"Free at last"
This cover was supposed to feature the annual holiday film guide; I'd even booked internet legend "Tron Guy" as the cover model. The editor called over the weekend and asked that I scrap that plan in favor of honoring the overturning of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." I quickly moved to Plan B and within 24 hours was recreating this infamous Times Square kiss. This cover won a Society for Publication Design Award of Excellence and was voted "Alt-Weekly Cover of the Year" on SPD's blog.
"The Camano Kid"
This stock photo Hail Mary was an SPD "Alt-Weekly Top 10 Cover" of 2011.
"Armed & Litigious"
I noticed that this classic shooting-target villain looked a lot like the story's subject...when you gave him a receding hairline, glasses, mustache and bowtie.
"Eat Lou Kohl"
Meet the ficticious Lou Kohl. For this parody of the real food movement, I needed a charismatic model to play the role of the restauranteur who cooks what he kills with a pair of brass knuckles. Enter Alejandro. Thankfully he was willing to go shirtless under an apron and be splattered in fake blood.
Kevin P. Casey
Voracious Dining Guide
I wanted a literal mouth-watering image that said "voracious" as boldly as possible. Dan Stiles provided the graphic genius that made this glossy guide one that people held onto.
Illustrator: Dan Stiles
I'd originally assigned this illustration to the clever Tom Dougherty as a music section lead, and threw this idea out to him not knowing what to expect. When he came back with this masterpiece I quickly campaigned to scrap the other cover that I had in the bag. Good call.
For this celebration of environmentalism missing the mark, I faked a series of slogany t-shirts and stuck them on well-meaning but oblivious models.
Kevin. P. Casey
"Speak no evil,
tweet no evil"
I really related to this story about a man hoping to nudge his life --particularly his digital life -- to a less cynical place. I liked the idea of a person forcefully replacing their frown with a happy emoticon. Brian Stauffer was able to excecute the concept with his characteristic texture and clarity.
Illustrator: Brian Stauffer
This idea started with an editor-supplied headline. From "Loan Wolf" grew the idea of a big, bad banker huffing and puffing and blowing down the real estate market. Who better to bring this nursery rhyme to life than the Little Friends of Printmaking?
Illustrator: Little Friends
"Painting the town"
For this feature on the muralist "Henry" I wanted to capture the underwater kookiness of his work. I quickly turned to my friend Pam who's amassed quite a collection of homemade costumes. Of course she had a narwhal on hand. The amazing John Keatley supplied just enough surreal glow to make this portrait pop.
Dreary military PTSD stories were a Weekly staple, and it was always a challenge to do something fresh and striking. Enter Curt Merlo. I worked with him to help convey "military mystery" with his signature retro flair.
Illustrator: Curt Merlo
"Your Hero, Baby"
This karaoke cover story was scheduled to run the same week as the Emerald City ComiCon. I thought it was a perfect opportunity to portray karaoke-ers as the superheroes they are.
Illustrator: Tim Lane
"Our guide to picking Bumbershoot treats"
The Seattle Times
"Talk to your mother
with that mouth?"
The Seattle Times
"Edward Scissorhands the 'Dance-ical' at the 5th Avenue"
The Seattle Times
and launch sequence
The Locavore app tells you what produce is in season near you. After working with the original developer to give it a facelift, my app icon was featured in an Apple “There’s an app for that” commercial as well as turned into a small poster for window display in Apple stores.