It's a busy time of year! Fan Expo Vancouver is coming up in November. We have a lot to do and a lot to think about. Peter is working on some pretty insane and stunning imagery. It's definitely on par with the Pop Valhalla aesthetic. We created a new category to better showcase these pieces. The shimmer of glitter beaches and bedazzled diamond skies. The world looks something fierce. Cimpoe Gallery will build upon these ideas and turn the mundane into the mesmerizing. The insta-glam of the new social media golden age has never looked more fabulous. Live Deliciously. Live forever.
Joyful indiscretions and furious recall. We remember what it was like to be young. Puff. Puff. Sneaking cigarettes behind the school yard or eating candy in church. It felt so good because it was so wrong. And then we grew up and we fell in love with ideas as well as people. We had our hearts broken. It became hard to stand still yet impossible to imagine an alternative. What would it have been like if we had taken more chances? When did it start feeling like we were drowning in current circumstances?
There is always another way out. There is always love. We don't have to let the past dictate the future. It isn't about what we were but what we have yet to become. Break out of the cycles that lead to the same brick walls. Try harder. Fight harder. Don't be afraid to feel sad and then shake off that sadness. It's all still ahead of you. It's all still out here, waiting for you, lying like a lurking, lumbering beast. Don't be afraid. Let it consume you and tear you apart. What comes out of the bloody mess of loose skin and mangled bones is a better version of yourself. Stronger, scarier and way more deadly.
Sidenote: How great was it to see San Junipero win an Emmy last night ! It deserves all the accolades in the world.
You may catch wind of some adverts on Facebook and Instagram! Advertising on these platforms is definitely a learning process. Some hiccups to overcome but, overall, it really seems to be the case that we learning we go along (instead of worrying about how we are doing everything wrong !). Dipping our toes in the advertising waters can be a little bit intimidating but we have to try new things in order to keep moving forward. If anyone has any suggestions or feedback with regards to what we can do better, please let us know! We would love to hear from you. We are open to ideas. We don’t know what it is like on the receiving end for these ads. Last week, we ran two Arrested Development ads. Broad City is premiering this week and we are so excited for season 4! We are thinking of showcasing the Bingo Bronson print we love so much ! It is such a favorite of ours. We have it displayed in three places in our studio. We couldn’t help ourselves ! 3 and 2 and 2 and 1….Our girls are back ! Yaaaaaaaaaaassss Queen ! Sept 13th !
Would you like to live deliciously? Shout out to one our favorite movies of last year ! The Witch. Love those words. Live by those words. There's nothing like a well dressed man in black whispering in our ear to get our butts moving in the right direction.
We are nearing the end summer :( There is a chill in the BC morning air which is reminiscent of Fall. God, how we love Fall. Halloween and Horror movies. The smell is wonderful, the chill familiar, but also bittersweet. This is the tail end of the season. We will cherish the remaining warm days. We will bask in the sunlight and let it fill us up. Like the man licking at delectable excess, we too want to enjoy those things that make us happy. Live well! Live fully. Grab at whatever is left of the summer and take it all in stride; we've got a lot of great things to accomplish. It's the end of a new beginning :)
There are things that we can relate to; things that speak to us and make us feel young again. Innocent and wide eyed. I don’t actively subscribe to the old adage that things were better in the past. I always love that scene in Mad Men (last episode of season one) where Don Draper tries to sell a room full of men on the photo Carousel. He speaks of a time long gone, a place we want to go back again. It is something so central to our nature as human beings that Don’s words send one of the grown ass men scurrying from the room and in tears. We wish we could swing back the pendulum and go back to that time when it was different and the world was full of possibilities.
I think that Cimpoe Gallery tries to do that, in some way, without swinging the pendulum too far back. We don’t want to dialogue with sappy nostalgia. Instead, we want to illustrate that part of us that is still very much alive and in love with fandom. I remember what it was like to sneak out of my room at 11pm every night in order to catch repeats of The X-files on the Space channel. I was thirteen and it was my everything. I discovered a universe so different from anything that I had known at that juncture in my life. This was a world beyond the religious fervor that my mother had tried to instill inside me and the passive nihilism that my father preached. It was a world endlessly complicated, convoluted and delightfully abstract. Conspiracies. Cases of the Week. Mulder swinging his fist towards the sky and Scully – ah Scully – my first steadfast example of a woman so unlike any other woman on TV. I still look up to you, lady…more than you will ever know.
