Thursday, January 26, 2006

Kevin's Favorite Channel Behind the WB says:

E! Online has a write-up about Bone Sharps on its "Guilty Pleasures" section for 1/26/06. My guilty pleasure was scrolling down and reading about Smallville's 100th episode, but you should focus on Bone Sharps.

Bone Thugs
One of the most fascinating historical works we've read in a while, the graphic novel Bone Sharps, Cowboys and Thunder Lizards: A Tale of Edward Drinker Cope, Othniel Charles Marsh and the Gilded Age of Paleontology by Jim Ottaviani & Big Time Attic (G.T. Labs), tells the story of some Wild West prospectors looking for...dinosaur fossils. Though largely forgotten these days, the results of this old rush would help to fuel the study of paleontology, as well as the public's interest in those cool-looking dinosaurs. As with earlier books about scientists such as J. Robert Oppenheimer and Niels Bohr, Ottaviani unearths unexpected excitement, interesting facts and occasional treachery of the world of science and uses it to create readable, compelling and, sure, informative tales.

Bookslut, Bonesharps....Bonesharps, Bookslut

As reported in the Beat, Bookslut has reviewed our graphic novel Bonesharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards.

Of course it helps a lot when the books are illustrated as beautifully as Bone Sharps. The drawing was done by a group of artists known as “Big Time Attic.” Ottaviani presented the idea to the group in 2004 and subsequently they agreed to collaborate with him and draw the 160-page novel -- starting immediately. What they brought to the project was an impressive commitment to period design -- the books looks and reads like a 19th century novel -- and an important commitment to historical accuracy. There were many ways the crew at Big Time Attic could have made this book a cartoon, but there is no moment that the faces of Cope, Marsh and the others do not reflect the emotions that Ottaviani has written. As the author explains, “In Hollywood, they say you have to make sure everybody’s making the same movie; if you’re not you get something that everybody disavows… well, we were all making the same book, from the very first day to the all-nighter when we finished the cover design and layout.” That unified effort is clear in how seamlessly the story unfolds, and part of what makes Bone Sharps a pure pleasure for the reader.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Graphic Noise Article

There is an article in the Star Tribune about the poster show that features our name in an alphabetical list at the bottom. Sweet!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

More Rock Posters..

We haven't been making any posters recently, they're kind of hard to fit in. Hand printing takes up a full day and isn't something 2/3rds of BTA likes to do that much. I've recently dusted off the printing studio and plan on doing some side art print projects to get my printing fix. Meanwhile, BTA has posters in the Post No Bills show, and will be in the upcoming "Fistfull of Rock and Roll" book published by Dark Horse.

Check out our "making of" of one of the posters featured in Post No Bills.
England Swings IV

Graphic Noise Show Opening Tomorrow!!

We're really proud to be a part of the Post No Bills gallery show that opens on Friday the 20th. JOIN US! Details below:

Graphic Noise, a huge exhibition of contemporary concert posters curated by the Museum of Design Atlanta (Smithsonian), makes a stop in Minnesota. In conjunction with this incredible poster show, the MCAD gallery will also present Post No Bills: Gig Posters of the Twin Cities featuring:

Aesthetic Apparatus, Amy Jo, Burlesque Design, Big Time Attic, DWITT, King Mini, Nate Nolting, Squad 19, Steve Tenebrini, Adam Turman, and Lonny Unitus.

Graphic Noise: Rock Posters at 1,000 dBs
Featuring Post No Bills: Gig Posters of the Twin Cities
Jan. 13 - Feb. 19, 2006
MCAD Gallery

Reception: Friday, Jan. 20
6 p.m.: DJ Lori Barbero
8 p.m.: The Deaths
9 p.m.: STNNNG
10 p.m.: DJ Nikoless in the Caterpillar Lounge at Azia

Minneapolis College of Art and Design
2501 Stevens Avenue
Mineapolis, MN 55404

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Lutefisk Sushi...

We had an interview with a journalist from Minnesota Monthly today about us and our relationship to the Cartoonist Conspiracy/Minnesota cartoonist scene. The biggest news about the scene is that we have a date for Lutefisk Sushi Volume B at The Creative Electric Gallery. Friday, March 24th 2006! Mark your calendars etc. etc.

Like the last show, this will feature a hand screen-printed box packed full of mini-comics by Minnesota cartoonist and those who want to try their hands in funny book makin'. In addition to the box set, there will be an original art gallery show, and retrospective/roast on the work of Ken Weiner/Avidor.

Check out the box and a video (under the gallery tab) from last year's show.


Friday, January 13, 2006

Uncle Bern's Fuzzees

Target just released Valentine's day animations featuring Billy Crystal's Uncle Bern's Fuzzee characters. Thanks to our buddies at Ham In The Fridge, we did the animation on these cards. FUN! This give us another exciting route in 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon.

March Of The Fuzzee
My Fuzzee Valentine

We have to thank Jack The Fool for coming through with some Fuzzee jazz singin' on late notice.