Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What blew my skirt up in 2010


The internet called and said it was a bit light on with top 10 lists of 2010, and would I be able to make up the shortfall. I replied "geez internet I'm a bit busy but I'll see what I can do". After reflecting on what a close personal friend of mine the internet is, I decided to go out of my way to help it out. Here is the result - A bunch of things I watched and listened to over the past annus.


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Get Teddy to rock.


Xray Studios has had a long and distinguished record of working with stuffed toys, dating back to the powerful award winning documentary Fuzzy's Day Out. My latest Teddy based endeavour is producing animated music videos for an exciting new outfit that promises to trash your kids toybox and skank their way into your heart. Check out the new teaser video for Teddy Rock....

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas

Xray Studios man of the year, Randy Quaid wishes everyone compliments of the season.

Friday, December 17, 2010

You can't always Jett what you want.

Joan Jett is coming to Australia shortly.

I have experienced a wide range of emotions since hearing the news, beginning with initial devastation after discovering she was playing only at interstate festivals with bands I've never heard of and non-tight arse pricing structures. This was followed by pant wetting excitement when an intimate pub gig at the Annandale Hotel in Sydney was announced, followed by molten rage when tickets sold out to said gig within minutes, to further pant wetting joy when I secured a ticket via a high flying showbiz contact. These trousers stink.


Friday, December 03, 2010

Like a Japanese Beaver.



I have been so 24/7 crazy busy of late that I think I'm deserving of  some kind of plaque or award. I don't want to blow my own trumpet but if there is a more worthy recipient of Australian of the Year I'd like to meet them. Then tell them how I totally got ripped off, so enjoy your hollow victory charlatan.

Anyways, after the bump there's a brief pictorial preview of some of the animationary goodness spewing out of Xray Studios this last fortnight. Naturally the complete videos will be revealed once their relevant owners are ready to lift the veil.


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Portait of the artist as a young skull

Another piece for the forthcoming I Louvre Rock & Roll exhibition takes shape. It's a work on progress of a self portrait at least partly inspired by Coopers Pale Ale as evidenced by the empty in the top right corner.

Once it's completed, I plan to poke little holes in the eyes and watch attendees as they mingle from a wall cavity concealed by the canvas. Any disparaging remarks regarding my work such as "fuck me - has he drawn enough skulls yet?" will be noted in my journal of foes.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I was made for painting you baby.

Art fans are polishing their monocles and adjusting their berets in feverish anticipation of a forthcoming exhibition of my various work. It all goes down from November at 3 to 13 at ARThive Gallery Newcastle and is being made possible by my good friend, sometimes Xray Studios thespian and Nancy Vandal enthusiast Grant Hunter, who is also a rather ace artist in his own right.

The exhibition will also serve as the official launch of my book I Louvre Rock & Roll and many of the items from it's very pages will adorn the gallery. What's more i have recently cracked out the old paints and am currently creating some brand new canvases of pure molten art gold. Here is a sneak preview of a emotive and densely nuanced series based on the heads of rock band Kiss.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Kilmister Bass Man

I have been ignoring the old blog for a while and the poor thing needs attention and nourishment. So here is a tasty illustration for the little fella to chew on. It's a Lemmy inspired piece for a forthcoming Musk rock and roll engagement.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Struth!!

Many years ago I created a hard hitting piece in the Vandal's Voice fanzine which foreshadowed a violent zombie apocalypse in idylic Summer Bay, the fictional universe of long running Aussie soap opera Home and Away. In response to the undead uprising, no nonsense grocery store mogul Alf Stewart saved the day by losing his shit and going all Harry Callahan on the unholy beast's arses. Unfortunately, even once the threat had passed, Alf found it difficult to clear the red mist that had descended around him and sought to continue his bloody rampage with whomever he came across.

This chilling vision was scorned by Summer Bay experts at the time. "It could never hapen" they said. "By embarking on a shotgun rampage Alf would sully the memory of Ailsa" said others. They ignored the warning signs, and Alf Stewart continued his dull, soul destroying existence at his stupid shop whilst the malevolent whispers inside his head became louder and louder.

