Sunday, February 28, 2010

Spectrum Fantastic Art

This weekend, I was honored to be one of the five judges on the Spectrum 17 jury, along with illustrators Iain McCaig, Rebecca Guay, Bill Carman , and publisher John Fleskes. It was a great group, both in the quality of judges and the content of entries. If you don't already know, Spectrum is an annual of the very best in contemporary fantastic art. We had some really tough decisions to make, but it was a joy to hang out with such fun, talented, and experienced people. I want to give a big thanks to Arnie and Cathy Fenner for inviting me to be a part of it all. This Spectrum link has more about the jury process. This link shows the winners!

It occurred to me that even though my full-time occupation is a Design Studio Manager (which involves developing concepts, art directing & evaluation, etc.), my web presence consists mostly of me just clowning around or goofing off. I thought I'd note that, just so you know my life doesn't only consist of things like noting how much Galactus's helmet looks like a frog.

Monday, February 22, 2010

A Cover With Impact

I recently ran across the cover to Lois Lane #119. It caught my eye because of the nice energy in the characters' poses.

Of course, after seeing it, I had to change Superman's dialog.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

When you care enough to send the obscure.

I got some vintage DC Superhero Valentines (from 1982) for Valentine's Day. I created the above image from one of them. Below are others...

Pretty recognizable characters, huh? Can anyone out there explain Mister You-make-me-feel-like-a-hero? We don't even get a power-related pun to go with him!

Is it some type of Thanagarian lingerie perhaps?

Monday, February 8, 2010

Vintage Top Cat Toys

I own a set of Top Cat toys from the 1960's. I believe they compose a game consisting of setting up the figures and then trying to knock them over with the accompanying shoes. Usually, when I come across an old book/toy/object, I can find it on the internet. It's fun to see the original packaging, or approximate value, etc. I can't find these anywhere!

I'm hoping someone who sees this might know more about them...

Monday, February 1, 2010

I want to change my dog's name, without him realizing it.

We have a cocker spaniel named Magoo. He smells like a corn chip (unless he's been freshly bathed). He's roughly the same color of a corn chip. I want to rename him Corn Chip.

He doesn't speak English very well, so I'm thinking I can do it without him knowing it. I would alter his name a tiny bit every month.

I believe this would also work with very young children.