So… got something pretty special for you guys tonight.
Well, these two pieces of mine, illustrating the incredibly metal Brendon Small’s 8-minute epic, The Ocean Galaktik (and my theory about what would have happened to General Crozier!) are going to be a spread in said fanzine, and I am more freaking excited than I can even tell you. This thing got me painting again. For that alone, it’s important.
But it’s much more than that. The Dethzine - official blog over here @thedethzine - is an incredible collection of 35+ artists and writers, all making amazing art dedicated to this badass, hilarious, beautiful show that we still remember, love, and haven’t given up on. I don’t even care if it’s silly to say, or how it sounds; Metalocalypse was incredibly formative for me as a young teen/artist/creator. At its core, it’s a beautiful story about creation, found family, and powerful music, all tied up in a nonsense, ridiculous douchebag wrapper.
It’s important to me. It’s important to a lot of us. It made my life better, it made me feel braver, and I’m honestly trying not to cry writing this (because that’s not very metal), because we’re not only donating almost all the proceeds to humanitarian aid charity Direct Relief, but, sadly, the family of director Jon Schnepp, who recently suffered a fatal stroke.
We meant for this to be a memorial tribute to a beloved TV show, and it ended up being one for him as well. Nothing can begin to make up for that loss, but I sincerely hope that this can be tangible proof of the lasting impact the show he helped create, and how our lives are better and more metal for having our faces melted by its awesomeness, and our hearts face-fisted by its brutality.
Thank you for reading, and I hope this looks like something you’ll enjoy.
…But there’s no freaking way you’ll enjoy it as much as I loved being part of it. Rock the fuck on. <3
(Lastly, because tumblr IS DEFINITELY hiding this post because it has outside links, reblogging is incredibly appreciated. Thank you.)