Working with the Portland Phoenix for a few weeks. This week’s issue had the annual ‘Midsummer Guide’ plus a ‘Fearless Summer’ feature on protests of oil tanker trains carrying fracked oil. We took inspiration from some summer movie posters, and ended up doing a takeoff on a poster for ‘Endless Summer II’

I made this fake police patch for last week’s Boston Phoenix cover. Read the story of the offensive Boston Patrolman’s Union newsletter, Pax here.

08/28/11 - Private book release party for Erin Morgenstern’s debut novel, “The Night Circus” at picture-perfect Verrill Farms in Concord MA. I was there with Boston Phoenix editor Carly Carioli and staff writer Eugenia Williamson, who was researching her article on Erin.  Photographer Kelly Davidson (see more of her work here!) shot some amazing portraits for us — see the cover, above, along with my snapshots of the scene & Kelly at work.  Grab the print edition now thru 9/21/11.

The Phoenix’s Monkey Issue came out last Thursday - grab a copy while you can, and check out our special web page here. While we were putting together the issue, I came across a bunch of King Kong posters, both old and new, designed for the movie release, and for purely artistic purposes. Submitted here for your enjoyment.

The Phoenix Monkey Issue cover

Thank you, Randy Savage.
mysterialist:

This is one of the greatest things in the history of things.
herblondness:

And lo, it came to pass that Macho Man Randy Savage did prevent the impending rapture.  Amen.
(I totally stole this from my cousin’s FB post.)

Thank you, Randy Savage.

mysterialist:

This is one of the greatest things in the history of things.

herblondness:

And lo, it came to pass that Macho Man Randy Savage did prevent the impending rapture. Amen.

(I totally stole this from my cousin’s FB post.)

Are you ready for the Rapture … issue? The Phoenix has some Rapt-astic articles in this week’s paper — our last issue ever!*

Cover was carefully adapted from the defunct Weekly World News’ December 28, 1999 (Y2K!) issue.

Ride the Rapture Bus

Post-Rapture Bliss

Rapture FAQ

Oprah - All Good Things Must Come to an End (Fiction)

Comic: Meet the Rapture Pets!

Larry Flynt on the End of Days

*May not actually be last issue ever.

Arriving at UNregular Radio's Downtown Crossing HQ last week for a photoshoot, I was greeted by the sweet smell of marijuana smoke in the entry hall. I knew I was in the right place.

Together with unflappable photographer Joel Veak, we wrangled the nine major players of the Boston Internet radio station into 2 coherent poses. However, they did not have to be coerced into smoking, goofing around, and hamming it up for the camera with props from around their office/loft. At the end of the first shot (which made the cover). I hopped up on the table to join the fun for a few shots.

Read Chris Faraone’s excellent article here.

Last week when news broke that Osama bin Laden had been killed, we decided to scrap the cover we’d been working on to do an Obama cover. The right image/text combo eluded us until early Tuesday evening (our press deadline is Wednesday morning). Taking a working headline from our editor, I searched though a bunch of WWII propaganda posters until I found one that seemed a perfect fit, and modeled the Phoenix cover after it.

We published the ‘American Badass' version. But as a nod to an Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All article we had in the issue, we mad an alternate version : “USAWGKTA.” Both are available for download at thePhoenix.com.

A strange assortment of WWII propaganda posters found while searching for inspiration for this week’s Boston Phoenix cover. Enjoy!

Interesting reaction to minimalist movie poster trend — designer/illustrator Emma Butler breaks down movies into their most memorable props.

Visit her Behance portfolio site here. And she’s selling the posters here.

Sugar Bush Squirrel - So this woman dresses up her pet squirrel. Ok. But she also re-creates news events by dressing up her pet squirrel — in installments called the Squirrel News Network (SNN).

This nutty (sorry) page was shared by co-worker Sooz.

From the site’s intro: 

Sugar Bush Squirrel  is a real, live Eastern Gray Squirrel who is owned and photographed by  Ms. Kelly Foxton. Rescued, as a baby in her nest, from a tree which was being cut down, she is now living the ‘good life’ with Kelly in Boca Raton, Florida. A small, lime-green parrot, named Rio, is her big sister and constant companion.

Being an International Superstar and The World’s Most Photographed Squirrel, Sugar Bush loves to dress up, and has over 3,000 outfits with matching hats and accessories. Sugar Bush Squirrel has her own, posh studio with an elaborate stage and thousands of stage props, and has posed for over 5,000 photos since her modeling career began.

As News Anchor of SNN-The Squirrel News Network, she has turned the catch phrase, ‘you’ve been squirreled’ into an overnight success. It is fast becoming her very own, international, household expression.

Keep watching and you will find her on everything from glossy photos, greeting cards, calendars, children’s books, paper dolls, a stuffed animal with an elaborate wardrobe, coffee table books, coloring books, MySpace, thousands of blogs, advertisements, billboards, buses, magazines, newspapers, webnews & TV shows to military photos for our troops!

Funniest stock image I found today. Search was “reporter” on Thinkstock.

Funniest stock image I found today. Search was “reporter” on Thinkstock.

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Wowee! Cool show w/ art based on Quentin Tarantino & Coen Brothers films. From the blog:

Quentin vs. Coen is now almost exactly one week away! On Monday, the Spoke Art crew will be heading out to NYC to begin setting up the show at Bold Hype Gallery in Chelsea. The opening night party is on Thursday April 7th, and the show will be on view during regular business hours on Friday, April 8th and Saturday April 9th.

More good stuff here at Spoke Art’s Tumblr.

Took some inspiration from a 1960 Edward Gorey-illustrated copy of H.G. Wells’s ‘War of the Worlds’ and whipped up this poster and 2-sided postcard promoting a Boston Phoenix-sponsored free show in Austin TX next week.

Here’s the RSVP for the event.

Gallery of ‘War of the Worlds’ book covers here!

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