Here's my 2010 Xmas card. Hope you kids are having a swingin' holiday season. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
This sepulchral Sanata was drawn a few years back for my old pals The Independents. It was used to hype a Christmas merch sale on their website. More weirdo Christmas stuff coming up tomorrow so... Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Here's the first page of one of the stories I drew for the first issue of Nix Comics Quarterly. Sorry I can't post the whole thing but we do need people to actually buy the mag so we can keep putting out new issues. This is the longest comix story I've done in several years and my first ever attempt at coloring a multi-page story. I had a lotta fun drawing this and hopefully I'll be contributing more stuff to future issues of Nix. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Monday, December 13, 2010
Here's the cover art for Nix Comics Quarterly #1, due out in January 2011. I'm also gonna have 5 pages of comix in this issue, all written by Nix editor Ken Eppstein. I'm just finishing a 4 page story called "Man Loves, God Kills?" which I think is the best comix work I've ever done. I'll put up a sample page or two once I get 'em all wrapped up. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Friday, December 10, 2010
Here's an old drawing that I recently recycled into a poster for my friend Oscar (of well known Spanish rock'n'roll zine Kick Out The Jams fame) to use in promoting his garage rock radio show. The original black and white version of this drawing can be found in the archives of this blog if you care to dig around for it. Should have some new stuff for you in a couple of days. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
This one was drawn back in 1998 as the poster for the first ever Misfits show here in Winnipeg. Due to a miscommunication between the promoter and myself the posters were never printed, though some photocopies of the art were made and given away at the show. Otherwise this has remained unseen until now, so here it is in a newly scanned and colored version. Also on the bill for this show were local legends The Horribles with their street-tough brand of horror punk. If I remember rightly the photo of singer Andy O. that's on the cover of the Horribles CD was taken at this show. Anyhow, keep an eye out for more regular posting here from now on and in the meantime and in between time... Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Friday, November 5, 2010
Here's yet another drawing I did for The Independents. This was the CD label art for the Live From Murder Beach album on Amp Records. This drawing started a tradition of Merinuk drawings of sexy monster girls which have appeared on most Independents CDs since this one came out in 2003. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Friday, October 22, 2010
I thought I had posted this one long ago but apparently not. It's a poster I did a couple years back for one of the shows on Electric Frankenstein's 2008 German tour. My idea here was to combine rock poster art with comix, an approach that I plan to keep experimenting with. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Here's another logo/drawing for Ottawa blues/garage trashters The Middens. This one will be made into some snazzy buttons certain to add a touch of elegance to your choice of formal attire whether it be tuxedo, straitjacket or birthday suit. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Another poster for you today. This is the sequel to the first Calgary Music Collectors Show poster I posted awhile back, promoting another record convention which my friend mark is putting on next year. Prime pickings for Western Canadian wax hounds. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
My old buddy Brian, drummer with the Demon's Claws and a bunch of other happening Montreal combos, asked me to design this poster for the release party celebrating the new Claws LP The Defrosting Of Walt Disney. Kind of a different style for me but I'm pretty stoked about how it came out. Also on the bill for these two shows are rockabilly maniac Bloodshot Bill and Brian's punk rock side project Genital Hospital. I should have some more new stuff for you in the next few days so... Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Hey kids, today is the one-year anniversary of this blog, so pour a beer and celebrate! Back when I started this thing I decided that I would do a post a day for one year and somehow or other I actually managed to stick to that schedule all the way through. From here on out I'm gonna drop the post-a-day rule. New work will get posted as soon as it's done and there is still a fair sized pile of worthwhile older stuff to scan and put up here but updates are gonna be a bit less relentlessly regular in the future. Please do keep an eye on this space for more wild weirdness coming at you when you least expect it. Oh yeah, today's image is the last of the wacky parody T-shirt designs I made for a local upstart entrepreneur back in the '90s. Scroll down a ways if you want to see the other two in the series. This one was printed along with the Merinuk interview that appeared in Dig It! magazine back in the late '90s. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Here's another of the half dozen of so illustrations I did for Pussycat magazine back in the mid-'90s. This one illustrates editor Mark's pugnacious interview with the bass player of bluesy alt-rock combo Mule. I thought all of these Pussycat drawings came out pretty well but this one is my favorite. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I made this drawing back in the mid-'90s for a friend of mine who ran a copy shop. It's a weird inside joke that would take too long to explain for non-Winnipeggers so you kids will have to figure it out for yourselves. Good luck, you poor souls. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
I drew this one back in 2001 for some project that never got completed (details of which I don't recall at this late date). It was later recycled into T-shirt art for Bay Area car club the Road Zombies. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
This one was drawn back in 1996 as the cover for a cool Italian zine called Mondo Capellone that covered '60s garage rock and related topics. The drawing is mostly based on the song "Riot On Sunset Strip" by The Standells with some references to the movie of the same name and various other mid-'60s long haired happenings. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Saturday, September 18, 2010
I drew this zombified self portrait back in 1997. It was printed in an issue of Winnipeg's premiere alt comix anthology Sunburn. I changed phone numbers awhile back so don't bother trying to crank call me. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Friday, September 17, 2010
When the (Chicago, Roctober-connected) Goblins started their fan club back in the mid-'90s, they held a contest for fans of the band to suggest possible names for the club. My humble suggestion ("The Swingin' Creepers") failed to make the cut even though there ended up being two winners; "Castle Of Freaks" highlighting the creepy Halloween side of the band's persona and "We're A Winner!" reflecting their socially conscious, positive-message-for-the-kids proclivities. This logo was designed to be the masthead for the official fan club newsletter which ran for a few issues back around 1997-98. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
