Thursday, October 28, 2010

Destroy All Movies at Scarecrow Video

This is for the in-store book signing for Fantagraphics awesome punk book DESTROY ALL MOVIES!!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film. More information? Go here:

Trailer Park Boys come to Scarecrow Video

Did this for the in-store appearance of the Trailer Park Boys during their Drunk, High, and Unemployed Tour.

Adventure Buddies - Ghana Style

Adventure Buddies Episode 3!!! Hell to the Chief!!!
In honor of the West African Ghana posters.

VHS Choose You Own Adventure!

This was originally designed for the Central Cinema for a event they were having.

Adventure Buddies Episode 2

Adventure Buddies Episode 2 - Blasts from the Past!
In honor of all the Vets, VHS Nam War covers and... G.I.Joe the Great American Hero.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

TV Carnage Let's Work It Out

Pinky Carnage, the genius video mash-up artist of TV Carnage wrote to me after he saw my VIVA VHS poster and asked me to help him with a tour poster. He sent me a classic aerobic VHS cover to use as inspiration and above is what I came up with.

In Seattle, Pinky will be bringing his latest show to Central Cinema on Saturday Aug 28th at 9pm.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Adventure Buddies It Begins... Again!

So I was asked to do the poster for Kevin Clarke and Travis Vogt's newest project called Adventure Buddies. It's going to be 6 short film episodes that are parodies of chopsockie action films from the last couple of decades. Since I happily devoted myself to several of their events I was excited to work on this new one. I'll be doing a poster for each one of the episodes in different styles. This will be the most ambitious poster work I've done so far.
For this first one I went with an old stand-by (for me) and made a faux-painted VHS cover. Below show the stages I went through to get the final piece.
And for God's sake, go to the show when it opens here in Seattle at the Sunset Tavern on August 17th.
Here's a teaser for it.

photo shoot
pencil sketch from photo
first pass digitally
final digital pass

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Guest Editor for Nib-Lit

So I was asked by a Mykl Sivak to be a guest editor on the comics page called the Nib Lit that during the school year is published on the back page of the Southern Connecticut State University paper. I've been featured in several of the issues, along with Tony Millionaire (Maakies) and Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man).

Since the school year is out Mykl is keeping it alive via a blog and through Facebook. I just wrapped up my first editing job on it and it's available here as a high res PDF. On this blog you will also find all the previous issues and more.

For this issue I asked a few of my old colleagues (Levi Bailey, Matt Biolchini, Ben Lyon) to contribute and then a new friend (Nikki Burch). All did an awesome job and as it turns out I'll get at least one more chance to edit another issue.

So pass it along to your friends and neighbors and give some love to those who contributed. If you're on Facebook connect to the Nib-Lit here and if not, I can pass a message on to whomever you want.  

Thanks for your time. Enjoy the comics.


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Facebook 2.1 in Sweden

I sent this artist in Sweden some faces painted on dictionary pages for his "Facebook" project. He takes the pages with faces and puts them up on wall in Gothenburg. He just sent me photos of the installation. Here's the list of artist and links to their work. Mine are posted here.

It´s up. In Gothenburg, Sweden.
Here´s some pictures. It´s 160 faces and done by 17 artists, wich are
Ollio (sweden),
Cash4 (usa),
AKA (sweden),
Sceb (sweden),
Swellzombie (usa),
Bo Rutter (sweden),
Madness (sweden),
Tålamod (sweden),
Tarkinson (germany),
Säl (sweden),
Soul (sweden),
139 115 (sweden),
Peps (sweden),
Etno 1 (russia),
Aisakello (sweden),
9mm (sweden)
Intro the pit (france).

Spread the word and the pictures!

Thanks for the participation, mail me if you want more pictures, special close ups or anything else, and tell me if you want to join on Facebook 3.

Best regards
Jonathan Josefsson / Ollio

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Visitor in the Night poster

Another poster for the local short film that debuted at Seattle's STIFF festival. John Portanova and Spencer Fornaciari also do pod-casts on blogs called MacGuffin and Backroom Comics.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Cougar-fest poster

Another poster created for Central Cinema. This is for their Cougar-fest week. Which features Harold and Maude and The Graduate.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

420 drawing. That's 4" tall x 20" long

To commemorate the date that's all the rage with the herb-friendly crowd! I created a 4" h x 20" w drawing. I'm a really big dork.

Monday, April 19, 2010


"Road Rat" for my friend Gerald.  

Alright! Enough already! I know there's something you want me to draw. $20 for a black and white drawing.  Don't hesitate to ask for ANYTHING! If you're pervy or nerdy, I draw it for you.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

They Live Posters

The Central Cinema here in Seattle asked me to do some posters for some of their up-coming shows. John Carpenter's They Live was on the list and I had to do it. The poster at the top is the one they're going with and the one on the bottom was passed on for whatever reason. I'll just make prints of it myself.

