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“Junior Daredevil”

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As a child growing up in the 70′s, there was one man that all of my friends and I had as our childhood hero.

All-American daredevil Evel Knievel.

We watched his epic jumps on ABC’s Wide World of Sports.  They were HUGE events for not only us kids, but the entire nation. ESPN “extreme sports” didn’t exist back then.  Knievel created the genre of extreme sports.  He was an extreme sport all unto himself.

We spent hours playing with our Stunt Cycle toy sets.  But nothing was better than riding around the neighborhood on our bikes, pretending we were stuntmen too.  We’d constantly challenge each other to see who could jump the farthest.  We’d launch ourselves off of crudely cobbled together ramps, built from anything we could find. We had some spectacular jumps, but we also had some equally spectacular crashes.

I recently told my oldest son about Evel Knievel.  We watched his jumps online and took out books from our local library. Those were a good start… But nothing charged him up more than that day he took his first bicycle jump off of his skateboard ramp.  After his shaky landing, the look of pure excitement in his eyes spoke volumes. That thrilling shared experience of his first jump, totally transported me back to my OWN childhood and we totally connected that day. I looked at my grinning son and said… “Yeah… I know.”

This print is my tribute to the great Evel Knievel and all junior daredevils everywhere…

•Hand-pulled silkscreen print
•18″ x 24″ on 100# Cougar Natural paper.
•Printed with water based non-toxic ink
•8 colors (including Metallic silver)
•Signed and numbered edition of 60

Visit the tinybirdpress.com store, for more details.

“Space Patrol”

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One night I was spending some quality time with my older son, sketching rockets and robots. We had such a great time together. The idea for this art print was born that night.

My vision for this art print was to make retro propaganda-style print using the rocket I had sketched with my son. A piece that hearkened back to early science fiction serials. Ones like Tom Corbett – Space Cadet, Captain Video, Buck Rogers, etc…

•Hand-printed serigraph
•18″ x 24″ on 100# French Speckletone paper
•Printed with water based, non-toxic ink
•Signed and numbered edition of 50

Visit the Tiny Bird Press store for more info.

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Couple of new hand-printed pieces from me…

“Time and Space” Available tonight (Oct. 29th) via tinybirdpress.com

Galerie F Exclusive print. “Radio Drama” currently available via galerief.com.

More info on both pieces as well as additional pictures, up at tinybirdpress.com

Family Print Weekend

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My kids have been begging me to do another art print. We always have a good time making them, and I’m happy to pass on whatever screen printing knowledge I have to them, hoping one day they may follow in my footsteps.

We scheduled this past weekend as “Family Print Weekend”. My 7 year old son drew a killer robot the other day. It just looked too cool NOT to turn into a print and “Tin Can Man” print was born. My 10 year old daughter loves cats, so her print idea was a “Calico Kitty”, each one hand embellished with a pink nose.

The kids did great! I stepped in and helped out when needed, but both of my kids worked the squeegees on each of their prints. Needless to say, I’m a VERY proud Dad.

If you’re interested in picking up a copy of either one of their prints and helping to encourage a child’s creativity, please visit the Tiny Bird Press store. Thanks!

Hot Rod Hill Climb – 60th Anniversary

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I’m always humbled and thankful when I get to work with an artist who’s work I admire. I was once again fortunate enough to work with one of my favorites, Jeff Norwell. Jeff was tapped to do the art for the 60th anniversary commemorative poster of the Hot Rod Hill Climb, and he wanted me to print it for him. If you’re in Colorado this weekend, snag one of these, as I’m sure they’ll go fast. 10 color, hand-printed. Limited edition, 100 pcs.

“A Boy and his Big Blue Box”

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Boy and his big blue box

When I was a kid, I used to run home from school to watch my favorite TV shows. One of them, was this British television program that ran on WTTW, (the PBS station in Chicago).  It was a quirky science fiction show about a time traveller called the Doctor.  He and his companions whisked around space and time in a blue phone booth looking thing called a Police Box.

The year was 1980.  The show was called Doctor Who, and I, was hooked.

The Doctor at that time was played by an actor named Tom Baker, who wore a ridiculously long scarf.  I decided I needed a long scarf too.  I wrote a letter to some long forgotten address I obtained, and received a knitting pattern for the scarf.  I somehow talked my grandmother into making one for me.  It was awesome.  Even though I was ridiculed mercilessly by my peers for wearing it, my love for the 4th Doctor and his adventures never diminished.

