When I was fresh out of college, the very first professional work I did was for SILVER DOLLAR CITY, an amusement park located in the Missouri Ozarks. I did several park maps and miscellaneous activity and coloring books for them. I just received an email and a picture from some folks in Oregon that said…
Mr. Jones: Just a note to say how much I enjoyed your Silver Dollar City artwork back in the day. As a youth, I loved pouring over the Street Maps waiting till the next summer when my family would go down to the Ozarks. This season, my own children helped make a mural in our house in anticipation of our next trip. It might look familiar. Thanks for the memories!
These folks created a mural in their house from one of my old SILVER DOLLAR CITY maps. How awesome is that!!
In 2011, I got an INSTAGRAM account, but never really used it because it was a “phone-only” app and extremely difficult to post artwork with, but I just discovered a workaround and now I can post artwork directly to Instagram from my computer. Now I have access to all kinds of stuff, so I plan to fill my Instagram page with brand new OLD artwork every day… so if you are interested in seeing brand new old stuff from me, come on over and subscribe to my Instagram page.
What if I told you there was a bicycle race where your ability to eat donuts was just as important as your ability to ride a bike fast? This summer in Troy, Ohio the Tour De Donut will take place. It is a timed ride and FIVE MINUTES will be DEDUCTED from your elapsed time for EVERY DONUT YOU EAT! I’m headed to Krispy Kreme right now so I can start training for this ride immediately!
I’ve been riding my bike a lot this summer and using an app that I really like called STRAVA. It keeps track of your mileage, the routes you ride, satellite maps, your other biker friends, all kinds of stuff. STRAVA keeps everything recorded for you on your own little blog, and, oh yeh… IT’S FREE! Being the hard-core cyclist that I am, I’m always looking for a reason to stop peddling and get off that bike seat, so I tend to take a lot of pictures on my rides and post them on my STRAVA page…. so if you’re curious about what my part of the world looks like, here you go…
My wife had the Royal Wedding dialed up on TV Saturday morning, so I got to watch some of it. It seemed real nice.
The only REAL difference I could see in the Royal Wedding and a wedding that takes place in OUR family is that a wedding that takes place in OUR family usually involves some sort of card tournament and of course… winning the fabulous MILBURNSCHUTT CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY CUP!!
Today Rob from somewhere out in internet land told me he had just purchased the Cryptozoic Batmobile Collectable and asked if there was any place he could buy the artwork I did for it, so I loaded it up on my ImageKind Shop for him. Click HERE to go to my ImageKind Shop.
That reminded me that Valerie from some other place out in internet land had asked me back in January where she could buy the collectable. I wasn’t sure at that time, but they are now available on Amazon and probably at various higher end comic book shops nationwide. Click HERE to see it on Amazon.
And now story time (some of the facts in my story might be wrong because I’m telling it from memory) Way back in the olden days (1950’s-60’s?) a toy company in the U.S. was buying a batch of tin Batmobile toy cars from a Japanese manufacturer. The folks in Japan had no idea what a Batman was or what any of the Batman stuff looked like and in the process of creating the car they accidentally switched the trim color (red) with the car color (black). Imagine the U.S. toy companies surprise when they opened their crates of Batmobiles and they were all red! It was a mistake, but hey, they looked pretty cool, that’s what they had, so they sold them as best they could. Today those old red tin-toy Batmobile mistakes are highly sought after collectables. In tribute to that history, Cryptozoic produced a limited edition of Red Batmobiles. They also made a BLUE variant which is my personal favorite.