Dive into the wild and unforgettable journey of growing up in the 80s and 90s with Not (Always) Fit for Public Consumption. Follow the witty and candid observations of the author as he navigates the rough streets of Chicago and transitions into the fast-paced world of corporate America.
From the thrills of music and adventure, like being bitten by a skydiving instructor while in a free fall, hanging out at concerts with rockstars, seeing the heartache of murder, and feeling the heart-pounding excitement of uncaged shark diving, our author shares struggles and triumphs through unfiltered stories of childhood friends, loves, and family as he discovers his true self and the real meaning of winning.
About the experiences:
Below are just a few of the visuals that I mention in the book. In the professional work, these are just some of the projects I worked on throughout my career. I wasn’t the only one doing the work—in all cases the work was done by a group of professionals. In some projects, I did the work; in others, I managed some of the talent; and in others, I participated in different capacities. To be clear, it was our combined talents that brought the work alive. The purpose here is not to take the credit for anything or from anyone but to support the story.
The first 20 years: From Cooper to comic books
Some of the artwork I was asked to work on in the early years was just amazing. I started out as a scanner operator at that time and was part of some great art, including Marvel and DC comics. A highlight had to be working on the Death of Superman comic. Armed guards watched us work to prevent any leaks.
They were no match for the Spizzo brothers.
From seeing KISS to working on their promotions.
This is a copy of the Alice Cooper poster the legend himself signed.
The Fantastic Four, Dr. Strange and Wolverine.
The X-Men long before Hugh Jackman.
When they killed Superman the first time it was huge news. The comic made national headlines.
The next 20 years: The digital age becomes an age
The only thing better in my mind than working on comic books had to be working with the ad agencies. At this point, I got to work on some very high-profile national campaigns. In fact, almost everything we worked on was seen by millions of people every week in magazines, billboards, TV, and other advertising vehicles. The great thing about this period was being able to work on these amazing projects. Among the many product brands, I also got to work with some of my favorite entertainers, including KISS and Alice Cooper. Oh, and that little Chevy ad with two unknown sports figures. This is also the time I developed "Kryptonite," which was the idea of using 3D and CGI for product photography instead of a conventional camera.
Nothing better than food advertising.
The Chevy Jordan/Ali Campaign.
One of the first 3D comps.
This girl was put together entirely in Photoshop.
The first bus wrap. Prior to the robberies.
And the next 20 years: From work to life balance
This section is more personal than professional. While working with the X-Men and Alice Cooper was great, the fun is in the things that make life .... well life. Among others are Kathleen and I's wedding photo, the video of the infamous shark dive, the sonogram that looked a little too scary, and the legend that is Tree Leader. Can you see him?
Our first daughter's sonogram