Well, it just so happens that 2013 is the 50th year anniversary of Doctor Who. It’s the longest running science fiction television series in the world.

This is my homage to those days from my youth.  Days that were filled with countless hours spent watching Doctor Who and pretending that I too, could travel in space and time.

“A Boy and his Big Blue Box”

•Hand-printed serigraph by Rob Schwager
•19″ x 25″ on 100# French Speckletone paper
•Printed with water based non-toxic ink
•11 screens
•Signed and numbered edition of 130

The print will be released on Friday, May 31st at 8:00 PM E.S.T. at the Tiny Bird Press webstore.

The cost is $50 each + shipping

Because each print is hand-crafted, please expect small variations. Each is unique and original; no two prints are exactly alike… enjoy their uniqueness!

Shipped via USPS, in a very sturdy mailing tube. All orders shipped to US addresses are USPS PRIORITY MAIL with delivery confirmation.

——LIMIT TWO PER CUSTOMER / HOUSEHOLD——

Orders containing more than two, or if it’s determined to be going to the same customer or household WILL BE CANCELED AND REFUNDED.

This is the second print in a new series focusing on my favorite television shows that I watched as a child. The series is dedicated to those TV programs which shaped the person I am today, in so many ways.

Thanks again for all your support!

One Small Step – second edition

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A little over one year ago, I first released my “One Small Step” art print. It celebrated the feeling of awe and wonder that we (as a nation) shared back on that night in 1969, when it was broadcast live on TV, that man had first set foot on the moon.

Since the release and subsequent selling out, not a week goes by that I don’t get an e-mail from someone asking about the print and if I have any “spare” copies that I can sell. My artist proofs have long since sold out. I noticed a few folks on Ebay trying to flip copies of the prints they had for ridiculous amounts of money. I don’t want people who dig my art to get gouged and pay through the nose for it…

So, I decided to re-print it.

The colors aren’t an exact match to the first edition, but that’s part of the charm of screen printing and of doing a second edition. Because each print is hand-crafted, please expect small variations. Each is unique and original; no two prints are exactly alike… enjoy their uniqueness!

“One Small Step” – second edition

19″ x 25″ Limited Edition hand-printed serigraph (silkscreen print)
Notes:
- 19″ x 25″ on 100lb. Cover French Construction Steel Blue paper
- 6 colors (including glow-in-the-dark ink)
- Hand signed and numbered and labelled as “second edition” on front of the print. Edition of 80
- Hand-made

 

Remember When – Orange Crate Kid limited edition art print

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Just like my first “Remember When” print the “bomber boy,” this piece pays tribute to a simpler time. A boy, his dog and his orange crate scooter.

Most kids these days don’t know what it’s like to play outside for hours on end. My children are guilty of it as well. They’re consumed with technology and hand-held gadgets at every turn. When I was a kid, we’d leave the house as early as possible, have adventures outside all day long and then we’d practically have to be hunted down by our parents after dark to come in for dinner and then eventually bed.

“Orange Crate Kid”

Notes:
- Hand-printed 

- 18″ x 24″ on 100lb American made Cougar natural cover weight paper
- Printed with water based non-toxic inks
- Signed and numbered, edition of 100

$25.00 each + shipping





LIMIT TWO PER CUSTOMER / HOUSEHOLD.

**Wood variant – 5 pieces printed on 1/2” thick top choice blonde wood panel.**

$65.00 each + shipping NO INTERNATIONAL ORDERS FOR WOOD VARIANT

LIMIT ONE PER CUSTOMER / HOUSEHOLD.

Orders containing more than the designated amount, or if it’s determined to be to the same customer or household WILL BE CANCELED AND REFUNDED.

Because each print is hand-crafted, please expect small variations. Each is unique and original; no two prints are exactly alike… enjoy their uniqueness!

Prints shipped via USPS, in a very sturdy mailing tube. Wood panels shipped in an oversized box. All orders shipped to US addresses are USPS PRIORITY MAIL with delivery confirmation.

Both go on sale Tuesday, January 29th at 7PM Eastern time in the Tiny Bird Press store.