I drew these images way back in the '90s for a local entrepreneur who planned a line of T-shirts featuring rude cartoon parodies of popular products. As far as I know no shirts were ever actually made of these. There's at least one more in the series but I can't find a scan of it right now so I'll have to post that one later. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
This cryptic bit of Crampage was drawn for Roctober magazine's 2007 spinoff publication Chic-A Go-Go Comics. It's based on a frame from a video interview with The Cramps conducted by puppet mascot Ratso which was aired on the Chic-A Go-Go cable access TV show. This drawing also appeared in Roctober #47 as part of their tribute to Lux Interior following his tragic death. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Monday, September 13, 2010
This lovable character is Smokin' Dick, subject of a song by Chicago's Goblins that appeared on a 7" flexidisc issued by Roctober magazine way back in 1995. There was some talk of building a Muppet-style Smokin' Dick puppet to help get the song's anti-smoking message across to the kids, but I don't know if that ever actually happened. Anyway this is to date the only flexidisc release to feature Merinuk artwork on the sleeve. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
This screamin' alien was drawn back in 2001 as an ad for esteemed German label Screaming Apple Records. The final version had covers of various Screaming Apple releases in all those records the alien is holding, plus some text with info about them, but that version is on a CDR that won't open anymore so I guess you kids will have to make do with just the raw art. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
This drawing of R&B/soul goddess Sugar Pie DeSanto is yet another excerpt from the forthcoming Roctober interview compilation volume Flying Saucer Rock'n'Roll. I'm still waiting for news on when this epic tome will hit the street but rest assured that you Rubber Room readin' reprobates will be the first to hear about it when the word comes down. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
I drew this one back in 1995 as a T-shirt design for wild Spanish garage combo Dr. Explosion. The band is still going although singer/guitarist Jorge (holding lantern in the drawing) is the only original member. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
This was the poster for a planned Winnipeg show by venerable UK anarcho-punks Conflict. The whole Conflict tour was canceled and legendary locals The Unwanted ended up headlining the show. Stay tuned for MORE ANARCHISTIC ACTION!
Monday, September 6, 2010
Just finished this poster for a local show featuring heavy punk/metal veterans Big Trouble In Little China, messed up hardcore punks Everyone's Fired!!! and one of my fave local combos, The Blowholes with their sub-aquatic girls-in-the-garage sound. Should be a pretty cool show. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Another weird one for you today. This is the cover art for a 4 song Cramps bootleg 7" that came out back in the early '90s and yep, it's just a cheap black and white xerox of the cover of Rockin' Bones #1. The songs are alternate mixes from the rare white label promo version of the first Cramps LP, Songs The Lord Taught Us. This surfaced again a few years back as part of a whole slew of Cramps bootleg reissues. You'd think the cheap bums who put this out might have sent me a promo copy but no, I hadda shell out hard earned cash to get one. Anyway, I love The Cramps and this is probably as close as I'll ever get to doing a sleeve for them so what the hell. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Friday, September 3, 2010
Here's the cover art for the first issue of kool Greek garage zine Lost In Tyme. This one actually started back in 1997 as an album cover concept sketch for Arizona garage/psych combo The Marshmallow Overcoat. I touched up the pencil drawing and inked it in 2004, the first of 5 Lost In Tyme covers I've done to date. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
This was the T-shirt design for the 1995 edition of Garage Shock. The Estrus garage scene was at its peak around this time and it was another jam packed 4 day onslaught of trashy rock'n'roll at the 3-B Tavern in Bellingham, WA. I think the original art for this was in the Estrus warehouse when it burned to the ground some years back but I dug out a nice clean photocopy for your viewing pleasure. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Here's a kaveman kwickie I did a few years back to promote a garage rock DJ night. I think this was taking place in Ontario somewhere but I don't have a version of this with the text added and the details on the whole thing have gotten a little murky in my scrambled cranium. Anyway this was at the same time that I was doing the Back From The Cave poster series and I must admit that I was actually getting kinda sick of drawing cavemen by the time I did this one. I feel better now though. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Here's the cover for Volume 1 of the South American Teenage Garage Punk series of 7" comps, issued on Spanish label Butterfly Records back in 2003. Bands on this one were The Tandooris, Los Peyotes, Elio & Thee Horribles and Los Supersonicos, all playing various styles of trashy '60s garage and surf music. It was a limited edition of 500 copies. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Saturday, August 28, 2010
This one was drawn back in 1993 as a logo for my French pal Phillipe's aggro/noise/punk label Pandemonium Records. The next year he used it as the cover for a comp CD of French bands which you can see below. The coloring and layout for the CD art was credited to "Sugar & Spice" (whoever that may be). Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Friday, August 27, 2010
This one was used as the tray card art for Rocket To You!, the 1998 debut CD by Italian pop-punkers The Manges. They often had a '50s influence on their sleeve art and posters (although not in their straight up Ramones-inspired music), so I thought this portrait of a teenage rock'n'roll fan from that era would be appropriate for their album art. A photo of the band was added to the teevee screen in the printed version. The Manges are still rockin' after all these years so check 'em out. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Here's a weird one that I drew way back in 1996 for crazed French garage/psych combo The Beach Bitches. This was the front cover of their 10" LP on Dig! Records, a limited edition of only 300 copies. The original art for this one is long gone and the printing on the record sleeve itself is not that great so I scanned this for you from a good quality photocopy that I dug outta my files. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Here's another sample from the batch of illustrations I did for Flying Saucer Rock'n'Roll, the forthcoming volume of collected interviews from the swingin' pages of Roctober magazine. This one will accompany the interview with wigged-out '70s glam rock weirdos Zolar X! Latest word is that the book will be hitting the streets sometime next year. More info when I hear any news. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!