 2014 11:43 PM Lena Dunham, the Book More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 29 2014 8:45 AM Slate Isn’t Too Liberal, but … What readers said about the magazine’s bias and balance.
Brow Beat
Sept. 29 2014 9:06 PM Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice Looks Like a Comic Masterpiece
Future Tense
Sept. 30 2014 7:36 AM Almost Humane What sci-fi can teach us about our treatment of prisoners of war.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 30 2014 7:30 AM What Lurks Beneath The Methane Lakes of Titan?
Sports Nut
Sept. 28 2014 8:30 PM NFL Players Die Young. Or Maybe They Live Long Lives. Why it’s so hard to pin down the effects of football on players’ lives.