Ground Control to Major Gamora.

This is Major Gamora to Ground Control
I’m stepping through the door
And I’m floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today

Space Invader by The Dark Inker

Space Invader by The Dark Inker

Two things I really like: Guardians of The Galaxy and David Bowie. Mash-up these two interests, and you’ve got a fan in me! The Dark Inker did just that! Mixing up The Guardians Gamora with a little Bowie flair.

You can find this piece and many others at Hero Complex Gallery’s “Quotes, Lines and Lyrics” show, going on now!

Check out The Dark Inker on his Twitter page!

I Didn’t Start This War.

Sly Stallone, you didn’t start this war!

I don’t know how these guys do it. I really don’t. Grey Matter Art presents yet ANOTHER amazing poster from the hand of GabzFirst Blood!

Grey Matter Art under license from StudioCanal is pleased to announce a new officially licensed, limited edition screen print for the iconic 80’s film, “First Blood“. The artist for this project is Grzegorz Domaradzki (Gabz) and he captured the mood of the film just perfectly.

First Blood by Gabz regular edition

First Blood by Gabz regular edition

  • Artist: Grzegorz Domaradzki (Gabz)
  • Size: 24×36
  • Regular Edition: 300/$50.00
  • Variant Edition: 150/$75.00
  • Wood Variant Edition: 50/$250.00
  • Printed by: D & L Screen Printing

This brilliant poster goes on sale Wednesday, March 4th at a random time between 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM EST on Grey Matter’s Webstore.

First Blood by Gabz variant edition

First Blood by Gabz variant edition

Gabz had this to say about First Blood

I love working on titles that had an impact on me back when I was growing up. First Blood (and the Rambo character in general) are definitely among them. I still remember how this great piece of cinema moved me back when I saw it for the first time.
No doubt it was and remains one of the saddest movies from the 80’s. Both me and GMA guys wanted to capture some of that sadness on this image while at the same time keeping it very iconic… almost monumental.

Personally I’m very happy with the outcome. Consider this my final take on one of my biggest “old time heroes”: Sylvester Stallone. Hope I gave you justice John J…

In addition to Gabz’s comments, Grey Matter Art partner Mike Gregory added…

First Blood was one of my favorite movies growing up. I loved all of those 80’s films, but there were always certain ones that always stood out to me that I would watch over and over again, and this was one of them. Yes, the movie had some great action scenes, but I always thought it was such a sad film. Sylvester played this role of an outcast and an unwanted man when he came back form the war so well. You rooted for him until the last minute. And you can’t forget about the music for this movie too. The film’s score was composed and conducted by Jerry Goldsmith, and played so well to the film. This poster by Gabz depicts Rambo as that lonely man, and I am glad he chose to take it this way, instead of the “epic” action movie poster feel that most people think of when they envision the movie. I couldn’t have asked for a better turn out from Gabz than this one.

Another awesome piece from Gabz and another exciting release from Grey Matter Art! Keep it up, guys!


Tracie Ching Visits AIGA Central PA

A Day with Tracie Ching

Saturday, February 21, 2015 was officially A Day with Tracie Ching, presented by AIGA Central PA and The Midtown Scholar Bookstore.

We started bright and early at 8:30 AM with our monthly AIGA Coffee & Critique, held at The Midtown Scholar Bookstore. We had a great turnout and even better work from professional and student designers in the Central PA area. Tracie sat in on the Critique and offered her insights and professional opinion on the work that was being shown.

Some of the crowd gathered for AIGA Central PA Coffee & Critique with Tracie Ching!

Some of the crowd gathered for AIGA Central PA Coffee & Critique with Tracie Ching!

Tracie at AIGA Central PA Coffee & Critique.

Tracie at AIGA Central PA Coffee & Critique.

After the Critique ended around 10:00 AM it was time for Tracie to experience the POWER of Central PA soft pretzels! Fortunately, The Broad Street Market is pretty much directly across from The Midtown Scholar, so we were able to run over and grab some soft pretzels stuffed with everything from Crab to Steak n’ Cheese! I think Tracie became an instant fan!

We then spent some of the day preparing for Tracie’s presentation to the Central PA design community. The snow started falling, and kept falling, and kept falling but we were determined that this would not deter us, nor postpone Tracie’s lecture. THE LECTURE WOULD GO ON! We got mics hooked up, laptops running smoothly, projectors projecting and so forth. After some brief photo ops, it was time. Time for something AIGA President Tim McKenna and myself had been planning for almost two years…It was time for Tracie to take the stage!

(from left to right) AIGA Communications Chair Bri Piccari, Tracie Ching, igotbirds.com Webmaster Dave Brener and AIGA President Tim McKenna.

