My Favorite T-Shirt
Yes, it's a t-shirt of the SDF-1 bridge girls sunbathing on the shoulders of Skull One. The same composition, with overly photoshopped colors and patterns in lieu of the elegant graytones, appeared as the cover for Academy Comics' Academy Blues issue #3 in October 1995. While the shirt features the signature of ROBOTECH comic artist Sean Bishop, also credited with the cover, I hesitate to say it's exactly the same image -- some of the linework is different between the version on the shirt and the version on the comic cover, and the line weight on the cover looks heavier, somewhat blotchier.
The shirt was produced by Kimono My House of Emeryville, CA, an anime and Japanese toy store that I get the impression has been around longer than I've been into anime -- and trust me, you don't find that many of those at this point. They actually did up a whole range of ROBOTECH shirts, including the classic "We want YOU for the RDF!" shirt featuring the image of Rick Hunter that appeared on the back of all the Matchbox toys; however, THIS is the one that I had my eyes on to buy from the first time I saw it way back in, what, 1996? That sounds right. Probably around the time they were first printed up, come to think of it.
While their website has the appearance of something abandoned -- the copyright at the bottom reads 2000 -- I'm on the verge of checking to see if Kimono My House is still in operation just to get another one or two of this shirt, since the decal on this one is starting to crack all over the place. Maybe even take the "We Want YOU" one while I'm at it.
The site is well worth surfing especially if you were really into anime about ten years ago -- it's like a freakin' time capsule, especially if you take a look at their selection of anime pins. I mean, my god, they've got pins from Bubblegum Crisis, Ranma 1/2, Fist of the North Star and freakin' Robot Carnival. Cripes.
Anyhoo, there's my favorite ROBOTECH shirt and where to get one of your very own, if they're still in operation. I'll have something else for you all tomorrow.
Oh, and anyone found any of those ads for me yet?