A couple years back I shared a slew of Transformers Box Art images from the 1980′s. It’s easily one of the most viewed posts on my blog to this day. I recently noticed that I had an entire folder chock-full of images that didn’t make that original cut, so I thought I’d add a little ‘Part II’ to this Transformers art tribute. Enjoy responsibly.
You can scope the entire series of box art over at Botch the Crab.
Released last week by Halifax, Nova Scotia’s Wordburglar; Welcome to Cobra Island hit me harder than Wild Weasel smoking a MOBAT in a Rattler tank smasher. I simply can’t stop rocking this thing.
The album samples the best theme music from the original Sunbow animated series and the lyrics are in-depth and superb, as one would come to expect from a guy named Wordburglar. Each track plays a part in canvassing much of the best G.I. Joe lore from the 80′s; the rhymes are airtight and delivered with surgical precision. This is top shelf hip hop.
The entire album is a free download, but I ponied up the dough to purchase the jewel-cased version because the album is just straight-up awesome. If you’re a true ‘Joe’ fan, I challenge you to do the same, this dude deserves our support for doing such a kick ass job putting this project together. Big thanks to my buddy Eric of Dartmouth Clothing Company for giving me the heads up on this thing.
On a personal note, I’ve been posting about 80′s nostalgia for a couple years now, but I’ve purposely avoided the G.I. Joe topic until now. The 80′s ‘Joe’ era means so much to me that I found it tough to find the right words; it was the single biggest influence on me as a kid, so correctly conveying the weight of that is truly a tall order.
The cartoon was cool, although campy, and the toys were obviously amazing, but the real magic was in the Marvel comic book series written by Larry Hama and Chuck Dixon. Those stories were what did the trick, they were rocket fuel for the imagination. The intricate plots and complex character backstories kept me coming back for more month after month.
This album hits all the right chords when referencing that original paperback material and has inspired me to finally post about my personal holy grail. So much so, that I’m preparing to unleash a blistering barrage of other ‘Joe’ related posts that I’ve started to write over the months, but never finished. So ready or not…here it comes. Yo Joe.
Yep, it’s that bad brain from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame, KRANG. I’m having 5″ x 8.5″ stickers of this bad boy printed up by the dudes at Sticker Mule as we speak. If everything goes according to plan, I should receive them in time for WMC Fest this weekend in Cleveland, Ohio. Fingers crossed.
I did a little sketch of KRANG a couple months back which I posted over on Instagram. I used that sketch as the basis for this vectorized version, making some slight adjustments along the way. I wanted to make sure that the ‘ol brain wasn’t perfectly symmetrical because, if I recall, he was always bubbling up and squirming around. The original drawing was a little too “droopy” for my tastes however, so I tightened it up a tad without perfectly mirroring the left and right sides. Just enough play between the two to give him a little bit of life.
After KRANG was set to party, I went about drawing out the type for the bottom portion of the sticker. Scanned that in, threw some vectors on it and there you have it. I went with a “kiss-cut” style of sticker like the ones you used to see all over the place back in the day. Loved those things, so I’m gonna try to bring it back to that era. As always.
If you’re going to be in Cleveland this weekend and want some KRANG in your life, track me down through Twitter. I’ll have a fat stack of these on me at all times. Come and get ‘em…
Little Shop of Horrors “Kiss-Cut” Sticker : 1986
Here’s another Jenn Droid piece I created for Rob Imbs’ upcoming independent film, Game Changers. I decided to have some fun with the context of this poster and pay tribute to one of my favorite publications while growing up in the 80′s: TV Guide. Back then, it was the only way to know what was going to be on television and when. Without it you were completely in the dark. I used to love the Fall Preview guides when they showed up in the mail; sifting through them to find out what new shows would be debuting in a few weeks. So much fun.
I thought it would be funny to do an ad for a mock Jenn Droid Saturday Morning Cartoon. I mean, an animated show about a murderous robot hooker? I definitely would have watched that as a kid. In the process, I also got to make some of those cool television station number graphics. I can finally check that off the design bucket list.
It’s a really basic composition, but they usually were in the ‘ol TV Guide and I wanted to stay true to that. I did add some color, which was rarely seen on the insides of these little books, but it made sense in this case. Below are a few examples of my inspiration from TV Guide magazines, in case you are tragically too young to remember them. I found these over on the amazing Branded in the 80′s site. If you love the 1980′s as much as I do, that kick ass site should be a daily read.
A couple of years ago I came across an old tin box that belonged to my grandfather. My plan was to scan them into a digital archive, but I hadn’t actually got around to doing so until recently. The process has been absolutely surreal. Most of this stuff is from his time served in the Army during WWII. He fought and was wounded in action during the liberation of the Philippines.
Exploring the goods in this tin box was like cracking open a time capsule, there are so many fascinating pocket books from the U.S. War Department. It really gives you an idea of just how different things were 70 years ago. It’s pretty crazy to me that all this stuff survived for so long, in such great shape. I mean, these predate my father.
I tossed in my grandfather’s Army photo and Separation Record for a little context going forward. Just look at the guy, so suave, you just know he was a hit with the ladies back in the day.