(from left to right) AIGA Communications Chair Bri Piccari, Tracie Ching, igotbirds.com Webmaster Dave Brener and AIGA President Tim McKenna.

Tracie and I before her presentation for AIGA Central PA.

Tracie and I before her presentation for AIGA Central PA.

Tracie and I posing for photos.

Tracie and I posing for photos.

Tracie presented in chronological order, from her student days, through her first job in design and her introduction to the Alternative Movie Poster Scene, and ending with Tracie’s process as an artist. The audience was very engaged and asked insightful questions of our guest speaker. At the conclusion of the lecture, Tracie had brought along a portfolio of her work and encouraged those in attendance to browse. And how about this for some ultimate coolness…The Mayor of Harrisburg, who also happens to own The Midtown Scholar Bookstore, heard that Tracie would be speaking, and asked that a poster be bought for him! The poster chosen was Tracie’s illustration for Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick”.

Tracie Ching, just before taking the stage to present for AIGA.

Tracie Ching, just before taking the stage to present for AIGA.

Tracie Ching presenting for AIGA Central PA.

Tracie Ching presenting for AIGA Central PA.

Tracie presenting for AIGA Central PA.

Tracie presenting for AIGA Central PA.

A birds-eye-view of The Midtown Scholar Bookstore, who generously provided space for AIGA Central PA's Day with Tracie Ching.

A birds-eye-view of The Midtown Scholar Bookstore, who generously provided space for AIGA Central PA’s Day with Tracie Ching.

Graphic Designer Julie Purcell leafing through Tracie's portfolio.

Graphic Designer Julie Purcell leafing through Tracie’s portfolio.

A Midtown Scholar Bookstore employee with Tracie and her print for The Mayor of Harrisburg.

A Midtown Scholar Bookstore employee with Tracie and her print obtained by The Mayor of Harrisburg.

It was a wonderful day spent with Tracie, and I personally couldn’t have asked for a better gift on the day before my Birthday than to have Tracie as a guest in our little corner of Central PA.

AIGA Communications Chair Bri Piccari, Tracie Ching and AIGA President Tim McKenna.

AIGA Communications Chair Bri Piccari, Tracie Ching and AIGA President Tim McKenna.

I’d like to thank AIGA President Tim McKenna, AIGA Communication Chair Bri Piccari, AIGA Membership Chair Desiree Tomich, our wonderful event photographer and Graphic Designer Julie Purcell, along with other members of the AIGA Central PA Board for their hard work in putting together A Day with Tracie Ching. Huge thanks also goes out to The Midtown Scholar Bookstore for hosting us every month for Coffee & Critique and for going all-out for Tracie’s presentation! The biggest thanks of all goes to Tracie for taking time away from her extremely busy schedule to make the drive to Central PA and speak with us! We also can’t forget Tracie’s husband Jim and Tracie’s Mom who were both in attendance for Tracie’s presentation and joined us for a small afterparty. Thanks to all! You all made this poster nerd’s year!

War of The Worlds by Tracie Ching

War of The Worlds by Tracie Ching

The Walking Dead by Tracie Ching

The Walking Dead by Tracie Ching

Moby Dick by Tracie Ching

Moby Dick by Tracie Ching

Tarantino Tintypes Set

Tarantino Tintypes Set

Jules by Tracie Ching

Jules by Tracie Ching

Kill Bill - The Yellow Haired Warrior by Tracie Ching

Kill Bill – The Yellow Haired Warrior by Tracie Ching

2001 by Tracie Ching

2001 by Tracie Ching

Enter The Dragon by Robert Bruno

NYC-based illustrator, and friend of The Birds, Robert Bruno, is on a tear with his latest works. One of the more awesome pieces to come from the pen of Robert is this poster tribute to the Bruce Lee film “Enter The Dragon”. Robert’s rendition of Bruce Lee is spot-on and you can even spot John Saxon in there!

Enter The Dragon by Robert Bruno

Enter The Dragon by Robert Bruno

  • Enter the Dragon
  • 18in. x 24in.
  • Giclee Print
  • Edition of 50
  • Hand Signed & Numbered

Fortunately, Robert has some AP editions that will be on sale RIGHT HERE this Saturday, February 21st at 6:00PM EST!

Grab one while you can, and then be sure to follow Robert on Twitter and on his Website!


