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.



Crying Rape

False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B

How Will You Carry Around Your Huge New iPhone? Apple Pants!

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.


The Other Huxtable Effect

Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.

Lifetime Didn’t Find the Steubenville Rape Case Dramatic Enough. So They Added a Little Self-Immolation.

No, New York Times, Shonda Rhimes Is Not an “Angry Black Woman” 

Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 1:39 PM Shonda Rhimes Is Not an “Angry Black Woman,” New York Times. Neither Are Her Characters.
Sept. 19 2014 1:11 PM An Up-Close Look at the U.S.–Mexico Border
  News & Politics
Sept. 19 2014 6:22 PM Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 
Sept. 19 2014 6:35 PM Pabst Blue Ribbon is Being Sold to the Russians, Was So Over Anyway
Inside Higher Ed
Sept. 19 2014 1:34 PM Empty Seats, Fewer Donors? College football isn’t attracting the audience it used to.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 4:48 PM You Should Be Listening to Sbtrkt
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 19 2014 5:09 PM Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?   A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.