Sunday, April 05, 2009

1969...







15 comments:

Whitney Pollett said...

These are Rad!! So nostalgic and yet still delightfully Vince!
Great stuff man!!!

Ry's Photo Blog said...

I wish I could say that I remember 1969, but I can't. But I do like the look of these, and that was a good paper choice, it certainly gives them a certain nostalgia. I'm starting to think you like the Beatles or somethin...

max said...

You rock'n'roll Vince!
Really great illustrations, powerful stuff, the spirit of the age is all there.

Vince M said...

Thanks Whitney. It wasn't nostalgia that sparked this project, but the recent issue of the UK's MOJO Classic magazine, a look back at the turbulent end of an otherwise fun and exciting decade.

I remember the mid to late '60s Ry. It was a great time to be a teen-age hippie wanna-be. But sadly, it's also the year that a lot of good things came crashing down in flames. The gray paper was given to me by either Tuzon or Velasco months ago.
And let's get it right; I don't like The Beatles, I love them.

Thanks for the kind words Max. I'm having fun with this series. Trying to keep the approach simple, just pencil, prismacolors and Tombow brush pen. I like the idea of having a theme lately, instead of just making random drawings. Especially after coming out of a creative block that lasted a few months. Bummer.

marcoshark said...

Vince, this is great editorial stuff. You really captured the era here.

Vince M said...

Thanks Marc, I'm enjoying this series. It's a trip down Memory Lane.

John T. Quinn 3rd said...

i remember 1969. I remember standing out in the back yard looking up at the night sky pretending I could see Apollo 11. Those were space crazy days for a 5 year old.

I remember the music, as my mother's siblings are younger than she and were quite "hip." mom was montovanni and johnny mathis while uncle russ was Rod Stewart, King Crimson and played bass and harp in a band. I remember going to a block party in jersey city to see them play but, that might have been later as I remember hearing Brown Sugar.

anyway, i was too young to be truly tuned in but, the cardboard lunar module we got from McDonald's? That was badass!

nice look back Vince. i hope you keep going with these vince. would be great to see some period autobiographical comix.

Dorota said...

I don't remember any of those but fun drawings Vincee, love the top one.

Vince M said...

Wow! It's so nice to come home to a house filled with company. I'm so glad you enjoyed these graphic interpretations of a year I'll remember with a tinge of sadness for the rest of my life.
1969 was an amazing year, but it was also a sad ending to a lot of promise that I, as a young man was looking forward to.
It truly was the best and the worst of times for my generation. Viet Nam loomed over all of our heads and the economy was beginning another dive into the toilet. And to top it all off The Beatles said bye-bye.
Imagine getting out of High School and not even being able to get jobs you didn't want? That's how bad it was.
I was lucky. I had music.
And you're right, John. I'd like to put some of my recollections into comix form. Especially the night I was supposed to see Led Zeppelin at the New York State Pavilion at the World's Fair Park in Queens, but--

Like I said: the best of times and the worst of times.

And thanks for the kind words Dorota.

Ry's Photo Blog said...

Hey Bud,
Thanks for keeping the blogs alive and kickin'.
So, is this a 40th anniversary tribute to all things 1969?

Vince M said...

Yes it is, Ry. At least as far as rock music is concerned. I'm hoping to do three volumes over the course of the year, about twenty one sketches in total.

Ty Carter said...

Beautiful sketches

Phantom Spitter said...

Groovy!

Sorry I haven't commented in a while, Vince. This stuff gets better and better!

nic said...

Is there a significance to the number 21? I love this idea, Vince. It's great to put the reminder of that time period out there, for all generations, of what this country went through not-so-long-ago, and to tell it from your personal experiences makes it all the more meaningful. Print it, bind it, sell me one!!! :)

Vince M said...

Thanks Ty and Phantom for the kind comments.

No significance to the number 21, Nic. Just a fun project drawn from musicians I admired as well as the infamous few who helped close the door on an otherwise amazing period.