• Pics or it didn’t happen!

    Many of the cor­re­spond­ing images that illus­trate the fol­low­ing projects are still being “processed”. Please check back later if there are no pic­tures under a project you are inter­ested in view­ing. Also, descrip­tions are forth­com­ing. Harrumph.

Naked as a Gaybird

This poster was a blast to make. The play­wright, Jay Byrd pro­vided a beau­ti­ful por­trait of him­self drawn by his friend Heyd Fontenot. I chan­neled my child­hood mem­o­ries of 1970s YA fic­tion, disco, and movies that only played at the weird down­town the­ater that I wasn’t allowed near to cre­ate this com­po­si­tion. The title type treat­ment is a redraw­ing of 1970s sta­ple ITC Book­man Swash in case you were keep­ing score at home.

Poster (11×17) and Post­card (5.5×8.5):
Naked as a Gaybird

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Thr3e Zisters

Thr3e Zis­ters is SVT’s zom­bie adap­ta­tion of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sis­ters. Antique pho­togravure and pho­to­graph of vin­tage dolls are recol­ored in a con­tem­po­rary and uncom­fort­able palette. Title typog­ra­phy built from 19th cen­tury engrav­ings of sur­gi­cal implements.

Poster (11×17) and Post­card (5.5×8.5); Title Art Detail

Thr3e Zisters thr3ezisters_titleart

Source image notes:
1. Top pho­to­graph of creepy Vic­to­rian dolls was taken by myself at Pollock’s Toy Museum in Lon­don, Eng­land on April 26, 2008.
2. Bot­tom image is a pho­togravure enti­tled Avant l’opération salon de 1887 by Henri Gervex (1852–1929) of a young woman about to undergo an oper­a­tion and is in the pub­lic domain. View the uncropped image in its orig­i­nal col­ors at the U.S. National Library of Med­i­cine.

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Am I White

Trou­ble­some poster to design. Great pho­to­graph of fea­tured per­former J. Ben Wolfe which I had to cover in a LOT of hate­ful tattoos.

Poster (11×17) and Post­card (5.5×8.5):
Am I White

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Bright Now Beyond

The orig­i­nal direc­tion for Jomama Jones’ musi­cal adap­ta­tion of Frank Baum’s The Mar­velous Land of Oz was a vaudeville-inspired poster but ended up as a quasi-hybrid of west­ern show­cards and a Black Spar­row book cover. Two great tastes.

Poster (11×17) and Post­card (5.5×8.5)
Bright Now Beyond

Source image notes:
1. Fore­ground image of the Amer­i­can Crow comes from plate 156 of Audubon’s Birds of Amer­ica, 1861 and is pub­lic domain. The orig­i­nal image is a beau­ti­ful chro­mo­ligho­traph which has been cropped and degraded with a really rough halftone. (For­give me, Mr. Audubon!)
2. Back­ground but­ter­flies come cour­tesy of plate 10 from the 1895 Ger­man book Europas bekan­nteste Schmetter­linge. Beschrei­bung der wichtig­sten Arten und Anleitung zur Ken­nt­nis und zum Sam­meln der Schmetter­linge ind Rau­pen (Europe’s best-known but­ter­flies. Descrip­tion of key species and guid­ance notes on col­lect­ing of but­ter­flies and cater­pil­lars), F. Nemos and is in the pub­lic domain. The orig­i­nal image is beau­ti­fully col­ored and once again I’ve reduced it to a single-color halftone (except for the spe­cial one in the top-right cor­ner). View a PDF of the entire volume.

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From the Pig Pile: The Requisite Gesture(s) of Narrow Approach

This SVT poster comes to you from the damp attic of an aban­doned 19th cen­tury ship­ping yard by way of an old West adver­tise­ment. Anachro­nis­tic jumble!

From the Pig Pile…

Back­ground image (before re-coloring) is a black and white photo of a paint­ing of the S.S. Pots­dam, Hol­land Amer­i­can Line painted by Fred Pans­ing (1854–1912) and is pub­lic domain. High res­o­lu­tion image cour­tesy of our Library of Con­gress.

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20 Years of Salvage Vanguard Theater

Sal­vage Van­guard The­ater cel­e­brates its 20th year in 2014. This com­mem­o­ra­tive image is built from slices of var­i­ous posters and other ephemera I’ve cre­ated for SVT since 1999. Of course you did the math and real­ized that twenty years ago wasn’t 1999 but 1994. I wish I had arti­facts from those first five years by other design­ers for SVT. Also, the build­ing that housed SVT’s pre­vi­ous office had a fire in 2005 and lost a bunch of their archives. Which is all to say that it’s not a big ego thing by only using my own designs.


