The Jazz Hole

Another wonderful afternoon spent at ACME, dodging a rare Los Angeles downpour, and signing my new Simpsons screen print.

I actually worked on this last year, but the process took longer than I expected, so it will be released next month and will be also sold at the San Diego ComicCon.

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I have an update to this post. The piece can be viewed (and purchased) on the DARK INK site. 

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A new Christmas Classic!

I was very fortunate to be asked to design the logo for How Murray Saved Christmas – a show that promises to be a fantastic animated Christmas classic.
IMG_6849-0.JPGFrom the pen of Mike Reiss (The Simpsons), the show features the voice talents of Jerry Stiller, Peter Alexander, Sean Hayes, Dennis Haysbert, and Kevin Michael Richardson.
Nice to see the logo animated in this behind the scenes look at the show from TV Guide!
http://www.tvguide.com/News/How-Murray-Saved-Christmas-1089810.aspx

How Murray Saved Christmas

It’s the season, folks!

The season to stuff ourselves, devolve into maniacs in the mall parking lot, and get pelted with obnoxious shopping ads (no, I’m not giving my wife a Lexus with a bow on it on Xmas morning).

But it’s also the season to spend a little extra time with loved ones, and observe some family traditions. There’s a new Christmas special in NBC this year, and it looks like a lot of fun – and, I was lucky enough to help by designing the show’s logo. It is called How Murray Saved Christmas , and it was animated by Rough Draft Studios, and directed by the incredibly talented Peter Avanzino.

Give it a look on December 5th at 8/7c on NBC – it may very well become a new family tradition. And I promise it will be better than trying to park at the mall.

http://www.nbc.com/how-murray-saved-christmas

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DKE Toys presents “The 99 Deaths of Jar Jar”

A two day only group art show exclusively at
Designer Con 2013
Saturday, November 9 & Sunday, November 10,  9am – 5pm

Pasadena Convention Center, 300 East Green Street, Pasadena CA 91101

My submission is titled “Death of Binks”, and it is an homage to Jacque Louis David’s “Death of Marat.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DKE Toys presents “The 99 Deaths of Jar Jar”, a group art show featuring 99 artists. Each artist was asked to submit a black and white, pen and ink illustration on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper and chose one way to maim, torture, and/or kill our least favorite Gungan.
Participating Artists Include:
64 Colors – A Little Stranger – Doktor A. – akirophoto – Ardabus Rubber – Asaad – Atila – Jason Atomic – Super Cooper Berella – Bigfoot – Joemm Blanche of CBNC – Botsch – Jon Burgerman – Candy – Nate Carle – Luke Chueh – Nicholas Dewey – Luis Diaz – Mike Egan – Dez Einswell – Brent Engstrom – Gus Fink – Frédéric Fleury – Brian Flynn – Steve (Go Hero) Forde – Free Humanity – Renee French – Gregg Gibbs – Darren Goldman – Dan Goodsell – Grenadier Stinny – James Hakola – Gary Ham – Nathan Hamill – Joshua Herbolsheimer – Jesse Hernandez – Francisco Herrera – Kerry Horvath – I Heart Guts – Jay222 – Jeremyville – JSalvador – kaNO – KiLL! – Sun-Min Kim + David Horvath – Scott Kinnebrew – Jim Koch – Frank Kozik – Wade Lageose – L’amour Supreme – Leecifer – LiLJAPAN – Abe Lincoln Jr. – Jerome Lu – Madtwiinz – Jim Mahfood aka Food One – Man One – Manly Art – Marka27 – Randy Martinez – Mauricio Tubesteak – El Maz – MCA – William Luke Miller – Miso – Nate Mitchell Squid Kids Ink – Nick the Ring – Brent Nolasco – Mitch O’Connell – Odio – olive47 – Jordan Owen – Virva Peikko – Ritzy Periwinkle – The Pizz – Playful Gorilla – PodgyPanda – Poulin Eurlegg – Dave Pressler – Ted Rall – Rob Reger –   Renone – Jermaine Rogers – D. Ross “scribe” – Johnny Ryan – Phil Ryan – Dave Savage – SERBAN – Skinner – Bwana Spoons – Scott Tolleson – Triclops Studio – twerps! – Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca – valleyDweller – Denise Vasquez – Scott Wilkowski – Neil Winn – David Zajdman
Jar Jar Binks was contacted for comment about the event and noted about the show, “Why meesa so hated?”
This art show is not sponsored or endorsed by Lucasfilm, and has no relationship with them in any way. Jar Jar Binks and all related intellectual property is copyright and/or registered to Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. But who would really want to own the rights to Jar Jar anyway.  Go step in poo doo.
Rumor has it that there may or may not be a corresponding collectable program (er.. crappy zine.. er..something) but that remains to be seen. Show up for more details…

OVER THE LINE!

A new art show tribute to the movie vision of the Coen brothers – and I was invited to participate.

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It was quite difficult choosing just ONE thing… I wanted to jump in with both feet – among my favorites are The Big Lebowski, Fargo, True Grit, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou, Miller’s Crossing… Had plenty of ideas – which is always a problem. Would have been much easier if I only liked ONE movie from the available choices, but this way…my mind was racing and had difficulty deciding. So many ideas, so little time not filled with other work, kids, movies and video games…

Still have the ideas, but the show opens on June 7th.

