Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The "I Can Read Movies" Series

A growing collection of film-based book covers. Click on each one to view it bigger, read my "hilarious" color commentary, and even tell me what movies YOU'D like to see next! :D

And view a bigger, cleaner, brighter gallery right here at Spacesick.com!

I Believe I Can Fly!We're the Princes of the UniverseNo More Drugs for that ManYou are standing in the cavern of the evil wizard. All around you are the carcasses of slain ice dwarfs.This Means Something. This is Important.Back Off, Man. I'm a Scientist.Ghost DadWhat Are You Looking at, Dicknose?I want a serious girlfriend. Somebody I can love- that's gonna love me back. Is that psycho?I suggest you give me what you owe me... or "anything goes".You've got purple on you...So she's a little organic! *shrug*When this baby hits 88 miles per hour... you're gonna see some serious shit.Hey, everybody, we're all gonna get laid!I wish that I could bake a cake made out of rainbows and smiles and we'd all eat it and be happy...Sorry, folks... park's closed. The moose out front shoulda told ya.You're going to love this... just love it.If I put these hands in my pockets, I will be arrested for carrying concealed deadly weapons. Knowhutimean?You remind me of the babe!Bottom line? She tries to blackmail me, I'll drop her out a higher window. Meantime, I got badder fish to fry.Strictly speaking, I'm NEVER supposed to do this. But have you got a better idea?WarGames ReduxI know it's a little early for Christmas, Edward, but... I have a present for you.I don't drink, I don't smoke, I don't do drugs. I play video games.I'm not in the business... I *am* the business.Is this the big secret you've been keeping from me? Is it that you're a mermaid, or is there something else?I'm simply saying that life, uh, finds a way.Hey look! That one's got a cute little stripe on its head.Something my granddaddy used to tell us... You know Macumba? Voodoo. Granddad was a priest in Trinidad. Used to tell us "When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth."50,000? You got 50,000 on Double Dragon?

132 comments:

Gorillustrator said...

These are freakin ace mate.
Will definitely be loitering on flickr more to keep up with your new stuff.

Jon McNally said...

Holy crap, these're fantastic.

Amy said...

I'm enjoying the hell out of these, sir. Well done!

Jared Robertson said...

The Highlander one is THE BEST. I laughed aloud and shared it on Twitter. :D

wintermonkey said...

well, i kind of hate you a little right now.
i will never be as awesome as you.
so go fuck yourself jerk.

Shelby White said...

Love these! Every one, great job.

The Crooked Man said...

Holy s#!t. Those are unreal.

olli said...

ha, those are great, man. i've been collecting book adaptations of b-movies for a while, so it's a kick seiing your take on the genre:)

Anonymous said...

I need these on t-shirts now!

BF Art + Collateral Committee said...

Brilliant design.

Erin said...

These are awesome.

Anna Luther said...

I wish I could show you how I feel about these but since its the webbernet, picture the moment in Labyrinth where David Bowie is throwing the baby in the air and singing dance magic dance. That baby's face is how i feel. Only even better.

Michael5000 said...

Agree with all of the above. These are pitch perfect, beautifully imagined, and all-around awesome.

ruzkin said...

Brilliant stuff. Why aren't you working in the industry? Or are you, and am I mistaken and embarrassed?

Brian Floca said...

I bend the knee. These are amazing.

david elzey said...

o holy cow, i NEED these! i don't care if they aren't real, they're more real to me than the real thing!

if i ever got published i'm bucking for you to design my covers.

Nice Jewish Artist said...

These rock so freakin' much, I can barely stand it. Close Encounters and Ghostbusters are two of my faves.

Anonymous said...

Very Alvin Lustig.

Q2

Kirôz said...

Neat. I'd boy each and every one of those books just for the cover!

Joshua said...

Hafta agree with all.... Genius. Love them all. Very, very well done.

Glen said...

Absolutely great idea and execution!

Ellen said...

possibly the best thing i have ever seen on the interwebs

Anonymous said...

PLEASE make these into T-Shirts- I would buy several immediately!

chris said...

These are stunning. If they were real I would buy every one of them and frame them.

judebuffum said...

These are superb. And it really is a testament to how dumbed-down movie posters (and for that matter most book covers) are these days. Keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

truly amazing and inspiring!

Johnny Pistachio said...

awesome

are there 28 of these? I can only find 21 on your flickr site.

Anita said...

Oh please, make these into t-shirts! I must have them! I weep for them. I long for them. I dream of them! Plus they would make the bestest presents for husband EVER!

These are Awesometown! Seriously!

Cesare Asaro said...

I'm drooling! They are so good I'd like to eat them! I look forward to seeing more.

The Imaginary Reviewer said...

Mein Gott, these are amazing. My cap is duly doffed in your direction, sir!

Chatterbox said...

Very, very cool, man.

Cheri said...

Amazing, great style, make a poster please! I'm totally buying it!

Capcom said...

Fantastically retro, great work! I agree, get these on products somehow. Or, make enough to fill a coffee-table book! :-D

Judge said...

If you made at least a spine and maybe a back cover for these, I would print them out and paste them onto cheap paperbacks.

Anonymous said...

Lovely! Absolutely Lovely!

lb said...

These are phenominal... i'm awestruck! Thank you.

David Seligman said...

I must comment, but I'll say nothing that no one else hasn't already: superb. absolutely great. (put exclamation points next to those - cause I'm too lazy to go back) seriously SERIOUSLY good work. from the design/symbol of it all, just masterful "less is more" image making. I can't rave enough, and you can believe that you'll get plenty of work from this if it's submitted. I wish you the best and look forward to seeing more of your design work on many a movie poster, iconic logo and vintage book cover. all the best!

Anonymous said...

I jsut stumbled across this site by seeing a link on current. I love the idea and the work is very clever! Just wanna second what everyone else has said and send my big ups for this

Giancarlo Sidoti said...

Simply put, these are genius. We need more....

GS

doodledawne said...

So original, brilliant and intelligent, well done mate

sonora said...

brilliant job- bravo!

cheryl.andrey said...

You crossed the streams!

These are brilliant.

Ryan said...

These are really great. I actually stumbled upon these randomly and thought, hey wait, i know the guy who makes these... then I got the link to it later in the day from MK (owner of Beni). I've said too much.

So anyway, consider yourself an internet celebrity congrats!

Matt said...

These are incredible. Just amazing. Caddyshack and Shaun of the Dead are my favorites!

Helen Chi said...

I love them all. The 'Mean Girls' one, might be my fave, but their all my faves. i'm gonna twitt this link.

Sasch said...

Love them. Please release them as prints/posters.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE the Hudsucker Proxy one.

Great work!

Sarah said...

I can only add my sincere admiration as a new fan of SpaceSick. Great idea, brilliantly executed.

I clamor for more!!!

H3NR7 said...

These are perfect!

Anonymous said...

marry me!

<3_<3

Tobias Schwarz said...

nice!

Nigel said...

eh. I've seen better.

Just kidding. What _everybody_ else said--these are the bees knees. I'm a fan of mid-century illustration, and you are a master of it.

Andy Briones said...

Groovy graphics! You're a god!

Ted said...

Amazing!

spacesick said...

Jesus Christ! Thanks so much, everyone! :D

You guys are TOO kind and about 18 kinds of awesome. Thank you. :)

Shalt-e said...

Super cool!
really liked it.

Jadedbeck said...

Wow! Looooove these, super job :) Please let me know if you end up making any prints or tees

Jonathan Edwards said...

Astounding! I can't choose a favourite. I can't. Don't make me do it.

edc said...

you magnificent bastard.
I'm so stealing this idea.

JasonR said...

those are great!

V.M.L. said...

I love them. :)

Peet Gelderblom said...

100% awesome! Reminds me of Dick Bruna's 50s/60s pocket covers for Black Bears, only better.

jakob said...

this is so cool! keep it coming!

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Wonko said...

i love it. i love. i love it. Period.

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Benjamin said...

I'm sure you're tired of hearing it by now, but these are damn fantastic.

BeoMouth said...

Thankyou!

free movies said...

These are freakin ace mate.

Crispin Best said...

horribly, amazingly fantastic

Andy Bonner said...

Outstanding design and concept Spacesick...I just blogged about your work!

Andrew.Lang said...

i love these. good work

deres said...

These are 30 shades of genius! This makes you a genius rainbow!

Magic Pants Jones said...

Absolutely brilliant. And gorgeous. Gorgeous.

Matt Whitby said...

Brilliant. Fantastic. Awesome.

Oregon Painting Society said...

These are so good!

jess gonacha said...

these are really amazing! i'm so glad you found your blog.

Cindy said...

i <3 these. MORE MORE MORE

chopshopstore said...

U R MY HERO

Brendan Sparrow said...

Seriously great series, they've been a huge inspiration, I've even included your work as part of some research for my project to design a book cover on my course.
Great job!

Eric said...

What everyone said... just awesome. Also, I love your ALT tags on all the images :) Choice quotes!

Time to go forward this link to a bunch of other people (found via LayerTennis pre-match ramblings)

Matt Hobby said...

This is the most exciting design I've seen in quite some time. Thank you!

loosecannon said...

Your collection of book covers for I Can Read Movies are spectacular. The Hudsucker Proxy one rules. At least, you know...for kids. Also, great job being listed in Entertainment Weekly!

Shell said...

These are so cool!!!

John Will Balsley said...

I love those book covers, they are so authentic looking. They really look like something you would find in a middle school library from the 70s or 80s. I recently just started my own illustration blog as well.

Cheers!

Lepore said...

These are awesome.

Saul Bass would be so proud.

Kathleen said...

i'm not sure if you already know this but entertainment weekly mentioned the "i can read movies" series in their magazine this week (the issue with 6 different covers feat. watchmen characters) on the "must list" page.
also, brilliant covers, they are my favourite.
do one for the shining :)

Anonymous said...