Peter’s new collection of illustration hopes to showcase some of these things. They are things that meant to us as much back then as they do now. And it is dialoguing with LGBTQ and feminist issues that makes his work stand apart from others. Peter is entering a new period of illustrations which deals directly with the reality that gay characters and women have always existed in fandom. There has been persistent attempts to sniffle and suffocate these characters out of well established genre such as science fiction, fantasy and horror but these characters have always existed. Now is the time to reclaim these spaces. There will be more essays in the future dealing directly with these issues. The new series of prints and merchandise that we hope to release in the following weeks and months will highlight more of these themes. They will closely resemble the above fantastic illustration that is so close to my heart. Friendship and Fandom. The place where we have always existed.
Comin' at you with some claws! Cimpoe Gallery style! We spent the day watching Wet Hot American Summer on Netflix. Not a bad day, all things considered ;)
I love that Edward Scissorhands drawing from last week! I love that it evokes so many fun and bittersweet notions of summer. We will keep much of Cimpoe Gallery in line with summer colours and summer tones. Peter has some great things he is working on with both acrylic paints and copic markers. We have the next few weeks packed with fun concept ideas. We are busy getting the Cimpoe Gallery word out to online publications and other fandom related sites. It’s good to be busy! It’s tiring (lol) but we feel like things are finally moving along at a more purposeful pace. We spent last Saturday at the Art! Vancouver show. We visited with artists and got a good feel for what this show has to offer. We don’t think it is for us and we don’t have plans to sell at this show next year but it was still well worth the visit. It’s important to take these chances and see what other people and venues have to offer. We are looking to more effectively market our product. We will focus in the coming weeks and months towards completing prints, working on our concept booth for the Vancouver Fan Expo (our first official show!) and marketing, marketing, marketing. We have some cool things lined up with our print shop! We have new business cards set to arrive soon. We have fun array of postcards that should be completed in the next few weeks. We want to get the Cimpoe Gallery word out. We’ll pull our marketing stocking over our head and consider some Guerrilla marketing tactics. We have plans to print stickers, magnets & pins. It’s all about keeping an open mind and trying new and creative ways of getting our brand recognized. It will take time but every step matters. It will be a summer of trial and error; fun and adventure! We need to be active in talking to fans and pivoting our brand and product to meet the needs of our fans (we love you guys!!!) We want to hear back from those who have purchased from us in the past. We have started to receive emails from people who are interested in our product and what we are doing as a company. We will publish some of these Q&A’s on the website over the course of the summer. We want to be more diligent with including a follow up to some of the things we have been working on. It’s about reaching across the aisle and remaining transparent about our efforts, plans and results. I think this is what gets people excited, in addition to the art! So here is to a wonderful summer... a lot of amazing stuff is headed your way ;)
Summer came late to Canada this year. Late or not, it inspired an illustration series in the same vein as my last Furiosa picture; Pop culture figures in unexpected scenarios but this time with a summer twist. I’m going to release one image every week and the best part is that I am super open to suggestions! Is there someone from a movie, television show, comic book or video game that you’d like to see re-imagined in a surprising way? Please shoot me an email or comment below and I’ll consider it! If I do end up creating something inspired by your suggestion, I’ll send you a free print of your choosing!
Summer fun, humor and pop culture. Three awesome things that must add up to something especially wonderful. But can you imagine having hands like Edward’s while trying to play with beach balls? I like to believe I’d still have a good time.
Anticipation prevails. The latest incarnation of Twin Peaks is about to air and I am giddy with fear and worry. The devil in Mr. Lynch hasn’t given me a good scare since Inland Empire. I’m not sure what to expect. Will it be the mind trip of the decade or something softer, like a silky smooth cup of finely ground coffee & cream? Twin Peaks is a show that I only discovered a few years back, when it cycled through Netflix for a brief time, and I am sad that I couldn’t have discovered it at an earlier junction in my life. The imagery and iconography is what struck me; the overall tone and humour; the dreamscape colours of the Pacific North West. Here were the cast and characters I had seen in my peripheral vision while growing up, without knowing them. Twin Peaks was the birth mother of my beloved X-Files. Even the bat shit crazy new show Riverdale states Twin Peaks as an inspiration. And how can we blame it? Blame anyone?
So it is that Twin Peaks continues to come up, over and over again, like the demon of days past. Newer generations of show runners and show creators come out of the woodwork and point to this show as an inspiration. The lady and the log. The coffee and pie. We know the place. We don’t live there, not anymore, but it will be nice to visit again (however briefly).
Welcome back, dear friend. We missed you.
Ride like you’re on The Fury Road.
I’m super excited for this new series of Copic marker drawings. I think I’ve found an exciting way of showcasing my love for the fantastic world of pop culture with the absurdity of every day. I think this Mad Max drawing expresses how I think we should approach everything we do. With passion, confliction and intensity.