Wednesday, February 27, 2008

On Juxtapoz, yet again!

Mahfood and myself made it onto the Juxtapoz website, again! This time, it's in their wrap-up/photos from Wondercon weekend. Mad gratitude to Katie and Tina over at the magazine for including the pic of Jim and I, AND that fun shot of the art I had on my table! Check out the many photos from their adventures here:

Wondercon, the Juxtapoz Way!

Bunkerific, out!

ps-- Happy birthday, Deadbeatsister!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Sketches from Wondercon!

Well, I've successfully survived this year's Wondercon! What a great way to kick off the convention season... I got to meet a lot of great fans (both old and new). I hung out with my boy Mahfood and other awesome creators. Aaaand, I got to draw all weekend!

I did these RoboSmurf and Delirium (from Sandman) pieces for my friend Ryan.

The above pics are random sketches I did for people. And, at the end of the convention on Sunday, Mahfood and I bombed the plastic cover of an empty table next to our setup. It was totally random, but we managed to attract a small crowd. Our friend Anthony claimed the piece for his son's bedroom wall. Talk about "Dad Of The Year!"

Thanks to everyone who came out to show support, and to all the friends we got to kick it with. Thanks to the folks at IDW's table for hooking me up with an advanced copy of "Everybody's DEAD" (it... looks... AWESOME!). And thanks to that Middle Eastern liquor store/deli that saved me from having to go to Mel's Drive-In for lunch every day. The turkey sandwiches were delightful.

Next con: CAPE in Dallas, TX on May 3rd. For now, I've got some comic pages to catch up on. Wish me luck!

From The Bunker, with love.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Crosland and Mahfood get Juxtapoz love!

Dig it! Much love to our friend, Katie, over at Juxtapoz! On the front page of their website, she was kind enough to mention Jim Mahfood and myself in a post about Wondercon. Head over to to check it out.

We're the third post down (for now), just below Pricasso... the dude who penis paints.

Bunker, out!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

ONLY THE DEAD Shirts Ready to Rock!

After another awesome night of printing bliss, I'm glad to say that Deadbeatsister and I are just about done making shirts with our newest design, "Only The Dead." She's got a few more experimental prints to make. But, for the most part, we're finished!

I'll be bringing about two dozen shirts with me to Wondercon, this weekend. They're printed on Alternative Apparel's basic crew tees, made from
100% combed ringspun jersey cotton, and prewashed to avoid shrinkage. I'll have men's available on chocolate colored tees, and women's on orchid shirts.

Deadbeatsister will also be selling these shirts (and more) this Sunday, Feb 24th, at The Mission Indie Mart. Being the print apparel ninja that she is, she'll have this design available on a number of different garments for men and women. Check the Indie Mart link in yesterday's post for more info on the event!

***A number of you have inquired about getting shirts via the mail. For now, I'm focusing on Wondercon. Once the weekend is over, I'll see what I have left to sell online. And if all the shirts get gobbled up at the con, don't worry. We might be in store for a second printing of this design!***

Now, if you don't mind, I have to get back to drawing things!

Bunkerific, out!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Printing New Shirts for Wondercon!

Last night, my wonderful girlfriend (Deadbeatsister) and I lit the creative fires in her silkscreen studio, and got down and dirty printing my design "Only The Dead" on a variety of shirts and apparel. I'll have a couple dozen of the finished shirts for sale at Wondercon (Feb 22 - 24), and she'll have a variety of pieces with the design on sale at The Mission Indie Mart (Feb 24), this weekend.

We printed the first layer of the design in an electric blue and a bright green. The photos don't do these colors justice. They literally explode off the fabric. We'll be printing the top layer of the image, tonight, in a couple different colors. I'll be posting pics from that tomorrow, if all goes well.

After the rigorous print session, we enjoyed a late dinner (caramelized tofu w/ brussle sprouts) and "The Crying Game." But poor, little Yoshimi was all sorts of tuckered out. She fell asleep before the shocking ending! Guess I won't return the DVD to Blockbuster, just yet.

Bunker, out like trout!

CCAD Viewbook, Now With More Crosland!

I'm still a little bit in shock about it, but my alma mater, The Columbus College of Art and Design, is having me as one of the featured alumni in their 2009 - 2010 viewbook. It's the catalog thingy that goes out to all the high schoolers and people looking to start an art school education. The feature will include an interview with yours truly, along with some shots of my artwork. Wow!

I was hoping they'd use this photo as my pic in the layout. But they're going with something a little less frightening. Ah well... at least I have my next "about the author" pic covered!

Bunker, out, yo!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

New Limited Edition Prints for Wondercon in SF!

Hey out there in Internet World!

Well, for better or worse, being sick for the past couple weeks has torpedoed my minicomic plans. I will not be having the new mini, "Soft Coeur" at Wondercon this upcoming weekend. Don't fret, though... it will be released later this convention season. I'm having too much fun with this story to just drop it. I'll keep you posted.

