BONUS SKETCH!! Gasser, New Car Show & Comicon Interview!

If you didn’t watch this morning’s ART TALK LIVE with Fireball, he announced his NEW CAR SHOW which starts September 1st at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum! WHEELS AND WAVES IS BACK, BABY!! And to celebrate… how about a PLYMOUTH GASSER SKETCH!! Plus, Fireball meets up with Actor JOE MANTENGA to talk cars in secret… so, shhhh…

Also, “Fireball joins BRENDAN ALLEN of COMICON in the virtual panel room for a wide-ranging chat about his life and career. He also discusses training with Chuck Norris, designing the Batman ’89 Batmobile, and more. Fireball explains the importance of consistent design language in film, comics, and brand identity. (Need help with that? Reach out to him…) They also discuss SoldierCon, SEMA, and an upcoming collaboration with Projekt Cars’ Carlos Molina, the Dark Dragon.”

Plymouth Gasser Sketch by Fireball Tim New Car Show Fireball and Actor Joe Mantenga 1967 Plymouth Police Car Concept Art by Fireball Tim

The History of George Barris’ BLOODY MUNSTERS DRAGULA…

In the pantheon of iconic TV vehicles, few are as instantly recognizable and beloved as the Munster Koach and its sinister sibling, the DRAGULA. Designed for the classic 1960s television show “The Munsters,” Dragula was a ghoulishly inspired creation that perfectly complemented the eerie yet endearing family of monsters. And we’ve got all new stuff IN THE GARAGE!

Designed by legendary builder and friend George Barris, Dragula was envisioned as a hot rod for the afterlife. Its design drew heavily from the coffin shape, featuring a fiberglass body molded to resemble a classic coffin, complete with ornate trimmings and a gothic aesthetic that oozed macabre charm. The car’s front end was adorned with a striking spider-web grille, while the rear featured a decorative lantern and a pair of menacing zoomie pipes that jutted out like demonic horns.

Constructed in a remarkably short span of only three weeks, Dragula was completed just in time for its debut in “The Munsters” episode titled “Hot Rod Herman,” which aired in 1965. The year I was BORN. The rapid build was matched by a modest budget, reportedly costing around $18,000 at the time—a testament to Uncle George’s ingenuity and craftsmanship.

Despite its brief build time and relatively low cost, Dragula became an instant hit with audiences. Its appearances on “The Munsters” were limited but memorable, making a lasting impression with fans who appreciated its quirky yet sinister design. Dragula’s unique blend of horror and hot rod culture encapsulated the show’s playful approach to parodying classic horror tropes while adding a touch of humor and style.

Throughout its on-screen career, Dragula made occasional appearances in subsequent episodes and later adaptations of “The Munsters,” solidifying its status as an enduring symbol of the show’s legacy. Its influence extended beyond television, inspiring countless replicas and tributes in the car customizing community and becoming a sought-after collectible for enthusiasts of both classic cars and pop culture.

Today, Dragula remains a cherished artifact of television history—a testament to the creativity and imagination that brought “The Munsters” and its quirky cast of characters to life. Its legacy continues to thrill and delight fans, ensuring that its place in the annals of iconic TV vehicles remains secure for generations to come.

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MUNSTERS DRAGULA CONCEPT ART BY FIREBALL TIM

BONUS SKETCH is YO MAMA’s VW Bus, Murphy CLOSING and SUDS!

Today’s BONUS SKETCH is a hot Custom VDub Bus built by YO MAMA and snapped into my VDUB BUSES Coloring Book!

PLUS, parting shot from THE MURPHY as the doors begin to close officially Sunday. But rest assured… as plans are already set for a NEW SHOW starting September 1st! I will announce THIS WEEK on ART TALK LIVE via Facebook at 8am Monday morning!!

Spent last night (FRIDAY) at the Santa Paula Friday Night Cruise, (Check out today’s BEST OF SHOW!) then RODS AND ROSES in Carpinteria today. Some amazing cars and EPISODES coming this week!

