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)

Sketchathon!

Been sketching with the kiddo lately. She's been very into Bendy and the Ink Machine, Steven Universe, and Undertale. I broke the pattern with this Joker piece but had to pay the price of some side eye due to my not staying on assignment.

pen & ink WIP

pen & ink WIP

Joker needed a little color.

Joker needed a little color.

AND a few other pages from recent sketchatons.

Steven Universe's Lapis and Pearl.

Steven Universe's Lapis and Pearl.

We found a My Little Pony Flash on Pinterest, because of course.

We found a My Little Pony Flash on Pinterest, because of course.

Undertale is a video game I have not played. So I know very little about it. But this is from that thing, I guess.

Undertale is a video game I have not played. So I know very little about it. But this is from that thing, I guess.

Amethyst and Bendy along with a creepy 1920's bunny in suspenders cartoon dude.

Amethyst and Bendy along with a creepy 1920's bunny in suspenders cartoon dude.

A Strange Alliance. Okay, I went off task more than once.

A Strange Alliance. Okay, I went off task more than once.

Filling out the post, this Talia al Ghul sketch is actually from a few months ago.

Filling out the post, this Talia al Ghul sketch is actually from a few months ago.

And here's one from a new drawing group I found in Lansing that meets at a quaint, new coffee shop called Blue Owl.

And here's one from a new drawing group I found in Lansing that meets at a quaint, new coffee shop called Blue Owl.

And another one.

And another one.

I've been drawing in an old pad I got as a kid but only ever used a handful of times. So here's a copy of Tony Harris' STARMAN #20 cover I did when I was about a year and a half older than my drawing partner is now.

I've been drawing in an old pad I got as a kid but only ever used a handful of times. So here's a copy of Tony Harris' STARMAN #20 cover I did when I was about a year and a half older than my drawing partner is now.

Comedy Coven Zine illustrations

I recently began working on illustrations and music for Lansing's Comedy Coven, a sketch and standup comedy trio made up of the amazing and talented Emily Syrja, Stephanie Onderchanin, and Tricia Chamberlain. I could spend hours writing about why they're awesome, but this Lansing City Pulse article does better than I probably could (plus: fascinating backstories of the group!). So go read that, then come back!

Below, check out some illustrations I've done for an upcoming Comedy Coven zine. And then check out Comedy Coven on Facebook, on their site, and at the Robin Theatre the third Tuesday of every month! Oh, and don't forget about their new Comedy Coven Presents series! The next one is Feb. 27 and featuring the hilarious Krish Mohan.

I'm so proud to have the opportunity to work with these insanely talented women. More Coven-related work to come!

A hovering Wiccan.

A hovering Wiccan.

Deer in the moonlight looking out through a moon (whoa trippy!)

Deer in the moonlight looking out through a moon (whoa trippy!)

Hans Memling inspired hell-pit.

Floating schoolgirl witch with cyote pals.

Floating schoolgirl witch with cyote pals.

A witch's ladder.

A witch's ladder.

Demon-fingers witch hand with occult ring/braclet.

Demon-fingers witch hand with occult ring/braclet.

Crow in a tree.

Crow in a tree.

Cloak girl.

Cloak girl.

Satan goat.

Satan goat.

Grasshopper familiar.

Grasshopper familiar.

Witch costume girl.

Witch costume girl.

Ol' sunface.

Ol' sunface.

Skull; excerpt from an original DC Comics Constantine sketch I made 2 years ago.

Skull; excerpt from an original DC Comics Constantine sketch I made 2 years ago.

References (along with some fantastic pieces I found on Pinterest, most of them, unfortunately not credited).

References (along with some fantastic pieces I found on Pinterest, most of them, unfortunately not credited).

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!