On the other hand, I WILL be launching my set of 3 new limited edition prints at Wondercon! They're 5.5" x 8.5" prints of "The Gamma Rays Made Me Do It," "The Soulbean Communique," and "More Than Meets The Eye."

These are some of my favorite fine art pieces that I've made, recently, and I'm very proud to have them available as prints. They're being released in editions of 100 each. The back side of each print features the title of the painting, as well as information on the medium and what the piece was created for. And, of course, they'll all be signed and numbered. Boosh!

If you're attending Wondercon 2008, be sure to hit me up at Artists Alley table AA-12, along with my boy Jim Mahfood, writer/director/illustrator Rob Schrab, and all the other amazing creators that will be on hand.

Bunker, out like trout!

Monday, February 11, 2008

DeadMeat, Monkey vs. Cobra, and Timbuk2

Tonight's post mixes a little bit of The New with a bit of the Not-So-New.

The New: My lovely lady and I have been collaborating on apparel designs since we met. But, recently, we've decided to give it a bit more structure. Namely, "DeadMeat," the creative spawn of her Deadbeatsister skillz and my Hiredmeat mayhem. Our first design under the new imprint is a little diddly inspired by the Plato quote, "Only the dead have seen the end of war."

One of the themes for my gallery show in August is war, and a few of my sketches for those pieces have involved daisies (as in, "Pushin' up daisies). That, along with my admiration of the quote whipped around in my head and resulted in the ink drawing to the right. We'll be launching this on shirts at Wondercon in a couple weeks. I'll post the final, colorized piece (along with photos of the shirts) when they're done.

The Not-So-New: Last fall/winter, Timbuk2 (designers of fine messenger bags) invited me to take part in their Artists Originals program. They sent me the chewy canvas center strip of one of their medium-sized shoulder bags, and let me paint whatever I wanted on it. Being a total nerd for kung-fu movies, I got stuck on the idea "Monkey vs. Cobra".

I started with these simple sketches of the beasties. I researched ancient Chinese art and tried to give them a sort of Asian flair.

From there, I came up with the mischievous darlings above. I think I was reading a TON of "Blade of the Immortal" when I was doing this stuff, too. It makes sense... that book KILLS! Great characters, and fabulous artwork.

From sketch to canvas, things went sorta like this. Sorry I don't have a better photo of the Monkey portion of the bag. But ya get the gist of it.

Painted and done, I ran my strip of canvas over to the Timbuk2 shop near my spot. And a few weeks later, their slave army of elves had turned it into a full-on messenger bag. Amazing!

In December, Timbuk2 held a Holiday party at Ritual Cafe (this sexcellent coffee shop down in The Mission district), where they were selling the Artists Original bags, with part of the proceeds going to charity. Unfortunately, some fine young woman bought my bag, like, 3 minutes before I got there and could take better pictures of it. Fortunately, some fine young woman is walking around San Francisco, sporting my art on her bag for everyone to see.

Anyway, I'm off to more misadventures in inkblots.

Bunker, iggety-out!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

La Grippe!

Oog... sorry for the lack of posts, lately. But I've been "hella-sick" (as the kids say) for the past week and a half. Still, evil influenza be damned, the show must go on! I've been creep-creep-creeping along with work on "Everybody's DEAD", my minicomic "Soft Coeur," a new DeadMeat t-shirt design (that's a collaboration imprint I do with my girlfriend, who runs Deadbeatsister), and work on a top-secret project with "Edgar & Ellen" (Simon and Schuster). Whew!

Of course, I'll be dropping tidbits from all that stuff here. For now, I'll focus on a little ocular tease of the new cover for "Everybody's DEAD #4." The whole thing has already been inked and colored (and Len's colors on this one are simply DELICIOUS), but all I'm showing you here are the pencils. Hey, I gotta keep SOME of this stuff as a surprise. If you're really anxious to see it in all it's finished glory, just check out next month's issue of Previews.

Also, here's some of the groundwork for "Doughboy." It's mainly sketches of monsters, along with some random doodles in my little pocket-power book.

Here we have some of your garden-variety beasties in the afterlife world where "Doughboy" takes place. Though my story refers to them as "demons", they're far from fire-and-brimstone devils.

Oh, being sick has also meant spending a lot more time in bed. In between rounds of writing and inking amidst my mounds of pillows and blankets, I've also been digging up old books to read. One of my favorites that I unearthed a few days ago, is "The Complete Soulwind," by my homeboy Scott Morse. At 520 pages, the book is beyond epic. It's magically fantastic, and grabs my imagination the way books and movies used to grab it when I was a wee Crosland pup. I highly recommend it, to the infirm as well as the healthy.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go pop another Airborne tablet and work some more before passing out.

Bunker, out.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

I Voted...

... and so should you!

It's fun (I get butterflies in my stomach every time!).

It's easy (A few swipes of a magic marker, and you're good to go!).

And they give you a sticker (see photo above)!

What more incentive do you need?

Don't be an apathetic douche-bag.

Go vote.

-Bunker, out.