But the creative process is a wondrous thing – you start with one idea over here, and you end up with something quite different way over there…

I settled on True Grit – I always liked westerns and the John Wayne original, and found the Coen version to be a great movie. Like I said, the creative process is strange (well, I said wondrous, but really it is strange). Sometimes mistakes play a role. Actually, mistakes ALWAYS play a role – happy mistakes which often make your design better. Initially, this was going to be a screen-printed poster, but eventually I opted for a Giclée print instead.

With so many talented artists involved in the show, the challenge was making my piece stand out among what is sure to be a collection of art as diverse and unique as the Coen movies to which they are paying tribute. I settled on creating what might have been a poster for the Italian version of the True Grit theatrical release.

Here’s the final piece (it is a limited edition of 25 numbered and signed prints which will be selling for $80).

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I also created a variant in which the colors were changed on the main character and also the cast names (it is a limited edition of 10 numbered and signed prints which will be selling for $120).

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The show opens Friday, June 7th, at the LTD Gallery in Seattle, WA.

You can visit the OVER THE LINE! event page on Facebook, or read this recent write-up on the Firewire blog.

I would like to thank LTD Gallery, the owner James Monosmith, as well as the curator of the show, Chris Jackson, for inviting me to be part of the show.

A busy couple of months leading into an adventure

Just saw Argo, and it’s a good thing too, because it’s going to be a busy couple of months…

As if the start of the Holiday Season (and all that implies) was not enough, the next couple of months, leading into the end of 2013, promise to offer many excellent ways to distract me from attempting anything productive.

In just a few days, on November 6th, we will get to participate in something that Americans only experience once every few years. Some argue that some of the energy is gone, that this is not as historical as the last time around, that because of past missteps this has the potential to disappoint… I disagree – I am energized, excited, and full of hope for this November 6th, and I will make sure my kids get to experience it! I am of course referring to the long-awaited release of Halo 4!

 

OK… We have only three days (hydrate, eat smart energy foods, and only sleep as necessary), and on November 9th we are presented with the release of Skyfall, the new James Bond movie. This should only be a short distraction from Halo 4, but a distraction nonetheless – although it may be a good opportunity to stock up on soda, popcorn and even candy (should your Halloween stash be diminishing) without going to the store. Yes, you’ll pay a premium, but you’ll save important time which can otherwise be spent in front of your Xbox. I am excited about Skyfall, and I’m very hopeful it will erase the memory of Daniel Craig’s second 007 movie, Quantum of Solace.

 

Then back to Halo 4. Yes there will be other diversions as well – like Thanksgiving and having to visit with family, but those will eventually pass, so that we may wrap up the campaign mode and devote ourselves entirely to the online Halo 4 experience, which should keep us quite busy through December.

Now, this will be a great time to revisit the extended versions of all three Lord of the Rings movies, because only ten days before Christmas, Peter Jackson will deliver the long-awaited release of The Hobbit! Very, VERY exciting, indeed…

 

And then,  December 19th, Sony pictures will release Zero Dark Thirty, from the director of Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow). This, for personal reasons, is the movie I look forward to the most this year. I really hope it lives up to the historical significance of the events it portrays.

 

Just like Argo, the next two months leading into 2013 will offer a lot for us to take in and it looks like we’ll be on the edge of our seats all the way through the end credits.

Some stuff off my shelf…

It’s weird to look around my room sometimes, and consider the meaning of some of the objects that crowd my shelves.

I was staring at a small section of one of the shelves in my Bongo office (really more through it seeking inspiration) – and I was suddenly struck at how representative this particular section was of the past 10- 15 years or so. There’s Homer, so that’s clearly representative of my involvement with the Simpsons. But really, it reminds me more of Futurama – because I remember exactly when I received it as a gift. It is, in fact, the ceramic case to a Simpsons watch which I still have, and I got it during the first run of Futurama – it is strange to consider how an object can take you right back to a location you haven’t thought about in so long. Then there are Hoops and Yoyo, a couple of  toys Titan offers with their Simpsons comics, and a Bat-mobile from Bill’s collection.

But the ones that stand out to me the most, are the My Little Pony figurine, given to me by my daughter, and the clay monster created by my son when he was much younger (perhaps 9 or 10). I wonder what they all do when the lights are off – the rubber chicken looks like it wants to tell.

Rocketeer 2012!

I knew it was going to happen, but when it actually did I was taken by surprise. Of course, I’m talking about the imminent release of Rocketeer Adventures #2!

My friend, Bill Morrisson, wrote a story for this issue and asked me to color it, and since I had just recently met Scott Dunbier at IDW, I was happy to do it.
It as a feverish few days as the Scott’s deadline was quite unforgiving, but after lots of coffee and not much else, I felt it turned out great, although the caffeine may have contributed to the intensity of the colors…

Today, Bill walked into my office and handed me a copy of the comic which he had only moments before bought at Meltdown Comics.

So, yes, I KNEW it was going to happen – me getting the comic, but it was a nice surprise having it bought for me by Bill. Now I still have to go out and buy more to support this great title!

It is a beautiful issue – just like the one before it, featuring two covers – one by Darwin Cooke and one by Dave Stevens, some really beautiful art by Colin Wilson, Bill Morrison, and John Paul Leon, and another coloring home-run by Dave Stewart. And I also wanted to mention the great pinup by J. Scott Campbell and John Rauch.

Being included was wonderful, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous having my colors featured alongside Dave Stewart’s. But I think my own effort in the issue is greatly helped by the wonderful art surrounding it, and I am quite proud to be part of it.

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Thanks Bill and Scott!