Note: I added Kelinda (Barbara Bouchet) who looks even more like Celeste Yarnall! (Martha)
Hey Everyone! How you all doing? Did you have a nice summer? Did you get outside? Did you see the Super Blood moon on Sunday night? Any adventures? Romances? New recipes?
The bulk of my summer was spent on two main things; getting myself into better shape and helping our son get his driver’s license. Happy to report we succeeded on both accounts; my son got his license and I’m feeling great!
I had a few adventures — I had gone to the Museum of The Moving Image in NYC to see the Mad Men exhibit (now closed) What a joy to see many of the iconic costumes and recreations of the sets in person! But to my delight, there was also an exhibit of classic TV and Movie memorabilia, and what should I see there but some awfully familiar Star Trek stuff from my youth!
One big surprise was seeing the red spaceman costume Robin Williams wore as Mork in Mork and Mindy, not just because it was worn by the wonderful Williams, but also because of its relation to Star Trek! Did you know that Mork’s red uniform was originally worn by Colonel Green in the Trek episode The Savage Curtain? (But to be fair, I’d take Mork over Green anyday!) Hmm, better add this costume recycle to that article I wrote a while back…)
And as if seeing an actual Trek costume wasn’t enough, I found a whole mess of Trek stuff in the section “Behind the Screen” which featured lots of Trek and other baby boomer series merchandising (Jetsons, Man from UNCLE, you name it!) There were also many dolls from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and even several fanzines, as well as models, puzzles and toys. I admit, seeing some of the Trek items there from the 1970’s, including a mug and a Mego Spock doll that I still actually have at home made me feel a little old! But nice to know that some of my old stuff is considered museum worthy!
I gotta tell you, merchandising for Star Trek went crazy in the 1970s — and not all of it great quality — so often the uniform colors were wrong (Spock as a redshirt!) or promo photos were printed backward. But as long as it had those Trek characters on it (especially Mr. Spock) it was a slam dunk for merchandising! The only thing I didn’t see were Star Trek Colorforms (Remember Colorforms?) Enjoy the pics!
So did you have a good summer too? Miss me? 😉 Next time- Seeing the Space Shuttle Enterprise!
As a lot of you know, I’m also a big fan of Mad Men, and this coming Sunday is the FINAL episode EVER! (Waaaah!). But in honor of this occasion, I finally finished two little Mad Men videos that I’ve been tinkering with for about two years now! I got the idea for these when, after multiple viewings, I had noticed there were two expressions that were often repeated on Mad Men. They are:
- “Excuse Me?” Mostly used when one is offended or confused by a comment made to them. Less used to be noticed or when needing something repeated.
- “Look at You!” (and variants) Used to express pleasure, surprise, or frustration with one’s looks or situation.
I’ve loaded these videos to YouTube and am very happy to share with you here! It’s also a thank you to Matt and all the incredibly talented staff, writers, crew, and actors of Mad Men. What a ride it’s been! I’ll miss it!
I’m a fan of Mad Men too. so for all you other Maddicts out there, here’s a gif of Pete Campbell’s soon-to-be-iconic tumble down the steps of SCDP – That extra slip down the fifth stair cracks me up every time. This episode For Immediate Release, was a blockbuster of an ep last night, and it restored my faith in what seemed to be becoming season of ennui. Now I can’t wait to see what comes next!
My latest article for Basket of Kisses — about a character that I suspected a while back would be a Trekkie. Enjoy, and note, I included my poster from here of The Conscience of the King, and a funny mash up collage of Paul Kinsey in Spock Gear!
As I’ve mentioned here before, I also write for the great blog Basket of Kisses, which is a site devoted to quality TV and entertainment, with its main emphasis on Mad Men. Well, every week I submit art found around the web for the ‘Fan Art Thursday’ post. This week, I submitted my own art! It’s called ‘EVOLVERS’ and I’ve been working two weeks on it. This was inspired by the Mad Men episode “Lady Lazarus” where Don Draper first listened to Revolver by The Beatles. Unfortunately, the first track he hears is the incredible “Tomorrow Never Knows” which wasn’t the Beatle fare he was expecting at all. He tears the needle off the LP before it ends.
I’ve been a Beatle fan forever, and Revolver is one of my favorite albums of all time. As a child, the intense cover collage by Klaus Voorman fascinated and scared me at the same time (those photo eyes!). But as time went on I grew to appreciate it for its awesomeness (and that’s a word I never use).
Anyway, having my two favorite worlds of Mad Men and The Beatles collide, I was inspired to make this homage to artist Voorman, Mad Men, and Revolver, and went straight to work on this soon after the episode. Here’s how I made it:
First, I had to find suitable images of Peggy, Don, Roger, and Joan for the cover. Here’s the first group, I collaged them with my old Printmaster 16 program and made them black and white, then printed this up to look like and old Xerox print:
Then I made this one the Xerox version :
Then I used tracing paper to get the basic outline, and scanned it into my computer, adding paint details with my Adobe Photoshop, and using the eraser tool a lot!
