Artist Tom Ward has really gotten my day off to a depressing start. Take the nostalgia and innocent filled world of Disney animation and give them real world implications. Most are fairly bleak outside of Beauty and the Beast but I admire the creativity.
There are things out there that are just never as good as you remember them. Pop Rocks, Gushers and pretty much any cartoon you loved before the age of five. I grew up with what is now considered the “classic” spiderman animated series. The sound of the theme is burnt into my brain, and I really thought the lyrics were as well. I mean i can remember Catches thieves just like flies in my sleep. I hum the song when I am concentrating or sometimes just out of boredom. It’s just so great! Well at least I thought it was. Then the dramatic reading appeared. At first I just assumed my instant dislike was because a classic song from my childhood was being put through the William Shatner ringer. But no there lyrics and the song are just truly terrible. Nostalgia is a hell of drug and I encourage everyone to just stay away.
Filip Hodas, is a artist from the Czech Republic who’s renderings that are truly out of this world. My favorite work is below. From a burnt out Pac Man and a defunct Hello Kitty to a litchen-covered Bender and a Martian Playstation space station, the artist uses well-known video games, fast food brands, cartoons characters and other recognizable imagery to litter the landscape of his pop culture apocalypse, providing us with a sense of nostalgia and disaster.