So I am sick tonight and trying to photograph new t-shirts. I think I need a break. I haven't done one of these in a while and need to get back on it. They are fun to do and help with the search engines, if you know what I mean.
So Bender. His full name is Bender Bending RodrÃguez, AKA Bending Unit 22. His name was chosen as a tribute to John Bender
, the bad boy from the Breakfast Club and the character I most identified with. Yes, I know. As an uber nerd I should be more closely associated with Brian Johnson, the brainy nerd, but to be honest I was never a wimpy nerd like him, and was on the wrestling team in high school. John seemed more real to me than the rest of them, and I always liked him.
The thing I have found about the Breakfast Club is that I can watch it about once every four of five years but more than that and I start getting itchy. I don't want to get into my own miserable high school experience (again) but if most of the class of '87 were sucked into a sinkhole while I was in the parking lot talking to Ginger (the girl in retrospect I should be married to today) I would not shed a tear.
Anyway, Bender. Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening has been quoted as saying a good cartoon character needs to be distinguishable by his or her silhouette alone, and I think he has always succeeded. There isn't much chance of confusing Fry with Leela, or anyone else. By the way, I know this is weird, but I always found Leela kind of hot, in a one eyed sort of way.
It might interest you to know that I was well aware of cartoonist Matt Groening well before the advent of the Simpsons or Futurama. You see, he used to draw this amazing cartoon strip called Life in Hell
. If you have ever thought that the Simpsons seemed a little dark and hopeless you don't how deep the rabbit hole goes. Check a few of them out, but make sure you have been taking your medication.
I suppose it is inevitable that I do this whenever I work on a cartoon character I like, but here are instructions on how to make a Bender costume
. The instructions seemed pretty primitive, but I must say when I saw the photograph of the results I was duly impressed.
I know, I keep pulling out all the most mundane t-shirt description stuff, but I haven't done a shirt description in a while. Here is a fairly cool Bender soundboard
. Have fun.
January 29th, 2012