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.