Another fun promotional poster for Housing Works Bookstore Cafe! After showing about 12 concept sketches for Geek Week, the pocket-protector idea was chosen for the final.
Above & below are my work-in-progress shots; below is the first illustration with hand-lettering (I nixed it & ended up tightening the drawings); Housing Works chose the Star Wars typeface (Jedi Rounded) over Helvetica. Font geek out, yes!!
Working on Geek Week has conjured up my own geeky past. As a kid, I was fortunate enough to have access to my older brother’s Commodore 64 and we would play some pretty no-frill games for many years (Dino Eggs or Spy vs. Spy, anyone?) until the day our cousin gave us a cracked copy of Maniac Mansion on floppy disc. We popped it on the C64 when we got home and our jaws immediately hit the floor right from the animated open (see game open here). It all seems so silly now, but for 1987 these were some pretty advanced graphics. The fact that I could control more than one character in a point-and-click game totally blew my mind! We were so crazy about Maniac Mansion that we would fake going to bed until our parents fell asleep, only to reconvene and try to crack all the codes and puzzles. This started my love (and budding geekdom) over adventure games, Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders & The Secret of Monkey Island just to name a few!
My geeky childhood (and absolute love of British comedy) probably explains my flat-out obsession with Channel 4’s British sitcom The IT Crowd. I cannot get enough of this show and usually have it on in the background while I work. I’m still hoping for a Season 5 (fingers-crossed) or at least the dvd complete series for American viewing. In the meantime, I burn out NetFlix Instant with my favorite nerds of all time.
illustration, photography & design © 2012 Andrea Sparacio (artsparrow); for more info on Geek Week, please visit Housing Works Events; © 1987 Maniac Mansion screen-grabs, The IT Crowd’s poster & t-shirt (Moss)