Finally, “SUDS” IS HERE for Soldier Con!! Check out his super cool CAR SHOW ADDICT Bandana! (It’s Ruff being so cool…)

Have a great Sunday, folks!

Bonus Sketch Custom VW Bus Concept Art by Fireball TimFireball Tim as the Murphy Auto MuseumSuds at Soldier Con

 

The TV Show History of FORD and CHARLIES ANGELS…

In the glamorous world of 1970s television, product placement was becoming increasingly prevalent as advertisers sought innovative ways to capture consumer attention. One notable example of this strategy was Ford Motor Company’s sponsorship of the hit TV show CHARLIES ANGELS, which aired from 1976 to 1981. The show, with its blend of action, intrigue, and three iconic female leads, became a cultural phenomenon and a significant platform for Ford to showcase its automobiles.

Ford’s decision to feature prominently in “Charlies Angels” was strategic. The company aimed to leverage the show’s popularity to enhance brand visibility and appeal to a wide audience. Among the Ford vehicles prominently featured were the 1977 Ford Mustang Cobra II and the Ford Pinto, both of which became synonymous with the show’s stylish and adventurous spirit.

The 1977 Ford Mustang Cobra II, with its sporty design and distinct Cobra branding, perfectly aligned with the show’s dynamic and fashionable image. Which has an all-new FIREBALL SKETCH in the Garage with Farrah! The car was showcased in various episodes, often driven by the Angels themselves during high-speed chases and thrilling escapades. This exposure not only bolstered the Mustang’s reputation as a performance vehicle but also solidified its status as a symbol of 1970s cool.

Similarly, the Ford Pinto, known for its compact size and economical pricing, also benefited from its appearances on “Charlies Angels.” While less glamorous than the Mustang, the Pinto’s presence on the show highlighted its practicality and reliability, appealing to a broader demographic of potential buyers.

The impact of the sponsorship on Ford’s sales was significant. The exposure on a popular prime-time television show helped elevate the Mustang Cobra II and the Ford Pinto into cultural icons of their time. Viewers were drawn to the cars featured on the show, inspired by the excitement and allure associated with the Angels’ adventures.

Sales data from the late 1970s reflect a noticeable uptick in interest and purchases of both the Mustang Cobra II and the Ford Pinto, attributed in part to their visibility on “Charlie’s Angels.” Ford’s savvy marketing strategy paid off handsomely, as the company successfully capitalized on the show’s massive viewership to drive showroom traffic and boost overall sales figures.

Beyond immediate financial gains, Ford’s association with “Charlies Angels” contributed to enhancing the brand’s image as innovative and forward-thinking. By aligning with a pop culture phenomenon, Ford demonstrated its ability to connect with consumers on a deeper level, associating its vehicles with the excitement and glamour of television’s golden age.

This was a masterstroke of advertising ingenuity. By showcasing the 1977 Ford Mustang Cobra II and Ford Pinto on one of the decade’s most-watched television shows, Ford not only increased sales but also cemented its place in pop culture history. The enduring legacy of this partnership highlights the enduring power of strategic product placement and its ability to shape consumer perceptions and preferences.

Charlies Angels Ford Mustang Cobra 2 Concept Art by Fireball Tim Charlies Angels Ford Pinto Concept Art by Fireball Tim

Fireball mashes ICONS to create Hazzard County’s DUKE VADER

In the ever-evolving landscape of Hollywood creativity, the quest for fresh ideas like DUKE VADER often leads filmmakers down unexpected paths. And this is Fireball’s specialty as a CONCEPT ARTIST. And it’s today’s AWESOME SKETCH, baby!!

One particularly intriguing approach gaining traction is the art of merging disparate concepts to create something entirely novel. Imagine taking iconic figures like Darth Vader from the legendary Star Wars saga and the spirited charm of the Dukes of Hazzard and blending them together. The result? Duke Vader, a character that embodies the essence of both worlds in a truly unique and compelling way.

