The Calgary Expo is just around the corner…

2 years since my last blog - is that a record?

It has been a while since last I blogged. I would love to say that I did many an exotic thing since 2013 but alas that is not the case. Just plugging away seems so lame, but the reality is that's all I've been doing. I'll try to do better in the future.

I wanted to post because my daughter and I are trying something different this year, we have a booth at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. I haven't had a booth selling my wares in quite some time. I think my art college show and sale, many moons ago, which produced lacklustre results - I hope this won't be the same type of experience.

I have been creating some new pieces that will be on sale there. Continuing with my Fett noir series I have a few classics reinterpreted. I also added some other non Star Wars stuff and my daughter is going to be selling buttons of her own design as well as some postcards she created.

So if you're at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo on the weekend of April 16th feel free to pop on over to booth N11 in the BMO Centre.

It'll be a different experience and it will be fun, I'm sure.

Here are some of the pieces I will be selling (among others).

Fett Noir Series 2 continues

It's been a while since I created a Fett Noir (I really need to pick up the pace).

I was asked by Nucleus Gallery to participate in the upcoming show: A Saga in the Stars: A Tribute to a Galaxy Far, Far Away running from May 4, 2013 - May 26, 2013. The show features some amazing talent (check out the website to see the complete list), and on top of that the show will feature a solo of the late great Ralph Mcquarrie's Star Wars work - that's the type of thing you hear that makes you feel like Wayne and Garth at the feet of Aerosmith shouting "we're not worthy".

I picked the Lancaster classic Brute Force mainly because of the word force in the title, but I also liked the idea of doing something over the Sarlac pit and it's my first piece to actually have Luke pictured (he's been mentioned a lot but never shown). So this was a whole bunch of fun as well as an honour to be included in the show.

You May Fire When Ready…etc.

On Friday, April 26th the Calgary Expo goes into full swing. I've been pretty busy working on various materials for the show one that I am particularly proud of is this one:

You May Fire When Ready
I had so much fun with this one. I grabbed everything I could think of from my sci-fi overloaded brain…and then some. It started off as a quick sketch t-shirt idea (which was called lock and load because it was just going to be hand held weapons) then I thought it needed something to contain the weapons and what better than the ULTIMATE WEAPON (aside from the fact that it gets blown up twice). Once that idea formed I got the title for the piece which ties it all together.

In honour of the Lannisters arrival (Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey are coming to the show, I made The Quotable Throne. Again this started off as a shirt design and then it was felt that it would make for a pretty darn nice print too.

I also did a couple of homage shirt designs.

Starbucks. Pretty straightforward, Looking at it now I should have added stuff in the black area. Maybe next year.

And in honour of a comic book company that was waaaaay ahead of it's time. EC Comics. This one was created about 4 Calgary Expos ago when the show first introduced a horror component - that was my first year with the show. I thought, back then, that the program guide should take on an EC Comics flavour so I put this variant logo on the cover. I thought it was a pretty cool thing but it eventually got vetoed. But as we in the design/illustration field know - never throw anything away. The cover concept made it's way into this years Expo in the form of the "Weird Al" marketing materials (see below), and the logo homage is now a shirt…one that I will proudly be sporting at the show.

1.21 Giga Watts!?!

Last year I was asked to work on a shirt for the 2012 Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC), based on an idea from the Convention Director (Jim Demonakos), in honour of Christopher Lloyd coming to the show. I was happy to do it, and I was anxiously waiting to blog about it. Unfortunately Mr. Lloyd had to cancel his appearance last year and the shirt was put on hold.

Now hop into the DeLorean and go forward one year to the 2013 ECCC. Not only was Christopher Lloyd at the show, but the shirt was printed. Not only was it sold out (I think they sold out of every single shirt they made this year).

So here is the shirt I created for ECCC.

Human Rights & Democracy

A fascinating review has been posted for the movie "This Is Not A Film" by Iranian director Jafar Panahi, on the web site Human Rights & Democracy. A representative of the organization contacted me to ask if they could use the image I had created last year when the film screened here in Calgary.

All I can say is that I was honored that they got in touch with me and wanted to use my poster.

The film (or "not the film") is not for everyone but I found it interesting and I appreciate how it demonstrates the drive of an artist who will do what it takes to have his voice heard. Read the review. Check out the film. Discuss.

The new phone book's here! The new phone book's here!

Okay, not really. But that's how I feel about this. I was contacted about an illustration I had created a several years ago for the Calgary Expo. The original illustration was to celebrate Leonard Nimoy's "homecoming" to Vulcan (Alberta). I developed the image using the Obama Hope poster as a springboard (this was before everyone and their dog was turned into an Obama Hope poster), except instead of "hope" it read "home"…clever, no?

The image was not used (I did tweak it until I was happy with it even though it didn't get approved, I made shirts for my family - we all wore them to the Expo and got a lot of compliments) so I posted it on my blog and a few years later I was contacted by a book company on France asking if they could use the image with some adjustments to the colours and the cropping. After finishing my little happy dance what else could I say but Abso-friggin-lutely!

So at the top of this post is the final printed piece. Only available in Europe.