Monday, May 30, 2011

Prison Pit Show and more!

So I've been geeking out about Filmation cartoons from Star Trek to Bravestarr. These cartoons are really not the best things out there, but there are some qualities to these that I just have so much love for. The backgrounds are seriously well conceived and painted. There's probably more care put into those than most of the episodes. The character and creature designs are super creative. They're not Alex Toth quality, but they can hold their own. The special effects and the voice acting are pretty special too.

 original cel and background from Bravestarr copyright Filmation

Since this stuff has been swimming around in my mind, I had the desire to create my own scenes from fictional shows. I'm only going so far to be authentic though. I'm painting with gouache on 5" x 8" illustration board, I'm xeroxing the line art onto acetate and reverse coloring with gouache. So it's pretty close to an authentic animation cel and background painting.

They take a lot of work and planning, so I've only got three completed so far. I'm really excited about doing these though and I figure I can come up with millions of scenes in this format. So there will be more to come. I do a lot of illustration work on the computer and sometimes it's just too easy to make something look like something else, something hand painted or done the real way... manually. So these are really important to me because I'm really painting these and not cheating digitally.

So far I've made two homages to some of my favorite comic characters the Marvel Comics great Doctor Doom and Johnny Ryan's Cannibal Fuckface from the super inspirational Prison Pit books by Fantagraphics books.

The Prison Pit piece I based directly from a panel in book two page 27. I wanted something cool in the background to paint and also something where Cannibal Fuckface was interacting with the background. Since the original comic is black and white I had to imagine what the Prison Pit would look like in color. I imagined that it would actually take place in a huge colon, hence the pink fleshy walls and the miles and mounds of shit everywhere. 

This is the panel that I based the scene on.

The other, entirely original piece..."The Uninvited Visitor"

Thursday, May 26, 2011

They Live Poster Phenomena!

Earlier today I saw that Shepard Fairey was going to be appearing at a showing of They Live at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin Texas. Mondo mentioned there would be a special secret poster that they commissioned Shepard to design for the event, but they wouldn't release the image until the day of the show. "We will be debuting the poster image at the screening and you will get one in a tube after the movie is over." So I clicked through to the ticket sales page and found that the image I designed a year ago, spoofing Shepard's Obama Hope poster was being use to sell this show.

I got the address to the Alamo and sent them a simple e-mail:

"To whom it may concern -

I'm a huge fan of They Live and Shepard's work. That's why I designed the They Live poster a year ago that parodies his Obama HOPE poster. This is the same image that is being used on the Alamo site where you're selling tickets for the show.

I'd appreciate if I could be credited as the artist if you want to continue to use that picture.

For some sort of proof here's a link to the blog post I made over a year ago when I debuted the image.

Marc Palm"

I got a reply saying they were forwarding it onto the dept that will remedy the issue. Then I got a reply from Kayla Williams:

"Hey Marc,Thank you for letting us know about this and we apologize sincerely. We did not intend to use someone's personal image. We have changed the image to the movie poster for They Live. Thanks again for reaching out.
- Show quoted text -
Kayla Williams
Creative Manager
Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas"

By that time the show had completely sold out. Everyone who only saw the ticket page would have seen my image in the left and only read: "The ticket for this screening includes a THEY LIVE poster by Shepard Fairey!" They don't specify what poster, or that it's going to be special poster that has yet to be re-veiled. So it's possible that people think they are getting a copy of the poster I designed.

If you're one of those people who want one of those posters,  you can order them from me. I am offering them for sale via

I recommend them because of the ability for variation. You can get the size that is good for you and if you want it framed there's that too.

Anyway, this is not the poster that people who go to the Alamo show featuring Shepard Fairey will receive, unless something REALLY WEIRD happens.

If you want to use this image for your article about They Live, or use it to promote your event. ASK ME!!! It's the least you could do.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Benefit Party for Cait Willis & Amber Anderson!

I've donated two creature paintings for the auction for local artists Cait Willis and Amber Anderson who suffered all sorts of trouble when they were in an accident with an uninsured drunk driver. The Vermillion Gallery is putting on the party with the art and there is an enormous response from the city to help these women out. If you can make it out and help out, please do!

Here's the facebook page too.
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