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Thought I’d share some work with you today that would otherwise never see the light of day.
Towards the beginning of the year, my good friend Scott Carelli of Geekshow Entertainment fame, asked me if I’d be interested in redesigning his site along with a couple of new podcast avatars. And I said, “Only HELL yes!!”
Scott and I have very similar design tastes and this became, as I expected it would be, a really fun project to work on. We decided that our over all theme for the site should be something retro cool and classy and fun, so we choose the famous neon Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign as our main influence and inspiration. And, eventually, we arrived at a site header design that I am particularly proud and fond of:
My next step was to create a design for what would be the all-new flagship podcast on the site, “The Geek Show with Scott & Matt.” Keeping in the theme of retro cool, I looked to late-night talk show logos for inspiration and came up with this:
First up was “The Doctor’s Companion,” a Doctor Who-themed podcast. For this one, I color manipulated a photograph of a TARDIS, using flat colors, and digitally painted the logo letters, adding in a stainless steel texture over top.
Unfortunately, due to a difference of creative opinions between Scott and his Geekshow partners, it was decided that my designs would not be used on the site and would hereon only exist in my creative portfolio in my little corner of the internet.
Which makes me a bit sad, because I really did love working on these pieces.
Oh, well. As Jay-Z would say, on to the next one.
If you would like to hire me to create or redesign logos, website headers, avatars, party invitations, and whatnot, just send me an email!
…as expected, was a lot of fun!
I sold some books, I doodled a few doodles, I talked to a lot of awesome people. Business as usual.
I got to sit next to several friends, which made the day fly by. Sitting beside me on the left was my broner-in-arms, Dave Losso, of The Great Sandwich Detective and Kill The Wonderhawks fame. (He did some Skottie Rocket fan art, which I’ll post as soon as I get my scanner working.) And to the right was my friend and hotelmate, James Moore, one half of 2 Headed Monster Comics and the writer of Radio Free Gahanna and The Toyetic Adventures of Coco Fiasco.
…as well as announced that his popular Geek By Night podcast series would soon be relaunched this fall as a webcomic, written by himself, illustrated by Scott Tofte, colored by Adam Sheehan, and lettered by your truly.
Scott also interviewed several writers and artists for his podcast while at Summit City and, if you are so inclined, you can listen to me babble on for five minutes about Punch-Up, Skottie Rocket, and The Muppets like a moron here.
I tried not to spend too much money while at Summit City and even succeeded for the most part. But I had to part with some cash for my friend Jeremy McFarren’s new comic, The Cauldron In The Back Cabinet, which I read this morning and is fantastic.
And, while it wasn’t something I went into the con planning to buy, I’m a huge fan of Dave Wachter’s work and couldn’t pass up buying his Sweetums.
And then, of course, there was the obligatory nights out pre- and post-con: Drinking beer in Zack Kruse’s comic shop, hunting through severely discounted trade paperbacks; sitting in the hotel room with James Moore, trying to figure out the title to a glorious piece of tripping balls cinema (turns out, it was Mom And Dad Save The World); sifting through the pile of old floppy issues James bought in Mystery Packs (he got an awesome issue of Luke Cage Power Man that I am so jealous of); listening to and laughing at James Moore and Scott Carelli argue comics at the Pint N Slice because that’s exactly what I knew would happen; drinking Guinness at the Dash-In next door; drinking with and listening to Zack Kruse and Dave Wactner trading con stories; Zack’s spot on impression of Henchman 24; Zack pulling me aside and giving me a compliment so big that I’m not sure he knows how much it meant to me; watching TV with James back in the hotel room and, after flipping through several channels, somehow thinking that The Wackness had turned into MTV’s Teen Wolf.
Thanks again to everyone who stopped by the con to say hi and buy a book, thank you to all of my friends who made for countless hours of entertainment, and a BIG thanks to Zack Kruse for organizing another year of a truly great comic convention.
Counting down the days until the next Summit City Comic Con,
Just a heads up, this time next week, you can find me at the Summit City Comic Con in beautiful downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.
While you’re there, stop by and stop by and pick up some awesome comics and prints from my fantastically talented friends: James Moore, Scott Carelli, Dave Losso, Jeremy McFarren, Victor Dandridge, Mason Easley, Erik Rose, Nate Powell, Tom Scioli, Matt Gross, Ben Tiede, and Zack Kruse.
It’s a really fun show spotlighting a lot of really talented people.
Summit City Comic Con: “Be there! Or Be Somewhere Else!”
I was kinda bored today so I decided to play around with my newly-acquired copy of Photoshop and make some fan art for my friend, Scott Carelli.
Scott — along with a few of his friends — runs Geekshow Entertainment, a podcast website devoted to comic book and movie reviews, original scripted series, and all things geek.
Scott is also massive Doctor Who fan, which I used as my inspiration for this piece. Check it out:
Emailed it to Scott earlier this evening and he dug it, even suggested suggested I modify it for a downloadable desktop wallpaper. So look for that on their site sometime soon.
The Doctor is in,
…of Geekshow Entertainment, called Punch-Up and Skottie Rocket, Gay Space Pirate the “most fun I’ve gotten from $5 in a long time! Awesomesauce!“
Awesomesauce indeed, Scott. Thanks for reading!