When you're a freelancer, jobs are usually finished with zero fanfare, often in the middle of the night. Sometimes I'll celebrate with a trip to the 24 hour grocer for a pack of Cookie Dough Bites and an all-I-can-read visit to the magazine section. That's why I turn to you, dear internet user, to share my latest creations.
Earlier this year Wired presented a history of Mystery Science Theater 3000. It's a history that I was a part of early on, as a fan who didn't have access to Comedy Central, but did live in a dorm where VHS tapes of the show could be tracked down with a bit of sleuthing and bartering. The show rose to power at the perfect time for me because college was the most emotionally perilous era of my life, full of failed relationships, sticky family situations, and the loss of my dad, but turning on MST3K always felt like spending the evening with friends when the real ones weren't available.
Recently I've been able to claim a miniscule spot in the show's official legacy by creating some designs under the art direction of Joel himself. As the article reported, efforts have long been underway to reboot the show which will most likely happen with a crowd sourcing campaign. These thrive on donor rewards, and that's where my designs come in. Here's the one that's been officially revealed...
It's for a "breakfast cereal kit" and the toy will be included. There are other even wonderful-er rewards that are still under wraps, but the whole campaign is laden with complexity so it's still a crossed-fingers situation. Thankfully, we'll always have those VHS tapes.
Wait, please don't click away yet, I'm not done. As some folks know, I've somehow formed a cottage industry out of drawing fake family portraits of fictional families that sometimes include images of real people at a younger age. Oh, you know, wacky sort of stuff...goofin' with art...crazy times and what have you. Anyway, I recently did one for comedian John Mulaney that he birthday-gifted to his fiance (now wife) Annamarie, and now her "whole life is complete!"
This will be even more notable in a couple of months once his new show on Fox becomes the sitcom of the millennium. Each time you watch it please think of me, and speak a little message to me out loud. Same goes for Mystery Science Theater 3000.