My woodcut print sales at Salt Lake Comic Con were underwhelming. Not surprising: They were priced as appropriate for hand-pulled prints from a woodcut block, not as mechanical reproductions from Kinko’s, and as such they were a high-priced item compared to most of the art displayed around me.
I was casting around for some kind of mechanically reproduced art category that I could make more of a profit with (I don’t like doing straight-up “fan art” of media properties, which is the most obvious option), when I hit on what seemed to me a killer idea. Carter Reid thinks it’s an excellent idea too, so if you disagree, you’re wrong.
Consider this: The most awesome part of all those silly SyFy Original-style movies — Sharktopus, Piranhaconda, Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, etc. — is their audacious concepts advertised in their unsubtle titles, together with the imagery advertised in their posters/DVD covers. The movies themselves are uniformly underwhelming — sometimes moderately so, most of the time depressingly so.
So since the poster is the best part, why not do an original series of “movie posters” for concepts of that same ilk, without any intention of making the movie?
With that, I present to you the first of (hopefully) many: Octosaurus Rex.
I’ve signed up so far with Redbubble and Zazzle to provide print-on-demand posters of this, plus sundry other products (T-shirts, etc.); I plan also to have them available at CafePress, DeviantArt, maybe Society6, etc. And I’ll get some printed locally for hand-selling at conventions.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m halfway through the poster for Nazi Sharks.