Small joys

by Bill Cable
on 2021-05-26, 08:09:23

One of the most gratifying things of being an artist is making people happy. Just a few hours of effort can put a smile on someone's face. And I did that yesterday.

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I'm a big fan of the TV series Archer. For three seasons, the main character was in a coma, and each of them took place in a different constructed era in his mind. The seasons were hit-and-miss... one of the greatest strengths of the writing are the series' biting cultural references. And you would had to have taken a master class in 1920s history to understand even a small portion of the period-appropriate jabs in the Noir season... so most of that went right over my head. Anyway... the third dream season was Archer 1999 and it was set in outer space. The team was essentially flying the Nostromo and it was packed with Sci-fi Easter Eggs. That season I understood the references. But what really caught my attention was the flight crew patches on the characters' shoulders. It was a brilliantly-designed call back to Cheryl Tunt's pet ocelot Babou. I was inspired to make it real.

I did. I got a couple friends to go in on it with me. Then I tried to sell them here and on Facebook with very little success. It was a passion project, so I didn't really feel bad about it not being successful. I ended up creating an eBay listing for them, and every couple weeks or so somebody buys one.

Yesterday I got a notice one sold. That's another $2.09 in my pocket baby! But what made this one special was the note the buyer left for me.

Ok so I literally just watched the 1st episode of this season & saw the patch & said I want that!!!!! Immediately checking Ebay & finding this & screamed omg! It’s here!!! So thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!

This made my day.

If you too would like a patch, plenty are still available here: https://www.ebay.com/itm/284160557970





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