Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Keeping my new brain-morphing in mind, I've always pretty much accepted and appreciated all kinds of art. Hell I even think The Human Centipede director TOM SIX'S "Shocking" Paintings have some genuine artistic value. So generally, I have always appreciated Andy Warhol's approach to his work, his social and economical commentaries, the implementation of his "factory" and the insanely huge impact it's all had on pop culture and modern art. However, I never really gave two shits about the actual aesthetics of the art itself. But what i DO give multiple shits about now is having fun, splattering paint, making puns that most likely only Chloe or Keith would appreciate, and now selfishly realizing that, with photoshop, still-working eyes and a little imagination, I can see every part of the world in a brand NEW way, even if it involves butchering the world the way mother nature and some art-hippies intended it to exist.
So on that note, I know Andy Warhol made some inkblot paintings, which I learned about last year from a very well-versed teacher named JAY-Z who wrote books or something. But from what I could find, everyone, including Andy himself, failed to see the pun that was sitting in plain site. So I took it upon myself to continue to butcher things that people like in order to make myself smile. And it worked. I totally like Andy Warhol's art now! And I like his name better too!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
What's the best thing about running an online business during an economy like this? I mean, aside from the overwhelming number of PHP Groupies and Hypertext chicks that flock to us because of our integrated shopping cart coding? Well, the best thing about this type of business is that we can have a huge Black Friday Sale ON A BROWN THURSDAY and get this SHIT goin' EARLY!!
That's right, an entire day before some of you hoarders line up at Wal-Mart to get a free pair of the wrong sized shoes when you buy a 30 dollar flat screen, you can ON-LINE UP at Zerofriends.com and check out, alongside BRAND NEW PRODUCTS, the new (temporary) slashed prices on a few Different Signed Limited Giclee Prints, all of our 8" x 10" prints and 5" x 7" prints are on sale, as well all of our t-shirts!
Sale officially starts MIDNIGHT PACIFIC TIME on Weds night / Thursday morn (Nov 24)!
Step by step instructions without illustrations:
1. Go to ZEROFRIENDS.COM, where, at the time of the sale, we will be putting up tons of new prints, a few new hoodies, new original art, and more! (you can see previews below!)
2. Look around at some of the BRAND NEW PRODUCTS and take a look at some of the sale items.
3. Take notes. Smile
4. Starting On Brown Thursday, Nov 25, (Officially starts midnight Wednesday night at midnight Pacific Standard Time) Purchase ANY combination of items equalling $25 or more (it doesn't have to be one of the sale items) and recieve, along with your order, ONE free 8" x 10" signed & numbered print of Alex Pardee's "DEER JOHN" Painting (limited edition of 400)!*
4.5. Purchase ANY combination of items equalling $150 or more (it doesn't have to be one of the sale items) and receive, in addition to the free 8" x 10", a FREE 11" x 14" signed and numbered print of Alex Pardee's "Holiday Hug" Painting.
5. EAT MORE FOOD!
*Limit of ONE free print per HOUSEHOLD. While supplies last.
Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you from all of us here at Zerofriends.
(below are just previews, I know the new hoodies say available now but trust me….they're not. sorry if my future banners confuse your present brains!)
NOTE: WE WILL ONLY HAVE TEN OF THESE SPECIAL EDITION BOOKS AVAILABLE ON THURSDAY!
SEE YOU INVISIBLY THERE!
Friday, November 11, 2011
Directed by Stephen Reedy
Produced By Alex Pardee & Justin Lomax
Art Direction & Set Design By PureBred Pro & Alex Pardee
Smile. Or Cry. Or Dance. Or Hug. Or All of the above.
"THE THOUGHT OF LOSING YOU"
Thursday, November 10, 2011
"The Family Circus" requires a lot of imagination to fully enjoy it.
That statement is absolutely false, by the way.
Last night my friend Chloe and I had a passionate conversation about 89-year-old cartoonist Bil Keane's mesmerizing bagel-sized bore-fest of a funny comic, "The Family Circus".
Both of us, as well as millions of similar confused humans, have always been strangely attracted to the one-panel comic's fascinating banality, much in the same way we might be attracted to someone scrubbing their forearms with steel wool in public.
After swimming together though a sea of emotions that ranged from anger and bemusement, to nostalgia and frustrating warmth, we effortlessly moved on in our conversation, probably to issues that are equally as important, like dressing up animals in other animal costumes, mean blind people, purposely erasing parts of our memory to play jokes on ourselves, and eating waffles with cheese.
Little did we know that unfortunately, this morning, mere hours after our discussion, Bil Keane passed away.
Before investigating, the thought DID occur to me that perhaps we talked about him so hard that his ears rang loudly enough to explode his head.
But luckily we didn't murder him with cell-phone signals, speech, and telepathic mind bullets.
Nonetheless, I feel obligated to mention his passing and the death of something that, like it or not, has been a part of our eyeballs and hearts for….ever.
What are we gonna stare at angrily in the corner of the newspaper now? Well, my best guess: "IDA KNOW".
So in an homage to Mr. Keane and his universe of vapid family repetition, here is an old "Family Circus" parody I drew a few years back as part of my "BUNNYWITH.." Comic Series. Without Bil Keane, I would have never had the urge to draw a severed head on a rabbit dick. So thanks, BIL!!
Now, additionally in our conversation, we also brought up "Garfield Minus Garfield", a parody strip by Dan Walsh where Garfield is removed from each panel, making all of the other characters seem utterly insane. We discussed how funny it would be if we completely ripped off that idea, but instead of just removing one character, we would remove the entire comic and punchline, since neither of them EVER really were the major attraction to the comic strip. Knowing what every character, setting, and situation that have been explored throughout the 786 years that The Family Circus has been around is enough ammo to jostle our imaginations as to what the cartoon would look like if we made up our own mundane punchlines to go along with a blank panel. Sound convoluted and stupid? Well….you see the parallels, right?
Whatever, we thought it was funny at 2:30 in the morning last night, so hearing the news today made me try it out, and guess what? HILARIOUS.
Pretty soon I'm just going to destroy my entire house and erase my memory and laugh maniacally in my own imagination, because that's pretty much where I think I'm heading.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
We are finally unveiling the video online this Friday. If you missed the teaser video below, check it out, and here are some sneak preview pics from behind the scenes of the making of the video. See you Friday.
Photos below by AMANDA DURBIN & PAUL BUSTAMANTE: