History of Human Absurdity by Mirko Ilic
History of Human Absurdity: Part 1, Epic Illustrated #1, 1980

Mirko Ilić is an American graphic designer of Serbian and Croatian descent. Born in Bijeljina, he studied Applied Arts in Zagreb and published his first comics in publications like Omladinski tjednik, Lasta, Tina and Pitanja from 1973. He was also art and comic editor of the students' magazine Polet. Together with Milan Trenc, Radovan DevlićIgor KordejNinoslav Kunc, Joško Marušić, Krešimir Zimonić, Emir Mešić and some others, he formed Novi Kvadrat, an avant-garde artist group that innovated Yugoslav comics during the 1970s. Ilic illustrated pantomime comic one-pagers, and designed album covers for prominent Yugoslav bands.

By 1977 his work gained foreign popularity through publications in Alter Alter, Métal Hurlant, Heavy Metal and Epic Illustrated. When Novi Kvadrat stopped in 1980, Ilic left the comics field altogether and focused on illustration and graphic design. He has worked for the Italian Panorama, and for the Croatian magazine Danas. He settled in New York in 1986 where he made illustrations for Time, New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, among others. He became an art director for Time International in 1991, was one of the founders of Oko & Mano Inc. graphic design studio in 1993, and in 1995 he founded Mirko Ilic Corp., a graphic design and 3-D computer graphics and motion picture title studio. He is a co-author of several books about graphic design.

On 6 January 2004 he was voted to the 25th place in the election 'Najveći Hrvat' ('The Greatest Croatian'). He was the highest-ranking cartoonist on that list. 

The Victor by Mirko Ilic
The Victor, Epic Illustrated #1, 1980

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