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Friday, February 15, 2008

With Apologies To Cesar Romero

I've been pretty busy lately, but I've been slowly chipping away at a couple different illustrations, which should be showing up here soon. In the meantime though, my friend Ollie once again asked me to draw something for her band, The Oohlas (I did this image for them last year), for a poster/flier for their upcoming LA show with Stellastarr*. And since Ollie encourages me to be as weird as I want, I just couldn't turn her down.

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The genesis of this image was a series of text messages which went something like this:

Me: Any particular theme I should run with?
Ollie: Idunno dude, just go crazy, but maybe something Ronettesish.
Me: Ronettesish? Is that defined as "related to or involving the 1960's trio The Ronettes?"
Ollie: Yes. I'm really into them lately.
Me: Okay. So, hypothetically, if aliens with paper Ronettes masks were feeding a sea monkey, which celebrity or historical figure's head would the sea monkey have?
Ollie: Jack Nicholson or Heath Ledger.
Me: How about a two-headed sea monkey, with both heads? The two jokers. Sea monkeys have built-in joker hats, it was almost meant to be.
Ollie: Perfect! This is going to be amazing.
Me: I feel kind of guilty for excluding Cesar Romero, but at least now I can call the image "With Apologies To Cesar Romero." It has a great ring to it.
Ollie: You're insane.

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Blogger Selestrielle said...

I agree. You ARE insane! but I like the poster XD

February 15, 2008 2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is amazing to me that someone says "ronettesish" and this is the first thing that comes to your mind! weird and cool :)

February 15, 2008 3:12 PM  
Blogger n~Marie~bc said...

thats crazy, I like it. gotta go peace.

February 15, 2008 5:05 PM  
Blogger Arjan said...

that is one hell of a brainstorm session haha.

February 16, 2008 2:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAHA, I love the sea monkey!You sure do have a lot of ideas.

The last show I went to was at the Troubadour! that show was AMAZING!

February 16, 2008 9:28 AM  
Blogger E. Kubinek said...

Thats a great strange poster!
Not as strange as, oh,... a musical of Fight Club?

That poster kicks ass, seriously.

February 16, 2008 4:31 PM  
Blogger janthonyjackson said...

the good kind of insane

February 17, 2008 3:20 AM  
Blogger Shanny said...

damn.. you have the best job on the planet!
that drawing is crazy:)

February 17, 2008 8:45 AM  
Anonymous lovin said...

Cool poster. I'm looking forward to your upcoming sketches!


February 18, 2008 5:31 AM  
Blogger Olivia said...

Insane? Nah! You are just an arteest! And I think your "insanity" has made me infatuated with your art

February 18, 2008 10:01 AM  
Blogger ollie tamale said...

no really he's insane. thank goodness.

February 18, 2008 12:04 PM  
Blogger feri said...

i'm sorry, i had to wiki Cesar Romero, cos i'm from a far country to the Empire, but now still laughing. i remember this series from my neverwas childhood, bang, pow, crash, you rule Cezar! and thanks Rob. nice work.

February 19, 2008 2:18 PM  
Blogger Nicholas said...

sea i forgot how much i loved sea monkeys. i used to stare at them for hours, actually thinking that magnified super big they'd really look like they did on the box. never got it to work, but i always thought it might if i got a good enough magnifying glass :P

if i have kids they're definitely getting sea monkeys.

February 19, 2008 10:42 PM  
Blogger mercedeskap said...

i'm going to the show, kick-ass....oh and I like the poster, can I get a copy? ha

February 20, 2008 12:50 AM  
Anonymous flo said...

i think this poster is great! honestly when you see it you wanna know what will happen on stage!

March 4, 2008 3:19 AM  
Blogger Wilbur said...

You've been quite! Anything to do with Ghosts I-IV? Hehe

March 5, 2008 5:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just stumbled on this.

I actually met the Ronettes as a teenager when they toured England with the Rolling Stones.

They met us in the lobby of the Strand Palace Hotel and were very nice to us, especially Nedra.

(his picture looks like a triplicate of Ronnie Bennett.)

June 1, 2008 10:10 AM  

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