In March 2020, TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles.com was looking to expand its media beyond articles and giveaways. One of the ideas thrown out was a podcast.
Seeing as I was the only one that had a background in podcasting, I made a “pilot” episode based on the crew’s suggestions. This podcast, “The Monthly Mutagen“, is all on me…from the name and logo…to the format, editing, coverage, and voice.
The response was shockingly positive. But others wanted a live/streaming direction (which I was uncomfortable with) and the crew proposed a new episode weekly. No one understood the work and structure going into creating something even as silly and trivial as this.
Then the pandemic hit and we all locked ourselves into our assigned sewers.
I came across the file earlier today and figured it might as well see the light of day since I had fun doing it. Anyway, Shellheads, enjoy (probably the only) episode of The Monthly Mutagen!
From a creative standpoint, I’ve never felt quite the same after reading Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing. Shifting the origin of a man turned monster into a monster turned man. A reimagining so beautifully written and illustrated I simply felt guilty for not reading it sooner. The pages I’m sharing represent one of my favorite moments: a dreamlike sequence where the Swamp Thing cradles the bones of who he believes he is. Even rejecting his bride in the process. Realizing the thoughts and emotions he has are not his own but simply taken from the corpse he carries. And the sadness and fear of losing the remains, as he believes it’s his only link to humanity. The despair in realizing that your reality isn’t even yours. Still kills me reading it!
This piece didn’t turn out quite the way I wanted it. I sort of “gave up” on it. I drew the skull with Swampy “mossing” over it just fine. Even dug the colors. But when it came to the composition I was pretty lost. Reflection. Water ripples. Didn’t really know what I was doing. And since this was simply a fun piece, I had other bigger things to move onto. So this is where we are.
Hey, long time no see! Been as busy as a racoon at a waffle factory. Just popping in this evening to promote a new art show I am apart of:
Join Rockford aRt.cade for it’s 4th epic video game art exhibition “FREEPLAY”. As requested by fans, artists will be free to choose any game, any genre, any theme, so prepare yourself for a ridiculous variety of work from over 20 talented local artists! (Also featuring a 5 hour custom gaming soundtrack, local baked goods, interactive displays, video, and contests with prizes by TNT Games of Rockford!). Our shows are always all-ages, so bring the family for a memorable night of art, music, food, and fun!
All is being held at Threetofive Studio in Rockford IL on October 3rd and 4th (Friday and Saturday).
All artwork I have done will be for sale (framed, matted, all nice n’ purtty) So come on out, check out some cool art, play some video games, eat some food, and go about your day. I’m really happy to be apart of this. A real good group of people art putting this on.
Below is just a sample of the pieces being sold by me. They are watermarked and are just a preview. I’ll post the actual pieces after the show as I am a baby and don’t want to spoil anything…completely anyway. I had a lot of fun doing these. I like to make people laugh. And when I realized that this show was more of a celebration of classic video games rather than some snooty art judgement court it really helped me a lot.
Now, excuse me, I am off to some pro wrestling shows and then a gaming convention in Vegas. I’ll be dead by Friday. And the Halloween season is upon us. Initiating Maximum overdrive. So much Mountain Dew will be consumed this month.