Saturday, September 29, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
The list at the link claims to be a "Printer Resources For Independent Art Publishers", now, to me it looks well managed and there are printers in the list that I know have a high reputation. I wish I had know about this list long time ago when I first started in this business. It would've made my research and production much easier. It's even subdivided in printers that specialize in smaller quantity runs down to 1 unit up to 3000 and more, or in letterpress, or in large formats, and more.
If you are in the art printing business it just may be worth your time taking a look, this list of printers is international so, you just may find what you are looking for next door.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The panel we did back in March at Wonder-Con was well received, so with the help of Peter Maresca of Sunday Press we've augmented our panel and we'll be expanding on the subject of nostalgia with two more panelist: Grant Geissman, whom we met right after the panel in March. Not only is he an author and avid collector, but he is first and formost an excellent musician. Check out his material, really groovy. Also I can happily say that we'll have a comic book legend on the panel: R.C. Harvey, creator of Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon, will be joining us on the stage. He's also an author, and critic - let's just say that he knows his medium. If you like comics and but don't know his work, you should! And, we are lucky to have Bob Foster, the Animation Guild Presiden, with 40+ years of experience in comics publishing, writing, and animation. We have a heck of a line-up!
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
We got ourself a profesional printer for Giclèe prints and we are in the process of printing the new Spaceman Jax model sheets for the Mantagons; the ones I did about a month ago. That really feels like ions ago, considering all the Roger believe covers I did. Bottom line they are coming out really really cool, ok I had a glass of wine. But, the hours work really paid off. The pleasure in seeing one's work coming out the way it was intended... Ahhh it's a pleasure. And worth all the hassels with icc profiles, media types, printers, types of papers (archival quality or not), inks (dyes vs pigments), .... Total = we are printing on archival quality with pigment and they are coming out looking SWEET. I'm simply happy! and best of all we'll be able to offer the giclèe prints for a more affordable price since we don't have to involve a third party with the printing process!
I'm going to seep like a baby tonight.
In the Curio World things are sometime just a bit different and in some case the same, gravity still works.
We've been working hard to introduce more and more brands in our Curio World, brands that we are weaving together to create this fictional alternative universe full of crazy pop culture and make believe. Ringer was the fake publishing house for Time for Frank and His Friend, Bunchy is the soft drink, and Oberpfaffendorfer makes frozen foods; they all help tell our story and let us have fun with the ads. Now we are also adding on Plasticash for credi cards.
So starting our next show we'll also accept this Curio World credi card, if you can get your hands on it...
The above mentioned ads will be added to the shop by July, but we'll have prints with us at the shows.
Monday, June 04, 2012
Back in February in my post Sign Off On Your Gadabout TM1050 I mentioned that we were going do something special for it starting this time of the year. Well, here it is.
We sell collectable at Curio & Co. that is no news now. The Gadabout, if you bought if from us, should have received a dealer's inspection stamp, and now if you bring your manual with you next time you see us we'll be happy to stamp and date the Shakedown Diagnosis at page 86 of your manual. We'll start doing that as of Monday June 11, 2012. So, if you are planing to come at one of the shows where we are exhibiting, don't forget to bring your manual. This is an opportunity to make your manual even more unique.
Why are we doing it? We wanted to celebrate the one year of the Gadabout, and give something back to those that have supported us from the early times. And, yes, we are planing to have an other stamp for the following year. Each manual will only receive one stamp and signature per year, so... no full set of stamps, unless you have a time machine, do you?
See you soon at one of the shows.
Friday, June 01, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
I'm presently working on an ad for this soft drink, as soon as it's done... I'll post it. For the time being here is the logo I made for it.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Il Diamante Nero (The Black Diamond) - Would have been a special issue of the Roger Believe comic book series.
It took quite a bit of trying, but I finally did it, this is the first pice in which I was able to get a convincible watercolor feel. As always the work is digital.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Forgot to post this one yesterday...
Like all investigators that deal with normal and paranormal he has to deal with UFO's at one point or an other. Viaggio Organizzato (Planed Voyage) is one of the Roger Believe adventures that takes him out of this world.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
Here's to day's cover of Roger Believe - Frist Flight (Primo Volo). I keep on chucking and illustrating, and there'll be more to come.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Just off the Cintiq! I can still smells the fresh pixels, here's Roger Believe - L'Invito Di Subconscio (Subcoscious' Invititation).
Roger Believe meets him self face to face; will he ever survive? Tam Tam Tam.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
New cover, for the day, for Roger Believe - Serate di Nozze (Wedding Nights).
This past Saturday I did a series of sketches for the covers, the ideas just keep on coming. Nothing wrong with that! So, untill they keep on coming I'll keep on drawing.
As we did some research we found out that the Time Travel Mart is the shop for 826 LA (a non profit writing and tutoring center) which is connected to the McSweeney's. Needless to say it was a great pat on the back.
