Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Chameleon Schedules 1995-96

Wrapping up this series with the (just shy of) two years that I did the schedules for Lancaster's Chameleon Club. My life went through a lot of changes in these two years, culminating in a move to New York City (via Hoboken, NJ, just across the river) in the spring of 1996. I kept doing the schedules (and MAILING them to Rich Ruoff!) for a handful of months, but after I got a job at Warner Bros. Records in July, I realized it was time to sever this tether to my hometown. As a tip of the hat to my early years working for Chameleon, I hand illustrated the artwork for one of the final schedules.





















Thursday, June 27, 2019

Kalligrafonts stickers!

Hey! Are you on Instagram? What's that? You ARE? Well, then you should be following both of my accounts, Pops Gustav (there are a lot of posts of my stuff) and Kalligrafonts (not my first choice of name, but I had to take what was available and worked), highlighting my hand-lettering work. AND SPEAKING OF, here's a spankin' new set of Kalligrafonts stickers (featuring quotations from movies and TV shows I happen to love), which can be YOURS for the low, low price of five for $5 (mix and match), postage included! Paypal to karl@popsgustav.com, Venmo, checks, money order, cash, barter, whatever.


Monday, June 24, 2019

Chameleon Schedules 1994

1994 at Lancaster's Chameleon Club saw live music, festivals, DJ nights, the explosion of LIVE, and in July, a new, updated version of the logo (by me) that, I'm happy to say, is still being used to this day (even if nobody at the club in 2019 has any idea who the hell I am!... I wonder if I'm still on the "permanent guest list" taped inside the box office)...

The February schedule was a reaction to a few complaints that Chameleon owner Rich Ruoff had gotten about the frequent usage of pin-up style imagery in these things. My admittedly retro sensibility struck some as sexist, which was never the context as far as Rich and I were concerned.











Saturday, June 22, 2019

Illustrating Batman at the Society of Illustrators

New York City's Society of Illustrators is currently hosting ILLUSTRATING BATMAN: Eighty Years of Comics and Pop Culture, a show loaded with iconic original art from the entire history of Batman's publication. I went to the opening with a couple of kindred pals, annoyed Chip Kidd (eep), met the legendary Joe Giella, and basically just geeked out for an hour and a half. If you love comics and / or Batman, and you're in New York any time between now and October 12, 2019, you owe it to yourself to go see this show. Here are just a FEW highlights, there is so much more (including works by Alex Ross, Frank Miller, and Jim Lee, among many more). I'm kind of kicking myself for not taking MORE photos, but it was so overwhelming I thought I captured enough. I didn't. I'll be going back.


Peter Poplaski's cover to BATMAN: THE SUNDAY CLASSICS

Joe Giella pencils for the 1960s Batman newspaper strip

Lew Sayre Schwarts' splash page from DETECTIVE COMICS #168, the semi-origin of The Joker


I found a mistake! This Neal Adams piece is dated 1970, but it's definitely a recreation of the Batman piece he did for the 1976 Super DC Calendar. I pointed this out to the curators. They seemed nonplussed.

Nick Cardy's cover to DETECTIVE COMICS #436 was one of the highlights of the show for me. 


Michael Kaluta's cover to DETECTIVE COMICS #434

Jim Aparo's cover to DETECTIVE COMICS #469

Marshall Rorgers & Dick Giordano's cover to DETECTIVE COMICS #479. I'm geeked. Obviously.

Legendary jam cover for DETECTIVE COMICS #500

Brian Bolland art from THE KILLING JOKE

Alan Davis' cover for DETECTIVE COMICS #575, part one of the "Batman: Year Two" storyline.

Ross Andru's cover to DC SPECIAL BLUE RIBBON DIGEST #11

Bane breaks the Bat! Jim Aparo art from BATMAN #497

Paul Pope art from BATMAN YEAR 100

Frank Quitely's pencils for the cover of BATMAN & ROBIN #1

Neal Adams' cover for THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #75

Dave Taylor art from BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN

Neal Adams page from BATMAN #251, the single greatest Batman comic of all time. 

David Mazzucchelli page from WHO'S WHO UPDATE '87 #2 (the main image of Jim Gordon was in another frame)

Batman by David Mazzucchelli, illustrator of BATMAN: YEAR ONE

One of Chip Kidd's powers is getting people to draw Batman

Chris Ware's Batman paper figure from Chip Kidd's BATMAN: COLLECTED

Bruce Timm cover art from Chip Kidd's BATMAN: ANIMATED

Dan Clowes' rejected cover for BIZARRO COMICS volume one

Charles Burns' rejected cover for BATMAN #600

Cover to a 1960s Whitman coloring book (one of my first Batman items as a kid)

artwork for Batman Sticker Fun, 1960s. 

Neal Adams' cover for BATMAN #236

BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE sketch cover by Jaime Hernandez

BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE sketch cover by Roz Chast

BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE sketch cover by Mike Mignola

BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE sketch cover by Tony Millionaire

Marshall Rogers page from BATMAN SPECTACULAR 1978

Frank Quitely art from BATMAN & ROBIN #?


A legend and a true gentleman.