One day, Scott Marvel, president/editor of Daily Planet, was going into a Starbucks near his River West office when he was approached by a homeless man named Tony. Marvel often bought the “Streetwise” newspapers Tony sold outside the coffee house, but this time Tony asked him for some money.
“He needed to buy something to wear at a job interview,” Marvel recalls. “Instead of money, I gave him 10 of my t-shirts to sell. He sold them out at $25 each and wore one to the interview.” And this exchange gave Marvel still another new idea he is determined to explore.
Marvel’s unique screen printed t-shirts are worth considerably more than Tony sold them for. Designed and hand screened by Marvel, they are sold on Teetsy.com, the design and hand-screening company he started in 2005.
Now for the first time, Marvel’s diverse visual media work is on display at his first formal show, at the Beauty & Brawn Art Gallery and Think Space, 3501 W. Fullerton, from now through March 30.
See his screen printed T-shirts, tote bags, journals with hand-screened covers, large paintings and DVDs of his animated stories centering around bean-shaped characters.
At the exhibit, Marvel shares space with Rachel Foss, a “comicing artist,” as gallery owner/artist Lindsey Meyers calls her, who draws cartoon books. Each artist is presenting about 15 pieces of their work. All of it is for sale.
For the last 25 years, since he graduated from Columbia College, Marvel has worked for full-service design and production studio Daily Planet (www.dailyplanetltd.com), rising to president and still continuing to edit for the company’s major national clients. Among them: the Blackhawks’ “Hit the Ice” home game opener that plays at the United Center.
“I’ve been drawing my whole life, starting when I was a young boy,” Marvel says. “I had an opportunity to restart my art interests professionally, as an adult, in 2005, but in a different format.”
He discovered screen printing, a medium that gives him a different way of expressing himself. “What we do at Daily Planet can be so exact, but I love the inherent charm of the process in screen printing.”
Posters are another form of expression for Marvel, who grew up in the MTV era and loves music. He has designed posters for various musicians, printing them at poster company Screwball Press, whose owner, Steve Walters, is a mentor to Marvel.
Marvel has still another passion, this one using art to help people, like Tony, earn money so they can live independently. His idea, he says, “Is to choose a few events, like a farmer’s market or a street fest, where I would train a few people who would want to learn how to screen T-shirts to sell.
“With sponsorship for supplies, these people in need could keep 100% of the sales from shirts they made as a way for them to become self-sufficient.”
View the opening night reception of “This Was Supposed to help”: Angela Sheridon is an active contributor in social and creative media networks, specializing in publicity and events for the production, film, music, and advertising industries.