A random visitor to shublog submitted an impassioned comment last weekend:

“Don’t tease us — the word “NASA” staplegunned my retina to your page. Have you any NASA-clobbering SPACE-THEMED concept work? For example, my dream of dreams — a Martian colony? OR, nearer your heart: a Martian car?”

.. a clarion call to martiana. I can’t say I have any ‘NASA-clobbering’ stuff lying around here. I have a bit of respect for the NASA folks- especially since our Wall-e research trip down to JPL all them years ago. But this piece might suffice. I was 13 and in 7th grade at Derby Middle School. It’s your basic human-invasion-of-space theme replete with things only a benign 13 year-old existence would bring to space: a canoe, various service sector jobs and, of course, anti-grav vehicles. Does our invasion of outer space qualify us as the martians? If my prized 24 Pentel marker set had anything to say about it: then, “yeah, sure.” why not. Besides the fact I was still drawing a bear character as human-proxy: not so much martian as just perplexing. The good man who left the comment can send me a self-addressed/ stamped envelope so I can get his retina back to him. 

Just in case the people didn’t get it, I attached this card to the back of the piece:

These days I’m not so excited about living in space. I’d rather have a nice air-stream trailer.


4 Responses to “Martiana”

  1. John Portman Says:

    I nearly fell over laughing at this.

    Thank you, and forgive my effusive paroxysm. I admire your work — land vehicles most of all — and hoped to relish how you might have addressed the fascinating problem of exoterrestrial transportation design. (I’m already familiar with your pod racers).

    In fairness, my apparent NASA-bashing remarks were at least partly borne of the moment’s esprit de corps:

    “Beating the NASA engineers at the family picnic? priceless.” –Shu

    I, too, revere the wonderwrights at NASA — and their contractors. Did you also visit Ames in Sunnyvale?

    Most charmed, I should add, by your pinewood derby scorchers. Wish I had kids to show.

    Airstream’s a fine manse. To live inside Aeolus’ egg.

    Postscript: your friend John Mulvihill, and perhaps you as well, might wish to send these guys a resume:

    The “September 7, 2008 BREAKING NEWS” entry is the most relevant.

    Check around the site. Feel them out. Personally, I find the concept ingenious.

  2. Wayne P. Says:


    I think I speak for many artists out there when I say that I went through many 24 Marker sets in preteen days. This post made my day and helped me appreciate my roots a little more. Thanks and looking forward to future updates!

  3. Matthew Webb Says:

    haha! Looks like there are some a mere 25 light years away:

    though, not ready for the colonizing….
    “hey are not Earthlike, not even a little… they are massive, young, hot planets that are probably mostly gaseous and completely inhospitable.”


  4. Jeremy Eccles Says:

    Caught your presentation at AU yesterday. Glad to see you have posted some of the better images on your blog. With three budding artists in my family that run through as many pencils, pens, and crayons as I can supply them with I am especially fond of this drawing.

    Star Wars changed my life. Thanks for being a part of movies that have changed my kids’ lives. There’s nothing like watching a 4-year-old walking around saying waahhlllll-ee.


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