a.k.a. Circa Caliente 2019 Giant Robot with Mermaid Mug - by Eekum Bookum
This is a mug shaped like a giant gray robot with red eyes holding a mermaid in his hand. Based on the 1977 “News of the World” record album cover by the British rock band Queen (released on 28 October 1977 by EMI Records) which is just perfect for this year’s Circa theme of 1977. The artwork for the album was itself an adaption. Taylor (from Queen) had an issue of Astounding Science Fiction (October 1953) whose cover art depicted a giant intelligent robot holding the dead body of a man. The caption read: "Please... fix it, Daddy?" to illustrate the story "The Gulf Between" by Tom Godwin. The cover art was from a painting by American sci-fi artist Frank Kelly Freas. This inspired the band to contact Freas, who agreed to alter the painting for their album cover, by replacing the single dead man with the four "dead" band members (with Taylor and Deacon falling to the ground, and Taylor only visible on the back cover). This mug is yet another switch, replacing dead men with a live mermaid. Sculpted and produced by Eekum Bookum. Limited to only 100 pieces. There were at least two artist proof variations (a light blue version for Rory Snyder and an orange version for John Mulder) that they proudly displayed at the event.