Now this is a job for Ben Affleck!
FOTW Curator's Note: Although Jim Palmer was never directly quoted, "Disappearing Ink," a Memphis Flyer cover package about vanishing newspaper cartoonists , wouldn't have been the same without his thoughtful comment and guidance. Jim has sent Fly on the Wall some samples from a new strip he's developing called, "Fried Earth Funnies," and I thought this was an especially nice example of his work.— Chris Davis
Memphis T-shirt collectors rejoice! The Arthouse T-shirt shop at 706 S. Cox is about to become the home of the official Antenna Club T-shirt. Hot Rod monsters and other designs by Memphis comic book artist and filmmaker Mike McCarthy will also be available.
I've been hoping to stumble across an old Antenna shirt in a thrift store for years with no luck at all.
The display window at Flashback on Central Ave. has been a cornucopia of mid-20th-Century design since Jon Hamm was still wearing parachute pants. A special "Death Week" exhibit includes a carved WITCO tiki chair with leopard print upholstery.
It's a dead ringer for this similar WITCO piece from Elvis' personal collection.
Memphis artist/wrestling hero Jerry Lawler has signed on to create new cover art especially for fans who donate to a kickstarter campaign to launch the second story arc of the wrestling comic Headlocked.
This is the second cover Lawler has created for Headlocked, a comic book series telling the story of Hartman, a college theater major who wants to become a professional wrestler.
The new story arc is called "The Last Territory":
"Hartmann's journey brings him to Texas and Kings of Texas Championship Wrestling. Built around the ultimate regional superstar, Magnificent Mark Steele, it's the last surviving wrestling territory in the country. Because they still draw strong crowds, the WFW uses it as a developmental promotion to prepare their talent before bringing them up to the "big leagues." It's a heavy dose of the old-school "smoky arena" days mashed up with modern corporate wrestling politics. In this type of environment, we'll meet wrestlers at every level of their career: rising stars, veterans getting repackaged, superstars on injury rehab, territory lifers, and the hopeless dreamers. With all these guys literally one call away from making it to "the show," you can bet there's going to be some drama!"
On a previous visit to Graceland the couple had been unable to obtain a guide to both off-the-path Elvis sites, and other non-Elvis-related landmarks so they decided to create one.
I'll have a lot more about the history of this new map in next week's issue of the Memphis Flyer, but wanted to share a sneak peak of the artifact that's making its debut in Memphis August 12, at an A. Schwab's Elvis Week event.
The "Upstairs at Schwab's" event also includes a presentation by Elvis historian Sue Mack who's leading the effort to restore Elvis' Circle G Ranch in Horn Lake, MS.
Kha says the series is ongoing and he hopes to eventually collect somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 images. So pucker up, folks!
This blog post features Sacco's Fat Possum cartoons, and it seemed like something fans mourning the loss of blues artist T-Model Ford might want to check out.
Years from now I hope to read an update about them breaking out and robbing gas stations. Then instead of surrendering to zoo authorities, they decided to slowly crawl off a cliff into a the Grand Canyon.
Here's a little taste of Heaven as imagined by Ormond & Pirkle.
And if you thought that was special you can go straight to Hell.
Now for the mystery. At least to me. Ormond allegedly shot commercials for a few Memphis-area businesses including White Rose Dry Cleaners. If any of these have survived they don't seem to have made it onto the internet.
I'd be interested to know if these commercials do, or ever did exist. I can't imagine they're not brilliant, and I'd sure love to share them here.
Has anybody else noticed these scary guys propped up on Hamlin just North of Poplar? By day they keep birds away from what appear to be raised beds of basil and tomatoes. I've got no idea what they do when the moon comes up.