I am an illustrator, comic artist, and serigrapher. I enjoy drawing comics, painting in acrylic and watercolor, and I screen print tshirts and other things.
I am available for commissions, and I can do custom order screen printing jobs if you need some awesomely designed tees.

 

Meet the Hero Designer Who Publicly Shamed Showtime for Asking Him to Work for Free How Dan Cassaro’s tweet became a rallying cry
By David Griner
 When Showtime invited Dan Cassaro to join a design “contest” he felt amounted to milking professionals for free work, he let the network—and the world—know how he felt about it.
The offer, made to a number of designers, involved promoting the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana boxing match on Sept. 13. Those who submitted designs for Showtime’s use “could be eligible for a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas and have your artwork displayed in the MGM Grand during fight week!,” the network told Cassaro in an email.
After sending an email response slathered in sarcasm (“I know that boxing matches in Las Vegas are extremely low-budget affairs”), Cassaro then posted the exchange to Twitter.

In the week since, Cassaro’s tweet has become a viral rallying cry for creatives who feel besieged by expectations of free work. It has more than 5,000 retweets and 5,600 favorites, and has become one of the topic’s most electrifying moments since Mike Monteiro’s “Fuck You Pay Me” speech in 2011.
Showtime issued a response to BuzzFeed, saying the network is “a strong supporter of artists around the world. This contest, like many others, is entirely optional.”
We caught up with Cassaro to ask what it’s been like seeing his frustration go global.
AdFreak: Your tweet just keeps blowing up. A week later, it’s still being retweeted. What’s it been like watching it all unfold?
Dan Cassaro: It’s been pretty unreal. I would have double-checked my grammar if I knew this many people would see it.
Why did you go public with it? Clearly, you were frustrated. But after responding to Showtime, what made you say, “Screw it, I’m going to post this on Twitter”?
Partially I just wanted to do it as a joke. But I also wanted to let people know that while it’s good to say no to this kind of work, it’s even better to explain to everyone why this business model is unacceptable.
Why do you think it struck such a chord with designers and other creatives?
Because they all get these emails. And it’s not just designers. I received a ton of responses from writers, cartoonists, architects and people in other professions who get asked to work for free. I don’t know what it is. Maybe people think that if you went to art school you don’t understand money?
Were you concerned about calling out a brand like Showtime by posting the email? I’m guessing they won’t become a paying client anytime soon.
Who knows? Maybe they admire my pluck? Honestly, people valuing themselves and their work enough to say no to this kind of thing has more long-term value than any one job or one client.
Has Showtime responded directly to you?
They wrote me a short and very polite email. Honestly, it’s less about Showtime and more about these hack crowdsourcing campaigns that certain agencies are selling to them. There are lots of folks doing very cool things with user-generated content, but to ask professionals to compete against each other for potential “exposure” is completely different. It’s demeaning, and it lowers the value of everyone’s work.
Among your peers, clearly a vast majority of the response has been positive. Have any designers criticized you for how you handled it?
The response from designers has pretty much been all positive. Some guy on a boxing enthusiast forum called me a “slimy hipster,” though.
Do you think anything constructive will come out of this, for yourself or the industry?
I hope so. If nothing else, it’s good to get people talking about it.

Three down, three left for the next series. Check my feed to see what else I have! Always loved Invisible Man, most people forget him. Maybe because he’s invisible. This art isn’t quite done, thinking of doing maybe an old castle stone window in the background. I really want to work this series. The last four I did were awfully plain.What’s next? Frankenstein for sure. The Creature from the Black Lagoon, aka Gillman, Imhotep the Mummy, maybe Phantom of the Opera. From there I may have to do the more obscure or later era monsters like The Amazing Colossal Man, the 50 Foot Woman, and The Metaluna Mutant (This Island Earth). From there I may finally jump the pond and do Hammer Horror.The final art will be printed six cards on 12x12 chipboard via silkscreen printmaking. Then I’ll cut the cards to separate them. Previous runs I’ve done them individually and damn thats a nauseating pain in the butt. This will be much faster knocking out six cards at a time.

Three down, three left for the next series. Check my feed to see what else I have! Always loved Invisible Man, most people forget him. Maybe because he’s invisible. This art isn’t quite done, thinking of doing maybe an old castle stone window in the background. I really want to work this series. The last four I did were awfully plain.

What’s next? Frankenstein for sure. The Creature from the Black Lagoon, aka Gillman, Imhotep the Mummy, maybe Phantom of the Opera. From there I may have to do the more obscure or later era monsters like The Amazing Colossal Man, the 50 Foot Woman, and The Metaluna Mutant (This Island Earth). From there I may finally jump the pond and do Hammer Horror.

The final art will be printed six cards on 12x12 chipboard via silkscreen printmaking. Then I’ll cut the cards to separate them. Previous runs I’ve done them individually and damn thats a nauseating pain in the butt. This will be much faster knocking out six cards at a time.

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I have seen a “Creative People” list floating around Facebook, Instagram and everywhere else. I have disagreed with it since I first laid eyes on it, partricularly with number 1. Originally it had said Creatives are bored. Sorry, but I’m too damn busy with one hundred projects to be bored. I have books, herb gardens, paintings half finished, things to research and learn, and people to talk with. I am never bored.

I decided to revise it almost entirely, but riffing off each key point. What do you think? Do you agree with my list?