In this hypothetical scenario, Duke Vader emerges as an evil intergalactic villain who crash-lands on Earth, intent on wreaking havoc in a small, unsuspecting town reminiscent of Hazzard County. Picture the scene: a massively imposing figure with a mechanical breathing apparatus and the gnarly presence of Darth Vader, paired with the wild, rebellious livery spirit of the Duke boys… racing around causing mayhem like the iconic General Lee.

The clash of these two worlds—science fiction fantasy and rural Southern charm—sets the stage for a narrative filled with unexpected twists and turns. Initially perceived as an unstoppable force, Duke Vader soon finds himself outwitted by the resourcefulness of two ordinary yet ingenious men and a souped-up car. Through a blend of wit, strategy, and a touch of good ol’ Southern ingenuity, the tables turn as Duke Vader’s plans unravel before him.

What makes this concept so potent is its ability to tap into familiar archetypes while subverting expectations. Audiences are drawn to the novelty of seeing a beloved sci-fi icon transplanted into a vastly different setting, navigating challenges that stretch beyond the boundaries of his familiar universe. It’s a testament to the power of creative synthesis—the magic that happens when seemingly unrelated ideas collide to spark something entirely new and captivating.

Moreover, the success of such endeavors in Hollywood underscores a broader truth: innovation often thrives at the intersection of familiarity and surprise. By merging two distinct concepts like Darth Vader and the Dukes of Hazzard, filmmakers not only breathe new life into beloved characters but also invite audiences to experience storytelling in fresh, exhilarating ways.

As Hollywood continues to explore the limitless possibilities of creative synthesis, the tale of Duke Vader stands as a testament to the enduring allure of innovation through unexpected combinations—a formula that promises to keep audiences enthralled for years to come. “Luke… and Bo,… I am your Uncle.”

Get DUKE VADER (and OTHER DUKES!) in the Garage NOW!!

Fireball interviews GY WALDRON, creator of DUKES OF HAZZARD below!!

Duke Vader Concept Art by Fireball Tim

Fireball finally sketches crazy SON OF THE MASK Concept Art

Fireball’s original design for the film “SON OF THE MASK,” this wacky Muscle Car was built in Australia for the film and although the movie tanked… it was worth it just for the chase… Let’s get into it…

In the annals of cinema, there are few films as visually striking and conceptually ambitious as “SON OF THE MASK.” Released in 2005 as a sequel to the iconic 1994 comedy “The Mask,” this film aimed to capture the whimsy and imagination of its predecessor while blazing a trail of its own. At the heart of its charm lies its design language, particularly in its homage to the comic book origins of the character and its daring transformation into tangible reality on the Australian sets.

Check out the SON OF THE MASK Muscle Car IN THE GARAGE NOW!

Central to the film’s design narrative is the iconic car, a fantastical creation that seamlessly merges the sleek lines of classic automobiles with the over-the-top extravagance of cartoonish imagination. Designed by Fireball, the car serves as both a mode of transportation and a statement piece, embodying the spirit of creativity and playfulness that defines the world of “Son of the Mask.” With its bold colors, exaggerated features, and larger-than-life presence, the car becomes a character in its own right, reflecting the larger-than-life nature of the film itself.

However, perhaps the most remarkable aspect of “Son of the Mask” is its ability to bring cartoonish transformations to life through the magic of practical effects and cutting-edge visual effects technology. Filmed on location in Australia, the production faced the daunting task of translating the exaggerated antics of cartoon characters into the real world. Under the guidance of director Lawrence Guterman and a team of talented designers and technicians, the film rose to the challenge, creating a seamless blend of live-action performance and digital wizardry.

One of the most memorable sequences in the film involves the transformation of the protagonist into a cartoonish version of himself, complete with exaggerated features and rubbery limbs. Through a combination of prosthetics, animatronics, and computer-generated imagery, the filmmakers were able to bring this fantastical vision to life, creating a truly surreal and unforgettable cinematic experience.

