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Erika Moen’s Comics and Shopify

by Joey deVilla on May 11, 2011

We Shopifolks like to travel far and wide. While I was off in Minneapolis for MinneBar, my developer advocate teammate David Underwood was in Toronto attending TCAF, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. While there, he met Erika Moen, the comic artist behind the autobiographical DAR ("A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary")…

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and her current comic, Bucko, a delightfully twisted murder mystery:

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When David told her that he worked at Shopify (in fact, he and I started on the same day), she told us that she loved us. And not just by saying so, but also with an autographed comic book, which is now sitting in the Shopifort:

Autographed copy of Erika Moen's

Why does Erika love Shopify? Because she has a Shopify store! She sells her comic books, prints, posters and other art on a store she built with Shopify:

Screenshot of Erika Moen's Shopify store

Go check out Erika’s site, read her comics and buy her stuff! And if you’ve got your own comics (or anything else) that you want to sell online, sell them with Shopify!

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.

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Painting of the Day

by Joey deVilla on May 7, 2010

Young American man surrounded by four buxom women making his last stand in a barn, facing off against two Russian soldiers

I love this painting, which is equal parts Red Dawn and Mormon fantasy. Click on it to see the full-sized version.

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“Honesty is the Best Poetry”

by Joey deVilla on February 24, 2010

Art in the snow: "Honest is the Best Poetry"

BlogTO points to this photo of some art done in the snow by the Gardiner Expressway near downtown Accordion City. It’s pretty cool. Wonder who made it.

(Click the photo to see it at full size.)

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Graphic designer Tavis Coburn designed the program covers for this year’s BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards, and they’re retro-cool! Each one features elements from the nominees for the Best Picture Award.

Here’s the cover featuring Up in the Air, with a very Mad Men-esque treatment of George Clooney:

Tavis Coburn's late '50s/early '60s style rendition of "Up in the Air"

This is the cover for An Education:

Tavis Coburn's late '50s/early '60s style rendition of "An Education"

It took me a moment to figure this one out. The helmet screams “space movie”, but the reflection of the child playing soccer in the visor makes it clear that the movie depicted here is The Hurt Locker:

Tavis Coburn's late '50s/early '60s style rendition of "The Hurt Locker"

Avatar, obviously. I still haven’t seen this movie. Mind you, I didn’t see Titanic until 2005. I like to think that anything I was doing around the turn of the millennium was far more interesting than any movie, especially a schmaltzy James Cameron date flick.

Tavis Coburn's late '50s/early '60s style rendition of "Avatar"

And finally, Precious:

Tavis Coburn's late '50s/early '60s style rendition of "Precious"

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“Pixies Raw Materials”

by Joey deVilla on August 20, 2009

Pixies Raw Materials is an art piece by Jochen Gerner that lists some of the materials and energy emissions mentioned in the lyrics of songs by Boston-based alt-rock group The Pixies. Can you name the songs in which they appear? 
Graphic: "Pixies Raw Materials"

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Force by Northwest

by Joey deVilla on August 2, 2009

I love Jim Hance’s painting that adds a little Star Wars to the Hitchcock classic North by Northwest, titled Force by Northwest:

Jim Hance's "Force by Northwest" (Cary Grant running from a TIE fighter) Click the painting to see it at full size.

On the painting’s page on the Artbreak site, it says “Acrylic on wood board painting, scanned and digitally manipulated.” Signed prints are available!

In case you don’t recognize the scene, here’s a still from the scene that inspired it:

The "Jimmy Stewart running from the crop duster" scene in "North by Northwest"

And here’s the scene:

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Collector’s Plates

by Joey deVilla on June 28, 2009

Seen in the window at a shop in Bloor West Village and coming soon to your grandmother’s (or a die-hard Star Trek or M*A*S*H fan’s) house:

collectors_platesClick the photo to see it at full size.

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