Superhero Button-O-Matic

I don’t think I’ve shared here on the blog yet that I was lucky enough to get to create one of the buttons for the new Busy Beaver Button Co. Button-O-Matic series. In case you haven’t happened upon a Button-O-Matic in your travels, they’re these super cool gumball-style machines that dispense curated artist buttons, found all around Chicago and in a bunch of spots across the country. This gal feels pretty lucky to join the ranks of Chris Ware, Mark Mothersbaugh, Little Friends of Printmaking, and, in this series, folks like Jeffrey Brown, Lilli Carre, Laura Park and a whole bunch of other awesome artists.

My button for this year’s series, Superhero!, was inspired by a traditional superhero activity: ripping off one’s shirt to reveal your true super self. It combines a paper outer shirt layer, with a secret surprise super inside. I was featured on the Busy Beaver blog this week, talking about all things super and more inspiration for the design.

My favorite part, though, is the somewhat epic animated gif I created to give you all a better sense of the interactive nature of the button. You can check that out below. I hope it doesn’t ruin the surprise ; )

If you’re in Chicago, I would highly suggest coming out to the Superhero! Series Button-o-Matic release party at Busy Beaver headquarters on September 9. Info on that shindig is here. There’ll be tons of free food and beer, a free super-themed photobooth, plus some epic hero/villain swag bags for the first 50 folks. Oh yeah, and LOTS of buttons.

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