Monday, March 24, 2014

New Prints - Stephen King & SMAUG

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My print for Hero Complex Gallery 'King for a Day', an art tribute to Stephen King's works, opening on March 21st, 2014 in Los Angeles.  Available 12x12" (edition of 35) or 24x24" (edition of 5). Prints shots below. A portion of all proceeds of the show will benefit Mr. King's charity of choice, The Haven Foundation (http://www.thehavenfdn.org/), a non-profit service that serves to benefit freelance creatives of all types who have found themselves unable to work due to disease or accident.
12x12" prints available HERE
24x24" prints available HERE

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SMAUG!

Rankin/Bass style.

I know in some Tolkien circles, the Rankin/Bass animated Hobbit flick gets some guff, but in my world, it's still TOPS.  And, no offense to Peter Jackson and company, but the Rankin/Bass Smaug is better.  I wanted to LOVE Cumberbatch's new Smaug, but despite high hopes, I found him to be like a solid B.  Does the job well but nothing super inspired, a little too by the numbers for me.  Dragons are like pizza, even an OK slice is great, but they are done usually pretty underwhelming in movies, the incredible Verminthrax Perjorative from Dragon Slayer being the exception. The Rankin/Bass design really takes such a huge risk, I mean, a cat dragon? but its so crazy that it actually works. A unique, bold choice.  Hats off.  Very ballsy, very un-Tolkien (sure to piss off purists)  but whatever, he captures the spirit in spades. He's got such a powerful badass presence, a serious 'tude and a great voice, thanks to veteran actor Peter Boone, who added just a touch of western outlaw to the mix. An odd combination for sure but I think it works brilliantly.  His line readings range from relax and confident to totally unhinged and frightening, all done without any weird, unnecessary audio filters and sound effects. The Rankin/Bass Smaug delivers the goods.

SO, in honor of Rankin/Bass and Peter Boone, I created this 8x10" limited edition (30) prints for the "When The Lights Go Out 2" Glow in the Dark show at the Bottleneck Gallery.   Variant color version available as well, edition of 20.
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That's right, it glows in the dark! Check out below for an approximation of the effect.

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All prints hand signed and numbered.
8x10" standard version available HERE
Variant available HERE

Thursday, February 20, 2014

ODE to GEEK

When I was first asked to create a print for the Generation Geek gallery show in Bourges, France for Geek-Art, I was surprisingly stumped.  Not because I couldn't think of what to do, but because there were too many options.  The theme was Geek History from the past to the present, a pretty open topic, so... where to start?! My initial thought was to involve Godzilla. Then I decided to draw just a few more of my favorite characters from science fiction and fantasy from the last century; from books, comic books, cartoons, movies, video games etc. - the ones that inspired and wowed me from childhood to today. 
You know, just a few.
Then it got personal.  What happened next was this, a print depicting my own geek history, my ODE to GEEK. Limited edition print, size ranges from approx 16x24" (40x60cm) to 28x40" (70x100cm), available only through Geek-Art.


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Check out my site for more pics and info HERE
Prints are available through Geek-Art HERE
Thanks for checking out my work.
Follow me on Twitter and Facebook for updates.
Cheers,
PJ

Friday, December 13, 2013

"Star Wars & More" Christmas Store Extravaganza 2013

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The 2013 Star Wars Christmas cards are here!  4 new ones - Yoda Claus, Cantina Scene, Echo Base Christmas Eve and Jabba Bells.
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The 2011 & 2012 cards are available as well. Lando Mistletoe, Chewbacca The Red Nosed Reindeer, Salacious Crumb Xmas Sweater, Tauntaun Snowflake and Bossk: Santa's Helper.
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PLUS there's a bunch of non-Star Wars cards as well - Have a Sunny Xmas, Breaking Bad "Sled Lightly" and Quint Jaws "This Holdiay, Swallow You Whole"
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AND for the first time I got ORNAMENTS :)
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Cards are available individually, in packs of 5, 10 or 20.  All 9 Star Wars cards are available in The Holiday Special 9 Pack Combo.
Check it all out here.
Enter CASTLEHOTH as promo code and get 15% off
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!
PJ

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Good, The Bad & The Walking Dead

Hero Complex Gallery , in collaboration with AMC, is excited to announce their biggest exhibition of the year, invading Los Angeles on Friday, October 11th, from 7-10pm, on the eve of the Season 4 premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead! Check out the link to the gallery above, there are so many excellent pieces.  Here is my contribution. Inspired by Daryl Dixon and Clint Eastwood's penchant for ponchos, I present to you, The Good, The Bad & The Walking Dead!