Matt Ryan Tobin & The Silver Shamrock

It’s time. It’s time. Time for the big giveaway. Halloween has come. All you lucky kids with Silver Shamrock masks, gather ’round your TV set, put on your masks and watch. All witches, all skeletons, all Jack-O-Lanterns, gather ’round and watch. Watch the magic pumpkin. Watch…

Illustrator and designer Matt Ryan Tobin is just unbelievable. I mean, you think that the guy CAN’T get any better than his last commissioned poster for “Interview with The Vampire” and then he turns out an astounding commissioned poster based on my favorite film in the Halloween series…”Halloween III: Season of The Witch“.

Halloween III Season of The Witch by Matt Ryan Tobin

Halloween III : Season of The Witch by Matt Ryan Tobin

Halloween III Season of the Witch by Matt Ryan Tobin GID

Halloween III: Season of the Witch by Matt Ryan Tobin GID

Just look at this thing! It’s spectacular and I wish I was part of that commission group!

Here’s a little of what Matt had to say about this poster…

“This wasn’t the concept I was set on originally at all, but boy am I glad I chose it. Ever since I was approached to tackle H3 – I was pretty excited. It was a horror movie that had a lot of sci-fi elements to it. I was really looking forward to making a poster for a horror movie that wasn’t necessarily horrific (in the obvious sense) looking. My original concept was more scenic and simple, less abstract and when I went pencil to paper with the preliminary sketch for this – it just made sense to make something a little less conventional for a movie thats…a little less conventional.

I knew from the get-go the color palette I wanted. Thats one for sure thing. There had to be retro television elements as well. Once the pencil sketch was laid out – I actually didn’t stray too far from it. There was more calculation to this piece than a lot of my passed ones – however, I loved being able to be a little wreckless in the coloring / warped imagery. Less precise in shading and what not.

This is a fun print and the glow factor I think makes this even cooler. So happy with how it came out.”

Follow Matt on Twitter and check out his Website for more killer work!


Beware The Puppet Master!

Grey Matter Art and illustrator Dan Mumford bring us a brand-new poster based on Full Moon Entertainment’s prize property, Puppet Master!

Puppet Master by Dan Mumford

Puppet Master by Dan Mumford

  • Artist: Dan Mumford
  • Size: 18×24
  • Regular Edition: 160/$45.00
  • Printed By: Seizure Palace

Here’s a little of what Dan Mumford had to say about his involvement with the creation of this poster…

“Puppet Master is a film that always intrigued me in my youth. It was one of the many films that I would always ask my dad to rent from the video store, but would of course not be allowed to. So much like many of the other fantastic horror movies of the 80’s, its myth and mystique grew even more fascinating to me, and I would pore over the covers and try and imagine what I could from the details on the back of the box. Coupled with the fact that any puppet or toy becoming murderous is absolutely terrifying to a child, it became a film of much reverence to me. Which is strange considering I never actually watched it until I was well into my twenties. It was simply one of those films that defined 80’s horror for me, due to the premise and what I had heard of the film. When I finally did watch it, it didn’t disappoint, the film is a fantastically creepy and still horrifying vision that scares to the core, and taps into those childlike fears. As a film that has spawned 10 sequels, I think it’s clearly a very special film series that people still hold dear to their heart, myself included.”

Mike Gregory of Grey Matter Art also chimed in regarding Puppet Master…

“This project was very special to me in that it was one of my brother and mine’s favorite films growing up. We use to watch all of the Full Moon movies, but this one always stood out to us as the best. The puppets were so well crafted, and seemed so lifelike and real. The puppets all had their certain personalities to them, but I always liked Blade and Jester the most. Blade was just such a badass,and Jester had the multiple facial expressions, depending on his mood, which always cracked me up. This was one of our first projects we spoke about doing, and we really wanted to wait for the right artist to fit this title, and with Dan Mumford, I believe we did. I think he perfectly represented each character, and his deep blues and choice of metallics just fit this piece so right. The poster is just so beautiful in person, and I think poster collectors will be really happy that there is finally one for it.”

Puppet Master will go on sale on Tuesday, February 24 at 1:00 PM EST via Grey Matter’s Webstore. Hit up the guys at Grey Matter on Twitter and while there give a follow to Dan Mumford!


Come From The Land of The Ice and Snow!

We have an EXCLUSIVE reveal for you this evening! Illustrator and friend of I Got Birds, Matthew Griffin, is dropping a new print, The Winter Giant! This time featuring a Giant who comes from the land of the ice and snow bent on terrorizing humanity! Or, is this Frost Giant here to save humanity?! Only Matthew Griffin knows for sure. What we do know is that this is yet another amazeballs print from Matthew, and man do we love his artwork!

