May 15, 2012

BAZOOKA JOE! Comic & Cartoon Art Exhibition: Good To See You!

jbrown @ 12:01 pm

A very warm and heartfelt “thank you” to all the awesome friends, family, colleagues and fans who were able to make it out to The York in Highland Park this past Thursday for the shindig celebrating the opening night of Culture Reference’s BAZOOKA JOE! the Comic & Cartoon Art Exhibition that I’m in. A swell time was had! It was so great to see you all and to have you view my work as well as the awesome work on display by my fellow artists: Mike Jasorka, Tara D. Milch, Connor Mooney and Tyler Stafford. We all appreciate your patronage! If you weren’t able to make it to the opening but would still like to view the art, the entire show will be on display during The York’s regular business hours through the end of May!


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Galloping Tintypes – Jason Brown – Filmmaker – Sample Reel

jbrown @ 11:46 am

Hello All,

As many of you know, in addition to working as a freelance artist, illustrator and designer, I am also a screenwriter and filmmaker. For those of you who might be unfamiliar with my work as a writer/director, below is a sample of my Demo Reel. Hope you like it.

PS- I am am available for hire and available for weddings, graduations and bar mitzvahs. Though I should warn you, I can no longer accept payment in the form of cake as I am on a diet.


May 8, 2012

The Night Kitchen is closed. R.I.P. – Maurice Sendak

jbrown @ 10:32 am

I was very sad to wake today and read news of the passing of illustrator and author Maurice Sendak who died due to complications from a recent stroke. He was 83 on the outside and eternally 13 on the inside. Like many children over the last nearly 50 years, I grew up with Sendak’s witty writing and unmistakeable art as touchstones of my youth. “Where The Wild Things Are,” “In The Night Kitchen,” and “The Nutshell Library” are treasured totems that still reside on my book shelf and my wife and I will both admit shamelessly to having the “Really Rosie” soundtrack loaded on our iPods should the mood strike us to tunefully extoll the virtues of eating “Chicken Soup With Rice.” Farewell Mr. Sendak, you are greatly missed and forever appreciated!

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BAZOOKA JOE! – Comic & Cartoon Group Art Exhibition

jbrown @ 9:51 am

Greetings L.A. Area Folks!

Just a reminder that yours truly will be part of the BAZOOKA JOE! – COMIC & CARTOON GROUP ART EXHIBITION opening this THURSDAY, MAY 10TH at THE YORK in HIGHLAND PARK! The show features an eclectic and entertaining selection of “graphic” work from artists: Jason Brown (moi), Mike Jasorka, Tara D. Milch, Connor Mooney and Tyler Stafford. Things gear up at 8PM and run ’til 11PM. This event is part of a monthly series of revolving art exhibitions hosted at The York with new shows opening every second Thursday. This week’s festivities will include a LIVE DJ SET performed by Andrew Rasmussen and Aaron Shinn (solid stuff, no bullshit) and a specially crafted COCKTAIL. All artists will be attending. So come out, grab some of The York’s yummy bill of fare and take in some fun sights. You’ll be glad you did! Thanks!!!

The show is produced by CULTURE REFERENCE, an awesome new curatorial collective promoting a broad range of artwork presentations in non-traditional public spaces! This is a FREE EVENT. For more information or to RSVP, please visit the BAZOOKA JOE! Facebook Event Page.


April 26, 2012

Galloping Tintypes is on!

jbrown @ 9:24 am

Hey, there folks!

Been away from the Blog for a bit but, rest assured that exciting things have been taking place! To wit, I’m proud to announce that I am now a featured artist over at, a wonderful social networking and hiring site for professional freelance artists. It’s a very exciting, international creative community and I’m thrilled that Galloping Tintypes is now among them! You can check out my profile by clicking the link below. Thanks!

Jason Brown is a freelance Illustrator interested in Freelance Jobs.

October 25, 2011

Superman’s Super Small Pay Day!

jbrown @ 12:40 pm

There’s a fascinating write-up from Robot 6 at regarding the impending auction of the original check Detective Comics Publisher Jack Liebowitz wrote to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the two young men who invented Superman in exchange for all rights to their character (note: $130, even in 1938, is still a rip off). This is the ultimate cautionary tale for the collision of art and commerce.

Take a quick look HERE.

Within the realms of pop culture, comic book lore and freelance art, this is a fairly well known event, the fallout of which is still tied up in lawsuits to this day. I know I’ve read or heard the tale many times, however, seeing a photograph of the actual check this morning was somehow mesmerizing. On March 1st, 1938, a pair of struggling 23-year-old kids from Ohio sold sold a chunk of spec writing and artwork, including an original character they had been building and refining since they were kids in high school.

