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Roy Orbision ~Risen from the Grave~ poster... by FlapJoy Roy Orbision ~Risen from the Grave~ poster... :iconflapjoy:FlapJoy 6 0 Indie Comics Fair 2017... by FlapJoy Indie Comics Fair 2017... :iconflapjoy:FlapJoy 7 2 A quick Diabolical X by FlapJoy A quick Diabolical X :iconflapjoy:FlapJoy 1 0 NiX Comics trading cards... by FlapJoy NiX Comics trading cards... :iconflapjoy:FlapJoy 5 0 Columbus Monthly Magazine Comic Strip... by FlapJoy Columbus Monthly Magazine Comic Strip... :iconflapjoy:FlapJoy 2 0 The Digest... by FlapJoy
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The Digest... :iconflapjoy:FlapJoy 3 0
Red Skull Retro Sticker by FlapJoy Red Skull Retro Sticker :iconflapjoy:FlapJoy 7 5 The Vicar - Pin Up for a Collected Edition. by FlapJoy The Vicar - Pin Up for a Collected Edition. :iconflapjoy:FlapJoy 6 0 The Vicar - Black and White. by FlapJoy The Vicar - Black and White. :iconflapjoy:FlapJoy 2 0 Independent's Day poster designs... by FlapJoy Independent's Day poster designs... :iconflapjoy:FlapJoy 3 0 The Mad Bat by FlapJoy The Mad Bat :iconflapjoy:FlapJoy 4 4 The Diabolical X... No.1 by FlapJoy The Diabolical X... No.1 :iconflapjoy:FlapJoy 4 0 The Diabolical X... No.2 by FlapJoy The Diabolical X... No.2 :iconflapjoy:FlapJoy 2 0 The Diabolical X... No.3 by FlapJoy The Diabolical X... No.3 :iconflapjoy:FlapJoy 3 0 The Diabolical X... No.4 by FlapJoy The Diabolical X... No.4 :iconflapjoy:FlapJoy 2 0 The Diabolical X... No.5 by FlapJoy The Diabolical X... No.5 :iconflapjoy:FlapJoy 2 0

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Roy Orbision ~Risen from the Grave~ poster...
Funny story: When Ken Eppstein, Chief Autocrat of NiX Comics, asked if I would contribute to his "Risen From The Grave" poster series concept, I was mildly hesitant. The poster set wonderfully depicts deceased rock legends coming back from the dead to perform one last great rock show, with these as their gig posters promoting the fictional event. 
I say I was hesitant because many years ago, when I was a kid and shortly after Elvis Presley had died, I drew a picture of the re-animated corpse of Elvis performing on stage. I was rather proud of it too, because for the first time I got the jaw line right on a human face, the fact that I was drawing Elvis's rotting skull helped me finally figure out the structure of the head... But, when my oldest brother saw the picture I so proudly drew, he scolded me; he told me my depiction was sacrilegious and in poor taste. I'm sure he was right on those levels, but he really gave me a hard lecture about it, which I remember to this day. So when I was drawing Roy Orbison as a decaying zombie for this project, even though I loved this idea and indulged in the work, that lecture resonated thru me the whole time. 
But the truth is, this set is a celebration of the rock and punk legends that left us before their time, which is kind of what rock and punk legends do. There's always been artistic merit in ghoulish imagery and horrific concepts, and in this case, a brand of dark humor that I found completely respectful of the subjects. Some of the musicians in this set I wasn't really familiar with, but thru this project I discovered artists that I can now explore their legacies and music for the first time long after they've left our world behind... 
I think if anything, my brother's lecture made me slightly more interested in darker themes. I used to be a rather skittish child, but his reaction made me wonder, on some level, what I had tapped into? It created in me a broader curiosity in exploring other boundaries and expanded my own creativity and imagination, and I should thank him for that... 