The one that on top I chose to do in a rough painted style akin to those great Polish movie posters you might have seen before. They're always really well designed and sometimes very abstract. I couldn't get around the iconic alien face and just loosened myself up a lot to get the final result.

I've loved the alien design in this movie since I was a kid. It's really iconic to me. When I finally saw this movie just a few years ago I was already aware of Shepard Fairey and thought that he had to have been influenced by this film. With all the subliminal messages like "OBEY" and whatnot. When I got this chance I just had to riff on his most recent iconic piece. Almost as if I'm bring his original idea back around on itself.
I made sure that Fairey hadn't done the same thing already and only saw his own They Live piece. Researching I saw a couple of people give a good try and make this same image, but as the obsessive "literalist" that I am I HAD to recreate it as close to the original as possible.

John Carpenter's They Live will be showing from April 16th to April 22nd. At the Central Cinema in Seattle. Prints available now at

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

R.I.P. Charlie Burgoon

R.I.P. Charlie Burgoon - passed away at approximately 4pm EST February 14th 2010.

Charlie was one of my good friends and a great cartoonist who was just like my other friends except he had shitty hand dealt to him from the start.

In no particular order or importance I'll list off some key points about Charlie Burgoon.

red hair
big sneakers
fan of Jimi Hendrix, Ben Harper, Dick Dale, White Stripes, Tool, Smashing Pumpkins, Slint, Spit for Athena, Mudhoney, Guitar Wolf, Blanche, Iron & Wine, Nine Inch Nails, Tom Waits and so many other musicians. I'd be here all day.
not a fan of: electronic music

we went to see Guitar Wolf in Detroit and it rocked balls
collector of: comics, music, movies, tiki-art, concerts,
loved and related most to Frankenstein's monster
hated cops
hockey fan
detroit fan
dog lover
father died of dementia
smart as hell
loved to eat cheese burgers from old diners
enjoyed tripping on mushrooms
loved his family
thought people were idiots
drove fast
didn't want pity
knew you were staring
could pretty much do anything I could do
hated pain medication
loved comics by: Pete Bagge, Daniel Clowes, Charles Burns, Jack Kirby, Wally Wood, Bernie Wrightson, and many more
favorite fine artist was Vincent Van Gogh
really enjoyed Las Vegas
loved getting drunk
farted a bunch
never wanted to be an inspiration to others

he won a contest I held for illustrating the cover of the ANT. (Obviously his biggest achievement. No, but it's how we ended up meeting. The ANT was a digest sized comic that I self-published in the '90's. He was one of the 10 people who submitted cover art for the 6th issue and his fit the tone of the comic the best, so it won. I offered the winners a special copy of the issue they did the cover for (which was just the comic printed on red paper and signed), a t-shirt, a poster and $5! The 6th issue had a release party for it during the middle of the afternoon at the Ink and Paper Place, which was a local comic book, collectible, and periodical shop in Coldwater. It was run by Mike and Gloria Lott and they let me set up a table and have a release party there. That afternoon I met Charlie for the first time when he came to claim his prize. He and I knew of each other because we were the only two mini-comic creators in town. He was doing Odd at the time while I was doing the ANT. We instantly connected when he heard I was listening to Dick Dale and the Del-tones on a stereo I brought in with me. We talked about comics and music and movies for the rest of our friendship.)

Oh yeah he had a horrible skin disease (for 40 years he suffered from a rare skin disease called Epidermolysis bullosa. This disease is one of the more horrible things for a human to deal with. The skin is not bonded well to the rest of the body. This means any sort of friction or bumps or anything done to the skin can cause blisters or tears. There are levels of severity with this disease and Charlie had it as sever as anyone can. He wasn't disabled by it though. He did everything that you or I did. Drove, worked, lived on his own, paid bills, ate, drank, shit and fucked. He felt pain over his entire body from having sores and blisters being created and healing at the same time constantly. This did not make him a cripple or anymore disadvantaged as you or I. He never wanted people to use his life story as a means to motivate themselves. He didn't want to be the person you thought about and said, "what am I complaining about, that guy lives in constant pain and still does stuff". His will power was a mystery and that will always fascinate me.

Check out the Monsterhead Books Quasioctix and Reclusives that he and I did together as well as the blog for Monsterhead Books.

As soon as I get my hands on more of his work I'll be posting full comics and other art for all to enjoy. Artworks above and below are all created by Charlie Burgoon.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Frank Henenlotter In Store at Scarecrow Video

Here's the latest poster I've come up with for Scarecrow Video's in store appearance of the director of Frankenhooker, Brain Damage, Basket Case and now Bad Biology. Check out all of these movies and if you're in the Seattle area come meet the man at 7pm on February 5th at Scarecrow. Afterward he'll be at the Grand Illusion for a Q&A after a screening Bad Biology.
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