Being young, desperate freelance artists armed (from time served in the Great Depression) with a healthy respect for the value of the dollar and feeling as though they had their whole creative lives still ahead of them, I’m sure the staggering sum of $412.00 ($130 of which was whole-sale payment for the rights to Superman) and the promise of a steady gig and regularly published work must have seemed like a qolden goose at the time.  And though I’ve always had the “what were they thinking?” response to hearing about this tragic lack of forethought, I’ve got to say that, looking at that check, I can definitely see why those kids would have leaped for that money.

As a freelance/spec artist, I constantly have to weigh the concerns of the long term value of my art and body of work vs. the value of say, paying for things like food and rent in the here and now. It is a tough choice and one must always follow their gut and move forward all the while resisting the urge to rehash the past and fantasize about “what if.” Now, I’m certainly not comparing my work and ideas directly to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, but it does put things into perspective.

Sometimes you have the divine inspiration to create a cartoon mouse who goes on to become a global icon and you end up the founding mogul of a multi-billion dollar corporation whose legacy extends well beyond your lifetime. But other times, you have the divine inspiration to dream up an all-powerful champion, the world’s first comic book super hero who goes on to conquer the worlds of print, radio, television, film and more, whose very image has become a cultural touchstone and you end up with $130 split two-ways, a steady but often hostile job bound by a 10-year contract and an eventual legal dispute with a different multi-billion dollar corporation that has out-lived you and landed in the lap of your descendents. It’s partially a roll of the dice.

For my part, I feel I owe a debt to these kids from Ohio and the inspiration they’ve given me since my childhood. Superman has been a part of my life since as far back as I can remember. A large part of my interest in art, illustration, comics, filmmaking and storytelling stem from my fascination with Siegel and Shuster’s red caped wonder.I know I am certainly not alone in this sentiment. Superman has become an inspiration and a part of the right of passage for so many generations of not only artists but anybody to whom his image, tale and ideas speak.

It is amazing that 73 years after appearing on the cover of Action Comics #1 in 1938 and sparking America’s fascination with the Superhero, Superman is alive and thriving on the cover of DC Comic’s recently launched new Action Comics #1 which has sold out at least two complete press runs in the course of the last month as well a readying himself for a silver-screen appearance in the currently filming motion picture, Man Of Steel. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I’m sure that, in another 73 years, no matter what the medium, millions will still be pondering the adventures Superman and that is quite an inspiration. Cheers!

ACTION COMICS #1's - 1938 and 2011



October 8, 2011

Ese/Dulce – Group Art Show

jbrown @ 2:56 pm

Hey, LA Folks! This painting and several others will be on display and for sale as part of the Ese/Dulce group salon art show premiering this Thursday evening, October 13th from 8-11pm at The York in Highland Park.

Yours truly will be presenting a selection of watercolors, acrylic and graphite work alongside fellow LA artists, Kelly Morrison and Tamar Shaham as well as Philly artist and longtime friend, Eric McDade. The show is part of an on-going series produced by Culture Reference. Here’s the official blurb…

Overwhelmingly sweet (dude!), this month’s show Ese/Dulce, the third installment of Culture Reference’s series of exhibitions at The York, explores the visual complexities of abundance and sweetness. Featuring paintings by LA-based artists Kelly Morrison, Jason Brown, and Tamar Shaham with additional works by Eric McDade, Ese/Dulce hearkens to historical parlor formality. The salon-style configuration of works is spatially oriented to concentrate the vacuous elements that saturation conceals. The collapse of antiquated exhibitionary practices set in a fly gastropub has created a hole in the space-time continuum and unless the audience eats, drinks, dances, and buys art of course, we all might get sucked into a black hole of banality forever. The opening of Ese/Dulce will feature the specially-crafted cocktails Dude and Sweet, with sounds provided by Josh Littman.

More About “Ese/Dulce” and Culture Reference


"Shimmy She Wobble" (Watercolor on Paper) by Jason Brown


September 8, 2011

Back In Session!

jbrown @ 2:33 pm

Alrighty Folks! Well this past Monday was Labor Day heralding the end of Summer Vacation (though tell that to my 96 degree office) and the beginning of Autumn. That’s right, school is back in session, as it were. Hope you all had a wonderful couple months of traveling,  barbequing and general summertime merriment. I myself had a wonderful time but am even more excited to get back down to business.  The break’s over and there’s tons of fun to come!

Stay tuned to or for new blog entries, brand new artwork and information on some exciting new projects and fun Fall events!  And, if you haven’t already done so, please take a look at the rest of the artwork and other goodies already on this site and over on our facebook page. We’re also on TWITTER! Follow along with @tintypehimtype for even more fun and information on special promotions, news event and other junk. It’s going to be a great fall. Glad to have you aboard!

May 25, 2011

Experiments In Cinema

jbrown @ 10:03 am

Greetings from the Outlands!

