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Posted By Chet on February 7, 2014
If you’re in the Austin area on Saturday, come on over to the Austin Flea event and take care of all your Valentine’s Day shopping. 40+ ultra-talented artists will be presenting their handmade creations, including ChetArt. Located at Opal Divine’s Penn Field from 11AM-5PM. Skip the stale gas station box of chocolates for something truly unique and fun. (We all know you’re better than that.)
Top 5 Reasons to Attend Saturday’s Austin Flea:
1. 40+ artists offering amazing handmade creations.
2. Complete your Valentine’s Day shopping early, allowing you to concentrate fully on your plans for world domination and/or cleaning out the garage.
3. Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, New Year’s Eve and the Super Bowl are over. The Austin Flea fills the void with fun until your celebration plans ramp up for Canadian Heritage Day.
4. The sad gas station box of chocolates just won’t do it for you.
5. 4 out of 5 doctors say it’s good for your heart to attend. (the fifth is sullen, heartless bastard that takes joy in nothing.)
Posted By Chet on February 4, 2014
I had the pleasure of supplying 16 portraits of famous literary figures in the guise of dogs for “Classic Poetry for Dogs: Why Do I Chase Thee.” The talented Jessica Swaim expertly expands on my series concept Literary Pets series trading cards with her own hilarious character bios. In addition, the book is filled with her outrageously clever poems with a decidedly canine twist. She has a wonderful talent for crafting puns. Published and beautifully packaged by Gibbs Smith, it’s 88 pages of fur-faced fun for dog and poetry lovers alike.
Get your copy now via Gibbs Smith
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(Click examples below to enlarge)
Posted By Chet on January 31, 2014
Happy Birthday to Zane Greyhound, born on this day 1872. He was a popular American writer known for his adventure novels of the old west. Greyhound presented his idealized vision with such classics as “Riders of the Puppy Sage,” “To the Last Dog,” Tails of Lonely Trails” and “Code of the West Highland Terrier.” (from Literary Pets 2)
Posted By Chet on January 27, 2014
Posted By Chet on January 23, 2014
Ltd. Gallery in Seattle will be opening its CATZ! show with a reception Feb. 1st. 6PM-10PM. I’m proud to be a part of the event with 2 pieces. The Star Wars mashup “Grumpy the Hutt” (pictured above) and my feline version of tom cat Daryl Dixon pays tribute to The “Walking Dead” and is titled “The Wagging Dead.” (below) Both will be available at the opening and later in the Ltd. Gallery online store.
From the Ltd. Gallery CATZ! event page:
Cats; they don’t JUST run the internet. Come celebrate your love of kitties IRL at this new art show! Featuring your favorite feline friends mashed up with your favorite Pop Culture characters/moments/worlds.
Featuring the Art of:
Arlene Asuncion, Cory Benhatzel, Barry Blankenship, Daisy Church, Christopher Clark, Shawn Cross, Alex J. Cox, Devon Devereaux, Braden Duncan, Phillip Ellering, Frank Forte, Christopher Gutiérrez, Aubrey Harding, Blain Helner, Leen Isabel, Suzanne Kaufman, June Leeloo, Brian Miller, Aaron Nester, Chet Phillips, Clay Sisk, Nan Lawson, Gabi de la Merced, Timo Meyer, MIKEATRON!, Catherine Moore, Melissa Monosmith, Mike Oncley, Jenny Parks, PHESHA, Meghan Stratman, Jackie Williams
Posted By Chet on January 20, 2014
Marking its 30 year anniversary, “Ghostbusters” busted on to the pop-culture landscape with insanely humorous vengeance. With Ivan Reitman’s skilled direction and the comic genius of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis leading the pack of a stellar cast of actors, it was an instant classic. It was a true movie-watching pleasure, experiencing all the twists, turns and punchlines in the theater in 1984. Above is my tribute to the film, including some of the iconic imagery and quotes.
Mel Brooks is responsible for creating some of the greatest comedic tag lines and phrases in film history. One of his best achievements, in my humble opinion, is the visual recreation of James Whale’s “Frankenstein,” titled “Young Frankenstein.” The beautiful black and white feature paid loving tribute to the original with nuance and care, (not to mention inclusion of the original “Frankenstein” lab equipment) all the while delivering non-stop slapstick, puns and sight gags in true Mel Brooks form. Premiering 40 years ago, it has stood the test of time with its immense silliness.
Anyone who has ever worked for a corporation or big company can relate to the cult classic “Office Space.” Director Mike Judge, also known for “Beavis and Butthead” and “King of the Hill,” transformed his “Milton” character to the big screen in a live action comedy. Even though the movie is centered on the plight of Peter Gibbons and his Kafkaesque struggles against TPS reports and his boss, Bill Lumbergh, I chose the soft spoken sociopath Milton as the centerpiece for my tribute of this unique and clever comedy.