Once this was done, I reviewed a bunch of pictures that I thought would work to represent the changes that the cast of Mad Men went through in this season (5). Don married Megan. Joan had a baby, Roger had an acid trip, etc. After getting the drawing organized, I switched the art back to Printmaster 16, and cut and pasted images in a collage, especially trying to match elements of Mad Men with the elements of the original Revolver album. (e.g. I have Peggy crying in the approximate space where Paul is ‘crying’ on the original). Since Don is in Ringo’s position and Roger in John’s, I corresponded Beatle and Mad Men images in like poses. I was delighted to find a pic of Jon Hamm on the set from “Tomorrowland” when he’s in his swim trunks. I stretched it with Printmaster, making it reminiscent of the stretched picture of Ringo in an old bathing suit on Revolver.
I continued to tweak and switch around the elements until I was satisfied, also making sure that Peggy’s flip interacted with the collage and, of course adding the famous eyes and lips to make it look like Revolver. I especially love how Joan mimics George.
I then thought ‘How am I going to reference Mad Men and The Beatles with the title of this piece? The answer was right in front of me. so I dropped the R and added the S, and Revolver became Evolvers! Don’t you love it when stuff comes together? Now I’m no Klaus Voorman, but I’m delighted with how this turned out!
Then I copied and transferred this back to Adobe Photoshop, fixing all the final details until I had the final product…Ta-da! (Whew!) Enjoy! – Therese
Be sure to click on image to see full size! And check out Basket of Kisses, it’s fun!
Some of you may know that I am also a blogger for the site Basket Of Kisses, which is an excellent blog for Mad Men and other quality entertainment! I have been posting articles about Mad Men here, for a couple of years now. I also now post the Fan Art page every Thursday, which features art from around the web that has Mad Men, Downton Abbey, and other great shows as its focus. And soon I will be starting a new feature, Retro Reel Review, where I’ll take you back to the glorious old days of Classic Movies.
Now, for the uninitiated, Mad Men is a drama about the ad executives of Madison Ave in the 1960’s. The series began in 1960, and Season 5 is beginning in June of 1966; just three months shy of Star Trek‘s premiere on September 8, 1966 (I would not be surprised to see a reference to Trek). The main character of the piece, Don Draper, is a brilliant Ad man with a secret past, you’ll just have to watch to see how it all evolves. Mad Men often mentions current events of the Sixties, but doesn’t hit you over the head with them. It’s Subtle, Smart, and Sophisticated, and it is my favorite show ever. (Yes, even more than Star Trek)
Here’s a listing of my Basket of Kisses articles to date, (start at the bottom) and I’ll add more to my Mad Men category here as they appear. If you haven’t seen Mad Men yet, I highly recommend that you start with Season 1, Episode 1, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, and strap yourself in for the ride. It is one of the best written shows on TV, and it has won the Emmy for Best Drama 4 years in a row now!
- Welcome (again) to Fan Art Thursdays
- 1966: A Revolution in Movies
- Joan and…Lane?
- The Incredible New Mad Men Season 5 Poster…
- Who will have “A Little Kiss”?
- Christmas Cards From the Drapers and the Francis’?
- “Betty Draper” and the Maddicts at the Antique Store
- Fan Art Thursdays — All-Star Mad Men Cast in the 60′s
- Fan Art Thursdays
- Just for you, Mad Men at the Emmys 2011 (video)
- Fan Art Thursdays
- Pantyhose, Popcorn, and Pink Powder Rooms.
- Reflections on Turning 50
- “Betty Draper is a Beautiful Girl” — my latest video
- Black Swan
- Ny New Video Features a few Mad Men!
- So When will we hear of renewal for S5?
- In 2009, One.org used Mad Men as a reference
- Jon Hamm #2 Entertainer of the Year by Entertainment Weekly
- Mad Men ’75! A crazy look ahead, Part Three: It’s Peggy Pantsuit!
- Another Scary Children’s Song (sung by Megan)
- My Mad, Mad Men Weekend in NYC
- Mad Men ’75. Part II Salvatore LOVES the 70′s
- Remembering John Lennon on his 70th
- Does Ken have a Skeleton (in the closet, that is)?
- Mad Men ’75! A crazy look ahead, Part One: Joan’s Journey To Joy.
- What will Baby Campbell be named?
- Just for Fun, The Sterling Supremes!
- Megan’s Embrace of Sally the Orphan
- The Big Rock Candy Mountain; Children’s Song or Hobo Paradise Come-On?
- Peggy Art
- Don and Peggy; The New Pietà
- Will Someone Please Kick this Guy Out? (Stan is No Sal)
- Kiss and Tell???
- Sally’s crush, Illya Kuriakin, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (The Hong Kong Shilling Affair)
- Joan Will Not Be Rejected
- I Love You, Miss Blankenship
- Peggy’s time is now
- Ode to Betty -Singin’ in the Rain Style
- What fashion trends will our Mad Men and Women Emulate?
- Rethinking Suzanne Farrell
- Betty: The Blond Breck Venus
- Must. Resist. Spoilers!!!
- The Evolution of Peggy’s Hair
- Cast Photos!
- Gorgeous Exclusive S4 MM picture for EW, and trying to crack Don, Joan, and Peggy’s “Summer Essentials”
- Mad Man Fashion Fan – Betty’s Bikini and This Way to Ladies Swimwear