CCBC Skullbasher - On sale Wednesday!

by Bill Cable
on 2022-01-10, 10:01:34

Last week I posted a story about founding a brewery.  It was a gag, but it wasn't entirely untrue... Image

On Wednesday at 9am Eastern I will be selling my first ever CCBC custom beer can.  This beer is called "Skullbasher" and features Walrusman winding up a sheet of metal to ring somebody's bell.  The package will include an empty aluminum can with a custom label and a 5.5" x 8.5" signed print of the artwork (so you can fully appreciate it while not wrapped around a cylinder). I've produced 24 cans for this run, and the cost will be $20 shipped in the USA.  They'll be $16 + shipping for international buyers.

So how did this project come about?  Well, it all started with ICE...

ICE, the International Collectors Event, is an invite-only multi-day gathering of Star Wars collectors from around the globe (at least in non-COVID days).  Collectors from Pennsylvania hosted ICE this past September, and we wanted to mark the event with a special give-away.  I, along with Mike Nair and Stu Kesilman, designed a dozen parody beer can labels, which were placed on cans and sponsored by the hosts of the event. Image

Production of the cans was a herculean effort.  We ordered in early June as soon as we decided the event would happen, with delivery scheduled for 2-3 weeks.  We found a manufacturer that would both print the labels and attach them to the cans - all we needed to do was attach the lids.  So I ordered a can seamer from Oktober LLC to do that.  It was a very expensive machine, but I looked on eBay and saw I could recover most of the cost of it by selling it used, so I went ahead and pulled the trigger.

Here's where the story gets crazy... there were delays from the manufacturer on the cans - they couldn't get a hold of the backing paper used for the label rolls.  So instead of receiving the cans 3-4 weeks before I needed to deliver them, I received them on Wednesday, and I was driving across the state Friday to deliver them.  Over the course of basically 48 hours I assembled close to 2,500 cans.  I was at it every waking moment, but I got it done before I had to leave.

The cans were a big hit, as was ICE, and I intended to sell off the seamer... but that didn't quite happen.  You see, in addition to the 2,500 labeled cans, the manufacturer sent along a batch of blanks and some extra labels, just in case we need to replace some that were damaged in the seaming process.  So I got these blank cans.  I got the machine.  I got some vinyl sticker sheets left over from my Droids R5-D4 custom.  Maybe I could make something of all these raw materials and resources? Image

You see, all the time I get messages from people, "I love your art but I never get a chance to buy any of it."  Usually they're asking if I'll sell a cardback-only from one of my Droids customs.  I never agree, but maybe with these cans I can reach those fans who otherwise miss out.  And I figure after 3 or 4 runs of cans I'll have the seamer machine paid off and it'll be all gravy from there.  In the end, why not give it a go and see what happens?  Worst case it fails and I sell off the seamer, just like I was going to anyway.

I hope you'll stop back here on Wednesday to snatch up a beer can. I think this could be a fun little project for me - something to do between Droids customs that'll be quick and easy. Here's hoping it's a hit! is not affiliated with Lucasfilm Ltd. or any of its licensees... damn them to hell. Can't they see a golden opportunity when they see it? Buy us, you fools! You already own our souls and all our money... buy US!!! This site uses Google Analytics. It does not collect or share any additional user data.
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