Turkey tomorrow. Swan today.
Turkey tomorrow. Swan today.
Springsteen. New Jersey. 11×14″. The “border” is comprised of the song, “Incident on 57th Street.”
I’m so over these pot bellies (as my wife calls them), so I’ve been jazzing them up with some random sketchiness (like Iron Man’s circuitry, Batman’s Gotham, Boo Berry’s ghosts). In this case, I asked the guy who commissioned this for his favorite Bruce song, and this is what he gave me. I’ve never heard it before, because despite my ethnicity (Jerseyish), I don’t give a single shit about Bruce Springsteen. Not one. And those shits I don’t give about Bruce I MIGHT throw at Bon Jovi. There really is no definitive New Jersey rocker that I can identify with. I wish I was from Zanzibar. (OBSCURE FREDDIE MERCURY REFERENCE.)
Anyway, I kinda regret my jazz-up idea to combat the war against white space, because two hours of transcribing those lyrics and my hand is killing me.
A companion piece to go along with the Iron Man commission. I keep forgetting to mail these.
I used to be a great drinker. I don’t do many elicit or illegal or even mildly hazardous activities anymore, but I did have two glasses of wine at work just now and sweet maple syrup, do I feel wobbly. And in that time, I also painted/drew this commissioned Iron Man as New Jersey. (11×14″, watercolor and gold ink)
I can’t believe that damned Jason Voorhees got me back into making state characters.
In light of my Boo Berry designed as Minnesota (home state of General Mills, makers of Boo Berry), someone requested I make FrankenBerry as Illinois. That makes one ball hair less sense than anything I do on any other regular day, so what the hey, let’s give it a go. I was totally lost and threw away my first draft in a fit of disgust. …and then I saw the profile in my head. That nose. The lower lip. Holy shit, Illinois, you are no longer as boring as the Home Depot box we call Colorado. You are wonderful. And Frankenois was born.
And here’s a little tidbit. I arranged Frank’s clock to read 9:23. It’s an homage to Illinois –specifically Chicago – heroes, Bobb Hull and Michael Jordan. Both of whom should be painted as Illinois…Hmmm.
Thanks for the inspiration to revisit the Superman USA project goes to my pal, the Table 9 Mutant. In addition to not finishing with recreating the Man of Steel as every state in the grandest union of all, I also owe her a review of Terminator 2 for like, two years. (At least I am consistently delinquent across the board.)
Happy Halloween from me and my pal Boo Berry. Here he is, shaped like Minnesota, home of General Mills, the company that makes Monster Cereals.
Paul Frees was the voice actor who voiced Boo, impersonating Peter Lorre. Frees died November 2, 1986, coincidentally, the Day of the Dead. You probably don’t know Frees by name, but chances are, you’ve heard him. He voiced K.A.R.R., K.I.T.T.’s evil counterpart in Knight Rider, Boris Badanoff of Rocky & Bullwinkle fame, a hoard of characters from Rankin/Bass Christmas specials (including Santa and Eon, the evil buzzard from Rudolph’s Shiny New Year), and hilariously enough, John Lennon and George Harrison from The Beatles’ 1965 cartoon AND Berry Gordy from 1971’s The Jackson Five. How’s that for range?