May 6, 2011

Free Comic Book Day 2011!

jbrown @ 4:12 pm


Hey there everybody! Been awhile since I’ve posted but, fear not, there’s plenty of mischief brewing over here at Galloping Tintypes. Watch for some exciting new artwork coming to the site very soon as well as a few upcoming announcements…

Until then, let’s get GRAPHIC (art). This Saturday May 7th is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY and Galloping Tintypes will be taking in the fun and festivities at a pair of Los Angeles Comic Book Shops. You should join in too! For those of you not already in the know, here’s a little bit about Free Comic Book Day…

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY VIDEO

It’s a pretty great atmosphere and I’ll be shuffling around and passing out some new promotional artwork as well as some cool custom coloring pages for the kiddies to enjoy (let’s not forget that child literacy was part of the initial inspiration for this event)! Here’s my rough schedule for the day…

SATURDAY, MAY 7th 2011

11:30am – 01:00pm (roughly)
EARTH 2 Comic Book Shop
15017 Venture Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Note: Writer, Geoff Johns (Green Lantern, The Flash) will be doing a signing starting at 12 noon.

01:30pm – 03:30pm (roughly)
GOLDEN APPLE Comic Book Shop
7018 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Note: Actor, Walter Koenig (Star Trek) and writer, Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) are scheduled to appear at 12 noon and 2pm respectively.

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

March 4, 2011

Follow Galloping Tintypes On Twitter!

jbrown @ 1:49 pm


Hey, all you tweeters —

Just a reminder that Galloping Tintypes is large and in charge over on Twitter!

Click on the button to follow along!

 

The Galloping Tintypes “Image-A-Day” Artwork Tour: DAY #11

jbrown @ 11:33 am


For DAY #11 of the “Image-A-Day” artwork tour, I’d like to give a shout out to an old friend and long-time client — Papa Turts Hot Sauce.  Papa Turts is a wonderful, homegrown business specializing in delicious, hand-crafted hot sauces that value flavor over heat but pack a fiery wallop none-the-less.  Papa Turts is located in Michigan and is available for sale in select Michigan stores and restaurants but, no fear,  you can order bottles direct through their website: www.papaturts.com (I highly recommend it). You can also visit them over on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/hMpCZw.

I’ve had the pleasure of designing the company’s logos and labels since the beginning. Many samples of that artwork can be found here on the Galloping Tintypes website. One of my favorite things Papa Turts does is to offer custom designed hot sauce labels for customer events. Wedding favors, birthdays, retirement parties, retreats — customers can have a one-of-a-kind label and special sauce name added to each bottle they order. It’s a fun way to commemorate an event and I enjoy working up special artwork for many of them.

Today’s featured image is for a brand-new label I’ve created for a special event sauce entitled Toasted Roach packaged to celebrate an event called Sausage held this spring near Joshua Tree National Park.  As always, the Sausage events inspire some pretty wild label ideas and sauce names (the last two years included Irie’s Thunder and Caveman Strength sauces) and this year is no different.

Beware the man with the tan!

TOASTED ROACH (2011) - artwork by Jason Brown

 

 

March 3, 2011

Galloping Tintypes is now on Thumbtack!

jbrown @ 11:36 pm


Exciting news! Galloping Tintypes is now listed on and available for hire via the fantastic local professional services directory — Thumbtack! (www.thumbtack.com)

They’re a great resource for finding and securing a wide range of art, craft, design and other services. Please hop on over and check them out! You can find me there at http://thumb.tk/2B4v

Huzzah!








March 2, 2011

The Galloping Tintypes “Image-A-Day” Artwork Tour: DAY #10

jbrown @ 1:51 pm


We’re back!