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Check out my website for more detail shots and photos of the print HERE
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Limited edition (75) giclées.
Prints available through Hero Complex HERE


Thursday, September 12, 2013

ALL HAIL NINTENDO! My Tribute to Mario, Metroid & Zelda.

I created these for the 3NES group show at the Bottleneck gallery.  3NES is a group art show organized by illustrator Chogrin at Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn featuring a variety of artwork honoring three of Nintendo’s most popular video games (Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Metroid).  I am super excited to be part of this show. I grew up playing these games like a fiend, and had such a blast bringing these prints to life.  They are available as 13×19″ limited edition (85) giclée print, 300 gsm, archival inks.
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“Awake the Wind”
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“It’s-A-Me, Mario!”
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“Surprise, Surprise”
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Check out detail views & print shots on my website www.pjmcquade.com
Available for purchase through the Bottleneck Gallery
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

DARTH HEISENBERG


Breaking Bad's Walter White has gone over to the Dark Side, for reals.  He is the one who knocks.  He is the danger!  Most importantly, he's in the Empire business. Here's to hoping he has a redemptive final act.  Available as a 13x19" giclée full bleed print, hand signed & dated. https://www.etsy.com/listing/159416700/darth-heisenberg-breaking-bad-giclee?ref=shop_home_active  OH, I am including a free 3x4" Darth Heisenberg head waterproof sticker with every print purchased. :)  Check this link to my website for details and print shots.  http://www.pjmcquade.com/139819/1689927/portfolio/darth-heisenberg


Thursday, July 18, 2013

My new book! Should This Octopus Have Fewer Legs?

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Well, BIG NEWS!  My new book is officially out today, July18th.  It's called Should This Octopus Have Fewer Legs? published by Adams Media. I worked on it last year for about 3 months and somehow managed to keep it all a secret.  No longer, beans shall be spilled.

It's a collection of funny, fake "take one" street flyers, meant to be ripped out and posted up.  You've probably seen flyers like these on the web here and there, maybe you've stumbled onto one or two out on the street. I have a couple times, they're like these little gems that always made me laugh, made my day. My editor Halli Melnitsky and Adams Media had the brilliant idea of creating a compilation book spotlighting this type of street phenomenon, and asked me to make it!  We brainstormed a ton of ideas and went with the best ones, it was a great, fun collaboration.  What's really cool is that not only did I do all the artwork, I designed every page, fonts and all, except the cover which was designed by Elisabeth Lariviere.

In this book you’ll find all sorts of madness - homages to your favorite movies, off-the-wall pop culture references, pun-tastic plays on words and straight-up redonkulous notices, plus a couple takes on the classics.  All in all, it's a sure fire way to perk up your room or any telephone pole, community bulletin board, or bus stop in your hood - one sign at a time.


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Extra HUGE special thanks to my editor, Halli Melnitsky, who brought me in on this book and was absolutely wonderful to work with, and to all the good folks at Adams Media.  Also, a big, fat thank you to NY TImes bestselling author Neil Pasricha and the SOI gold medal winning, illustrator extraordinaire Aaron Meshon for their fantastic blurbs!
"Should this octopus have fewer legs?  That's debatable.  But one thing I know for sure is that this book should have infinity pages.  What a fun way to spend an afternoon!"  - Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome
In an age of apps, multi-touch, and glossy screens, "Should this Octopus have fewer legs?" is a welcomed excercise in humor, awesome illustrations, and a certain nostalgia. Thanks Mr. McQuade, for making me laugh out loud, partake in some performance art, and unplug!  -  Aaron Meshon, illustrator and author of Take Me Out to the Yakyu
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 Looks like the debate will never end...
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It is now available for purchase in many book stores across the country, including Barnes & Noble,
where it is currently being spotlighted in the New in Humor section.

Also available on Amazon HERE.


If you see one of flyers in your town this summer, take a pic and post it up on the web.
Use the hash tag #octopuslegs  It'll be fun to see where they end up. Cheers!