Sunday, December 7, 2008

Happy Holidays


For the past four or so years, my family and I have been knocking off old Beatles covers for our Christmas cards. This season we tackled the one I've been avoiding for years, Sgt.Pepper's. If you want to see past year's cards, go to my portfolios section at illoz.com and marvel at our obsessiveness.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Wall*E!


I excitedly picked up my copy of the three disc version of the new Wall*E bright and early today. And I imagine a good part of my day will be spent diving into the Extras. It hasn't been confirmed, but I can't help shaking the feeling that Pixar was influenced in appearance and name by actor, comedian and Marlon Brando BFF Wally (Underdog) Cox. Maybe it's just me...

PS: Just watched the Burn*E short on the DVD. Genius.

Rochester High Falls International Film Festival


Last week I put some videos into competition in the Rochester High Falls International Film Festival, which was originally set up as a showcase for women filmmakers (which is still a preference) but now has opened up the doors a bit. Just wanted to encourage any animators or live action filmmakers reading this to throw their work into the ring. You will have missed the earlybird specials on the entry fees, but it's still in the $35.00 range, and it gets bigger every year. Go to rochestermoviefest.com for more info.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Election 2008


Well, I got my birthday wish, the day after my birthday, and the numbers are better than I could have wished for. I really hope this election is going to be a game changer. But as my illustration implies, there's a ton of hard work ahead of us.

Friday, October 31, 2008

My Kid Part 2


Check out this awesome Star Trek poster my son did for college. Pretty sweet!

My Kid!


For the last few years my daughter has been carving awesome pumpkins for Halloween, more often than not Beatles related. And this year was no exception, with an beautiful likeness of Paul. She was going to carve in John as well, but ran out of time. Happy Halloween, folks!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Pete Docter


My buddy Pete (Monster's Inc) Docter turned 40 recently, and his lovely wife Amanda had the awfully fun idea of getting 40 of his friends to illustrate birthday cards for him. Here was my contribution. Happy Birthday, Pete.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ottawa


Just got back from the Ottawa Animation Festival and it was a blast. Beautiful city, some inspiring and fresh animation, and some mind numbingly depressing and pretentious animation. But that's the ticket you buy. Here I am at The Museum of Civilization shortly after the screening of my two TMBG video (we didn't win). I'm posing with some of my talented cocreators (L to R) Sean McBride, Adam Sacks and Phil Lockerby, in a picture taken by a cute and very polite Tour Guide.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Davyyyyyy...Davy Crockett...


...in Outer Space! Just finished a new TMBG video with Max Porter & Ru Kuwahata of tinyinventions.com called "The Ballad of Davy Crockett (in Outer Space)"! Turned out mighty sweet if I do say so myself and is available as a free TMBG Kid's Podcast on iTunes and will soon be up on YouTube I'm sure. Also, check out Max & Ru's blog on their website for some awesome "Making of" stuff.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Tattoo Town


I fairly recently had a pitch die for a feature version of my cartoon Tattoo Town. And here's some art that I did for it with my son Clayton.

Monday, May 26, 2008

RPO Cooks


Here's a cookbook cover I did for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, where I tried to channel some of the old 78s record covers a bit.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

RIJF '08


Here's the poster I did for this year's Rochester International Jazz Festival. Al Green!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

ASIFA-East Festival


I was at the 39th Annual ASIFA-East this past weekend, where my videos "I Can Add" and "7 Days of the Week (I Never Go to Work)" scored some awards. But since I've prattled on about those videos countless times already, I wanted to mention my favorite video at the Festival (that I didn't work on) called "Adventure Time." Seems a little average at first, but then about a minute in, it turns weird and hilarious. Produced by the good folks at Frederator and created by some genius named Pendleton Ward. http://youtube.com/watch?v=rtyJi3lExo0 or search youtube for "Adventure Time."

