A Pop-Culture-Fest

The convention’s Events Guide used to be an all black and white publication. In 2008, the Con directors decided it was time to go to color, and they commissioned me to create an illustration for the cover which reflected a few of that year’s themes, which happened to be editorial cartoons, Superman, and Batman (among others). Being an election year, I threw them all into a blender and came up with this cover. (At a run of over over 125000, this will likely be the largest print run my work will ever see.)

Here are some pics my friend took from the Con a coupe of years back: Pics_SDCC_2010

Coming to you from my 1921 Royal 10

A Close Shave

Like vintage typewriters, this 1946-47 Gillette Super Speed is a well-built machine. This opens with a twist to receive a fresh blade.

That’s my Edwin Jagger badger brush and apothecary mug. Take good care of these things, and they’ll last a lifetime. 
I use either English-made, Edwin Jagger shaving cakes (which feel nicer and rinse really well) or American-made, Colonel Conk cakes, which are about half the price and lather up really well, but tend to dry quicker and have a more sticky feel. But the Edwin Jagger cakes are harder, so they last longer (which may account for the fact that they don’t lather up quite as much as the Colonel Conk brand).

ROYAL Ramblings

My 1921 Royal 10

Although I used to prefer black keys with white letters, these white keys are clean and even-colored, and I’ve come to prefer the way they contrast with the vast amount of Darth Vader blackness on this machine.

The chrome on this polished up to a mirror finish. It’s really beautiful. I purchased new feet from Bob Aubert. For some reason, I thought the new feet would at least match the diameter of the metal “cap” above them, but these are much narrower. Still, they do the job, and they’re better than the crusty, hardened feet that were on this when I got it (the feet were the only thing not in good shape on this machine). 
Now, if I could only find space for an Underwood 5…

Antique Shops

For being a filthy mess, this machines had remarkably good key action on it.

What a hunk of junk. If you looked inside, through the back, the dust-bunnies were (like real bunnies are wont to doing) reproducing beyond control. The carriage return string was broken as well. However, this was the first time I’ve ever seen an Underwood 5 in person, and it seemed smaller than I’d imagined. It also made me interested in acquiring one (in far better condition than this), though I absolutely have no room for another standard machine.

Another rusty-keyed beast. I really like the Royal 10, but this example wasn’t cared for by anyone.

This Olympia De Luxe was the only machine that appeared to be in great condition. I’m not familiar with Olympia models (beyond the SM3 & 4), so I’m not sure what this is. Anyone care to chime in?