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…recently illustrated artwork for the Gary, Indiana-based 18th Street Brewery.

Erik’s illustrations are featured on 18th Street’s American pale ale, which is better known as Temporal Purgatory. On a can, Erik’s work looks like this:

18th Street Brewery's Temporal Purgatory artwork by Erik Rose!

Head-on, it looks like this:

I'd drink that!

If you zoom into the tombstone with the cross on top of it on the left, just above the skeleton’s hip bone, you’ll find this:

Now with more Zori!

Zori, which is the last name of our other good friend Milan.

And if you zoom in above and to the left of the skull’s mandible, you’ll find this:

I've made it!

Shady! Yay!

You know you’ve made it when your last name shows up on a can of beer,

-Shady

…for sending me a sweet care package from Moldova!

It came with these awesome stamps…

Jenea mail!

…and an original Jenea illustration on the envelope.

Jenea mail!

Inside, Jenea gave me a postcard, a sticker, and some cash money…

Jenea mail!

…plus a Merry Christmas postcard featuring more of Jenea’s artwork.

Jenea mail!

Taped to the back were some Moldovan and Ukrainian coins…

Jenea mail!

…and this sweet USSR-era coin! Awesome, right? да!

Jenea mail!

Thanks to Jenea for sending it all my way,

-Shady

Dwellephant's "Jake 'The Cake' Roberts."

…check out my good friend Dwellephant’s current show at Eat Cake! in Milwaukee.

Dwellephant has ten new pieces in the show (which celebrates the tenth anniversary of Eat Cake!) and each one of them is cake-centric.

The one above? Jake “The Cake” Roberts. The one below? Cake Winslet.

Dwellephant's "Cake Winslet."

Brilliant!

The show is up through December 16th, so check it out soon!

Learn more about Dwellephant here, and more about Eat Cake! here.

Impressed and hungry,

-Shady

Now that “Breaking Bad” is over, the second season of the BBC series “Luther” is easily my favorite show on television.

Want proof? Over the past year I’ve written posts about the show here and here and here.

So imagine my surprise when a few images from “The Roberts” (the graphic novel I wrote and my good friend Erik Rose illustrated) popped up in the finale of the show’s second season.

While watching the finale (or episode four if you’re interested in tracking it down for yourself), about twelve minutes into the episode, I noticed one illustration in particular that struck me as familiar. In the scene, John Luther (played by the amazing Idris Elba) is going through a serial killer’s apartment looking for clues. Hanging there on the wall to the left of his face was Erik Rose’s illustration of one of the Boston Strangler’s victims.

Here’s a pulled back shot. The image you’re looking for is of the face-up woman directly across and to the left of Elba’s head.

Here’s a closer look. His eyes are directly across from hers.

And finally, even closer.

In the book, it was the right side of this two-page spread.

I also caught one other illustration from the book in the shot. Just to the left of Elba’s fingertips in this screen cap is one of Erik’s illustrations of the Zodiac Killer. It’s kind of hard to see, but he’s pointing a gun at the viewer.

In the book, it looks like this.

I’ve got to say, I’ve been flattered by a lot of things over the years, but this was pretty damn cool. Especially considering I caught it myself.

If you have never seen “Luther” watch it now. The first season is six episodes, the second season only four, so you have no reason not to.

So happy it didn’t show up on “2 Broke Girls,”

-Shady

…and he gave me this in return:

I should get it framed,

-Shady

…gets some love from Beck. Check it out for yourself here.

Music and art,

-Shady

…the animated video “Muto” by artist BLU hit the Internet.

Two days ago, BLU posted a brand-new video titled “Big Bang Big Boom.”

That’s some serious dedication to your art,

-Shady

Last July I posted this. Remember that? Yeah.

Well, I’m still doing “Sketchbook” posts here on “The Blarg” (see the most recent “Sketchbook” entry here), but unfortunately I had a piece of shit Dell laptop that died and, when it did, it took my email list of interested and contributing artists with it.

So if you’re a regular contributor to “Sketchbook,” or if you’re just interested in being placed on the assignment list, please email me here and let me know.

As of right now there’s only one person on the list: me. That’s gonna be a pretty sad next entry if I don’t get more people signed up.

Hit me back and spread the word,

-Shady

Dig the whole story here!

I’m the proud balding brother,

-Shady

…who I worked with on “The Roberts,” is looking for a few interesting commission and freelance gigs. Erik’s creative juices are flowing (gross) and he wants to utilize them on an original piece of artwork for you (also gross)!

Besides “The Roberts,” Erik’s work was published in last year’s “The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers” by Cathleen Falsani.

Erik does it all, from pen and ink to full-color paintings. Need proof? Check it!

So if you’re looking for some pretty new artwork for your bare walls be sure to hit Erik up! Check out his website and blog to see more work.

Creativity for hire,

-Shady

Old Poop!