Thursday, September 24, 2009

"A Time to Thrill" on Top Shelf 2.0

Pink Hobo gallery is currently exhibiting a show of Pinewood Derby art cars. Unfortunately I missed the opening, but it looks like it was a ton of fun, as evidenced by this late night race and this eye-popping portrait. My contribution does not have moving wheels, unfortunately, so it had to sit on the shelf during the race. Or maybe Tim and Curtis threw it around like a football. I don't know. Anyway, playing off the ultra-cheesy theme that every car has a story inside of it, I decided to literally fill my derby car with a stream of consciousness mini comic, which you can read more about in the next paragraph.

"A Time to Thrill" is an automobile-themed comic strip I drew on eleven slabs of painted balsa wood. Unfortunately, when I joined all the slabs together to form a car-shaped sculpture, the world lost the ability to actually read the comic.

Until now.

Top Shelf 2.0 -- an online library of awesome mini-comics and serialized comics, updated daily -- has posted the complete comic! Go check it out! And then go check out the actual car at Pink Hobo in NE Minneapolis while the show is still running!

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At 10:07 AM, Blogger David Steinlicht said...


Looking at your original photo, I thought you had drawn pictures of the car's guts -- sliced open. Like the car was a living being that you dissected or something. With maybe an engine, springs, nuts, bolts, mufflers and stuff mixed in with the organs and stuff. Eew.

I like your idea better.


At 10:34 AM, Blogger Daniel Olson said...

HA! I read it on the Top Shelf 2.0 site before it appeared on the BTA site! Very interesting concept and of course an entertaining read.

At 10:58 AM, Blogger Kevin Cannon said...

Thanks, guys! David, you're partially right: the color scheme of the sections is meant to look like classic cartoon slabs of steak. I really like your idea about the literal cross-sections of a car. If I knew anything about cars I'd try it!

At 5:21 PM, Blogger Doc Pop said...

Hey Kevin, is this piece for sale?

At 5:44 PM, Blogger Kevin Cannon said...

Doc -- Yeah, the gallery price is $400.

At 11:52 AM, Anonymous Curtis said...

yeah that thing is really aerodynamic, you can get a good spin on it and make really long passes.


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