Monday, July 21, 2014

Urban Chainsaw Massacre- a Blast from the Past!


When around 20, while still attending The American Academy of Art and living in my Dad's basement (a just fine basement by the way), I had a spurt of doing a few stories and one cover for Heavy Metal magazine. For this story, The Moviegoer, I think I had just finished a school assignment of a scratchboard illustration (a ye olden method where you draw in reverse by scratching away the black coating on a white board) and must have liked it, since I went and did 4 pages on my own (but not enough to ever try it again). As for the story, I was obviously influenced by my love of attending every horror/sci-fi/wacky movie released during the time. Also, when you have a personal vision, why not star yourself? Plus my modeling fees were very reasonable.
After it was finished, I showed it to Julie Simmons-Lynch, the HM editor, who must have been hard up to fill out the issue. The rest is Art + Storytelling History!












Saturday, July 19, 2014

Cheesecake Anyone? A Salute to the American Pin-Up!

Thanks to David Metzger and the whole crew that put together "Cheesecake Anyone?" at the Artspace Gallery in downtown Elgin! It proves that, if you're going to bother doing something, go balls to the wall. Luckily David didn't literally do that, but instead decorated the walls with beautiful pin-up art. And had a parade of vintage hot-rods on the street! And decked out the table with delicious snacks! And filled the floor with lovely ha-cha-cha models! And had Alyson set up to do gorgeous glamour make-up sessions! And had raffles and prizes! And had sexy Peep Shows! And… And…
Let me catch my breath!
Also, David was kind enough to give me a whole wall featuring a 2' high M.O'C signature on display where I spent most of the evening taking selfies and exclamimg. "That's ME!". The huge space was filled at least 3 times over during the evening and everyone who attended was as pleased as punch (especially if they had more than two glasses of the punch)!
Luckily there were professional photographers snapping away, but I have a few, out of focus, underlit and overlit phone pics to give you just a small taste of the show you were either thrilled to attend, or need to get to today!


https://www.facebook.com/ElginPinupShow
















The life of a Pin-Up Gallery Mastermind-
Instead of ending the evening with models on both arms,
David fills his hands with a mop and paper towels.
We can only hope that things improved at the after party!


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Spine Chilling and Spooky Thrills! Not for the Faint of Heart!


If you could go back in time, what would you do?
Kill Hitler?
Romance Marilyn Monroe?
Buy Apple stock?
All fine and dandy choices, but I'd do something much more important, I'd get an Animated Display Creators catalog, order everything, and refurnish the house.
Animated Display Creators was the go-to place for all things spooky, moving and talking Aliens, Skeletons, Voodoo Headhunters, Apes, Witches, Mummies, and monsters of all shapes and sizes for Amusement Parks, Funhouses, State Fairs and Haunted Houses!














Thursday, July 3, 2014

Gweek- the Boing Boing Podcast!

The best thing about a high school pal making a success of their life is that it gives you the
opportunity to ride on their coattails.
That's the case with Internet Sensation Boing-Boing founder Mark Frauenfelder whose jacket I have firmly placed my shoes upon. He's been extremely kind to his fellow Boulder High classmate by often throwing plugs my way on his hugely popular site, and in this case, his Gweek podcast.
Thank you Sir!

http://boingboing.net/2014/07/02/mitch-oconnell-and-dr-monke.html


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Stay Classy- with Fashionable Mitch O'Connell Accessories!

Pictured are just a few of the many M.O'C art adorned products from Retro-a-go-go, your one stop shop for everything hip 'n happening!
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