Monday, May 07, 2012
Friday, May 04, 2012
Here is an other of the covers for Curio & Co.'s Roger Believe this one titled Benessere (Well Being), just out pured out of me in 5 hrs worth of work. It helps having an idea that has been cooking in your head for a while.
Thursday, May 03, 2012
Memoria Ingrata - Ungrateful Memory
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
As I'm working on these posters I'll keep on posting them, but they'll roll in the Curio & Co. site by June.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
I've been telling everyone that I've been working on something that is in the style of an italian comic book (Bonelli Editore); well, this is a test that I did for a sample cover. I've had to rework the logo, it just wasn't right for the character, the storie, and theme, so the last couple of days produced this verision. I also wanted to see if I could age the image the right amount to make it look to fit the time period (1980's).
Saturday, April 21, 2012
|Logo Concept Sketches for Roger Believe|
There are a couple of new logos that Curio & Co. will need for the month of June, yesterday I opened the files on which I started work, some time back, did some rework, and now some new work. The name of the game is Develop Develop Develop, or as I know it: FUN, FUN, FUN.
Friday, April 20, 2012
|Me Signing our latest book Time for Frank and His Friend as 'Otis'|
photo by Lilo Krebernik
Monday, April 16, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Thanks for the support Diamond!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Thursday, April 05, 2012
This morning while having breakfast my eye fell on little Schultz here. You have to know that I'm a big lego fan, maybe it's the child in me or the industrial designer in me, they are well-designed and appealing. I felt the urge to go pick him up as if he wanted to say hello, play with me even if for 1 min. The funny thing is that Schultz is from the Toy Story Lego series. Weird isn't it? The toys really do call you, just like in the films. And, Schultz is the name I've given him, he's been with us for 2 years now, and I still like him just as much as the first day I saw him. Just don't tell the other lego characters that I have laying around my desk, they may get jealous.
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Needless to say we are BIG fans of The Big Bang Theory, my partner is a Trekkie, and I'm a tech geek, so sending Wil Wheaton a copy of the Gadabout was a no brainer. Kirstie exchanged a couple of emails with him, and, once he got it we (Kirstie) received a nice email from him with a nice thanks saying how he liked it!
Every trade show has different highlights some big some small in some cases it varies on the size of the show and who attends.
So, we knew that Wil our "close, personal friend" (see Big Bang Theory Ep15 S5 The Friendship Contraction ) would be at WonderCon, and we thought we'd send him an email to let him know that we would be too and see if we could have a chance to talk to him in person, properly this time. We went along our business doing the con thing, then on saturday about 20 minutes before our panel we packed up the booth and made our way to the room where we were scheduled to talk. After the panel Kirstie made her way back to the table as I lagged behind talking to people, and she found something special left for us. I returned to the table to find a small group crowded at the table, so she didn't have a chance to tell me. Then all of a sudden a hand reached over to hand me the piece of paper that you see above. A personal note from our "close, personal friend" Wil Wheaton. I shouted again! (in excitement).
Wil, thanks for the note and we hope we'll have the chance to meet at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con 2012 (we'll be at SP5).
Friday, March 30, 2012
We've been quite busy before, during and now after the WonderCon. So much so that we just found out about this wonderful review that Sean Kleefeld of Kleefeld on Comics did on our new book Time for Frank and His Friend on March 19, 2012.
The best thing about going to trade shows, besides interacting with the public and getting out of the studio, is seeing people's reactions to our products with our own eyes. We spend so much time making these products that once they are out there in the world by their lonesome selves it's important that they can live the lives they are intended to. I know we produce quirky products, and they are not for every one. But the people that get what we are doing they get it in a split second and as their eyes start glowing you hear a giggle. Well that is a wonderful payoff.
Sean Kleefeld gets it! We never met Sean but he was one of the first to order our first book Finding Frank and His Friend after we presented it at the San Diego Comic-Con back in 2010, when we also introduced Curio & Co., and was also one of the first to order our latest book. In both cases we got a wonderful review (Finding Frank and His Friend review). And it gives such a sense of fulfillment reading the reviews, specifically because he unveils details of the product. Details that took extra time in the production did not go unnoticed. And the best part, we did not have to explain the premise of Curio & Co. It's the pat on the back that lets me know that we are doing something right and that products can find good homes with people that love them.
Sean thanks for the review!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
We got a heck of a boost when we stopped by the Disney Lot last week.
After we met up with some friends for lunch, we made our way to the Frank G Wells building for a cup of joe. In the main lobby they usually have different things on exhibition, during our visit of last week it just happened to be costumes for some of the features that the Disney Studio has been involved with, along with some really cool models (I'll post those soon). Well we had to do a double take when we noticed that they had costumes from Secretariat, produced by Mayhem Pictures, the studio with which we signed to turn the Gadabout into a live action feature. Kirstie and I looked at each other with big smiles on our faces. It was no surprise that Disney was involved with the production of the film, we knew that, but it was great to see that they chose those costumes for that exhibit when we were in town. They must have wanted to impress us or something, hee hee. Needless to say. The smiles are sill on our faces.