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“KAPOW!” – Limited edition screen print

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This is the first print in a new “Remember When” series focusing on my favorite television shows that I watched as a child. The series is dedicated to those TV programs which shaped the person I am today, in so many ways. There will be no set release dates, or pre-determined line-up, although I currently have plans for six more after this print.

“KA-POW!”
•Hand-pulled screen print by Rob Schwager (dat’s me!)
•19″ x 25″ on 100# French Speckletone paper
•Printed with water based non-toxic ink
•9 screens
•Signed and numbered, limited edition of 80

The print will be released on Sunday, Dec. 2nd at 7:00 PM E.S.T. at the Tiny Bird Press webstore.

The cost is $40 each + shipping

 

Never Say Die! – limited edition art print – SOLD OUT!

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*update*  SOLD OUT

I created and donated this print to be used as a fund raiser to benefit the renovation of the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, FL. Built in 1921, the Capitol is one of Florida’s oldest operating theaters.

The first 25 people to arrive this Sunday at the screening of the 1985 classic, The Goonies, will receive a free copy of my “Never Say Die!” print. The remaining 50 are to be sold by the Capitol Theatre to raise funds to help with the renovation.

There were 100 pieces printed. Out of those 100, I was given 25 “artist copies” for me to sell to recoup my printing and production costs. The Capitol Theatre will receive 75 prints in all.

My 25 artist copies will be put up for sale on Sunday, Sept. 30th at 7PM EST., at the tinybirdpress.com webstore.

Notes:

- Hand-pulled screen print
- 18″ x 24″ on 100lb tea-stained paper
- Printed with water based non-toxic inks
- Signed and numbered, limited edition of 100
- Each print was hand-embellished. Because they are stained by hand, each one is totally unique

The movie starts at 3pm. Be there!

Sidewinder – Limited edition art print

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After getting married (15 years ago) my wife and I left Chicago and moved out to Phoenix, Arizona for a few years. We’ve crisscrossed the country a few more times since then, but my heart has always remained in Arizona.

Over the past year or two, I had been kicking around an idea to do an Arizona-themed print, but it was while I was researching my favorite 1930’s advertising illustrator, Vernon Grant, that I came up with the idea for this print. (Vernon is best known for his creation of the characters Snap, Crackle and Pop for Kellogg’s.)

It’s both an homage to the genius of Vernon’s amazing artwork and also to the southwest landscape of Arizona, one of the places I love best in the world.

“Sidewinder”

Notes:
- Hand-printed
- 18″ x 24″ on 100lb American made Cougar natural cover weight paper
- Printed with water based non-toxic inks
- Signed and numbered, edition of 100

$25.00 each + shipping

LIMIT TWO PER CUSTOMER / HOUSEHOLD.

Orders containing more than two, or if it’s determined to be to the same customer or household WILL BE CANCELED AND REFUNDED.

Available tonight, July 31st, at 7pm EST in the Tiny Bird Press webstore.

“Firefly Girl” – limited edition screen print – SOLD OUT!

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This is my latest hand-pulled screen print, “firefly girl”.

Fireflies. Lightning Bugs. Glow worms, etc… Different names, depending on which region of the country you grew up in, but they all meant the same thing.

Growing up in Chicago, June and July meant the lightning bugs were back! At night my friends and I used to catch them and put as many as possible into jars. We’d almost always release them before our parents called us in for the night. Unfortunately, since moving to Florida, we don’t have lightning bugs around here. My kids had never seen a lightning bug and hadn’t experienced the fun of chasing and catching them. That is, until last year, when my daughter went up to Illinois to visit her grandparents for a couple weeks. She went in June and got to experience the thrill first hand. This print is a depiction of my daughter’s first experience with catching and releasing fireflies.

The nitty gritty:

The print is 18” x 24” in size.
Glow-in-the-dark ink.
The edition size is 40 pcs.
Signed and numbered

$25.00 + shipping    SOLD OUT!

Available tomorrow evening (July 23rd, 2012) in the Tiny Bird Press webstore.

“Ol Nasty” – Limited edition art print – SOLD OUT

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*update*  SOLD OUT

Ever since I first painted this guy on one of my faux bomber panels back in 2007, people have been asking for him on an art print.

