Monday, October 22, 2007

Car Wars Submission, 2000, ink.

Several years ago I was invited by Steve Jackson Games to submit a sample suitable for the relaunch of the Car Wars franchise. I was told they wanted a snazzy "animation" look for the new product(s).

As I recall, I had roughly 24 hours to complete and submit the piece. I ran to the store, selected a few promising Hot Wheels, and got to work. Sending the image took some conniving since I had neither home internet service nor a scanner.

Following a few days of aniticipation, I received an e-mail message which amounted to, "Oh, when we said animation, we meant anime."


  1. Such a classic tale of typical SJ Games communication :)

    Dan Smith could tell you some stories, man ...

  2. Hrmph. S'disapppointing to hear such communication's commonplace, but I can't say it's a surprise. I suppose if all people were stellar communicators, I'd be out of a job. Still, the world might be a happier place. Heh, is a stellar communicator like a space-age walkie-talkie?

    So, what's Dan working on these days? Always enjoy that bold, high-contrast work of his.

  3. GAAAH!

    Reminds me of the time a client told me he wanted a "1930s Marvel look." Since Marvel didn't really even exist in the '30s, I asked him to show me some samples of what he was after. He came back with images from Final Fantasy and Streetfighter.

  4. Ha! That's dopey. Assuming you did the work, what did the finished product actually resemble, Jesse?

  5. I spoke to Dan last night, and apparently he's doing some very unusual stuff these days, including some fetish-wear catalogue illustrations and (eep) related apparel design.

    Always interesting, that D-Man :)