C. James Bye

Writer, Musician, Consumer of Nerd Culture.

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The Return of FrankenFloyd (and other Halloweenyness)!

Last year, I was asked to create a t-shirt design for FrankenFloyd, a horror-comedy themed Pink Floyd Halloween show that's part of an annual Halloween party for friends, partners and clients of The Barn at Pioneer Acres in Polk, Wisconsin. This year, I received the same assignment. The theme: The Dark Side of Ed Gein.

WIP: pencil

WIP: pencil

the man himself.

the man himself.

WIP: pen

WIP: pen

cleaned-up version

cleaned-up version

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the reverse: a human lampshade prism

Unfortunately, with all of the other work that goes into putting this huge shindig together, deadline wasn't met on t-shirt final revisions and production. But, that's what this blog is largely for: housing homeless doodles and oddities. Luckily, I got to see some work come to fruition when I played guitar with the band.

wifey Jessa with my one of my best pals (and one of our bridesmaids!) Nichole (dressed as "The Sandman"'s Death) waiting for the show to go on.

wifey Jessa with my one of my best pals (and one of our bridesmaids!) Nichole (dressed as "The Sandman"'s Death) waiting for the show to go on.

my view from my guitar stool in the barn loft. (that table o' liquor should give an indication of how much party this party had in it)

my view from my guitar stool in the barn loft. (that table o' liquor should give an indication of how much party this party had in it)

my guitar-buddy Nate to my left.

my guitar-buddy Nate to my left.

our hosts gifted the band with authentic Ed Gein winter caps! (also: it's embarassing how proud I was to find that pink folder for my sheet music)

our hosts gifted the band with authentic Ed Gein winter caps! (also: it's embarassing how proud I was to find that pink folder for my sheet music)

human lampshade and chair back up during the show.

human lampshade and chair back up during the show.

The setlist:

  1. ONE OF THESE DAYS
  2. SPEAK TO ME
  3. BREATHE
  4. ON THE RUN
  5. TIME
  6. BREATHE (REPRISE)
  7. THE GREAT GIG IN THE SKY
  8. MOTHER
  9. MONEY
  10. US AND THEM
  11. ANY COLOUR YOU LIKE
  12. BRAIN DAMAGE 
  13. ECLIPSE
  14. COMFORTABLY NUMB

Here are edits of "Mother" and "Brain Damage/Eclipse" from an audience mic. The band is comprised of folks from Wisconsin, Michigan, and Arizona, so there was no full-band rehearsal pre-show. There were flubs, and the vox might be a bit low, but aided by that table of liquor up there, I don't know if anyone noticed. From my loft perch, I noticed several people, eyes-shut, swaying and singing along to every word.

dancing with the wifey during the opening act. we're lo-key Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein, of course (notice the bolts on our necks).

dancing with the wifey during the opening act. we're lo-key Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein, of course (notice the bolts on our necks).

And continuing our Halloween roundup:

mid-meeting post-it doodle.

mid-meeting post-it doodle.

our My Neighbor Totoro pumpkin, lookin' pretty good if I do say so myself...

our My Neighbor Totoro pumpkin, lookin' pretty good if I do say so myself...

and after a squirrel destroyed it and stole the candle the very next day.

and after a squirrel destroyed it and stole the candle the very next day.

so, rather than dwell on the past, in the spirit of the season, we chose to move on quickly.

so, rather than dwell on the past, in the spirit of the season, we chose to move on quickly.

 me and the wife.

 me and the wife.

Comedy Coven Halloween

Comedy Coven was nice enough to ask me to do an poster for their Halloween, ahem, Hallomeme shows. Tricia's concept was a fun one: it's the disloyal man meme (sample below) but the man is the Creature of the Black Lagoon walking with his favorite scream queen, Julie Adams, and the woman who's caught his eye is Elvira. 

finished product

finished product

WIP

WIP

I originally toyed around with a background more closely related to the photo in the meme, but then my lovely wife suggested illustrating Lansing's Robin Theatre, where the show would take place, along with the surrounding buildings. This is just one of the many reasons I keep her around.

I originally toyed around with a background more closely related to the photo in the meme, but then my lovely wife suggested illustrating Lansing's Robin Theatre, where the show would take place, along with the surrounding buildings. This is just one of the many reasons I keep her around.

the meme.

the meme.

my lovely wife, pulled up on stage to help hammer a nail in this dude's nose! (photo courtesy Juila Kramer)

my lovely wife, pulled up on stage to help hammer a nail in this dude's nose! (photo courtesy Juila Kramer)

FrankenFloyd Halloween T-shirt Extravaganza!

I was recently asked to create an illustration for The Barn at Pioneer Acres, a beautiful wedding reception location in Polk, Wisconsin owned by friends of my family.

Every Halloween, they throw a party for a few hundred people, and every year there is much food, much booze, and a one-of-a-kind Pink Floyd-themed horror show complete with projection screens, smoke machines, props, costumes, and a mix of Floyd recordings and live performances. This year's theme was FrankenFloyd with a production that focused mostly on music from Floyd's iconic Wish You Were Here album.

Below, check out some of the work that went into the FrankenFloyd illustration.

WIP: So I forgot to take a photo before I began inking.

WIP: So I forgot to take a photo before I began inking.

Original pen and ink illustration

Original pen and ink illustration

b/w t-shirt front

b/w t-shirt front

T-shirt layout and printing done by the fantastic, quick, and cordial  createmytee.com .

T-shirt layout and printing done by the fantastic, quick, and cordial createmytee.com.

Shirts for sale.

Shirts for sale.

The show!

The show!