Texas VW Classic poster- now available

I was very happy to receive a cold-call from Tyler Chamberlain from the Texas VW Classic, asking me if I’d be interested in producing a poster for their annual event here in Central Texas. He had noticed a recurring theme in some of my art- a VW bus or other such fun vehicles snuck in where ever I could make it work. I have long, long loved the beauty and clean lines of the old-school VW’s (as well as Vespas and El Caminos!) and there was NO way I could turn him down!

The beauty and simplicity of these older vehicles is like a visual short-hand that signified fun and freedom.

The event was held this last weekend and the weather here in Texas couldn’t have been better! (which is good for selling posters…trust me.)

I’m now able to sell my artists copies on Nakatomi, and I hope you all enjoy them as much as I enjoyed drawing it!

This 18×24 5 color silk-screen print is signed and numbered in an edition of 230, with Nakatomi only having 30 for sale.

Pick them up HERE in the Tim Doyle Section of the Nakatomi store- prints are in hand and will ship immediately.


UNREAL ESTATE full show write-up and walk-through!

This article was originally written for SpokeArt so that they could divvy it up among several blogs that were generous enough to report on the show!

This write up will be given to attendees at the gallery at the opening TONIGHT, but for the rest of you who aren’t in San Francisco, here’s a sneak! These prints will all be on sale on the SpokeArt website, THIS FRIDAY afternoon. Keep your eyes on the site!


Last June, after the opening reception to the Quentin V. Coen show in San Fran, the founder of SpokeArt- Ken Harman, invited me to have a solo show at his gallery later that year. I was immediately flattered- and then the fear set in. If it’s just me, not only was I looking at months of work in secret- but the success or failure of the Gallery that month was up to my ability to create and be clever. I initially was going to do a very diverse show with a bunch of unconnected works, essentially throwing the visual parts of my brain up on the wall and hoping people liked what they saw. But after talking to Ken for a while, he seized on a couple of ideas I had and did what a good gallery owner should do- focus his artist. This is the show that came of that.

“Unreal Estate” is a collection of locations that many of us know and have been to on a weekly basis at times, but we can never actually visit. These places are in our memories- transmitted and entrenched there through a cathode-ray tube. Some of us have been going to these places for decades- some of these places were taken from us, way too soon.

I was asked to write about the pieces for use on various blogs and press. As much as I’d like the work to completely speak for itself, I do so enjoy commentary tracks, so here is mine.




Tim Doyle’s first solo show will open THIS THURSDAY at the SpokeArt gallery in San Francisco, located at 816 Sutter St.

You can RSVP at the official event page HERE.

Tim Doyle will be in attendance at the opening, so please come on by to meet and greet! Also- free beer. Beer makes Doyle a lot easier to handle, trust us.




This one has been a long time coming! Nakatomi is proud to announce it’s first published comic- BAD CAT COMICS #1!  Written and drawn by Tim Doyle with Grey Toning by Paul Maybury, this standard sized comic features a hand-printed silkscreen cover, and is signed and numbered by Doyle in an edition of 500!



“He is the Zissou”


SpokeArt’s inaugural show, Bad Dads, is officially one year old! Holy cats!  To celebrate their one year anniversary, Spokeart is bringing back the Wes Anderson inspired show with a whole bunch of new works!  Last year I contributed 5 prints, but this year I only had time for the one, but I really think this one is the best of my bunch!  I’m playing around with brushwork a bit more and finding new ways to do a non-traditional ‘traditional’ portrait.  This 16×20 print is going to be available first come first served at the Spokeart opening in San Francisco this weekend, BUT- if there are any left over from this smallish edition (of 75), you’ll be able to pick one up from them next week when they list all the prints in their webstore,!

“He Is The Zissou” is a 16×20 4 color hand-printed silkscreen, featuring neon inks and a split fountain, and is signed and numbered by the artist (Me) in an edition of 75.

-Tim Doyle



In a complete surprise, the readers of the Austin Chronicle voted Nakatomi founder, Tim Doyle as 1/2 of the Best Artist in Austin!

Why just 1/2? Because the results were a TIE. Whaaa? From the Chronicle-

Best Visual Artist- TIE: Jules Buck Jones; Tim Doyle

“Whether it’s Jones with his relentless graphite-and-ink renderings of the animal-riddled wilderness displayed in his Monofonus Press book Everglades and his one-man “Animal Again” show at Champion Gallery or Doyle with his Nakatomi Inc powerhouse releasing his own comics-influenced posters of pop-culture beauty to the world, our readers know what they like, and they like it graphic.;,”

You can see the original article HERE.

Read Doyle’s response after the JUMP!


FANBOYS print-

Austin Books and Comics has yet again asked me to do a print for their ‘Hot And Nerdy’ Film series hosted at the Blue Starlite Drive In here in Austin Texas!

This print is 18×24 and is signed and numbered in an edition of 325.  There is a Blue ‘Night Falls on the Federation’ version that is signed and numbered in an edition of 150 as well.

The print is available starting TODAY in-store at Austin Books, and at the screening this Thursday at the Drive-In.

If you don’t live here in the Austin area, Austin Books is compiling a waiting list and will be distributing them on a first-come first-served basis to every one who sends them an email.  You can email the directly through their store HERE.  (Click the ‘Contact Us’ link at the top toolbar.)

Want to see the variant?  Click on through!


The Last Action Hero is Smarter Than You…

I wrote this review for a friend’s zine that it looks like may or may not ever come out.  But, I’m really proud of the review, and I hope you like it-

The Last Action Hero is Smarter Than You-

I know, I know.  You think I’m fucking with you.  You think I’m affecting some stance so I can defend it with ironic statements, and I’m just trying to be a hip dick.  But I’m not. I really, really like this film.
Now, keep in mind, I hadn’t seen Last Action Hero since it was in theaters…almost 20 years ago.  I was 16 in 1993, and there’s no way I was prepared for the film I was about to see.  I don’t think the damn world was ready for the film.  Now, stick with me here- I’ll get to the WHY this film is so good soon enough.  To prep for this article, I just re-watched it, and here’s a quick run-down/ refresher on the plot:

Kid (Danny Madigan) is a huge movie nerd, skips school to watch films in a run-down old cinema palace run by old-guy, much to the disappointment of his single-mother. His favorite movie star, Arnold Schwarzenegger is starring in a new release, Jack Slater 4, and the old guy who runs the theater has a print of it before the premier and the kid comes over to watch it at a midnight screening just for him.  Once there, old-guy gives kid a ticket given to him by Houdini, and during the screening, kid gets sucked into the film-world, and starts interacting with the fictional wold there.  Because kid has seen the first 10 mins or so of Jack Slater 4, he knows a bit about the plot and helps Slater foil some bad-guy plans.  Bad guy in the film gets his hands on the ticket and uses it to come into the ‘real world.’  Jack Slater and Kid have to stop bad guy from killing the real Schwarzenegger, which would end Slater’s life as well.  The good guys win, Slater goes back to the movie-world, and Kid keeps ticket. Somewhere in there is a cartoon cat.  The end.

I remember when The Last Action Hero came out.  It wasn’t what I wanted to see at the time.  In fact, I don’t think it was anyone’s idea of what they wanted to see.  The movie is a victim of audience expectations of what a Schwarzenegger movie SHOULD be.  But if this movie came out now- I firmly believe the critics would be falling all over themselves to say how brilliant it is.

Put yourself in this position- Terminator 2 was Arnold’s most recent film…the man was an action god, a stone-cold killer, and could do no wrong.  And THEN- he’s starring in a film who’s main intent was to play with and make fun of the trappings of the action movies you loved him for.  In essence, LAH is making fun of the very audience it was being marketed to.  And not only that- the REAL story going on is one about fictional characters transcending the bounds of the stories they’re trapped in, and wanting to run their own destiny, as opposed to the one written for them to act out on the screen.  No fucking way was that going to work in 1993.  Hollywood didn’t know how to market this, and audiences didn’t even know how to watch it.

Holly wood still doesn’t know how to market this thing- does this looks like the DVD cover for a movie where the hero gets rescued by a cartoon cat?



Still Clerkin’ after all these years…

Again, I was commissioned to produce a poster for one of my favorite movies for my favorite comic book store- Austin Books!

This Thursday, Austin Books and Comics is flying in Brian ‘Dante’ O’Halloran to be present at a screening of the original CLERKS film at the Blue Starlite Drive-In Theater here in Austin, TX.

With this poster, instead of focusing on one iconic scene, or do the floating-head-thing, I wanted to an Animal House poster thing where you show a bunch of stuff and scenes happening all at once, like the whole movie happening in one image.



Original art for prints available-

Just a quick note-

I get requests every now and then for original art from past pieces.  Just to let all of you know, these are available!  If there is an older (or newer) piece of mine that you’d like to get the original artwork from, shoot me an email!

We’re actually selling some right now on eBay HERE (including the above pictured Transformers Movie print art).  We’ll be listing one a night for the next week or so, so keep you eye on that eBay store!

There’s also a small list and images of originals on my Flickr feed HERE.

We don’t have everything up in the gallery yet, so if you don’t see it, let me know.

Thank you-

Tim Doyle