Then what do you know - The other day in Coles my eye was drawn to the high qulality broadsheet TV Week with this headline splashed across the cover...
It is happening people, just as I foretold. Now I'm not 100% sure who Penn is but I do know he or she will not be the last victim of this tightly wound psychotic powder keg. And when they inevitable dig up beneath the Stewart home and make their grisly discovery, I will be there to say "I told you so".

See the original terrifying glimpse into the future courtesy of the Vandal's Voice after the jump...

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Nerds of prey.

My first Supanova was a ripping good time. I met some very cool artists and comic creators and was treated to what I considered a very high caliber of shut-in. Thanks to everyone who bought something or stopped for a chat. Whilst I can't quit my day job, I did offload a considerable stash of my wares and hopefully attracted a few new readers to the blog.

Highlights included running into old NV fan-come force of evil Fraggle [picture above], stumbling across the ultra groovy Burger Force team and having a super cool Finlander dude buy a copy of The Grave Shakers only to reveal he was doing publicity for Nazis In Space film Iron Sky, which I now know is being partly produced here in Australia. I'd previously stumbled across the fab trailer [check it below] which at that stage was just a demo/calling card seeking funding. When I heard it was all systems go I ended up geeking out quite severely in front of my new Northern European pal. And if one can't geek out in front of a publicist for a space nazi film at Supanova - where the hell can you?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

My booky wook.



I shall be peddling my wares at the Sydney Supanova pop culture expo this weekend and in an effort to increase the range of said wares I'm proud to announce the arrival of "I Louvre Rock & Roll: The Collected Masterworks of Mike Foxall". It's an 80 page compendium of my finest gear, featuring illustrations, rock posters, cd covers and comic art dating back to the mid 90s. There's quite a few pieces that haven't seen the light of day for years, and others that have never been seen at all. Plus there's lots of pithy anecdotes from yours truly that will provide you with literally minutes of thigh slapping hilarity.


If your storm trooper outfit is at the dry cleaners and you can't make Supanova, you can alternatively buy the book at the Xray Shoppe.

Close but no cigar.

As reported earlier, on the weekend I undertook the Comikaze challenge in which one attempts to create a 24 page comic in 24 hours. It was an intense experience and I have never felt the sensation of time racing so fast ever before. I began calmly, even leisurely however the last 5 hours were like the Kill Bill House of Blue Leaves fight scene with wall to wall carnage and black ink everywhere. In the end I fell agonisingly short, stranded on 21 pages. I actually scrawled the last 3 pages with 10 minutes to go and scanned them, before realising they looked like the work of a blind folded 2 year old, and admitted defeat. I still intend to finish the compelling saga of Jumping Jack Fantasia when I get a moment to scratch myself.

Friday, June 11, 2010

24 Hour Party Person.


This weekend I'll be participating in the Comikaze challenge in which legions of sleep deprived nerds will attempt to create a 24 page comic in 24 hours. Sounds mental right? Yeah, MENTAL LIKE A FOX!! Anyways - you can follow my progress on the blog as I'll be posting the pages here as I hurtle towards glory / the completion of the comic.


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Eight!! Eight beautiful victims!!!!


It frustrates me that those sexy blood sucking freaks can "glamour" the Children's Television Workshop executives into giving one of their own a sweet mathematics gig whilst well credentialed zombies remain completely unemployable.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

THE LOVE SONGS: I'M TIRED & CRANKY

A music video for U.S. stadium rock combo The Love Songs, featuring members of Your Mother whom my old band Nancy Vandal once embarked on an explosive Australian tour from Alexandria to Mildura [and nowhere in between].

THE GRAVE SHAKERS TRAILER

A short trailer for issue 1 of my comic book series The Grave Shakers. It tells the tale of a mad scientist turned rogue record label kingpin who uses cutting edge cloning technology to reanimate dead rock stars. A rollicking rock and roll thriller ensues in the cinematic tradition of "Kiss Meet The Phantom of the Park" and "The Boys From Brazil".

Sunday, May 23, 2010

1975-1982. When rock ruled planet earth.


As reported in the alternate Musk universe, we finished another day recording the debut ep on the weekend. I love Recording studios - it's easily the best part of the whole being in a band thing. Unlike playing live, I can overcome my musical deficiencies somewhat [via the glory of multiple takes, cut/paste and software plugins] to produce something greater than the sum of it's parts. Sure it would be cool to be an awesome Jon Spencer / Nicholaus Arson type live performer but you need skill, looks and charisma - the software for which has yet to be invented.

