Gun Party 2008 happened just the other day.
My brother wrote a blog post about how WIND MOBILE screwed my autistic brother. Read the article for the full story but the short version is they LIE on their site coverage map (only after multiple calls to them do they admit the reception where my brother lives is poor and they are planning on installing more towers in A YEAR) That’s fraud.
They have a 14 day window for returns which they “ran the clock” out on us with their piss-poor customer service. (hanging up on us twice, not logging our concerns properly, waiting for call backs that never came, more lies, blaming the handset and sending us back and forth to the store to get the BRAND NEW phone checked out)
Ended with the presidents office calling us liars (since there wasn’t proper records of our calls - see above)
I’ve got some new shirt designs for sale. Here are the first 3 designs: Cute Skull (I’ve been wanting to do my own skull icon shirt for awhile), Ocu-Cop (Based on a design I made for a Bax designer toy) & Dead Robot. (A variation on a shirt design I did for Tate’s that sold out awhile back.) All shirt are available on different color shirts (i.e. red, yellow, light pink etc) and come sized for Men, Women and kids!
I’m hoping to make more on a regular basis so check back often!
Get them all here >> http://www.mysoti.com/mysoti/designer/mediocre
When Michael from OSO Design House asked to come up with some designs for the Bax figure, one of the first ideas I came up with was a gumball machine. It hit me almost immediately because the perfectly round head plus the long body that pushes out at the bottom had almost exactly the same shape as one of these old school candy machines. The fact that with ABS material you could actually make the figure transparent sealed the deal and I created one of the most popular designs in Bax Series 1.
Skip forward about a year now: During a meeting, Michael pulls out a box of a brand new vinyl figures that one of his good friends has created. The figure is called Monskee (kind of a flatter, smaller munny) and features not designs by popular artists, but designs made in house by staff members. I was pretty surprised to see this figure title “Kandy.” I couldn’t believe how similar it was to my piece. I was a bit offended at first but then actually became proud of what I had done.
I created something special enough that other people wanted to copy it.
Here are pictures of the artwork and the opening reception of the Made in Canada show. Apparently the turnout was slightly small due to everyone staying home and fortifying their homes for the approaching hurricane! (Good reason!) But thanks to that crazy weather, my paintings are still available for sale! Surf on over and buy a piece (at a super affordable price!) online today!
If you are in the Florida area this Sept then you need to head over to the Bird and Bear gallery inside Tates comics for the all Canadian group show I’m going to be part of. If you can’t make it there - don’t fret! All artwork will be photographed and available online for sale as well! I sent over some VERY affordable Black & Blood paintings on wood. Buy em up!
More info on the Bird and Bear site.
Hopefully they still have some of the robot shirts that I designed for sale too!
>> Update: Unfortunately the robot shirts won’t be available online as they were a surprise hit and are almost sold out! So get into Tate’s to grab one before they are gone! There is also a great article about the Made in Canada show here. (Though I am only briefly mentioned! ha)
My friends Christian and Erika that run the excellent Vancouver based toy shop Voltage, just put on their 2nd munny custom group show. They asked me to be a part of it and this is what I came up with.
About my Munny - Instead of being just one character, Friend machine is like a full page of doodles ripped from one of Jason’s sketchbooks. Black and White dogs, octopi, skulls and hearts smashed together on a bed of florescent safety pink. Yum!”
You can buy my munny figure for a ridiculously low price here! (update: Apparently it’s already sold! Sorry!)
Awhile back a few fellow comic artists and I took a trip to Portland to be in the Stumptown Comic Festival. There I got to meet the lovely Chris Yates, A fellow cartoonist who does his comic, “Reprographics” using photos. Long story short we had a bit of a hotel room get together with Ed, Robin, Camilla and David during which I doodled and Chris took some pictures. Click on the image above to see just how much of a money hungry bastard Chris thinks I am. Keep on the look out for references to the classic comedy show ” In Living Color.”
Awhile back I was invited by Ted Rall to be part of his new book: Attitude 3: The New Subversive Online Cartoonists. It’s a great book full of interviews with some of the top web comic guys out there today. Well it seems Google is now scanning books and putting them online so you can now read my full interview online.
I played around with some colors today - ( And tested out the new pen tablet I just got. coloring goes WAY faster when you aren’t working with a brick tied to a string!) I Scanned this napkin drawing I did awhile ago at a sushi place. (More stacked heads!)
I need to work out what I want to do for backgrounds. I never draw backgrounds, only characters, but since I want to get into painting again I need to figure out some good elements and overall style for that. I’ve been working on some clouds, ornate star things and bubbles.
Stay tuned for more tests before I get down to the canvas!
Working on some ideas for new paintings. I’ve been drawing lots of these stacked characters nowadays. I like the idea of layering them almost like dessert toppings. It’s hard to tell but this one is pretty big (18×24). First time I really sketched this big, normally I project smaller drawings on to canvas with my opaque projector. I think for this show I’ll be working acrylic on paper. Stay tuned for more pics of what I come up with.
While wasting time surfing around the web today I came across a site called Sigost.com It’s a fun online photo booth site that lets you take photos using your web cam. It has some crazy effects you can use (warp, mirror, etc) and it keeps all your photos online for you (via cookie?) for you to look at later or to download. It also shows you the last 5 photos that were taken using the site. It’s pretty funny to see all the cute/wacky pics people are taking all over the world.
I immediately tried to make the scariest pictures I could.
To compare, I’ve put a nice picture here as well.
Hey everyone! Just finished the opening of the Toronto Bax Show and it was a huge hit! Tons of people came out, kids made custom Bax bears, and the DJ spun music all night long! The whole thing went even better than I hoped mostly because of Keep 6’s great curator Rafi. Check out all the pictures here. I had a great time in Toronto catching up with all my old friends and making some great new friends.
I’ll see if I can get some video of interview I did for the Space Channel and post it here on the blog. Time to go back to sleepy Vancouver and back to work.
I’ve setup a Bax Launch party happening at the end of this month in Toronto. Hope you all can make it! Check the Bax blog for all the details.
Awhile back Steph Blakey and I shared a table at Vancouver Comicon. Here’s an awesome drawing Steph did of me that day.
The hands were suppose to be glowing with power, but I thought they looked more like stink lines. Also, I’m riding one of the plush dolls that the girl sitting next to us hand makes… Excellent!
I have a few paintings left from my Black & Blood series for sale. These are original red and black paintings on wood panels. They are only $100 per piece. Check them out at mediocredesign.com