Tuesday, April 30, 2013
In half-Banksey fashion, I won't divulge the name of my partner in proto-tagging (in the event she runs for public office some day) but this is what's weird -- after we did the embellishment I returned a few days later to snap a picture -- and it was gone. Bummer. Jump ahead five or six years, I was recounting the whole tale to a former frat brother and he said, "I worked at the drugstore right around the corner of that! It was so funny, I took a picture of it!" Hence, the photo above.
Note: For drama's sake, I re-embellished the picture to restore the teeth and the shark's pink maw.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
I didn't make this up -- these guys are in the opening sequence of the X FILES feature film that came out in the late nineties. All I did was name them -- and offered the tagline: "Join these intrepid prehistoric alien hunters as they track down amazing new life forms... and kill 'em."
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Whoa, you say -- I just read a MAD movie spoof and it was a lame-o pale comparison to the movie it was mocking, but that's because things have changed. Hugely. Back in the seventies and eighties, MAD movie satires not only presented plot-point by plot-point recountings of the film's story but the panels so perfectly reflected the screen images -- from the actors to the locations to the angles -- that it was like seeing the world's best story board panels. Satires were eight pages not four, and there was one in every issue -- not every third issue. What's more, back in those days, the magazine satirized films that appealed to an adult audience (see above list.) -- then again, that was the film-going crowd... there was no teen market to speak of.
Oh, and the above panel is classic Mort Drucker, taken from the 2001: A Space Odyssey satire, or as the magazine affectionately called it: 201: (Minutes) of Space Idiocy. My good friend Craig McNamara forwarded an article from FILM COMMENT on this very subject: