I’ve decided to start pulling out more stuff from the archives, my newspaper and magazine work in particular starting with stuff from The Rocket, a now defunct alternative bi-monthly rock newspaper in Seattle I was Art Director at for a number of years in the 90s, right in the middle of the whole goddamn grunge era. I worked on about 125 issues and should have kept a copy of each of them, but lugging boxes of newspapers around is a pain in the ass when you’re moving cross country. So I have just a few cover samples here, some of the better ones. It was one of the few place I had almost total control over as Art Director, and it took awhile to realize that just because I could do whatever I wanted didn’t mean I didn’t need some restraint and wisdom takes time. So there was some real garbage that came out of that experience, stuff I’m glad is gone and better off dead and buried. That’s always the case, every single year. and why I’m inclined to be a bit conservative about showing rejects from some of the comps I’ve posted on other entries on this blog. Still, it was by far the best job I’ve ever had, and I hold it against all other employment as the litmus by which I measure the worth of a company. Everything’s fallen short since. I worked with some great people back then., tremendous illustrators and photographers.