“Son of the Mask” stands as a testament to the power of design to elevate storytelling and bring the impossible to life. From the whimsical car design to its groundbreaking visual effects, the film pays homage to its comic book roots while carving out its own place in cinematic history. And in the process, reminds us of the boundless possibilities of imagination and creativity.

Son of the Mask Muscle car Concept Art by Fireball Tim

BONUS SKETCH!! Fireball whipsnaps a stunning FERRARI FXX…

Sure it’s Sunday, but that doesn’t mean a day off in the Fireball Studio! It means bustin’ out COOLNESS like this fabulous Frank Stephenson designed FERRARI FXX along the Amalfi Coast so you can imagine yourself scootin’ the backwoods of Italy… in search of a fine WINE, smooth CHEESE and some tasty OLIVES! Go to it!

PLUS, Bass Guitarist LONNY PAUL JOHNSON‘S Hot Rod at Supercar Sunday, Fireball scrubbin’ the Pooch (Yea, that sounds weird) and the all-new BUICK GNX PUZZLE! Now in the Garage! Git it!!

Ferrari FXX Art Lonny Paul Johnson Hot Rod Fireball Tim Scrubbin the Pooch Buick Grand National Puzzle

If FIRE were a personality in FILM, she’s be THIS…

In the grand theater of existence, few characters are as captivating and formidable as FIRE itself. Like a protagonist in an epic saga, fire possesses a personality that is both mesmerizing and primal, driven by an insatiable need to burn hot and consume everything in its path. In countless movies and TV shows, from EMERGENCY to BACKDRAFT, fire is portrayed as a force to be reckoned with, possessing its own unique arc of life and eventual extinction.

Today’s new SKETCH with the EMERGENCY SQUAD 51 embodies FIRE as this character. Beautiful, powerful, yet DEADLY. Check it out IN THE GARAGE!

At its core, fire embodies the essence of passion and intensity. Much like a hero driven by a noble quest, fire blazes forth with an unwavering determination, fueled by the energy of both the living and the inanimate. Its flickering flames dance with an otherworldly grace, drawing in all who dare to behold its mesmerizing beauty.

In the classic TV Show EMERGENCY, fire takes center stage as both a destructive force and a symbol of hope. It challenges the brave firefighters who battle tirelessly to contain its fury, pushing them to their limits and testing their resolve. Yet, amidst the chaos and danger, fire also serves as a beacon of courage, inspiring acts of selflessness and heroism in the face of adversity.

Similarly, in BACKDRAFT, fire is personified as a cunning adversary, lurking in the shadows and waiting to strike. Like a complex antagonist, it feeds on fear and uncertainty, consuming everything in its path with relentless ferocity. But as the story unfolds, fire also reveals its vulnerable side, its destructive nature ultimately leading to its own demise.

Just as every character in film must face their own journey, so too must fire confront its inevitable fate. As the flames grow weaker and the embers dim, it is a reminder of the transient nature of all things. Yet, even in its final moments, fire leaves behind a legacy that cannot be extinguished—a testament to its indomitable spirit and enduring power.

In the end, fire is more than just a physical phenomenon—it is a symbol of transformation and renewal. Like a PHOENIX rising from the ashes, it embodies the eternal cycle of life and death, reminding us of the endless possibilities that lie within the flames. So the next time you gaze into a crackling fire, remember the personality that lies within, and marvel at the timeless tale it has to tell. And don’t forget to follow Fireball on INSTAGRAM!