The image slices are not aligned chrono­log­i­cally and are not the same slice from each source. This was not an auto­mated cre­ation — all parts were cho­sen and arranged for max­i­mum aes­thetic won­der­ful­ness. Cur­rently this is only a dig­i­tal image — no phys­i­cal arti­facts. Later in the year there may be com­ple­men­tary designs for T-shirts.


Source images (left → right):

  1. Wall­pa­per Psalm, 2001
  2. Venus, 1999
  3. Tilt Angel, 2001
  4. Ter­mi­nal Hip, 2000
  5. Tem­pOdyssey, 2004
  6. A Brief Nar­ra­tive of an Extra­or­di­nary Birth of Rab­bits, 2010
  7. Return of The Inter­galac­tic Neme­sis, 2001
  8. The Inter­galac­tic Neme­sis, 2000
  9. Know Dog, 2004
  10. Iphi­ge­nia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell that was Once Her Heart (A Rave Fable), 2009
  11. Hed­da­tron, 2011
  12. Fugi­tive Pieces, 2002
  13. Diri­gi­ble, 1999
  14. Guest By Cour­tesy, 2011
  15. The Amer­i­can Demons, 2000
  16. Death of a Cat, 2004
  17. The Cry Pitch Car­rolls, 2003
  18. The Cry Pitch Car­rolls, 1999
  19. 16 Spells to Charm the Beast, 2004
  20. Ajax (por nobody), 2004
  21. Voices Under­wa­ter, 2007
  22. Neme­sis @ UTPAC, 2006
  23. Thrush, 2006
  24. Sta­tic, 2006
  25. Inter­galac­tic Neme­sis Redux, 2002
  26. The Inter­galac­tic Neme­sis: Twin Infin­ity, 2005
  27. Unbeaten, 2008
  28. Mud, 2007
  29. Moth­er­bone, 2002
  30. Hamil­ton Town­ship, 2008
  31. Genghis Khan, 2005
  32. Dream Cab­i­net, 2012
  33. Civ­i­liza­tion (all you can eat), 2012
  34. Ameri­cam­is­fit, 2005
  35. Venus, post­card, 1999
  36. Salon Van­guard, 2012
  37. Party on the Van­guard, 2013
  38. Party on the Van­guard, 2011
  39. Jomama Jones: Radi­ate, 2013
  40. Pinkolan­dia, 2013
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Party on the Vanguard, 2013

Party on the Van­guard is the annual fundraiser (extrav­a­ganza). The 2013 event fell pretty close to Hal­loween so Día de Muer­tos was the theme. Nineteenth-century wood type (nat­u­rally) and a skull water­mark effect were employed to the delight of prac­ti­cally every­one involved.

Post­card (8.5×3.667)

Party on the Vanguard 2013 postcard

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Pinkos? Cold war? Ice­bergs? Get it? Eh, whadda you know…

Poster (17×11); Austin Chron­i­cle ad (2.375×2.55); Lobby posters (36×24)

Pinkolandia Poster/Postcard Pinkolandia Austin Chronicle ad Pinkolandia lobby poster (1 of 2) Pinkolandia lobby poster (2 of 2)

Polar Bear (Ursus Mar­itimus) Engrav­ing, Artist unknown, circa 1800.

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Jomama Jones: Radiate

Descrip­tion com­ing soon. But for now please enjoy this place­holder text:

Duis mol­lis, est non com­modo luc­tus, nisi erat port­ti­tor ligula, eget lacinia odio sem nec elit. Nulla vitae elit libero, a phare­tra augue. Etiam porta sem male­suada magna mol­lis euis­mod. Aenean eu leo quam. Pel­len­tesque ornare sem lacinia quam vene­natis vestibulum.

Orig­i­nal pho­to­graph (before I went nuts with the col­ors) by Nisha Sondhe.

Poster (11×17) and Post­card (5.5×8.5):
Radiate poster

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SVT @ Fusebox 2013

A quick lit­tle card to pro­mote SVT’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the 2013 Fuse­box fes­ti­val. Guest by Cour­tesy was a full pro­duc­tion in 2011 and we have a small piece of that poster with its title art on the left side. On the right to pro­mote River of Gruel is an actual pho­to­graph of some­one point­ing at Sasquatch in the woods. This deci­sion will be val­i­dated once you see the performance.

Post­card (4×4)

SVT @ Fusebox 2013 Card, Front SVT @ Fusebox 2013 Card, Back
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