Saturday, March 31, 2012


Many times I have gone to free screenings for films ahead of theatrical release dates. The story about this one is more memorable. I knew “Spider-Man 3” would draw a large crowd, since it was one of the hyped summer movies. So I made a point of going early and planning to be in line by 5 p.m. In fact I was 20 minutes earlier than I had scheduled.

Some people get in line and save places for others who arrive later. Well, for this free screening the organizers had a plan to combat that practice. They issued wristbands with numbers on them. People who were holding places could not continue to hold places once the wristbands were given out. If they still wanted to wait for those who hadn’t arrived, then they had to go to the back of the line.

When I received my wristband, I was surprised that my number was 110. I was concerned about my choice of seating inside the theater. It wasn’t until I made it inside that I learned that there were two theaters showing the film and that eight radio stations had given out passes. A lot of people had camped out for a place in line earlier in the day.

That brings me to my design and color choices. I realize this film became the butt of jokes, but I still liked the whole dark version of “Spider-Man” - or “emo” as some have dubbed him. Anyway, I went with a spider web pattern using the traditional “Spider-Man” colors and then a black and gray for the dark side. 'No clearing away any cobwebs for this memory.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"


  1. It kind of defeats the purpose of standing in line if there were radio stations giving away free passes, doesn't it. :\ Nice design with your painting. I didn't see that movie, but I like the way you describe your work.

    1. Daisy:

      'Guess I need to correct my story above. There was a huge line because EIGHT radio stations gave away FREE passes. The understanding is that the passes are NOT A GUARANTEE of SEATING. It's first come, first serve. So there are scrappy folks who get there way ahead of time. It's not every screening that has lines that long.

      'Glad you like my design.

      Mo : )