Love these! I am doing similar things, but not in this style. I wish you the best of luck. And I hope you don't run into copyright issues!

Chenoa said...

These are beyond awesome sauce!!
New to your blog - looking forward to going through your work!

A_Flama said...

GREATTTT Stuff!!!
:)

Ray said...

you are a talented man.

Hot Fuzz said...

those are great

Shane Frohnapfel said...
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luluisme said...

@Shane Frohnapfel

Wow. you're pretty rude.

I checked out that link you posted. More than one example of art from a medium does not negate the existence of either bit of art. If it was solely the medium that was special, then there'd be no reason for any new... oh let's say... Industrial sound ever. I mean, NIN and KMFDM cover the whole genre and started it decades ago. Why would anyone bother to add their two cents? And frankly, why are NIN and KMFDM writing new stuff? What's left for them to do, really? Silly artists.

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nice collection

beth said...

please, please make posters.

Tina Connolly said...

yes, posters! These are really fantastic.

web design India said...

Good post

Scott Weinberg said...

If I had brilliant ideas and talent, I could have done these things.

Seriously, wow. I've been staring at 'em for a lot longer than I normally stare at things on non-porn blogs. My compliments to the artists! If I lived in an eternal hallway, these would be the first posters I buy.

(If you're taking requests? Do ORCA!)

gerry said...

I simply can't stop looking at these and making everyone I work with look at them too. Thank you.

If I ever needed a book designed, you'd be the first person I'd call!

Claire said...

These are amazingly good- Remind me of Alvin Lustig, Saul Bass...wow.

I'll echo most of the other comments on here- make t-shirts or posters!!

Anonymous said...

Found these through M.S. Corley. Brilliant. I particularly liked Shaun Of The Dead.

josephalford said...

Beautiful and clever, excellent work.

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Hi Dude,

Very nice postings! really fantastic!

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Don said...

Okay -- This kind of exercise is now officially a trend, and you, my friend, are officially an accredited master!

Anonymous said...

Just delightful. I'd love posters of these for sure.

Richard said...

These are amazing! Very Saul Bass. I collect Penguin books for their covers, wish I could have these too.

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I simply can't stop looking at these and making everyone I work with look at them too. Thank you.

If I ever needed a book designed, you'd be the first person I'd call!

Anonymous said...

This novel-cover art series is really, highly sweet. I love it. Nice work.

Mona said...

These are so beyond awesome.

Anonymous said...

These are fab! (But it's "foreword", not "forward", even if written by John Travolta.)

R.E.R. said...

These are so cool! If I may suggest some movies? Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Mommie Dearest, Dressed to Kill, Pink Flamingos, Suspiria, Back to School, Nine to Five, Mad Max :)

bcpmoon said...

Awesome Awesomer Awesomest

Lee Unkrich said...

Very cool. How about "The Shining"?

J.G. Pratama said...

love it! this is splendid..cant wait for 'the shining ' movie to read, or probably any james bond rendition.. can't wait,haha..keep up the good work pal.

Mr Banks said...

Mary Poppins please!

PubbyPab said...

Amazing. Simply amazing. Never seen anything like it, even on the Internets! You possess an artistic mind that provokes great envy and jealousy. In a good way. (Um ... might I perhaps stoke your great fires of creativity? My favorite movie is "Ghost World". Just sayin'.)

Martin said...

Some of them remind of old Colecovision/Atari-type box art.

TiTiT said...

AWESOME. I love the throwback to the oldschool-noirish-pulpy-kind of covers. Effective, yet classy.

Shonda said...

I'll add my voice to the throng of those singing your praises. Beyond impressive. Very, very, very cool.
Suggestions? Hmmm... a little summin' different perhaps... here's some stream of consciousness ideas that may or may not have been mentioned already. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Usual Suspects. Boxing Helena. The Fly. Dead Ringers. The Virgin Suicides. The Usual Suspects. Ringu. Run Lola Run. La Grande Bouffe. Cube. 21 Grams. Time Bandits. The Birds.

There... that should provide some food for thought. And for my next therapy session.

Anonymous said...

Amazing stuff..

Found it on the main page of IMDB, you're getting famous.
First EW and now IMDB, who know's what could be next for you.....

eddy earwigg said...

the big lebowski should be on this list.

Nano Dave said...

These absolutely rock. Please, please tell me where I can buy a copy of the book, or better, a print. Oh, and you NEED to do a cover for 'Weekend at Bernies' ASAP.

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mahesh said...

nice work dude

Jennifer said...

I would love to see an Army of Darkness one.

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These are amazing dude! Very nice and neat work! I'd love to see more, keep it up! :)

Anonymous said...

love to see you do one for Withnail and I!

BlkFenix said...

These are amazing I would love to see even more keep it up

Term Paper said...

I wish I could show you how I feel about these but since its the webbernet, picture the moment in Labyrinth where David Bowie is throwing the baby in the air and singing dance magic dance.