 Artists and Subjects included: Bob Ray Starker: Esquerita - Michael Neno: Mary Wells - Rich Trask: Roy Orbison - Matt Wyatt: Stiv Bators & Johnny Thunders - Leighanna DeRouen: Wendy O Williams & Tammy Wynette - Raeghan the Savage: Poly Styrene & Rosetta Tharpe... 
Rot by FlapJoy 
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Indie Comics Fair 2017...
The latest poster I've designed for the Indie Comics Fair sponsored by S.P.A.C.E happening at the Ace Of Cups on March 4th.

The fella doing all the heavy lifting is NiX Comics mascot Pander Bear created by Bob Starker and Ken Eppstein...
the image is inspired by a classic Hulk cover by artist Jim Steranko. Go to the Comics Fair, JEEZ !!
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A quick Diabolical X
"The only villian you will ever need, for your own good"...
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NiX Comics trading cards...
Ken Eppstein, writer and publisher of NiX comics the rock and roll horror anthology, came up with some genre mash-ups to illustrate the NiX comics rock and roll horror anthology concept, and asked me to draw 'em up. A complete set of six, we sold them at a recent signing at The Laughing Ogre comic book store in Columbus. An event that highlighted Columbus comics favorite son Jeff Smith creator of Bone and other local comic book creators. We all signed books and talked comics, the first time I ever did anything like to be sure!

Cards by FlapJoy 
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Columbus Monthly Magazine Comic Strip...
This is the final product that Columbus Monthly Magazine asked me to illustrate for the July issue. This is my most high profile project yet! And it was fun to do!!



C1 by FlapJoy C2 by FlapJoy C3 by FlapJoy 
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The Digest...
This is an image I created for the erotic gallery show "Il Gabinetto Segreto” that opened this weekend at The Vanderelli Room in Columbus Ohio, running until August 22nd.

I hoped to depict the marketing of kinks and perversions in a commercial world thru a mocked-up cover to a fictional periodical, defining American freedoms, and also exploiting alternative lifestyles. Any trip to a modern porn store, or visit to massive clip sites on the internet, demonstrate that nothing is off the table, everything is for sale. Access is instantaneous... what affect or any conclusions made about society are in the eye and mind of the beholder.

In this case, I've created a fictional Tumblr model Lydia Idiom (loosely based on the brilliant Cam Damage). Lydia uses her fractured body as an object of beauty and sexual desire, fulfilling a niche demand and lucrative use of her singular imagery for a fringe audience, empowering and exploitative simultaneously. Miss Idiom is missing an appendage, but has replaced it with one of power and control. She wears a dark leather glove on her other arm to balance her "Venus de Milo-esque" features. She is not weak, she is not damaged by her cracked outer shell, she has weaponized it. S
he owns her beauty, looking at you with with a knowing sneer... she is the predator, you are the prey. 
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I believe, in the future...
There will be such things as business flannel, and the "power hoodie".

I believe, in the future...
That everyone will be famous for fifteen episodes.

I believe, in the future...
We won't watch movies the way we do now. Films will come in a the form
of a skin cream that you rub on your forehead, slow-releasing the sounds,
sensations, and visuals, absorbed directly to your brain.
Popcorn will be a powder that you snort.

I believe, in the future...
Cats will grow thumbs and will be able to hold simple utensils and use small tools,
and have the dexterity to bounce a ball for annoyingly long periods of time... which you KNOW they'll do!!

I believe, in the future...
The most popular President of the United States in our history will have visible
neck tattoos, and CEO's will have many executive piercings.

I believe, in the future...
Pencil mustaches will make a comeback as a distinguished facial feature, but not for men.

.trask.

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:iconjoltinjohnnylucas:
joltinjohnnylucas Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016
thanks for the favoritism
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stavner Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Student Writer
Happy early birthday!
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joltinjohnnylucas Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016
thanks for the favoritism
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yanni101 Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
You got a really cool gallery, guy. Your line work and vectors are right on
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TheScarletMercenary Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Student Filmographer
Happy Birthday! :D
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FlapJoy Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015
Thanks a bunch!
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:D
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stavner Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Student Writer
Happy early birthday!
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FlapJoy Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015
Thanks!!
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joltinjohnnylucas Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015
thanks, bud
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