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ACME Corporation T-SHIRTS! ACME Corporation T-Shirt | Anvil Explosives | Fringe Focus

Oh man, these are great! You’ve wanted them, here they are: ACME Corporation T-Shirts

Screen printed on ‘Cardinal’ red Next Level fitted tees, the ACME shirts feature your favorite fictional company’s Anvils, dynamite, and a giant magnet! The shirt fabric is soft slightly heathered, and should help make the design feel authentic and vintage (despite being created this month).

ACME Corporation T-Shirt | Anvil Explosives | Fringe Focus

These will be shipping in late April, so please order your size (available in S through XXL) now so we have an adequate supply.

ACME Corporation T-Shirt | Anvil Explosives | Fringe Focus

Shipping Update & The Poker Lexicon The Poker Lexicon | Poker Vocabulary Poster | Fringe Focus

This poker poster is a major step for me and the company. I’ve been recovering from severe Major Depressive Disorder, and was unable to draw / ship / operate for several months. This poster is entirely an effort to bring funds (and normalcy) back to Fringe Focus, so I can order materials, ship tubes, ship frames, etc. In addition to depression being an insanely tough battle, I also have to pay for this leave of absence (literally) due to my lack of any art releases since June 2016.

My goal is to ship The Poker Lexicon posters later, towards the end of April. My priorities instead will be on older orders / packages (Apollos, Frames, etc.) throughout March. I hope to revamp customer service, answer emails, etc. Truly sorry about the trouble, and I hope to keep everyone posted now that I’m building things back up.

250 poker terms in one densely packed infographic poster.

The Poker Lexicon

While I haven’t been playing much recently, throughout my life I’ve been super fascinated and psyched about poker. My friends and I often had Texas Hold’em tournaments (home games, we sadly aren’t very good). There is insane depth and complexity to the game. It’s a profession, a culture, a way of life for some people… and all you really need is a deck of cards.

The Poker Lexicon | Poker Vocabulary Infographic Poster | Fringe Focus

I wrote down everything I’ve learned over the years, and collected hundreds more poker terms into a spreadsheet. Then I boiled this down into roughly 250 terms across 52 categories. I organized all of these (somehow) into an illustrated 18 x 24″ infographic poster.

The Poker Lexicon is ridiculously densely packed. Like if you didn’t know much about poker, this is plenty to get you started. If you DO know a lot about poker, then this is a simply a way better looking alternative to any poker related art that I’ve seen.

  • The Poker Lexicon | Poker Vocabulary Infographic Posters
  • Title: The Poker Lexicon
  • Signed by Rob Loukotka
  • 18 x 24″
  • 2 Color screen print

Available now for just $39

These open edition posters will be screen printed on thick 100C cover stock. Each big 18 x 24″ poster will be signed by hand (by me!). I loved researching this print and finally getting back to work. If you have any other ‘Lexicon’ (vocab) type posters you’d like to see me do, let me know! This one was fun.

— Rob Loukotka, Donk (that means I’m bad at poker)

PS – Thanks for all of your help and patience over the past year! I hope 2017 will be awesome.

Depression & Business Update

On December 2nd 2016, I announced the following in my newsletter (wanted to ensure it was here on the blog for any customers that missed it):

“I draw pictures for a living, but I’m also clinically depressed. I posted about this in my Depression sucks! Also, where is my poster? Nov 16 post on Kickstarter. I am overjoyed and humbled and thankful for the dozens (perhaps hundreds) of messages and encouraging emails I have received since then.

My closest friends are a handful of people. My family is ~ dozens of people. But my customers and fans of my art in general are over 5,000 people! So it’s weirdly important for me to explain my situation to folks like you, who may not know me personally, but might have my art hanging in their hallways or offices.

I had the ACME Kickstarter with over 3,000 customers, and the Apollo 11 Kickstarter with nearly 1,000 people. In between then have been dozens of fun personal projects that thousands more folks have added to their homes. My company has grown from just my side project to a real company with employees, and I can’t even count how many countries we have shipped art to. It’s surreal and fun and amazing!

But in the past year my brain decided “welllllllll shit”. And I can barely function. I rarely see friends, make any art, or even get out of bed on a bad day. It happened gradually but still quickly enough to be absolutely terrifying. It’s been nearly impossible to have a good day, or create new artwork, or even just pay the bills and be a human being.

Depression REALLY sucks. Like, holy shit. And if you have friends or family members suffering from this, I deeply encourage you to reach out and say hi to them, and that you care about them. The tiniest forms of gratitude or encouragement have helped me quite a bit, and I’m sure the same is true for other people in your lives.

