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Archive for April, 2006


The launch of ReFrederator.

April 18th, 2006

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I’m really proud of the launch of ReFrederator.

Completely leaving aside the idea of setting up yet another production (and a daily one at that) that doesn’t generate the money it takes to run it, we’re stoked about the ideas involved.

We get to honor the great cartoons and cartoonists who build the business we work in.

We get to bypass the media giants whose great (seriously) businesses are so big that they can no longer support things that audience like, but not enough to be on television.

Our company is small, so we can all talk about the creative and business decisions that affect our lives and your enjoyment.

And everyone gets a laugh.

Fred

Thanks John.

April 10th, 2006

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John Sykes is a collector. That is, aside from being one of the most influential media executives of the last quarter century; he was a charter member and critical force in the original MTV launch team, the VH1 president who originated Behind the Music, and the Chairman of Infinity Broadcasting.

But, to me, he’s my hero for saving this t-shirt. Manhattan Design was Frank Olinsky, Pat Gorman, and Pat Rogoff, and they designed the original, innovative, and revolutionary MTV logo. They were the sole employee-owners and their company was small enough to fit in a room behind a tai chi studio in Greenwich Village.

John has saved every t-shirt from the first five or ten years of MTV, (he must drive his family crazy), and he must be cleaning his closets out, because he just sent this over.

Thanks John, you’re the greatest.

A frame is just a frame?

April 9th, 2006

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Usually frames are about as interesting as… well, a frame. Well, when my wife wanted to surprise me for this year’s Frederator New Year’s poster she went to my favorite framer of all time, Gaku, in New York City’s Soho. I’ve posted some of the details here, but suffice it to say that the Japanese artist who runs the place considers each piece of art in a wholistic way (I know, it’s only a frame) and then often hand paints thousands of details, sometimes putting more work into the frame than the original artist put into the art.

In this case, the things I’ll point out include the little robots in the corners are each hand painted, and on the bevils of the had he painted almost 1000 (!) dots with outlines.

Gaku’s going out of business in the next year due to high rents, but, if you have something unique you want framed, I’d use this guy in a second.