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Two down, four left for the next series. Check my gallery to see what else I have!  I decided to go with the Wolfman because I hate drawing hair. Holy crap has working digital for inking helped so much. I can redraw lines so many times over, and tweak as necessary. It made drawing my all time favorite monster a pleasure to draw for the first time in my life.What’s next? Frankenstein for sure, then I really want to do the Invisible Man. No it won’t be a blank postcard, though that it super tempting. The Creature from the Black Lagoon, aka Gillman, Imhotep the Mummy. From there I may have to do the more obscure or later era monsters like  The Amazing Colossal Man, the 50 Foot Woman, and The Metaluna Mutant (This Island Earth). From there I may finally jump the pond and do Hammer Horror.

Two down, four left for the next series. Check my gallery to see what else I have!  I decided to go with the Wolfman because I hate drawing hair. Holy crap has working digital for inking helped so much. I can redraw lines so many times over, and tweak as necessary. It made drawing my all time favorite monster a pleasure to draw for the first time in my life.

What’s next? Frankenstein for sure, then I really want to do the Invisible Man. No it won’t be a blank postcard, though that it super tempting. The Creature from the Black Lagoon, aka Gillman, Imhotep the Mummy. From there I may have to do the more obscure or later era monsters like  The Amazing Colossal Man, the 50 Foot Woman, and The Metaluna Mutant (This Island Earth). From there I may finally jump the pond and do Hammer Horror.

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Finally settled on this design for my next silkscreen horror postcard.What’s next? Frankenstein for sure, then I really want to do the Invisible Man. No it won’t be a blank postcard, though that it super tempting. The Creature from the Black Lagoon, aka Gillman. Imhotep the Mummy, and finally Lawrence Talbot the Wolfman. Jeeze though, I have tried drawing that damn fur on his face so many times and hate it!!!
From there I may have to do the more obscure or later era monsters like  The Amazing Colossal Man, the 50 Foot Woman, and The Metaluna Mutant (This Island Earth). From there I may finally jump the pond and do Hammer Horror.

Finally settled on this design for my next silkscreen horror postcard.

What’s next? Frankenstein for sure, then I really want to do the Invisible Man. No it won’t be a blank postcard, though that it super tempting. The Creature from the Black Lagoon, aka Gillman. Imhotep the Mummy, and finally Lawrence Talbot the Wolfman. Jeeze though, I have tried drawing that damn fur on his face so many times and hate it!!!

From there I may have to do the more obscure or later era monsters like  The Amazing Colossal Man, the 50 Foot Woman, and The Metaluna Mutant (This Island Earth). From there I may finally jump the pond and do Hammer Horror.

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Anyone else think Mortal Kombat when they see the dumb #Berocca commercials with Joe McCale?

Anyone else think Mortal Kombat when they see the dumb #Berocca commercials with Joe McCale?

Had the urge to draw a Saint Elvis today. Coincidentally just heard this is also the day the world lost the King while on his throne. Maybe I’m getting psychic powers from the surgery? lol.

Had the urge to draw a Saint Elvis today. Coincidentally just heard this is also the day the world lost the King while on his throne. Maybe I’m getting psychic powers from the surgery? lol.

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Getting better pictures of my horror icon silkscreen cards for my Etsy shop.

Getting better pictures of my horror icon silkscreen cards for my Etsy shop.

I’ve got eight boards stained, one more to stain. Once they are stained I can sand them and screen print the ouija board art. Hoping to sand tonight and screen print this weekend. Feeling up to getting work done today. Taking lots of breaks though. I get worn out easily right now.

I’ve got eight boards stained, one more to stain. Once they are stained I can sand them and screen print the ouija board art. Hoping to sand tonight and screen print this weekend. Feeling up to getting work done today. Taking lots of breaks though. I get worn out easily right now.

Contemplating doing a set of silkscreen Saint postcards, much like my monster postcards. It’d be a set of four, I just need to come up with three more. Probably St. Francis de Assisi, Mary, and one more.

Contemplating doing a set of silkscreen Saint postcards, much like my monster postcards. It’d be a set of four, I just need to come up with three more. Probably St. Francis de Assisi, Mary, and one more.

Decided to draw Drax the Destroyer. Couldn’t find definitive layouts of the red pattern on his body. Are they scars? Birthmark? Tattoos? Rash? #gotg

Decided to draw Drax the Destroyer. Couldn’t find definitive layouts of the red pattern on his body. Are they scars? Birthmark? Tattoos? Rash? #gotg

Being a Spokanite since age four, and an avid gamer and comic reader for life, the story of Robin Williams visiting our comic shop in Spokane, WA while he was filming Toys has been told a million times at least. Small claim to fames and brushes with stardom become big tales in places like Spokane.

Being a Spokanite since age four, and an avid gamer and comic reader for life, the story of Robin Williams visiting our comic shop in Spokane, WA while he was filming Toys has been told a million times at least. Small claim to fames and brushes with stardom become big tales in places like Spokane.

Just heard the awful news. Robin Williams delighted me in so many films. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

Just heard the awful news. Robin Williams delighted me in so many films. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

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Doodling. Trying to stay busy. Surgery is an ass kicker. Cancer sucks ass. But my damn pencils and pens still will keep putting out drawings until my last breath. Let’s just hope that not for at least seventy years or something.

Doodling. Trying to stay busy. Surgery is an ass kicker. Cancer sucks ass. But my damn pencils and pens still will keep putting out drawings until my last breath. Let’s just hope that not for at least seventy years or something.

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