Had to take a few days off from this series — out-of-town guests, deadlines, Oscars, Charlie Sheen…

Speaking of men who have unhealthy obsessions with winning and bi-winning (what?), today’s featured artwork is a shout-out to an internet webisode series project I recently completed some Logo and Character Illustration work for. The show is a horror-hockey-action-comedy called The Sin Bin and it concerns a hockey fan who’s desire for his team’s victory is so intense that he… well, you’ll see.  The Sin Bin’s first episode premiered today via You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3JSqKSYLgY

The cast and crew working on this independent project are a bunch of very creative, very hard working folks.  Check them out. You can also watch and get more info on the show at their official website:  http://www.thefacepuck.com/

In the meantime, here is their main show logo done up by yours truly.  Enjoy…

THE SIN BIN (2011) - artwork by Jason Brown

 

February 24, 2011

The Galloping Tintypes “Image-A-Day” Artwork Tour: DAY #9

jbrown @ 8:09 pm


As I move through this tour of the website’s artwork, my goal is to share a mix of the different types of work offered while also giving context for each individual piece and a window into my process.  It’s also a fun showcase for giving added promotion to some of my client’s as well as a bit of shameless self-promotion.  Today’s featured work falls squarely into the latter category…

DAY #9 spotlights a series of storyboard panels illustrating an action sequence from an original screenplay I wrote for a film entitled, Demonosaur.  Please note that the term “film” is being used loosely here.  Demonosaur is actually a “movie” in the purest, cheesiest, most self-indulgent sense of the word.  It is a horror-comedy tribute to Roger Corman style B-grade expoitation movies, SyFy channel monster fests as well as a liberal helping of teen-sex comedies and car-chase flicks — your basic preserved prehistoric dinosaur corpse fused with an imprisoned demon spirit essence, reanimated with sacrificial virgin blood to create a mystical demon-dinosaur hybrid monster on a rampage during a teen camping excursion coming of age action thriller.

Writing the screenplay for Demonosaur was an exercise in pure self-indulgence and some of the most fun I’ve had in recent years.  Also fun to work on were these storyboards I composed to illustrate key scenes in the script for presentation to interested parties.  In fact, doing the art for these was so much fun and so well received that Demonosaur may find its way into comic book form as well.  More on that at a later date.  In the meantime, enjoy this sequence as our heroine, Jamie hauls ass to rescue boyfriend Diego from Demonosaur’s fierce, winged pursuit.

 

DEMONOSAUR STORYBOARDS (2010) – artwork by Jason Brown

 

February 22, 2011

The Galloping Tintypes “Image-A-Day” Artwork Tour: DAY #8

jbrown @ 2:15 pm


I was all set to feature  a different artwork selection for Day #8 of our “Image-A-Day” Artwork Tour but, after writing the accompanying blog post, I happened to read breaking news on-line that influential comic book author and animation screenwriter-producer (and fellow former Detroiter), Dwayne McDuffie has died.  At the moment, there is no word on what exactly happened.  All I know is that it is sudden and sad.

Dwayne was born and raised in Detroit.  He attended Roeper School in suburban Detroit then earned a Bachelor’s in English and Master’s in Physics at University of Michigan before moving on the study filmmaking at Tisch in New York.  He wrote for both Marvel and DC comics and co-founded the black-owned independent comic company, Milestone Media.  He also served as a guiding voice in DC Animation at Warner Bros., writing and producing on several projects including Justice League Unlimited.

Dwayne’s death comes at a time when he was very much in his prime and doing great work.  Most recently, He wrote the screenplay for the animated feature film adaptation of Grant Morrison’s award-winning All-Star Superman which debuted on DVD today… yes, today… and has been receiving great reviews.   He was set to appear at Golden Apple Comics here in L.A. this week as well.  He will be missed.

I’m dedicating today’s artwork selection to Mr. McDuffie.  Even without the signature “S” shield emblazoned across his chest, the super-subject of today’s illustration would have been immediately recognizable to Dwayne who left his own permanent stamp on the icon’s legacy.

Soar…

SUPER SANS SHIELD (2010) - artwork by Jason Brown






























February 19, 2011

The Galloping Tintypes “Image-A-Day” Artwork Tour: DAY #7

jbrown @ 2:45 pm


I’ve been a little swamped and missed posting yesterday and the day before. Therefore, I’m going to play a little bit of “catch-up” today here on the “Image-A-Day” Artwork Tour by featuring three images in one post.

