Saturday, January 06, 2007

Who Will She Choose, or Creating Bogus Buzz

Illustration Friday: Buzz

The regime change in Iraq reaches even the smallest levels.

For those who don't know, I'm a Local 3 Electrician in NYC. Working at 1 Financial Center, next to the gaping hole that used to be the World Trade Center, (where absolutely nothing has been built after 5+ years, but that's another rant,) I and my coworkers watched as a small plane darted through the sky overhead. We were wondering why the hell a plane was so close to the city- especially the financial center- after, oh, I don't know, 9/11/2001. More to the point, a few months ago Yankees Pitcher Cory Lidle crashed a small plane into an apartment building on the upper east side, killing a few people, causing a fire & havoc. Since then, supposedly, there has been a ban on small aircraft over NYC. But then the plane began to write. Not the puff-dot skywriting letters I've seen before, but actual skywriting, sort of like "Dorothy, suck it!" or whatever it was the Wicked Witch of the West wrote.



We watched as, fighting against the wind, the plane began to write. "W...h...o... W...i...l...l... S...h...e C...h...o...o...s...e...?" Who, we wondered, was this nut who was actually zipping around over downtown Manhattan? Was it a pollitical statement- perhaps who will be Hillary's running mate? (Shoot me now.) Maybe it was a jilted lover who was covertly calling his ex a slut? We watched, expecting some sort of escort planes or helicoptors or something to show up- because, after all, AFTER CORY LIDLE, THERE'S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE ANY SMALL PLANES AROUND MANHATTAN.

I searched for the phrase when I got home. Apparently, this skywriting stunt is part of some nationwide advertising campaign for some retarded ABC tv show. (I apologize to anyone who is or loves a retarded person. I do not mean to demean them by comparing them to a television network.) The idea, obviously- is to create some sort of buzz. Morons like me will wonder, "What does it mean?" and create blogs about it. Well screw them, I'll just use their phrase to hopefully lure some poor sucker here. Stick around- it's got to be more interesting than what's on TV! At any rate, it's comforting to know that advertisers- who I am sure paid a hefty kickback to the city- get to violate no-fly zones at the expense of New Yorker's safety. (Insert sarcasm here.)

TTFN
-Tony

20 comments:

Valeriannah said...

Hey thanks for the comment on my post. I like your bug zapper. I totally agree with you... that sky writing buzz is pretty disturbing!

Brine Blank said...

Pretty deep stuff on all sides...the more things change the more they stay the same...

studio lolo said...

Outfrigginrageous stuff! The plane, the madness...and the great illo! Loved the rant too, by the way.

Mike said...

nice bug zapper

Michelle Lana said...

hahah...that's cool tony!

Craig J. Clark said...

The Wicked Witch's message for the citizenry of the Emerald City is "Surrender Dorothy," but I have to admit I like yours better.

Studio Zuga said...

i guess it goes to show us that money talks and opens all kinds of loop holes to get thru just like that damn plane nice pics

String said...

Great blog pic and commentary! Just so you know, retarded isn't used anymore in the area you referred to, it's called 'specific requirements' so I think you are ok as you used it appropriately! Heh heh...interesting about the planes, very.

isay (Marissa) said...

lovely illustration. i like the colors and effects.

i like going to your site and reading your commentary.

Sammy said...

Thankyou very much for your unsolicited advice! hahahha! I think you just woke me up there as if i was sitting on an electric chair. have a happy new year too tony! and by the way your entry is as superb as always.... I love your style man!

Caroline said...

Interesting take on Buzz...

Like you I'd object to my sky being used as a billboard whether or not there was a safety problem... and given that there is - even more so!

V.K. said...

whoah, looks like there is quite the buzz on yer webby - your hit counter says tens of thousands of visitors in just a couple-few days!

That's a great illustration.

I wasn't going to see Happy Feet until I read your post, but now I will. Although I will wait until we order it at the Library.

I think you will appreciate my token animation for 2007. Sure hope this year isn't as poopy for you.

Penny Cork said...

LOL! This is good stuff...I'll stop by again!

Penny :)

Digital Scott's Illustrationblog said...

What a fun post and cool illustration!

Shano said...

Hee. Hooked me in . . . Who? What? What does it mean? Tell ME! Stoopid tv. and I totally love a retarded anything. I myself am retarded.

ChristyMarcusLitster said...

nice illo. I really like your use of colours. And hillarious commentary... I don't think the rest of the world, at least me (because obviously i am that important - haha) will every understand the plane paranoia that NYCers, especially those in manhattan experience. I can't believe that they would do that. Stupid tv people.. grr...

deep breath... okay now i am okay. good joB!

Inkster said...

Those eyes are staring straight at my tits. Creepy.
But great illos and interesting story.
Planes + NYC are always unnerving to me now.

ValGalArt said...

I knew you were going to say it was for a lame movie or tv show. they are the only people that get to violate every rule or law for bringing revenue into a city. Well your illo is amazing Tony! Fun Post!

Larry Lee said...

Interesting illo and commentary. So.....Who WILL she choose?

Hellcat said...

*pffffffffft*