Thursday, April 25, 2013

Fett Noir Series 2 continues

It's been a while since I created a Fett Noir (I really need to pick up the pace).

I was asked by Nucleus Gallery to participate in the upcoming show: A Saga in the Stars: A Tribute to a Galaxy Far, Far Away running from May 4, 2013 - May 26, 2013. The show features some amazing talent (check out the website to see the complete list), and on top of that the show will feature a solo of the late great Ralph Mcquarrie's Star Wars work - that's the type of thing you hear that makes you feel like Wayne and Garth at the feet of Aerosmith shouting "we're not worthy".

I picked the Lancaster classic Brute Force mainly because of the word force in the title, but I also liked the idea of doing something over the Sarlac pit and it's my first piece to actually have Luke pictured (he's been mentioned a lot but never shown). So this was a whole bunch of fun as well as an honour to be included in the show.

You May Fire When Ready…etc.

On Friday, April 26th the Calgary Expo goes into full swing. I've been pretty busy working on various materials for the show one that I am particularly proud of is this one:

You May Fire When Ready
I had so much fun with this one. I grabbed everything I could think of from my sci-fi overloaded brain…and then some. It started off as a quick sketch t-shirt idea (which was called lock and load because it was just going to be hand held weapons) then I thought it needed something to contain the weapons and what better than the ULTIMATE WEAPON (aside from the fact that it gets blown up twice). Once that idea formed I got the title for the piece which ties it all together.

In honour of the Lannisters arrival (Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey are coming to the show, I made The Quotable Throne. Again this started off as a shirt design and then it was felt that it would make for a pretty darn nice print too.

I also did a couple of homage shirt designs.

Starbucks. Pretty straightforward, Looking at it now I should have added stuff in the black area. Maybe next year.

And in honour of a comic book company that was waaaaay ahead of it's time. EC Comics. This one was created about 4 Calgary Expos ago when the show first introduced a horror component - that was my first year with the show. I thought, back then, that the program guide should take on an EC Comics flavour so I put this variant logo on the cover. I thought it was a pretty cool thing but it eventually got vetoed. But as we in the design/illustration field know - never throw anything away. The cover concept made it's way into this years Expo in the form of the "Weird Al" marketing materials (see below), and the logo homage is now a shirt…one that I will proudly be sporting at the show.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

1.21 Giga Watts!?!

Last year I was asked to work on a shirt for the 2012 Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC), based on an idea from the Convention Director (Jim Demonakos), in honour of Christopher Lloyd coming to the show. I was happy to do it, and I was anxiously waiting to blog about it. Unfortunately Mr. Lloyd had to cancel his appearance last year and the shirt was put on hold.

Now hop into the DeLorean and go forward one year to the 2013 ECCC. Not only was Christopher Lloyd at the show, but the shirt was printed. Not only was it sold out (I think they sold out of every single shirt they made this year).

So here is the shirt I created for ECCC.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Human Rights & Democracy

A fascinating review has been posted for the movie "This Is Not A Film" by Iranian director Jafar Panahi, on the web site Human Rights & Democracy. A representative of the organization contacted me to ask if they could use the image I had created last year when the film screened here in Calgary.

All I can say is that I was honored that they got in touch with me and wanted to use my poster.

The film (or "not the film") is not for everyone but I found it interesting and I appreciate how it demonstrates the drive of an artist who will do what it takes to have his voice heard. Read the review. Check out the film. Discuss.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The new phone book's here! The new phone book's here!

Okay, not really. But that's how I feel about this. I was contacted about an illustration I had created a several years ago for the Calgary Expo. The original illustration was to celebrate Leonard Nimoy's "homecoming" to Vulcan (Alberta). I developed the image using the Obama Hope poster as a springboard (this was before everyone and their dog was turned into an Obama Hope poster), except instead of "hope" it read "home"…clever, no?

The image was not used (I did tweak it until I was happy with it even though it didn't get approved, I made shirts for my family - we all wore them to the Expo and got a lot of compliments) so I posted it on my blog and a few years later I was contacted by a book company on France asking if they could use the image with some adjustments to the colours and the cropping. After finishing my little happy dance what else could I say but Abso-friggin-lutely!

So at the top of this post is the final printed piece. Only available in Europe.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Expo gets "Weird"

I know he was announced on the Calgary Expo site a while ago, but I just finished up the gig poster for the event and I wanted to post it.

I am a huge fan of "Weird Al", I have been for years (ever since "Weird Al" in 3-D, so yeah, it's been a long time), and working with the Calgary Expo I have had some fun projects to work on and this one falls squarely into that category.

My first concept - which I won't show just yet because I personally love it and I want to polish it up and get a print for "Weird Al" to sign when he comes to the show in April - was deemed "fun, clever and creative" by "Weird Al"'s camp but it was decided that the EC homage (pictured above) would be the best direction for the event and have a much broader appeal.

I'm thrilled with how the poster turned out because it has the right vibe (I think I captured that EC look and feel pretty well - Great! I just broke my arm patting myself on the back) and the use of the comic book design really ties the "Weird Al" experience in to the comic book aspect of the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo.

FYI "Weird Al" will be at the Calgary Expo on Friday and Saturday signing autographs. The performance is a separate ticketed event on the Friday night. If it is anything like his last show (for his "Straight Outta Lynwood" album) it will be amazing!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Boxing Week! Wooooo!

It seems like only November since I had a sale at my Etsy Store. I thought it only fitting that if I offered a sale for Black Friday I should offer one for Boxing Day. If I didn't then I would be downright un-Canadian.

40% off on all prints at my store. This sale starts today, December 26th and goes until next Tuesday January 1st, 11:59 pm (Happy New Year!).

Please contact me for the coupon code.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale

Use the link above or click on the store info on the right of this blog post. Either one will get you there.

Use coupon code: 051444

From now until November 30th, 2012.

Fett Noir Series 2: Point Blank

It's been a while but here is the latest in my Fett Noir series - Point Blank starring Han Solo. A fitting title for the man who shot first (and he did shoot first people). Based on the Lee Marvin classic which was, in turn, based on the novel The Hunter by Richard Stark.

The 1967 movie is quite good but I prefer the Mel Gibson version titled Payback (the theatrical release not the directors cut).

But if you really want to enjoy the story read the book by Richard Stark. Quite simply put - it's amazing. Hell, any of Richard Stark's "Parker" novels are highly recommended. I also recommend Darwyn Cooke's Parker graphic novel series being published by IDW.

Just to let you know - I'm having a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale for the next week on all of my posters and prints.

(In case you want to see the original Point Blank poster…here it is)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Triumph of the Wil found at the Edmonton Expo

While standing in one of my many line-ups my daughter came up to me and said "you're going to like this" She pulled out her ipod and showed me a picture she had taken of someone at the show wearing the shirt I created for myself and my family (and Wil) for the Calgary Expo when Wil Wheaton came. I had some extras that I gave my brother to give to his friends but I never imagined one would show up at the Expo.

I geeked out a little…okay, a lot.