Sunday, February 14, 2010

Retro Comics Retreads

Oddly, there seems to be a sudden curiosity about a piece of art I did for ILM back in the 90's called "Attack of the Nitpickers". I was asked to do this piece as announcement of ILM's yearly halloween party. It was made into a postcard along with two other EC inspired ones created by my fellow art department colleagues Brian O'Connell and Scott Leberecht. All three pieces were also made into giant banners that were used as decorations at the party. A limited amount of my "Attack of the Nitpickers" piece were printed up and sold as high quality posters.

The "nitpickers" piece seems to really resonate with my computer graphics artist friends.  One friend has told me he recently started building the piece as a CG model.  Back when it first came out, it somehow got into the hands of someone at "Aint It Cool News" who wrote:

"Well, you all saw those tickets to the ILM HALLOWEEN PARTY, well, a cool ILM dude or dudette sent the following work of coolness to further exhibit the hilarious and quite artistic merits of the jokesters at ILM. Man, looks like somebody needs to draw a few EC comics to me. NEW ISSUES!!! WOW"

Of course it wasn't the first time I had been asked to do something in an "old retro comics style". And it probably won't be the last.

I did this one for Rhino Record's collection of Newcleus. WIKIWIKIWIKI....

This was a CD cover for two all-girl punk bands named "Shug" and Cockpit".  My friend Darren Wong did the graphic design.  This also included  a short comic book and color character bios inside.

This was done for Fat Wreck Chords for the punk band Screeching Weasel.  Frontman Ben Weasel said he had a thing for the movie "Caddyshack" and he wanted the concept to refer to that film.

I did the one for the ska band "Undercover S.K.A.".  One of my fellow ILM art dept. colleagues was married to one of the band members and recommended me for the job. 

This is the front and back covers for a CD compilation of superhero theme songs.


At Monday, February 22, 2010 at 11:51:00 AM PST, Blogger crazy_asian_man said...

Awesome! That one piece in particular reminds me a lot of the Bernie Wrightson art.

Curious....(generally speaking) how much of your original art have you kept over the years? Hopefully you have kept it all (in copies or some form), but that's probably unrealistic....

At Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 7:18:00 PM PST, Blogger Dominic Bugatto said...

These are a lot of fun to see , thanks for sharing.

At Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 11:52:00 AM PDT, Blogger benton jew said...

Crazy, Dom, and the rest-

Thanks for coming by! To answer your question, Harv, I actually try to keep as much of my original work as possible. As you know, I've still got work that dates back to my teen years ( including a bit of stuff I collaborated on with you ). However, most of the work I did at Industrial Light & Magic and Lucasfilm is in their possesion. They have all the originals, though I have some copies of work I did.

I love Wrightson's work as well, and it was an influence on that piece as well as the guy that inspired Bernie--Ghastly Graham Ingels!

At Monday, March 29, 2010 at 4:41:00 PM PDT, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Benton,
I LOVE the Attack of the Nitpickers poster. Have been looking everywhere for it. Even after 10 years at ILM, I can't find anyone willing to give theirs up!
I would love to buy a poster of this to have it framed. Could we work something out?


At Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 1:52:00 PM PDT, Blogger benton jew said...


Email me and we'll talk...

At Friday, April 2, 2010 at 3:21:00 PM PDT, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Benton,

Sorry I can't find your email address anywhere, just links to the blog.

Please email me when you have the chance.


At Monday, April 5, 2010 at 8:56:00 PM PDT, Blogger Movieboards said...

Great stuff!Nitpickers should be a poster in every Art Dept. & VFX Dept!

At Monday, April 5, 2010 at 9:01:00 PM PDT, Blogger benton jew said...

steve-you should be able to reach me through my profile page.


At Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 2:25:00 PM PDT, Blogger Roberto Zaghi said...

I had seen the post but oddly forgot to comment - Great pieces Benton! I love the irony and the way your retro stylization looks is perfect. Fun and impeccable.


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