Thursday, February 17, 2011

Little Garfield

Puffington Host, 17. February, 2011

In a surprise move that shook financial markets across the globe, Sanrio – producer and licenser of the global brand ‘Miss Kitty’ – announced today that they had bought full rights for Garfield from creator Jim Davis and the various companies responsible for the iconic, lasagna-loving cat’s licensing and image placement.

When asked about the purchase, Sanrio responded that accessing the reach of the Garfield franchise would enable them to be placed in the ‘daily psyche’ of the comics reading audience. When asked about giving up the Garfield franchise, a source who asked not to be named replied, ‘Well, honestly, it hasn’t been funny in 10 years so really, why not?’

Sanrio will reportedly rename Garfield for local markets as
pronounced ‘Shibō to reijīkyatto’
or literally ‘fat and lazy cat’. It will feature the new kawaii version of both Garfield and his beloved teddy bear, Pooky, shown here.

Whether or not either Odie or Jon, Garfield’s owner, will appear in the new strip remains to be seen, even though Hollywood insiders are reporting that Lucy Liu has been offered the part of Jon’s girlfriend and Garfield’s veterinarian because, quote, ‘she just really needs the work.’

(btw: had a lot of fun making these. Experimented with some new coloration methods including by hand and with digital 'support'. Japanese background was created first digitally, then hand colored, 'tie-dyed', crumpled up several times and then finally run through a hot laminator! I got the fire out pretty quick this time, too!)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Little Cupid

Editor's Note: we're posting this way tonight because
(1) we've been really slack keeping this blog 'au jour' (which translates literally into 'aw man, today?') and
(2) we intensely dislike the new photo viewing program on Facebook!
And now, tonight's feature:

Okay, maybe I’m not the best person to be asking to make a Valentine’s Card themed pic-o-thingie days. It was either a nod to Pat Benatar or any of the million of songs that include the line ‘Love Hurts’ or similarly painful descriptives.

For some reason, I wanted to combine the heroic toughness of Marvel’s Nick Fury (old white guy, Jack Kirby-like version) with Cupid. Yes, I’ll admit, sometimes the flashbacks are pretty overwhelming. Still, wish me luck, this may – MAY – be one of my last with ‘cheap’ software. We’ll see.

Font for ‘Little Cupid’ is ‘fiolex girls’ and for the bottom bit ‘weekend warrior’.