Tuesday, 21 December 2010

BACKSTAGE PASS - RETURNS

RETURNSPUBLISHED: Wednesday 8th September 2010, Thursday 9th September 2010, and Wednesday 29th September 2010.

THE STORY: 'RETURNS' (aka 'REFUND') remains one of my favourite SAD FACE illustrations. In the drawing, SAD FACE is mostly obscured by a large package. The front of the package is addressed to 'LIVES-R-US, RETURNS DEPT', and the text of the illustration reveals that SAD FACE is returning his life because it isn't the one he ordered. I seriously wish it was that easy to exchange a difficult life for one that isn't so hard.

The address on the box is in code, a reference to one of my favourite films, 'Logan's Run' (which was a book first). Set in the year 2274, to manage the population and resources, humans are sent to the Carrousel (sic) for 'regeneration' at the age of 30. Logan 5 is a 'Sandman', a kind of police man, who is tasked to investigate the rumour of a placed called 'Sanctuary'.
 
I ran a small competition in conjunction with this illustration, with the first person to correctly guess what the code meant receiving a signed print of the illustration. The competition was won by someone very nice.

1 comment:

  1. "Logan's Run" is such a great movie!

    I'd like to point out that, with all the trouble you've had with the post, I'm not sure I'd trust them with a return of this nature.

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