This is the first year that the Middle of the Map Festival has done a film festival. So here is the poster that I did for it, playing off of the map idea I created a topographic map with a compass over it that the center of is a film reel. This is the icon that Barkley came up with for this part of the festival. On the map I put film reels as town markers with all the names of the movies in the festival instead of town names. I think it went over pretty well.
Another fun project I’ve gotten to do here lately. This one is for the Local Music Showcase they do at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday home games. This year we went with a screenprint look for the ads in Royals blue and a lighter version of the Royals gold. These are the first two of the series. I don’t know how many different versions I’ll end up doing. It might be as many as eleven. We’ll see how they go and also GO ROYALS!!! Awesome start to the season.
Here’s the cover for this year’s (2013) Middle of the Map Music Fest. The new logo was done by Barkley Ad Agency. I did the design to work from Barkley’s work and then add my own spin onto it, hopefully making it more energetic.
I was really excited about getting to do this poster. I’ve been doing the section/program for the Middle of the Map Music Festival the last three years, but this is the first time I got the chance to do the concert poster. This is one of the two official concert posters for 2013. Yet another great music festival, this year my girlfriend and I got to see The Joy Formidable, Grizzly Bear, JEFF the Brotherhood, Iceage, and Little Legend. Plus there was a lot of great bands that we didn’t get to see on top of those. I hope everyone had a great time this year.
Sorry I know this is really late, but I figure it’s better late than never. I had a great time going to this year’s Kansas City Comic Con. All the people in costume, the panels of professionals talking about Comics with the fans, but my favorite part is going to Artists Alley and talking to the artists that make comic books big or small. I got to hear Neal Adams tell a story about his days in art school while watching him do a vampire sketch for a fan, definitely an awesome moment. Above are some of the comics I bought there. Screamland is done by a local artist Hector Casanova, check it out if you haven’t before it’s fun book. I would leave a link to his website but it’s under construction. The other two local comic artists I picked up some books from are Wet Black Ghost Studios (Long Walk to Valhalla) and Darren Neely’s “The Prospector”. (No websites for them either)
Here’s my list of artists you should check out that were Kansas City’s Comic Con with links:
Neal Adams: www.nealadams.com
Peter Bagge: www.peterbagge.com
Terry Beatty: www.terrybeatty.com
Chris Grine: www.chickenhare.com
Jimmy Grist: www.jimmygrist.net
Dusty Higgins: www.dustyhiggins.com
Greg Horn: www.greghornjudge.com
Jason Latour: www.jasonlatour.blogspot.com
Ant Lucia: www.antlucia.com
Tony Moore: www.tonymooreillustration.com
Scott Quick: www.camdenbottoms.com
Steven Sanders: www.studiosputnik.com
Cat Staggs: www.catstaggs.com
Kyle Strahm: www.kylestrahm.com
Freddie Williams II: www.freddieart.com
Here’s the latest illustration I’ve done. I wanted to try something different from what I usually do, so here it is. I like how it turned out, less dramatic, more happy and playful.
For the opening event at Kansas City Design Week, AIGA KC had a gig poster show and viewing of the documentary Just Like Being There at the Vox Theater along with guest speakers Scout Shannon (the director) and the guys from local printshop and gig poster makers Vahalla Studios. The movie is a great behind the scenes look into the people and the growing culture behind the resurgence of the gig poster scene. Scout talks to and goes into the houses and print shops of a lot of the great artists making posters today along with some of the people who are starting to branch out into other genres with their work. He talks to such a long list of talented people I can’t list them all off for you here, but here is a few that really stuck out in my memory: Tyler Stout, Delicious Design League, Strawberry Luna, Jay Ryan, Daniel Danger and last but not least Kevin Tong. Just for your information since the movie has very little distribution you’ll probably have to wait for the DVD to come out in late April or keep an eye out for it on netflix. The Kansas City Design Week event was great with the poster show made up of work from the artists in the movie and getting a chance to ask questions of the director and the guys at Vahalla was interesting. If you weren’t able to go I highly suggest that you check out the movie on your own and look into the artists that he interviews in the documentary. A LOT OF TALENTED PEOPLE, I was both inspired and intimidated at the same time.