Tag Archives: Wonderment

Gotta Love Sendak

“Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters  – sometimes very hastily – but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, ‘Dear Jim: I loved your card.’

Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, ‘Jim loved your card so much he ate it.’

That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.”

– Maurice Sendak


“…there was nowhere to go but everywhere.”

– Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Artists are the Grooviest People

I recently ran into this cool artwork at DeviantArt, and thought yeah, this is amazing. This blows my doors off. I’m going to contact the artist and see if he’ll give me permission to post it on my blog. I mean, Gilligan’s Island of the Dead. How cool is that? Two of my biggest loves: C’mon – Gilligan’s Island. The undead. The combination made me hyperventilate. Salivate. How many ways can I say this?

Law abiding blogger that I am, I dug around to find the artist – some guy referring to himself as Sideshow Monkey – and turned out he does artwork for Rob Zombie. CD covers, T-shirts, comics. And so much more. Projects my daughter, Miranda, would call “Rad.” I seriously had no idea. Call me out of the loop. I was that clueless.

Once I saw that I thought – Oh, Season. No way. Do you know who this guy is? No way is he going to okay this. No way are you even going to reach him.

And I talk to my friend, Cowboy, who says something along the lines of, “So, Babe, shoot him an email. I’ll bet he’d be cool with it.”

Next thing I know, I’m in contact with David Hartman, who thanks me and says he’s glad I like the piece, and then tells me, “I’d be honored to have it on your blog. Go for it!”

Of course, I screamed and jumped around and slipped on the polished wooden floor, but that’s beside the point.

Yeah. Artists are the grooviest people.

© David Hartman
Thanks, Dave!

Note: Gilligan’s Island of the Dead is the property of David Hartman and does not fall under my blog’s Creative Commons License. Thank you!