This is a bit of Thrilling Adventure Hour in-joke. You see, the one character, Sparks Nevada, who is the marshal on Mars, has a pair of robot fists. Which he uses to dispense justice on the red planet. Naturally.
So, TAH had a 9th anniversary show earlier this year (happy birthday, guys!) which I went to, and every time the robot fists were mentioned, the audience loudly and enthusiastically yelled "POW!" Naturally.
Anyway, I got this idea into my head and this is the result. A piece of fan art really. But the really cool thing? They're selling this design now as a t-shirt at the live shows! Right now it's a merch table exclusive, but if you're attending the show at Largo in Los Angeles, you too can get your very own POW! shirt. I got mine (signed by the cast and creators!) as you can see.
The Thrilling Adventure Hour is a live show (recorded for a weekly podcast) in the style of old time radio, performed at the Largo theater in West Hollywood. They take the show on the road from time to time and I have been fortunate enough to become involved in creating promotional material for these away shows.
So, in 2010 and 2011 I worked as a contractor with a company called WOWIO, an e-book publisher and distributor with larger media aspirations. One of their aspirations was a site called DrunkDuck.com, one of the largest webcomics-hosting sites (about 100,000 users, about 25,000 comics.
I say was, because it has since been re-branded to simply "The Duck Webcomics."
The original DrunkDuck had been clattering along for a few years on a code base that has been patched together over time, in the grand tradition of seat-of-your-pants development. The old site needed to be rebuilt with new code, new databse structure, etc., to modernize it and improve performance and scalability. WOWIO wanted to really grow the community there and improve the overall user experience for the long haul.
I did a lot of work on this project, from redesigning the original Drunk Duck logo to completely overhauling the site design from the ground up (as lead designer and art director, with other people doing the actual coding, just to be clear about that – I'm no programmer but I did dabble in my youth, so I interface pretty well with developers).
I answered to a creative director, but I was the sole designer, so logo design (twice), graphic design, art direction of original spokes-cartoons (with art by Matt Schuler), icons and badges, really every pixel of design on every button and headline. And everything saved out and delivered as assets to the dev team for implementation. Quite a project.