Well, here it is. An extremely limited edition run of only 30 pieces. Due to the limited availability of these, limit 2 per name and address, please. Grab it for sale in the Tiny Bird Press store. Thank you!

18″ x 24″ Limited Edition hand-pulled silkscreen print

Notes:
- Image is approx. 15” square and printed on 18″ x 24″ on 80lb. Cougar Natural paper
- 3 colors
- Signed and numbered, edition of 30
- Hand-made

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Snippet of a new tribute art print I’m working on. Inspired by the King, comic book legend Jack Kirby and my favorite band, Monster Magnet.  I’ll be screen printing it as my schedule allows, so no release date has been set yet.  Yes, I’m going to be printing it with black light inks.

G. I. Combat

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Side by side glimpse of a title I’m currently working on for DC Comics.  G. I. Combat.  Written by the always awesome team of Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray.  Drawn by that art super-stud, Dan Panosian and digitally painted by yours truly.  This comic hits stands on May 2.

the Remember When series – “One Small Step” – SOLD OUT

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I have always been a huge fan of the “space race era” and space exploration in general.  I had wanted to create a print that captured the feeling of awe and wonder that we Americans shared back on that night in 1969. When it was broadcast live on TV that man had first set foot on the moon.

I was getting ready to print last week when I heard that Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos had found the Apollo 11 booster rockets and was planning to recover them.  I couldn’t believe that the timing of his announcement coincided with my latest art print. I’m glad that private individuals like Bezos are able to pick up the mantle held by NASA for so long and continue to try and explore space.

I hope that future generations can feel that same sense of awe and wonder and be inspired as I have been.

“One Small Step”

19″ x 25″ Limited Edition hand-pulled silkscreen print

Notes:
- 19″ x 25″ on 100lb. Cover French Construction Steel Blue paper
- 5 colors
- Signed and numbered, edition of 50
- Hand-made

There’s also a Glow-in-the-Dark ink variant version.  BOTH VERSIONS ARE SOLD OUT!

Visit the Tiny Bird Press store for details.

Rosie the Riveter – a tribute art print

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In honor of Women’s History month, I wanted to create an art print of an American icon symbolizing strong women. One who epitomizes the hard-working, patriotic women from the greatest generation.
I have been wanting to do this print for a long time. I’ve been slowly working on the drawing for this print and for a sister print, for about two years. Rosie and the dedicated women like her and the contribution they made to the war effort have always held a special place in my heart. They helped build the bombers, which as a child, I became obsessed with. Now that I’m grown, their sacrifices have strongly influenced my artwork. As seen in my B-17 nose art bomber panel series. I can’t think of a more perfect icon that symbolizes the true American spirit, which my daughter can look up to and I can have proudly hanging in my own home. I hope you enjoy her as much as I have.

A tribute, to Rosie the riveter.
Rosie the Riveter
18″ x 24″ Limited Edition Art Print

Notes:
- 18″ x 24″ on 100lb American made Cougar natural cover weight paper
- 7 screens
- Printed with water based silkscreen non-toxic inks
- Signed and numbered, edition of 140

These are designed, illustrated and hand-printed by myself. Since my prints are hand-crafted, please expect and be conscious of the fact that small variations on each print are part of the hand-made process. Each print is unique and original, no two prints are exactly alike. Please, consider this before making your purchase.

Spider-man and apologies…

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So, the Amazing Spider-man issue that I worked on with the ever-awesome Matt Clark comes out today.  Make sure you grab a few copies and spread the love.  Thanks in advance!

I also wanted to take a second to apologize for my lack of updates recently.  Been dealing with some issues on the home-front.  If you’d like more frequent posts from me, why not follow me on Tumblr if you’re part of that community.  I post there much more than I do here.  The link is in my blogroll.  Thanks!

Jonah Hex trade

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More of my work also out this week…

Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI; Art by JORDI BERNET, EDUARDO RISSO, NELSON and FIONA STAPLES; Cover by JORDI BERNET and ROB SCHWAGER.

Can it be true? Jonah Hex has a wife? Find out in these tales from issues #61-67, including a tale illustrated by Eisner Award winner Eduardo Risso (100 BULLETS). 160pgs.  Softcover.  $17.99 US.  On Sale November 30, 2011

“My first car…” Limited edition hand screen printed art print

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My latest art print is for sale here and over at Tiny Bird Press. Click here for more details.