SCHAMBERGER LABS EXPANSION: Rob Schamberger Newsletter 10SEP23
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Hi. My name's Rob Schamberger. I'm that guy who paints rasslers. And other stuff. If you got a hunger for what you see you’ll take it eventually.
THE SCHAMBERGER LABS PRINT FULFILLMENT CENTER
A few days ago I executed the lease for the Schamberger Labs Print Fulfillment Center! What the hell is that, you may ask?
My print sales on WWE Shop have done so well and there’s so much room for growth that it became quickly evident that I needed to get a space just for fulfilling those orders. This isn’t a studio space, it’s an office in a professional building where my assistant David will work every day on getting your orders out to you.
I’m regularly asked by young and up-and-coming artists on how to make it full time and my advice every time is to think of yourself as a business owner, because that’s what we are. We provide artistic goods and services and the way we keep the revenue coming in is by expanding our business capabilities. That’s exactly what the Print Fulfillment Center is doing for me.
Would you believe that for the past several years my print orders have all been done from our dining room? I took pride in that, viewing it the same as the Steve’s starting Apple from their garage. I’m still going to keep my studio in our house, but Katy finally gets the whole office to herself and we get our dining room back. It’s like we’re doubling the size of our house and my business at the same time!
This will be fully operational on the 18th once we’ve moved everything over and have our internet access turned on. This is actually my fourth commercial space over the past decade but it feels a lot bigger, probably because it’s for just one component of what I do and the space looks so dang nice.
I’m excited to get it set up and decorated. Expect lots of pictures of the facility once it’s live.
UPCOMING WWE PAINTINGS
Triple H Wrestling Landscape
Cody Rhodes acrylic
LA Knight. YEAH.
Card subject to change.
There’s some new signed prints coming to WWE Shop this week. I’ll send a separate email when they go up. They haven’t provided me with a specific day and time, so when I know you’ll know.
WHAT I LIKED THIS WEEK
The Special Ops: Lioness miniseries wrapped up last Sunday and it was a really cool eight episodes. The last fifteen minutes of the finale weren’t messing around. They kept a sense of urgency and scale throughout all of the episodes that made it feel like an eight hour blockbuster movie. Like, listen, it’s a shoot ‘em up story and if you want something deep look elsewhere, but the times they used broad strokes to touch on those deeper issues they kept it authentic to the characters and I appreciate that. And then stuff blew up.
I had missed out on watching the last two ‘Apes’ movies and after watching Dawn of the Planet of the Apes a few weeks ago I watched War for the Planet of the Apes the other morning after our kitten woke me up early. It’s bad ass. Like with Lioness, look, you’re not going to get deep commentary here. The original Planet of the Apes did that, but let’s be honest that they never hit that level of symbolism again and instead this and ‘Dawn’ just had smart apes doing cool $#!+. I enjoyed it for being exactly what it is.
Star Trek: Lower Decks Season Four is off to a great start. Comedy, characterization, mysteries and the return of the Voyager ship. I like that even though this series is full of nostalgia and references, all of that is secondary to the characters and what they’re going through. I feel like the new era of Trek (and honestly, most all of our pop culture) is too often weighed down by 60 years of continuity. I’m a Trekkie for sure so I get all of it and enjoy it, but it must seem so impenetrable to someone who says, “Where do I start watching?” (As a kid in the early 80’s is my answer.) That said, Lower Decks and Strange New Worlds are both fun entry points.
Gotham City: Year One by Tom King and Phil Hester rocked my socks off. It’s an interesting story about Bruce Wayne’s grandparents in the 1960’s who have their baby girl stolen and private eye Slam Bradley is on the case to find her. It’s a sort of Philip Marlowe by way of the Lindbergh baby story that tells how Gotham City became the dark place it is. That said, Phil is a good friend and longtime mentor of mine and I feel like it’s his career best work. Inked by Eric Gapstur with outstanding coloring by Jordie Bellaire, it’s moody and dark and hard-edged and a delight to behold.
I listened to the audiobook of Nothin’ But a Good Time by Tom Beaujour and Richard Bienstock while working and couldn’t stop. It’s an oral history of 80’s pop metal and is full of stories of what it was like for these kids who all of a sudden became worldwide stars. Notable tales are the horrors of record executives discovering Stryper was a Christian band, Stryper’s drummer throwing bibles at girls’ heads during early shows, how not a single person liked Sebastian Bach, and the time Slash auditioned to be the guitarist for Poison.
Let that one sink in.
Any time things don’t go well for you professionally, just remember that Slash auditioned for Poison and and they turned him down.
Tiger Force helping me with my personal project.
Jam-packed week for the guy writing this. That’s me, by the way. Rob. I had a busy week. Most of it was spent finishing up the Triple H Wrestling Landscape painting, which was WAY outside of my comfort zone. A lot of things I’ve never painted before using tools and techniques in new ways. You’ll see. It’s a wild one.
Tuesday I took Tikka to get his second rabies vaccine shot. He did really good, it was his first time out of the house since we brought him home and he was great with the vet.
Wednesday was consumed by locking down the space for the Print Fulfillment Center. Commercial real estate moves A LOT faster than residential, by the way. The majority of the day went to that, cutting into my painting time. For a good reason! But still.
All of this while also coordinating new paintings and prints with WWE and Fanatics while working on the Triple H painting AND the personal project shown above. Busy week. But I had a lot of weeks this year that were slow so I’m not complaining at all. Simply looking forward to maybe taking a nap later today.
Love you more,
Seriously though, could you imagine Slash in Poison? That’d work as well as Jimi Hendrix joining The Beatles.
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