I don’t know what this email is about, or why as a business owner I’d email it to 5,000 people without promoting any product or artwork or whatever. But right now I need people to know I am working my ass off to fix myself. I went to an actual hospital and got a legit psychiatrist and therapist, I’ve joined an amazing depression support group, and I’ve been reading as many books as I can to learn more about how to stop this. (If you have advice or suggestions, PLEASE let me know).

I want to draw cool pictures, and print cool shit, and make everybody’s life .001% better. And the reason I haven’t done that much in 2016 is just my impaired brain. But I promise (with your help) that 2017 is going to be better. And I am excited! So stay tuned.

– Rob Loukotka – person.

PS – If you’ve ordered art this past quarter or so and it’s been delayed, this is why. I am doing my best and can obviously refund folks if gift deadlines were missed. I have recruited close friends to help me ship artwork, so please thank my girlfriend Jenn and my other friends when your art arrives, as they surely are responsible for anything positive right now.”

In the blog post following this one, I announce a new poster (first one in 8 months) that was created specifically to raise funds for Fringe Focus to ship all remaining old & late orders. Appreciate your patience!

The Apollo 11 Collection The Apollo 11 Collection

The Apollo 11 Collection Poster

I spent basically a whole month researching all of the original manifests and stowage lists of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission. I collected over 200 items that we sent to the moon, and illustrated 69 of them on one poster (in reference to the historic 1969 moon landing).

200+ items, 69 illustrations, on one 18×24″ poster printed with metallic silver ink. Available now on Kickstarter.

This poster follows in the footsteps of my popular ACME Corporation poster (which collected 126 ACME Co. items). The ACME print took forever to draw, and raised $105,000 on Kickstarter. This Apollo poster is similarly ambitious, but a bit more factual / educational.

Apollo 11 Collection in the news

The Apollo 11 Collection has already been featured on Gizmodo / io9, Space.com, Mental Floss, Cool Material, Tested, and more!

Adam Savage (of Mythbusters / Tested) digs it too! Very humbling and cool because I’ve been a huge fan of Tested and Mythbusters forever, and I know Adam is an even bigger Apollo 11 nerd than I am (and I am a big nerd).

Basically, this poster is super fascinating if you have any interest in space tech, space history, or NASA gadgets in general. It’s going to look great up on a wall, and is available for just $29 (with free shipping in the US) on Kickstarter. 9 days left in the campaign as of right now, so get at it!

The Apollo 11 Collection Close Up

Famous Desks Poster Series Famous Desks Poster Series by Rob Loukotka | Fringe Focus

2015 marked the beginning of my most ambitious poster series yet, Famous Desks. At the time I’m writing this, I’ve released six huge posters in the store that each catalog gadgets and items from six different movie series (or cartoons).

I’ve always been fascinated by movie props, and how important some objects are to the plot. There’s so many movie posters featuring actor’s faces or explosions or whatever, but not much cataloging all the incredible devices / weapons / materials used on set. Each desk poster is really just my attempt to make the fictional world it is depicting more real. Making Wile E. Coyote’s cave full of ACME Corporation gadgets more real. Letting you sit sat Indiana Jones‘s desk, or work at Tony Stark’s workbench, or go inside the Ghostbusters firehouse. Seeing every single gadget Q ever made for 007, or all the gadgets that Doc Brown had in his dirty garage from Back to the Future.

Famous Desks Poster Series by Rob Loukotka | Fringe Focus

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Each print has been crazy complex, and for the first time, I’m cataloging them all together in some easy-to-browse imagery for both the blog and social media stuff. It’s kind of hard to condense six 36″ long posters into an easy-to-comprehend image. This is like 18 feet of detailed artwork, all at once. All the images in this post I encourage you to post / share if you get a chance.

Famous Desks Poster Series by Rob Loukotka | Fringe Focus

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These first six posters were an immense amount of work (taking the better part of a year), but I plan to continue the series in 2016. Some fictional desks, and perhaps some real desks as well. They take a long time to draw, but it’s worth it because these are the sort of prints you can stare at over and over and always find new little details. A lot of folks have been hanging them in their offices near THEIR desks, which is pretty cool.

Framed Famous Desks Poster Series by Rob Loukotka | Fringe Focus

Each 36×12″ Famous Desk poster is available as a print, or as a framed print with a wooden museum-style gallery plaque. View Large Image

If you haven’t checked out each of my Famous Desk illustrations already, here’s a quick link each illustration in the series:

The Desk of Mr. Stark (almost sold out!)

The Desk of Dr. Jones (also will sell out soon)

The Desk of Mr. Coyote

The Desk of Q

The Desk of Dr. Brown

The Desk of Dr. Venkman