Today’s artwork comes from a set of Concept Illustrations done for a proposed web-series/advertainment venture entitled, Time Warped Heroes.  The premise for the show was essentially a Sci-Fi/Sit-Com hybrid about a trio of warriors from three disparate time periods — a feudal-era, female NINJA named Shyndah, a wild west GUNSLINGER named, Caleb and a futuristic CYBORG called T.O.R.P. — who find themselves transported to present-day Los Angeles where they eventually wind up sharing an apartment, having “fish-out-of-water”misadventures and personality clashes while munching on Subway subs (the chief sponsor).  Yes, I’m serious.

While the series didn’t end up being produced for Subway, hopefully it will still see the light of day.  The pilot script for episodes 1-3 were very fun and I had a great time working with both the writer/director and the producer on the look of the three main characters who are featured in the following three images.  Take a gander!

GT_TWH_SHYNDAH

TWH: SHYNDAH (2010) - artwork by Jason Brown

GT_TWH_CALEB

TWH: CALEB (2010) - artwork by Jason Brown

GT_TWH_TORP

TWH: T.O.R.P. (2010) - artwork by Jason Brown






















































































February 16, 2011

The Galloping Tintypes “Image-A-Day” Artwork Tour: DAY #6

jbrown @ 10:57 pm


DAY #6 of our “Image-A-Day” Artwork Tour looks both to the past and the future.  This is a piece of Conceptual Art for a proposed independent comic series.  It features a dapper, decidedly old-fashioned looking gentleman leaning against  a decidedly new-fashioned set of (not) wheels.  Here’s little bit about the inspiration…

Recently, I’ve been reading some old pulp science fiction short stories published in the late 1930’s — early 1950’s. These stories are more squarely set in the space fantasy/adventure genre and not super heavy on the “science” side of things, To be fair, at this point in history, the notion of intelligent life on Mars and Venus wasn’t completely off the menu. But that is beside the point.

The real attraction to many of these stories lies in the salty cross-pollination of genres explored by their tough-typing authors. Many of the writers of this material also contributed to the lurid crime pulps and blazing western tales publications of the era and there is something quintessentially American about the tale’s heroes and situations which clash wonderfully with their exotic locales and outlandish alien creatures.

My favorite of these writers is Leigh Brackett. She was a wonder of the this era’s pop storytelling and her work has the hard-boiled tough guy turn of phrase most often associated not just with the dime-store novel but also masters of the “noir” genre such as Raymond Chandler. In fact, when Brackett made the move into screenwriting, one of her first jobs was writing the film adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s “The Big Sleep.”

Now, imagine that pacing and fiery dialogue transposed to outer space. Imagine Bogart griping about the heat and paucity of good booze on Mercury while tangling with Bacall done up as a green-skinned femme fatale with telepathic powers — fun stuff!  Incidentally, Leigh Brackett’s final screenwriting credit was for an early draft of “The Empire Strikes Back” much whose charm (especially Han Solo & Princess Leia’s feisty courtship) harks back to those weathered, 10 cent fabulations I’ve been paging through.

Hope you enjoy the “stellar” work.

RETRO FUTURISTIC (2011) - artwork by Jason Brown


February 15, 2011

The Galloping Tintypes “Image-A-Day” Artwork Tour: DAY #5

jbrown @ 9:38 pm


After posting yesterday’s “Image-A-Day” selection, a portrait of Hollywood legend Humphrey Bogart, I settled down in front of the TV to grab some hang-time with Mrs. Tintypes only to discover that Turner Classic Movies was also featuring Bogart for the Valentine’s Day installment of its 31 Days of Oscar Marathon.  Great minds think alike!  If only I could get TCM host, Robert Osborne to audio blog for me…

Anyway, we were lucky enough to catch the second half of “Casablanca” and the first half of “The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre” — two of my favorite Bogie films — and they’ve left me in a B&W, far flung adventure mood.  Therefore, today’s “Image-A-Day” selection comes from a series of concept illustrations I did for a graphic novel history on the life and campaigns of the ancient African General, Hannibal.

This composition features Hannibal himself leading an attack from atop one of his famed War Elephants.  I had a blast working on this.  Hope you enjoy it too!

PACHYDERM UND STRANG (2010) - artwork by Jason Brown