Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The REAL Donald Trump revealed! You'll be SHOCKED!

The "Trump/They Live" t-shirt mash-up is ready for ordering!
This is what might be lurking under our next presidents tanned face,
if we only had the alien reveling "They Live" glasses to know for sure!
The fine folks at Aurora's Theyetee,
widely acknowledged as the Masters of apparel printing,
are oiling up the presses ready to continue production!
The classic black t's are ring spun 100% cotton,
and come in these exciting Men's sizes, S, M, L, XL, XXXL, XXXL and XXXXL!
Order now via Paypal for only $26 each including shipping ($42 including shipping to Canada) using "info@mitchoconnell.com"!
Please no overseas orders (postage is too crazy expensive).
Please make sure your name, address and size choice
(black is the only color choice) are included with your Paypal payment.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Mitch and Joe Graphic Design! Your Amazing One Stop Poster Shop for ALL your Events!

Do you want your event to be the coolest thing around?
Having the visual eye-candy of a stunning poster is step #1!
Give the tag team of artist Mitch O'Connell and designer Joseph Allen Black a call!



Tuesday, September 15, 2015

"Spacegal" The Foo Fighters, Cheap Trick, Urge Overkill and Naked Raygun gig poster!

Officially endorsed by Dave Grohl!*
Thanks for your interest in the "Spacegal" gig poster!
Here are all the specifics-
Limited to 250 signed and numbered (by me) 4-color, 12 by 18" prints.

Printed on 100lb matte cover stock with matte aqueous coating (I'm not sure what that means either).
Payment only through Paypal to account "info@mitchoconnell.com."
Also make sure your address is listed when you make payment (that helps me to know where to send it).
They're $25 each plus $5 postage (put down your caculator, that's $30 total). You can order up to 3 for the same $5 postage (I don't want to roll up more than that number in the same mailing tube).
United States orders only (overseas postage is insane).
*Dave "Aiden" Grohl that is.
The backstory…
My wife is friends with and a huge fan of Naked Raygun.
I thought this spacegal tattoo design would make a fun poster for NR.
It turned out their next show was the huge Foo Fighters event at Wrigley Field, so I put the band names in (kindof) reverse order so Raygun would be on top.
I sent the file to the band saying,
"Here you go, feel free to print some up and sell 'em at the show, no charge! :-)"
It turns out they weren't able to, but being that the image was floating the world wide web, I started getting a ton of emails from folks yelling, "Where can I get this poster?!"
So, due to popular request, I printed a stack up!

And, Foo Fighters, Cheap Trick, Urge Overkill and Naked Raygun, I'm ready, willing and able to do REAL gig posters for all of you! :-)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Fez Fest! An Artist Salute to the Shriner in All of Us!

FezFest was everything that's right with an art event!
a) First and formost- F.U.N.!
b) A cool and visually rich theme, in this case, the wonderful mysterious world of Masons, Shriners and their exotic garb!
c) Have live entertainment. And if you're going to do it, why not have the most memorable live entertainment?
Belly dancing and a miniature Shriner car parade anyone?!
d) Get a group of like-minded artists who will take the paintbrush and run with it!
e) Have the art lovers attending dress up in their best fez apparel. Now everyone is part of the party!
f) Give to charity. Proceeds of the sales went to the Shriner's Hospital for Children!
g) And just for the hell of it, throw in a big spread of delicious gallery snacks!
Most amazingly of all, after hundreds of hours of work, this one night only show was just able to shine for 4 hours. But they were 4 bright hours indeed!
Thanks to the fine folks at the fest for involving the O'Connell family in another of their contributions to making the world a better place. To my fellow creative folks, when they announce their next show, do yourself a favor and hop on board!
Attached are a bunch of photos, mainly of Aiden enjoying himself, to give you a slight feel for the show. I would have taken more, but we were a little late for some of the above described entertainment. I've found that yelling "Hurry up putting on that G** **m*** *u****g makeup!" doesn't seem to make that person move any faster.

The most amazing event of the year!
An interactive exhibit showcasing the Fez in art, history and pop culture!Fez wearing! Mixed Drinks! Shriner Car Parade! Naughty Artwork!
And Much Much MORE!

I'll have three 18 by 24" fez themed fancy canvas prints available at Fez Fest for $250 each. 100% of the sale of these 3 pieces goes to Shriners Hospitals for Children (in case you missed it, the implication being that I am a wonderful, kind, caring individual destioned for sainthood)!
For ALL the details-


Forget ComicCon, THIS is the Entertainment Event of the Year!

Batman and Robin make a surprise appearance at the Eisenhower Library Comic Con!
This is a fun, free, family event about 10 minutes from my house. It's a day full of enjoyable events for the neighborhood kids (costume contest, game playing, craft projects and more), a half dozen vendors selling comics and toys, plus a room full of comic creators happy to chit chat (and doodle) away!
Knowing that my little buddy would be a guest with me at the comic con,
I had the idea of dressing him as Batman.
Aiden is fine with that, but he's no fan of cowls.
The following evening a lightbulb went off when I wondered if they make adult Robin costumes.
You can guess the answer.

Read more (and get ready for next year) at-

By 2pm, Batman needs to take a break
(after all, he was fighting crime all evening)!

But he wakes right up when the ladies stop by!


RiotFest Chicago!

I finished up the 2015 Chicago Riot Fest poster last week, but it started creeping into the back of my head that it wasn't wacky enough. So, even though it's probably too late for the fine folks at Riot Fest to use, I went back in and redrew the spots I wanted stronger, and designer Joseph Allen Black was kind enough to take the time to put the revised art back in the layout.
There's nothing more annoying to let an illustration out when you know you could have done better! :-)
Check a few blogs ago for the first try!