Emergency Squad 51 Fire Truck Art

Fireball reveals why CAR SHOWS are so awesome…

CAR SHOWS are more than just gatherings for automotive enthusiasts; they are vibrant hubs of passion, creativity, and community. Especially Cars & Coffee Events. Among the plethora of such events, County Line Cars and Coffee in Westlake stands out as a prime example, drawing enthusiasts from all walks of life. But what is it about these gatherings that captivate people’s hearts and minds? Tommy Scalera of CAR SHOW SAFARI and I went this morning to find out…

Firstly, car shows offer a sensory feast. The gleaming curves of classic cars, the throaty rumble of engines, and the intoxicating smell of donuts and coffee to create an experience that appeals to all the senses. County Line Cars and Coffee epitomizes this, with its picturesque setting providing the perfect backdrop for enthusiasts to showcase their prized vehicles.

Yet, beyond the aesthetics lies a deeper connection – the stories behind the cars. Each vehicle has a history, a tale of restoration, modification, or customization that reflects the owner’s personality and passion. At car shows, enthusiasts eagerly share these stories, forging bonds with fellow aficionados and sparking inspiration in others. County Line Cars and Coffee serves as a platform for these narratives to unfold, fostering a sense of camaraderie among attendees.

The car shows offer a window into the past, present, and future of automotive culture. Vintage CLASSICS stand alongside cutting-edge SUPERCARS, showcasing the evolution of design and engineering. This juxtaposition of old and new sparks conversations about innovation and tradition, inspiring attendees to push the boundaries of automotive creativity. County Line Cars and Coffee embraces this diversity, welcoming vehicles of all makes and models, from vintage Mustangs to sleek Teslas. Imagine if we looked at each other’s differences in that way instead of being afraid of what’s different?

Car Shows provide an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, allowing attendees to immerse themselves in their passion for automobiles. In a world filled with distractions and haters, these events offer a rare opportunity to live in the moment, to appreciate the beauty of craftsmanship and the thrill of speed. County Line Cars and Coffee serves as a sanctuary for enthusiasts to indulge their love for cars and forge lasting memories with like-minded individuals.

In essence, people love car shows because they are more than just showcases of automotive excellence; they are celebrations of passion, creativity, and community. Through events like County Line Cars and Coffee, enthusiasts are inspired to embrace their love for cars and create something new, keeping the spirit of automotive culture alive for generations to come.

**And check out what got Fireball’s BEST OF SHOW! See some of the episodes on Fireball’s YOUTUBE and IG!

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Fireball LINCOLN CONTINENTAL SKETCH is a Latin Masterpiece

In Latin Car Culture, classic cars like the 1967 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL holds a revered status, with each vintage model carrying a rich history and a unique story. They stand out as an icon of luxury and elegance, capturing the imagination of enthusiasts across generations.

Today, Fireball introduces a Latin Masterpiece as a Custodian of Cool. This ’67 CONTY come in two NEW fantastic sized Canvas Prints. Hit it!

Designed by the visionary Elwood Engel, the 1967 Lincoln Continental was more than just a mode of transportation; it was a symbol of opulence and craftsmanship. Engel, who previously worked with Ford, set out to create the epitome of luxury cars, aspiring to craft rolling art that would transcend mere functionality. With its sleek lines, distinctive grille, and spacious interior, the 1967 Lincoln Continental exuded sophistication and refinement, embodying Engel’s vision of automotive excellence. It was Biiiiiig….

In Latin car culture, these classic cars have become cherished heirlooms, passed down from one generation to the next with great pride and reverence. Owners invest not only in their preservation but also in the preservation of a piece of cultural heritage. The 1967 Lincoln Continental, in particular, holds a special place in the hearts of enthusiasts, serving as a symbol of status and prestige.

Beyond its aesthetic appeal, the 1967 Lincoln Continental represents a bygone era of automotive design, where attention to detail and handcrafted elegance were paramount. Its enduring allure speaks to the timeless appeal of classic cars in Latin car culture, where each vehicle tells a story of craftsmanship, passion, and heritage. As these vintage models continue to captivate enthusiasts, they remain cherished symbols of automotive excellence and cultural identity. WATCH THE EPISODE, FOLKS!

Lincoln Continental Custom Car Art