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Twenty Years Ago Today


Here's an old illustration I had done in '88, for the 20th anniversary of '68. You can get a gander of my old prismacolor style.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Al Jaffee


I had the pleasure of sharing an hour or so with the great Al Jaffee, who was just as witty and quick as I remember him on the pages of MAD. Here's a shot of me and Al, taken by my daughter. And the inevitable fold-in version. Yikes.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

New York ComicCon


At the New York ComicCon (Javits Center), I'll be lucky enough to be sitting on a panel with the great MAD artist Al (Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions) Jaffe, along with artist and Arf creater Craig Yoe and Hotwire Comix editor and artist Glenn Head. We will be discussing Arf and "Old-Skool cartoonists." Although I'll probably be spending a lot of time seeing if I can talk Al Jaffe into signing the MAD Fold In seen above. It will take place on Sunday, April 20 at 3pm in room 1E03. Please stop by and help spread the word. A good sample question for me might be "What the hell are you doing up there." 

I'll also get to hang out a bit again with Stephen Silver and Joe Bluhm, a couple of monster caricaturists.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Hell, Yeah


In anticipation of going to the NY CominCon next month, and possibly seeing Mike Mignola there, I drawed me some Hellboy.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Mort Drucker


I recently had another "Heroes of My Childhood" moment when I got a letter from the great Mort Drucker, in response to a gushing fan letter I had written him. Mort was hands down my biggest caricature influence growing up, well before I new what "caricature" meant. His movie parodies were my only knowledge of movies like "The Godfather" or "Midnight Cowboy" since I wasn't old enough to actually see them. And, judging by the note he sent me, he's a real sweet guy. I also got to channel him and Jack Davis a bit recently for "The Mesopotamians" video, which brought back my love for their work. So, I did a portrait of him. Because I owe him.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Gimme an "A"!

My old employer Entertainment Weekly reviewed TMBG's "Here Come the 123s" in the most recent issue. It scored an A.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Hunchys in Japan!


World traveler Crunchy (designed by my son Clayton) makes a stop in Japan, courtesy of my friend and fellow caricaturist Tomoko.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Skitterville, a Look Back


There's an article up on www.coldhardflash.com about my Playhouse Disney pilot, Skitterville. A fairly accurate account of what it took to create it. Just in case you're curious.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Stan the Man 3


Last week I had the pleasure of actually meeting the great Stan Lee in person, who is so sweet and friendly that he makes everyone he meets think they're his new best friend. In my case, though, it's clearly true. I mean, look at this picture!

Dollar Tree Finds


Now available at your local Dollar Tree, address books featuring Superfunk & Freaky-Dee! (as well as three other images). Collect 'em all!

Image Awards Celebrity Spotting





NAACP Image Awards


I just got back from the 39th NAACP Image Awards last week, which was a lot of fun. I did an illo of the honorees and host this year (Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Ruby Dee & D. L. Hughley) and got to meet a fair amount of celebs who were there. This art was also used on the cover of the Hollywood Reporter and a special section of Variety last Thursday. Cool, huh?

Monday, February 4, 2008

30 Rock



Here's a caricature of some of the cast of the beloved and greatly missed 30 Rock.

Super Tuesday!


February 5th is the day that the They Might Be Giants "Here Comes the 123s" DVD finally hits the streets. To recap, I did four videos for this project that I am quite proud of. And the ones I've seen that other people have done are wicked cool as well. So, don't feel that you need to have a toddler to buy one. Also, a special edition of one of my all time favorite movies, Billy Wilder's "The Apartment" comes out as well. Super! (Oh, and there are those Primary Elections as well, I guess)

My boy!


My son, and current Joe Kubert School student, Clayton Wilder Cowles now has his own blog. Look to the left for his name in the links. He has a nice one up right now of Mongolian hoards from the future crashing through the Great Wall of China. That's my boy. (Image courtesy of Clayton Cowles)

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Buster



Here's a portrait of silent era genius Buster Keaton, "The Great Stone Face", done in the new, rougher style I've been playing with

Friday, January 4, 2008

Bob!


Go to www.bobstaake.com/pixfix to have a look at my buddy and hero Bob Staake's crazy working method. I think it might be Zen-like, but I'm not sure. All I know is the results speak for themselves. Oh, and he works exclusively in Photoshop 3.0! (image from bobstaake.com)

Oh, no, no...


One of my videos for TMBG's Here Come the 123s DVD is now up as a free podcast available through iTunes. It's for the song "7 Days of the Week (I Never Go to Work)" and it features "Late Night with Conan O'Brien"s own Mark Pender on trumpet (as well as my niece Anna's son Matthew, my daughter at around 4 years old, and my beagle Barry). I co-directed this clip with the awfully talented animator Sean McBride.