It’s been a while since my last post as I have been busy with several projects. This is a sneak peak of an illustration I did that will appear somewhere soon to be announced. How’s that for being specific? For now enjoy three of my favorite things. Spacewomen,1950s aliens and rocketships. Nostalgia, you had me at hello.
Ray Bradbury is an author that has had a huge influence on my life and imagination. I think as early as 4th grade he was my first great literary discovery, and once I got a taste for his works I never looked back.
I was also, and still am, a huge fan of both the Twilight Zone and EC Comics, both of which he made significant contributions. It might be hard to put into words what kind of amazing things he made possible for my young imagination, because like Philip K. Dick his ideas and themes resonated way past my youth.
With the passing of the legendary French comic book artist Jean Giruad this week, and the loss of Dick so long ago, it makes me appreciate that Mr. Bradbury is still with us. No matter what creative field you are in you can’t help feel inspired by this man. We should all have passion like this.
Following in the footsteps of 2010′s successful and critically applauded An Evening of Steampunk Theatre, Producer John Herman and Co are back with new theater anthology this March. An Evening of Apocalyptic Theatre features a whole new lineup of plays that will take you to the brink of human existence. There will be artwork inspired by the plays and even a whole soundtrack of music. So in short, another amazing collection of NH talent all coming together to benift charity.
Here’s my bit, the above poster. Coming this March at the Players’ Ring in Portsmouth,NH. Be there!
This one’s for you Henry Bemis…
I just saw this gif on BoingBoing and had to repost here. Our moment of Zen.
Say that five times fast. For your listening pleasure Weird Fiction Records is bringing you their latest venture, the Philip K. Dick Philosophical Podcast. If you didn’t know Dick , he was and remains one of the world’s greatest science fiction authors. Even if you don’t know him, his works continue to be adapted into films including Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly,Next,The Adjustment Bureau,Paycheck, Minority Report,Screamers and most notably Blade Runner. All of which after his untimely death at the age of 53 in 1983. The quality of these films in no way suggests the quality of his prolific writings. However the man was a fascinating character whose themes resonate greatly even today. Along with Ray Bradbury, there was no other author that captured my imagination the way that PKD did. More details to come as soon as I get the word from the esteemed electronic wizard Senator J1m (Adam Hulbert) who will be one half the of the podcast duo, along with Phil Young, and will provide sweet electronic soundscapes to accompany this epic undergoing. I myself just drew the logo above, but I will have to chime in some future episode.
It’s truly a small world after all isn’t it? After seeing my Tank Riot Artistic License contribution, Australian hip-hop/electronic producer/performer Senator J1m commissioned me to create an image for promotional use. He was looking for a retro sci-fi Westworld comic book kind of feel. It’s very cool to have the opportunity to work with someone with tastes and sensibilities close to your own heart. I’m also a big fan of electronic music in all its various shapes and forms, and after listening to a sampling of Senator J1m I was on board and then some. Collaboration doesn’t get better than that.
J1M has some big plans for 2011. He’s just started a record label called Weird Fiction, and the in-progress website will be headquarters for podcasts,music releases, some H.P. Lovecraft (!) related readings, short stories and much more. I have committed to contributing to this is in some shape or form as things come together.
As for Senator J1m himself, well first and foremost go check his music at Soundcloud , his Myspace, and Twitter. In addition to spinning many,many plates at a time J1m also has a H.P. Lovecraft inspired hip hop group called Humanoids and side projects Phonkubot, Replicant Radio, and Slowburners. He also performs live with Unkle Ho (of the hip hop collective The Herd).
Here’s a video of Senator J1m and Unkle Ho performing “Big Bad Rag” live at the Elefant Traks 10th anniversary party:
I finished the inks on this one and well…it’s about time! One thing about doing these movie homages is you can kind of let go. Not that I’ll never watch EFNY again, because that’s damn near impossible. It’s just like I’ve put my little stamp on that fond memory for what it’s worth. It’s a bit amazing this slice of pop culture is coming up on the big 30. I’ve already past that checkpoint of my own and while it makes you feel a bit sad and old, you get over it. No one is going to be able to reproduce a movie like this and I for one don’t feel bad about that one bit. This cult classic has legs.
This is getting some color and going to be available as a print (of some sort), stay tuned.