So far the recording seems to be coming together pretty well, though whether the wider music listening world is ready for a homage of the imho awesome 1975-1982 rock era is another thing entirely. "Probably not" is the common sense answer but it will not be through lack of effort on my part. To help things along I shall now use the power of this massively influential blog to celebrate a bunch of my favourite late 70s rock tracks floating around the youtubes. Check it after the bump.....

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The art of noise.


I'm pitching some ideas for a couple of forthcoming rock and roll concerts that I'd like to share with you, the internets.

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Number one is a Big Day Out flavoured deal for a festival event. What I've done here is design a character whose very limbs and organs are made of the various pieces of musical equipment one would reasonably expect to be in use at the festival. It's as if the artist is saying that the festival attendees are so at one with the music these inanimate objects are a very real physical extension of their beings.

Or something.

More after the jump...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Kicking arse and shaking graves.


Back in October when this here blog was barely out of nappies, the bold announcement was made that I was to write and illustrate a graphic novel called The Grave Shakers. I claimed it would be finished by July in time for the Supanova pop culture expo and I would by then be the most handsome man in all of storyville. Well I've proven to be slightly ambitious in my goal setting, but do indeed have my stall booked in Supanova's artist alley and will be peddling my wares as planned. The wares themselves however will be 2 serialized comics of the graphic novel each about 25 pages in length. They comprise about half of the graphic novel in it's entirety which I now hope will be completed by the end of the year.

The serialisation idea is obviously a compromise due to me only having the thing half done [I didn't get to be C.E.O. of Half Arsed Records by completing things ahead of schedule] but I've found the story actually splits up quite nicely - and even contains a nice little cliff hanger of sorts at the end of episode 2. In fact it works so well I hereby intend to claim it was the original plan all along, and I shall edit the original blog entry to reflect this as soon as my Ministry for Information gets a moment.

Along with the hard copy versions of the comics I'll be providing digital versions as well - testing the iWaters and seeing what if any demand there is for the electronic medium. I'd be happy for this format to be popular as the production costs come right down and the chances of getting the thing out there into nerd world become more achievable. Of course I'll have both the digi and paper versions available through the site here as well for those of you who find comic conventions a step backwards in your social development.

Did I mention there will be other brand new Xray goodies available as well? No? Well there are! Including some fab promo stickers that hint at the Grave Shakers storyline sharing a wee bit from a Nancy Vandal video comic I made way back in the olden days. Check em out after the bumpage....

Monday, April 12, 2010

Tired and Cranky.

Hey internets. Here's a little preview of the Love Songs music video I'm currently working on amongst about a thousand other things at the moment. It's only 40 seconds long and is essentially to reassure Craigums that it is getting done as he is a cruel and violent individual when angered.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Make mine a Mind Drink.

With the double pronged threat of the global financial crisis and global warming there is little doubt people are poorer and thirstier than ever before. What a relief then that there is a product in the beverage market place that comes in a range of exciting sizes and flavours that will cost you absolutely nothing!!

I speak of course of Mind Drink - the hip new imaginary refreshment that is on the cusp of taking the world by storm. You can enjoy a mind drink anywhere, anytime. There are none of those nasty calories, artificial colours, sweeteners, additives, sugar, saturated fats or super poisons in a Mind Drink - that's because there's nothing in it at all! And the best thing about pretend beverages is the savings in overheads, production and transport costs are all passed on to the consumer - so have as much of it as you please and never pay a cent!

Imbibing simulated liquid is only half the fun however. Things get maxed to the extreme when you share your Mind Drink experiences with the fresh and happening young online Mind Drink community. Find out how after the jump!!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Acoustic guitars can now be played by beardless guys with shoes.


Below is my poster design for a new tour featuring Joey Cape and Tony Sly from 90s pop punk giants Lagwagon and No Use For A Name respectively- playing accoustic guitars of all things! It's not the first instance of this bizarre syndrome and heavens know what other oddities are headed our way now the dam walls are leaking. Punters have been demanding a Peter and The Test Tube Babies unplugged set for years while The Pan Flutes of G.B.H. is something I could seriously get behind. Of course the punks on acoustic guitars phenomenon was kick started by my old band Nancy Vandal and our raw and moving unplugged number 28 Bands For 28 Bucks at the end of the classic 1996 long player The Debriefing Room. Many critics weren't exactly sure what they were listening to at the time [just as we were a bit vague on what we were supposed to be playing] but suffice to say history now judges us as ahead-of-our-time innovators - as I always assumed we were.

