UPDATE 05/28/2013: Cafepress.com has flagged this image for potential copyright violations, and have, for the moment, removed it from my store. I’m sad that there likely will be no more profits to donate to ICAF, but anyone who wishes to print their own can grab a high-res version here: http://michaelmcfarlandmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/coexist-hi-res.jpg
Today I awoke to a text message from my good friend Eli asking, “Is that your coexist that George Takei used to celebrate 2,000,000 fans?” Now, to be fair, the text was sent at 10:00 AM, and my phone’s persistent notifications didn’t actually wake me up until 11:00 (what, I was up late last night reading the Walking Dead comic graphic novels – and it’s Sunday. I’m allowed to sleep in.), but a quick Facebook check insured me that, yes indeed, Mr. “Oh my…” himself had used my graphic:
Now, the overall concept of a sci-fi “coexist” parody is not original to me, just this execution, so I’m not going to take credit for the idea. I’d designed this in February, and had posted it on Takei’s facebook page (it seemed the sort of thing he might re-share), but hadn’t really thought about it for a while. My sister-in-law had bought the bumper sticker, and a handful of other people here and there had picked one up as well, and I thought that was probably as far as it would go.
As soon as Takei shared the image, people immediately started requesting a bumper sticker. Since I didn’t design this to make money, I decided to donate all proceeds to ICAF – the International Child Art Foundation. Here’s where you can find it:
The response to this design since George Takei shared it has been overwhelming! At this point sales raised nearly $1000 for ICAF!