The Winter Giant by Matthew Griffin

The Winter Giant by Matthew Griffin

Matthew is setting this up for a feature limited release, and we’ll provide that info as soon as we get it. For now, we know that this print will be a gicleé, printed on Hahnemuehle Baryta 310 gsm paper! Take a look at some of the detail shots and try not to wet your pants with excitement! This print is going to RULE!

The Winter Giant by Matthew Griffin detail 001

The Winter Giant by Matthew Griffin detail 002

The Winter Giant by Matthew Griffin detail 003

While you’re at it, check out Matthew on TWITTER and INSTAGRAM!


Nosferatu by Godmachine

Grey Matter Art are really hitting their stride for out-of-this-world poster releases, and this next drop would impress even centuries-old undead! Grey Matter Art have teamed with celebrated illustrator Godmachine to bring us “Nosferatu“!

Nosferatu by Godmachine

Nosferatu by Godmachine

  • Artist: Godmachine
  • Size: 18×24
  • Regular Edition:160/$45.00
  • Blood Spattered Variant Edition:1/1 (will be randomly inserted into a Nosferatu order)
  • Printed by: Vahalla Studios

I love Godmachine’s take on the title character from the classic F.W. Murnau vampire film, and the fact that it’s not your typical “vampire” poster with some vampire dude showing his fangs. To top it off, the guys at Grey Matter Art are going to randomly insert a 1/1 “Blood Spatter” Nosferatu variant poster!! I can’t think of more incentive to purchase one of these awesome posters, and I’m looking forward to the drop!

Nosferatu by Godmachine blood spatter version

Nosferatu by Godmachine blood spatter version

Here’s what Mike Gregory from Grey Matter Art had to say…

“Grey Matter Art is proud to announce their next release for the classic 1922 film, “Nosferatu” by Godmachine. We are very proud of this print, and think Godmachine nailed it perfectly! This print has been in the works for a little while now, so we are happy to finally have the opportunity to unveil it. We will also be offering a chance for all purchases made on drop day to be entered to win a Nosferatu Blood Spattered Variant that is an edition of 1/1 to be added in one lucky person’s order!”

So, be sure to hit up Grey Matter Art’s Webstore on Drop Day, Thursday, February 5th at 1:00 PM EST and give the guys a follow on their Twitter page! While you’re on Twitter, go follow one of the most fascinating illustrators to date…Godmachine!!

Nosferatu by Godmachine poster

Nosferatu by Godmachine poster

Matt Ryan Tobin Interviews The Vampire

ANOTHER stunning private commission from the hand of Matt Ryan Tobin! This time, Matt travels to the dark, haunted corners of New Orleans to bring us “Interview With The Vampire”. Based on Anne Rice’s acclaimed novel of the same name, the film version of “Interview…” starred Tom Cruise as Lestat, a centuries-old vampire, and co-starred Brad Pitt and Kirsten Dunst as fellow vampires Louis and Claudia.

Interview With The Vampire by Matt Ryan Tobin

Interview With The Vampire by Matt Ryan Tobin

Here’s what Matt had to say about his latest piece..

This. Was fun.
I was commissioned by a private group to create a poster for one of the greatest Vampire films/book adaptations. My oldest memory of this film was watching it at a relatives house. For some reason – the image of the rotting mother’s corpse always stuck with me – the stomach turning feeling I got watching Lestat dance with the body – yet as gruesome as the film can be, it carried itself in a very elegant manner. Be it the time period, or the fancy garb or what have you. I wanted to create a poster that was simple and elegant and honored that vibe.

The lack of color and use of negative space was 100% intended from the beginning. I think it creates a sort of eerie, vacantness that I think compliments the symbolism in the film and is a cool contrast against all the texture/detail and grit. The statuesque chiseled-hard lines of each characters faces was meant to symbolize eternal youth. Stoic – only the eyes bright, although void of color. Fraying Stargazer Lilies – symbolizing sympathy in death…and what vampire themed poster wouldn’t benefit from a couple drops of blood? Oh – can you see the coffin?
Enough mumbo jumbo. This film is fucking awesome.

Interview With The Vampire by Matt Ryan Tobin - glow-in-the-dark

Interview With The Vampire by Matt Ryan Tobin – glow-in-the-dark

Matt really pulls it off with this one! Very cool AND it freakin’ GLOWS-IN-THE-DARK! I would have loved to hang this at the homestead.

To stay up-to-date with all the awesome artwork coming from Matt, be sure to follow him on Twitter and at his website!

Interview With The Vampire by Matt Ryan Tobin - detail 001

Interview With The Vampire by Matt Ryan Tobin – detail 001

Interview With The Vampire by Matt Ryan Tobin - detail 002

Interview With The Vampire by Matt Ryan Tobin – detail 002