Anyway - Designing a rock poster where the the use of skulls and bats and what not is inappropriate put significant strains on my design prowess. An arty silhouetted photoshop piece with but a hint of past pit-based glories is the end result. Check out the full poster after the jump

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Oh don't worry - I can feel the noize.

So as I've mentioned recently I have started playing in a new band recently. It just seemed the logical thing to do - what with getting old, venues closing and the music I like getting less fashionable by the year. Yet despite my own confidence in the timing of this career move - I do seem to get a fairly standard set of questions after announcing the news to friends and acquaintances. Namely....

Q1: Aren't You too old?
A: Yes.

Q2: Is it a joke band?
A: All bands are joke bands.

Q3: Right - deep. So why the fuck are you doing it?

A: There are a few reasons but one of the main ones is over the past year I have become re-smitten with my first musical love - that being mid to late 70s rock. It was the first music I heard that blew my mind and kicked off that delirious and naive obsessiveness all music fans go through in their formative years. And there was no band that made me more giddily mental than Wolverhampton's finest, Slade.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I was just resting my eyes!


Man have I left the old blog unattended for a while. God knows what mischief it's been up to whilst my attention was elsewehere - Running wild in the streets selling crack and listening to pop music is my reasoned guess.

My excuse is I have been super busy with the unexciting world of paid work. Sure it aint much to blog about but solid gold medallions featuring my own initials don't pay for themselves ya hippies. Of course thanks to the vampiric hours I keep I have sporadically managed to squeeze out some more artistically credible work [I use the phrase relatively] fit to light up the pages of blogsville. One such project is a new animated music video for my Stateside punk rock penpals The Lovesongs. It's still very much a work in progress but the wheels are in motion - as evidenced by the above pic of Craigums "spanking his plank" as they used to say in the 70s before innuendoists soiled that expression for ever.

I'm also feverishly working on the much talked about graphic novel "The Grave Shakers" in the hope of having something ready for Supanova in June. At this stage I think I'll probably have a couple of limited edition 22 page comics available to enthrall the ensemble of nerds and mouth breathers. After the jump behold a recent page in a timelapse slideshow of it's various stages of development.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Musk For Life.


Research has revealed that kids of today are screaming out for more bands consisting of 40 year old men homaging the uber fashionable sounds of Hush, Slade and The Ted Mulry Gang. And so the hard rocking, heavily scented musical stylings of Musk is born. Featuring a who's who of unsuccessful 90s punk rock has beens, Musk simply cannot fail. We're still in the embryonic stages but that hasn't stopped me busting out a website with a special orientation video to sizzle up the project. Keep your nose open for forthcoming Musk shows in your area.

The Cruelettes.

 
Part of the cast of thousands in the old graphic novel I'm currently tooling about with is an all-girl garage band called the Cruelettes. For a bigger version of the poster click hereski. I will explain how they fit in with the genetic scientist and his deformed sons all in good time. Later still,  the fictional Cruelettes band will be releasing a couple of very real songs on the Myspaces as an exciting cross promotional synergy boosting tie in with the graphic novel. My good lady wife Sniz will provide the vocals so fans of the studio version of Nancy Vandal's "Egg Sandwich" and "20th Century Romeo" will be stoked.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Recollections of the iNewsletter™ and the future of other things.



Back in the olden days when Nancy Vandal had just begun it's long and ultimately fruitless rock and roll journey we went to some lengths to disguise our inherent lack of ability with an array of smoke and mirrors publicity guff. The prime mover in our arsenal was a mailout newsletter called The Vandal's Voice which in time mutated into a zine/comic and more recently a DVD. In it's earliest incarnation it was a hand written labour of love, photocopied into mass existence, slotted into a pile of DL envelopes which were then carefully addressed by hand whilst referencing a list of names neatly written by JJ LaMoore in a small exercise book. People could also order NV cassettes which we would duplicate ourselves and mail out as well. Check out this blast from the past as a reminder of a time gone by.

