I learned of Amos Kennedy, Jr. from Eddie Campbell, a member of my personal creator pantheon who was absolutely dead on in his prediction that I would love this guy's work. Here's a short roundup of links to various stories about Kennedy. (I had a link to a phenomenal Flickr set about him to include, but lost it in the morass that is the hard drive.) I love the tactile look of his work; the old-school No Photoshop/InDesign involved handmade letterpress approach he takes; the fact that what he creates for his clients is half what they require and half what he Feels when he Calls Down to create it; and I am in awe of his personal story.
To me, the work of Amos Kennedy, Jr. thrums with life that reaches back along the line with absolute confidence. Clearly this was the man to do my show posters!
After the knock-down-drag-out screaming match with my Producer*** - who was all TheFUCKAreYouTHINKINGThatisNOTInTheBUDGET - I placed an order anyway. I started with an emailed query of I need x/y/z on the posters, I need them by x date, there's a possibility some of the language will change right up at the edge, can you do it?
He said Yes. Emails from Amos are hilarious one-liners, actually. One of them also contained Absolutely Needed Advice at the time.
I was floored by what he shipped to me a week before deadline. He made big posters along with what I decided to call lobby cards.*** Final tally had them in over 30 color combinations, a few of them you can actually see the transition on the production line between A color combos and B color combos, and there's one that's completely unique with elements shared by no other in the set. That one's set aside for framing.
Amos Kennedy, Jr. will be making all of my future show posters.
Anyone who attends my opening night on June 18 or the show on June 24 will be given a big poster or lobby card to take away if they want one. I'll also give away a couple/few at the end of all the other shows in the run via random distribution.
Below are a few selected images from the unboxing and a couple of In The Wild shots. Though I made scans of all of the lobby cards, and took group shots of the big posters based on color, no need to photo slam more than what I'm already overloading into this post.
Note that the pictures do not do these works of handmade art justice. In the flesh some of these freakin thing change color depending on the light!!!!
*** Her most common phrases are Where Is My Latte and That Costs How Much I Am Don Murphy Beeyotch And I Will Be OBEYED. Pfft. Whatever.*** Eventually it hit me that perhaps the lobby cards were a result of the change-up that hit later. If so? Amos is even more awesome than I initially realized.