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.
This was a fun project I worked on a few months ago. The good folks at Cryptozoic saw a picture I did of my very first car (a 1970 Opel Kadette) and asked me to do the same sort of thing with the old 1966 Batmobile from the Batman TV Series. I worked up a sketch with some quick color on it, DC Comics approved the concept, I did pencil views from different angles and a sculptor digitally created my idea and really took it to a whole different level… look at those flames and smoke… WOW! A prototype was built and shown at the latest New York Toy Fair and WonderCon and this should hit the market and be available later on this year.
It seems people really enjoyed seeing my rather… uhm… humble… beginnings as an artist… so I will go ahead and show you the other sketch I did last weekend.