Oh - What we would have given for some kind of automated database and a streamlined system that would easily enable publishing articles, news, comics and tour dates instantly and cheaply to the entire world. And imagine if those same people could access your music from the comfort of their own home without getting off their arse. These were but crazy dreams back in 1994 when coal powered guitar amps and moshpits consisting entirely of dinosaurs were the norm.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Props for our homies.



Nancy Vandal historians may well recall the time we collaborated with our State-side brothers in arms and fellow hair metal devotees Your Mother. It was back in the summer of 97/98 and led to a short, shambolic [and truth be known - shit] Australian tour that hit such iconic Aussie rock and roll land marks as some Mildura football oval and the Iron Duke Hotel in Alexandria. 

The YM guys were polite young fellas - and thought it rude to enter our fair country without lavishing us with gifts. Namely the gift of some fucked up 28 Days Later-strength flu which annihilated half the touring party - including my good self for several hallucination and vomit filled days.

But it wasn't all hallucinations and vomit. I still fondly recall them brazenly questioning the sexual orientation of Mildura's local football team, tearing through Judas Priest's Free Wheel Burning and generally being splendid company as we rather sheepishly hosted them on the sad and sorry "tour" we'd cooked up. We've kept in occasional touch with them since then however like Nancy Vandal, they succumbed to popular demand and stopped performing.

Which is not to say they haven't been busy little beavers. Frontman Craigums has focused on mundane shit like writing a book on his antarctic travels and winning an international air guitar competition.  Also - he and non-aging YM drummer Brad formed another band called The Love Songs who continues to rock as hard as a sackful of KK Downings which brings us to the point of this nostalgia laden post.

Friday, January 15, 2010

The more you buy the more you save!



More all new Xray Studios branded apparel and accessories can now be purchased at the Xray Zazzle Store - Including the above pictured Xray Zombie tie! Perfect for the high flying business man wishing to bring some undead flair to the office.

Check out the full range here...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

He was a Sk8r Boi...



I'm currently setting up a Zazzle store for Xray Studios. It's similar to Cafe Press but they're not as stingy with what you can do on a free account and have a nicer interface. PLUS it has a few extra cool items you can sell - including skateboards!

So given that zombies happen to totally rule - I made a zombie one. Check out the embiggened version after the ol' jumperoo...

The Return of Sgt Kole!


Panzer tank and tiny forehead fans rejoice - He's back!

Yes - I have uncovered another long lost comic featuring heroic Sgt Kole and his crazy WW2 adventures. As explained in a previous post, Sgt Kole was created by my good pre-teen self back in the early 80s. I've sat on the property for the subsequent 3 decades waiting for DC or Marvel to make the first move but I will wait no longer.

Using the lucrative stage of the world wide web Sgt Kole is finally finding it's audience and with Hollywood slowly turning every single comic known to man into a film - surely the Sarge's time will come soon. I'm encouraging ideas in the comments section re casting and plot as I believe it will create industry buzz.

Check out the comic after the jump....

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Not a laughing matter.



Did I tell you about the time I successfully pitched a concept for a Behemoth / Job For A Cowboy tour poster? Well I did - for realz!

Working within the death metal parameters is quite limiting for one so inclined towards the liberal use of toilet humour as myself. But work within them I did - and the end result speaks for itself. A scene of utter hopelessness and agony without a shred of wit or irony. Huzzah!

What is funny though is that what you see above is not the final version. I was asked to cover up the main dudes naked buttocks presumably as it makes metal heads uncomfortable to see such shocking imagery. Once covered up - on with the flesh ripping!!

Ahh disciples of satan - you so crazy!

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Things certainly were different before all these changes.


Right on Rik! So as you can see I've like totally redesigned the blogspace. What's more the old Xray Studios website has now been superceded by the blog 100% - all professional like!! For the moment this only works properly when you go to www.xraystudios.com as opposed to xraystudios.com but I'll be sorting that shit out pronto.

It was a bit of an effort making these changes and I approached the necessary html editing with the same level of confidence a hairdresser would with a bomb disposal job. Yet by carefully adapting some webmaster geniuses work to include my own graphics and info it has turned out ok.

Please enjoy the new look, Roxette style.

Friday, January 01, 2010

This is what I thought of you 2009...

A collection of things that tickled my fancy this in the 2009. Some old, some new. Check 'em out after the jump...