How to Engage Prospective Art Directors: Bill McConkey’s Film Quiz

Art © 2011 Bill McConkey. Used with his full permission

Ever mindful of the need to stimulate the interest of prospective employers, SciFi Art Now contributor Bill McConkey mailed me a postcard using the nostalgic 1980s inspired image above – and a fab film challenge.

“Usually in February/March/April I’ve already sent out my mail outs to existing and prospective clients,” he explains via his blog. “Last year, that was my 20 page booklet Kaleidoscope and I had every intention of producing a second volume for this year. However since before Christmas up until now I’ve been too busy with actual jobs, in fact almost with a guarantee every time I’ve tried to start this booklet I’ve had an email or a phone call from a client.”

Some familiar characters used for an article for
Men’s Health: Broccoli verus Spinach.
Art by Bill McConkey

Despite his workload – Bill’s recent credits include work for Accountancy Age, Men’s Health and Nuts – he found time to mail out his postcard challenge, aimed at reming Art Directors up and down the land he was available for work.

“This, as you can hopefully see, is an 80’s movie themed tribute to Da Vinci’s Last Supper,” he explains. “I’m inviting anyone who got hold of the card to tell me the films that each of the characters appear in and they’ll get a prize… also bonus points for anyone who can name the film posters in the background. Some of those are a bit tricky!”

There are 16 characters at the tables – see if you can name all the films – and the posters on the walls, too.

Of course, I’m pleased to report (or maybe that should be confess!) that I’ve already sent Bill my entry and he’s told me I got every one right. I’m also quite chuffed that I did it without resorting to the Internet for all but one of the posters, although I will admit that I had some help from the ROK Comics art director on a couple of those, who’s an even bigger SF film fan than I am.

You’ll notice that the artwork above includes a little copyright stamp at the bottom. Usually Bill don’t feel a need to do this, but this is one of those images that goes walk-about online, and then it ends up on all manner of websites etc that he haven’t given the thumbs up to: so please respect his copyright and contact Bill if you want to use it.

• Bill’s Official web site: www.billmcconkey.co.uk 

• Bill’s official blog: www.billmcconkey.blogspot.com

• Bill McConkey’s Last Film Supper © 2011 Bill McConkey

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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