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Magazine CREEM’s Infamous Boy Howdy! Mascot Returns in Hard Rock Cartoon Fever Dream

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Indie Shop teams up with animation studio LOBO on rock ‘n’ roll spot

Magazine CREEM’s Infamous Boy Howdy! Mascot Returns in Hard Rock Cartoon Fever Dream

Legendary magazine CREEM has reemerged this year as 'CREEM Entertainment', resurrecting the Detroit-born voice of rock ‘n’ roll made famous by legendary writers like Lester Bangs, Patti Smith, Cameron Crowe, Jaan Uhelszki, Dave Marsh, Lisa Robinson, and more. And with it, the return of their iconic rock mascot (drawn by R. Crumb), Boy Howdy!, who debuted on the second issue of CREEM in 1969 and graced the pages of almost every issue for 20 years.

Leading the brand launch creative is rising indie agency, which won the business after a pitch earlier this year. Dubbed 'CREEM is Risen', the 360 campaign is a balls-to-the-wall joyride capped by a fever dream-like cartoon following Boy Howdy!’s return from the clutches of death 33 years ago, aboard a headless bat, then a heaven-bound rocket ride on Lester Bangs himself.

Created in partnership with animation studio LOBO, original music and SFX by Human Worldwide, and title/editorial help from Uppercut Edit, the animation is more entertainment than ad, laden with bread crumbs that’ll keep fans watching and rewatching to test their rock ‘n’ roll chops.

Creem CEO John Martin considers the cartoon a rallying cry for fans. “This is for the millions of rock ‘n’ roll fans worldwide, misunderstood, underserved and upset that they get fed a steady diet of nothing from establishment music brands. We are those fans and we’re pissed too. So we wanted to make an insane piece of entertainment to champion the rock ‘n’ roll community - and as a way of putting the usual suspects on notice - their time is up. CREEM’s back.”

“CREEM’s comeback is a moment in music history. Agencies often throw around the word ‘dream client,’ but in this case, it’s an actual direct hit. Right in the feels, for everyone involved," said co-founders Rick Williams & Marcel Yunes.

The campaign aims to boost subscriptions and get rock disciples rallying around music’s biggest comeback – culminating with CREEM’s first new issue in three decades, due out this September.

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Co-Founder: Marcel Yunes

Co-Founder: Rick Williams

Animation: LOBO

Directors: Mateus de Paula Santos, Thiago Martins

Executive Producer: Luis Ribeiro

Art Director: Thiago Martins

Concept Art: Bruno Guma, Felipe Lopes, Sérgio Filho

Storyboard Artist: Thiago Martins

Head of Production: Clara Morelli

Producers: Rafael Passos, Pablo Zurita

Head of Post-Production: Marcelo Barbosa

Post-Production Supervision: Thiago Martins

Post-Production Producer: Melina Prior

Animation: Francis Viveiros, Gian Burani, Bruno Tedesco, Thiago Martins, Maurício Reis

Lighting & Render: Maurício Reis

Composition: Maurício Reis

After Effects: Maurício Reis

Music: Human

Executive Producer: James Dean Wells

Creative Lead: Morgan Visconti

“Southside” written and performed by Aquarius Void (Zach Shipps/Ross Westerbur/Mike Alonso)
Scoring to picture by Zach Shipps

Audio Post: Post Human

Sound Design and Mix: Daryl Pinsdorf

Post Producer: Rob Suchecki

Edit & Titles: Uppercut

Assistant Editor: Davi Angelo

Producer: Lisa Sadek

HOP: Lisa Sadek

EP: Dez Macleod-Veilleux

MD: Lisa Houck


After Effect/Grx: Maxime Benjamin, Inkyung Hur

Genres: Animation

Categories: Magazines, Media and Entertainment

Lobo, Fri, 15 Jul 2022 07:36:00 GMT