Sunday, December 30, 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

A Sampling of Some New Movie Posters...

Reveals a common theme and layout style. Not sure if this is deliberate, by accident or just pure plagiarism, but it's pretty obvious that indigo hues and lone figures are all the rage.

Friday, December 21, 2012

The Letter 'E'

I'd always loved appropriating letters when I saw them, especially an 'E'. A government surveillance company called 'E-Systems' (which is now known as Raytheon) had a great logo, and I couldn't help borrow their 'E' a while back.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Letter from Steve Ditko!

A Steve Ditko fan who'd inquired about Spider-Man's costume, received this letter back. Probably authentic, but surely rare from the famously reclusive Ditko who has avoided interviews and photography. The massage itself definitely  has that 'libertarian' strain of frankness that only Ditko was capable of.

Thanks to the Jason Shayer and the folks at MCOT80's!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Album Art

One of the more infamous album covers of the 1970's, and some might claim one of the best rock records of all time (one of the best selling for sure). Zeppelin lV 's inside gate fold was the stuff of fascination for me as a kid. What did it mean?

Then a friend of mine, held it up to a mirror, and showed me the reflective view...yikes! Is that a devil jackyl figure? What kind of stuff was Led Zeppelin into?

Monday, December 10, 2012

Skills To Pay The Bills

This was created around '92, I think by Todd James, otherwise known as REAS. It was for a Beastie Boys video anthology, that also included interviews and short films with this clip was at the beginning.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Joel Loya

Being an illustrator, it's not hard to be reminded constantly of your influences over the years. One of mine was Joel Loya, who was a good friend during my teenage years. He had an incredible artistic sense that was a bit contagious and made me really revisit and revise my work rather than settle for less. We worked together on a couple of zines that dealt mostly on our musical tastes at the time.

Joel featured a comic strip in every issue. The first strip was called Boing which featured skinheads and rockers battling it out in a post-apocalyptic setting, and traveling around on large hippity hops. The second strip was called Chuck Henrey- Dishwasher For Life. It was a pretty brilliant strip as it featured his character, put into the basic storylines of Charles Bukowski.

Joel was also the first one of my friends who actually had done professional work. At age 16 he illustrated an album cover by legendary Santa Cruz punk band Bl'ast. Some of his artwork featured a character named Uncle Meatknuckles, who served as a sort of mascot for us.

Joel went on to do numerous illustrations over the years for other magazines and some album artwork as well. I'm not to sure if he pursued it professionally full time, but, there's a large collection of his art scattered here and there, and, he continues to be a huge inspiration to this day.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Blurb 2.0

In the mid 90's I tried to approach my comic Blurb with a fresh, more defined storyline, and long form format. I would do 6 pages at a time and attempted to bring in more characters and story.I was getting more comfortable with the art, but was still grappling at scripting and story. It was basically an exercise in plotting, and I was yet to learn the device of story-arc and writing.

Saturday, December 1, 2012