Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Dave Cockrums Resignation Letter

Long the stuff of urban legends, it was rumored that when Marvel Comics artist Dave Cockrum had his falling out with new Editor In Chief Jim Shooter (and who hadn't), he resigned from Marvel in letter form.

Shooter in turn took the ACTUAL letter, changed the names, and had the letter printed in Iron Man, as a stand in for Iron Man's Butler Jarvis' resignation letter. It was no legend, here it is in comics form below:

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

LA Freeways as Subway Lines

For the Los Angeles people! Courtesy of the folks over at Stone Brown Design:

Saturday, June 22, 2013

1985 Vol #5, In Word Format

If I get 10 minutes this weekend, I am going to force myself to take  stab at finalizing this damn script. Lots of notes, lots of ideas floating around,that now  just need to solidly fit into a good story.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Logo Design

There's probably been hundreds of these done throughout the years. All sorts of folks have asked for logos and, each one is a different challenge. Mainly figuring on how the client wants to be perceived. Some have ended up as shirts, signs, business cards, and even as tattoos.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Dondi White

At an art show for Risk recently I was asked who my favorite graffiti artist was. There was so many to name, it's kind of like asking what your favorite movie is. Off the top of my head, I said it had to be a tie between Seen and Dondi.

Born of Italian, Black descent in New York City, Dondi rose through the ranks of the early 70's subway graffiti years, along with his crew CIA. He pioneered the use of the whole train as a canvas, and was responsible for some of the first graffiti that was being noticed as a legitimate artform. It left one subway rider to famously note "If only they could all paint like that guy...".

He then went on to befriend scenesters like Debbie Harry, Malcolm McClaren and Fab 5 Freddy, which led to him being part of the Graff Tour of 1982, where along with Zephyr and Futura 2000, went on the road with the Clash, and actually did live art while the band played in front of them.

Futura 2000, Zephyr and Dondi at UCSC, 1982.

Dondi then had a succsseful move into the fine art and commercial art worlds. His work could be found on galleries all over the world, all the while never forgetting his background in graffiti art. Suddenly, in 1998, it was reported that Dondi had passed away, revealing a long fight he'd been having with HIV/AIDS. The news hit the artworld hard, and inspired the Dondi White Foundation. A book, Dondi White: Style Master General was also released in his honor. The book showcase all of his subway art as well as his 'outline' drawings and fine art. This book is so packed with art, it reminded me of how much work Dondi had actually done.