Last month, I had the pleasure of composing promotional artwork for  a wonderful avant garde and experimental film, video and new media festival called “Experiments In Cinema.”   The brainchild of New Mexico moving image artist and professor Bryan Konefsky, E.I.C. is a celebration of the freak flag flying fringe of the filmmaking community. Supported by the UNM Department of Cinematic Arts and the filmmaking collective Basement Films, E.I.C. has descended upon the city of Albuquerque, NM each spring for the last six years growing from a ramshackle local shindig into a truly international event.

Though I’d attended E.I.C. before, the 2011 iteration entitled, “Experiments In Cinema Version 6.3” was my first as a contributor, which proved to be a blast.  Each year the festival chooses a different, irreverent or tongue-in-cheek visual motif for its programs, posters and other printed paraphernalia.  This year was no different and when Bryan asked if I would collaborate with its resident graphic designer Benjamin Brown, all he said (and I’m paraphrasing here) was “I’m thinking something like a graphic novel, something black & white and something connecting the word “experiments” to the laboratory of a mad scientist. Good Luck!”

What we came up with was a set of very fun Comic Book Mad Scientist compositions inspired by 1920’s-30’s era German Expressionist flavored films as well as the great EC Comics titles of the 1950’s such as “Weird Science” and “Creepy.”  I created the images here in Los Angeles and, once approved,  sent them  off to New Mexico where I had been told they would be used in advertisements, banners and the festival program all of which was very flattering.

While I was not able to attend this year’s festival, Bryan promised he’d send at few copies of the program for me to keep.  But when I opened the eventual package he sent, I was greeted with some surprises.  Not only was my Mad Scientist character on the festival program and posters but they had also used his visage to grace a batch of E.I.C. T-Shirts, E.I.C. Buttons and even the Souvenir festival compilation DVD given to all participating filmmakers.  It was a real thrill!  The button especially has a cool punk aesthetic to it that I’m very tickled by.

I am already on board for next year’s festival, which I plan on attending and we’ve begun talking about the new visual motif (shhh… it’s a secret).  If you have an interest in experimental film and/or are looking for a good excuse to visit the American Southwest next April, I highly recommend checking out the E.I.C. website…


…and staying tuned for details and announcements for next year’s festival currently titled, “Experiments In Cinema Version 7.9.”  In the meantime, here’s a look at my work on this year’s festival swag! You can also check out more of my E.I.C. artwork here at the Galloping Tintypes PROMOTIONAL ART gallery.



May 24, 2011

The Fine-Aging Bob Dylan

jbrown @ 2:20 pm

Today is singer/songwriter/musician/poet/enigma Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday.  Dylan’s music has been a vivid and present inspiration to me since stumbling upon it back in elementary school.  I continue to marvel at and be struck by about his imagery, his turn of phrase, his cutting delivery and his ability to report on life from a truly unique angle.  That the man himself often seems as mysterious and confounding as his music does universal and immediate is also fascinating.

Over the years, Dylan’s musical and literary voice has evolved, changing and refocusing to accommodate his various interests, passions and even the tell-tale signs of mortality.  Everybody has their own favorite version of Bob Dylan — wise beyond his years protest singer, arrogant silver-tongued troubadour, beaten and battle-scarred romantic, spiritual humanist disguised as winking nihilist, gravel-throated wasteland vagabond  — the list goes on.  Not every version is to every taste and most fans would agree that not every branch of Dylan’s body of work has born sweet fruit.

However, that process of discovery and tireless pursuit of the Muse is what places Dylan in the ranks of true artists.  The view of life as a never-ending process of discovery and rediscovery is what I find so refreshing  and rewarding about Bob Dylan music.  It is like making wine, taking common ingredients and raw materials, combining them with knowledge, experience, passion and a dash of ego then consigning the whole affair to the judgment of time.  Some vintages will reach the peak of their flavor at a certain age then dissolve.  Others will prove consistently sour and regrettable.  The best of the bunch will continue to refine their flavor and surprise the palate as they age.  These are the rare vintages.

My suspicion is that we are nearing the end of our travels with Bob Dylan, the Man but are just setting out on a very long and different journey with Bob Dylan, the Music.  One of my very favorite Dylan songs (and my wife’s as well) is an outtake from the “Blood On The Tracks” sessions entitled, “Up To Me.”  The songs from “Blood on the Tracks” are often referred to as containing some of Dylan’s most personal lyrics with “Up To Me” rumored to be so personal that Dylan couldn’t bring himself to let it be released until years later.

Yet, the notion of its personal content as pertains to Dylan himself  is not what ultimately makes this longish, twisting tune soar.  What keeps me coming back is the universal sense of confession and meditation that that song conveys — love tinged with regret, loneliness trumped by selflessness — all presented in effortless poetry that exists a world apart from these sawdust prose I’m slaving over.  It is a work of art that always inspires me as does its author, one of my few true heroes.  Happy Birthday, Bob!