ERV V2.1

So Ive been here over a year now.

And the whole time, I have had that stupid standard white place-holder banner. *points up*


Kevin Hopkins, an artist with Super-Geek-Street-Cred made me a sweeeeeeeeet banner!

Kevin has graciously allowed me to play around with the color on PhotoShop so I can has lots of colors and a rotating banner– but I take responsibilities for those inevitable fails 😛 The blue one here is Kevins 🙂


Kevin has earned a BA in Fine Arts with postgraduate additions and has studied under several internationally acclaimed artists. He is an accredited art teacher and has taught high school art and vocational painting classes. He also teaches private classes in painting, drawing, and Photoshop. Kevin pursued a career in fashion design where he created over 1,000 product lines and a medallion that headed into space on the ill-fated ‘Challenger’ space shuttle expedition. Later Kevin became associated with Realm Press, a comics publisher, and worked there as artist and art director for their ‘Battle Star Galactica’ and ‘The Drakkon Wars’ licensed series. In ’90 Kevin became a winner in the L.Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future Contest and attended the Los Vegas awards presentations. In the late ’90’s Kevin relocated to Hollywood, California and began work on a pre-syndication comic strip and discovered the emerging field of digital imaging. While there he was a guest of several local conventions including LosCon, and the San Diego Comics Con. After two more years of drawing comics Kevin was hired by Warner Brothers Studios and was involved with some aspect of almost every motion picture produced by them between 2001 and 2006, including ‘The Matrix,’ Loony Toons, Back in Action,’ Last Samurai,’ The first four Harry Potter films, and ‘Batman Begins.’ Over this period Kevin has produced several magazine and paperback book covers and taken awards at convention art shows to numerous to mention. For spare time hobbies he enjoys writing, sculpting, and being a fossil enthusiast.

Now I just need to figure out how to upload/set-up this new banner in the new MT… lol!!


  1. #1 Marc
    May 20, 2009

    Woah that looks awesome!

  2. #2 ERV
    May 20, 2009

    Our handbook instructions are for the old version of MT, and now weve got this new version, and stuff doesnt match up, and there are over 9000 ‘DO NOT TOUCH THIS TEMPLATE!!’ landmines to avoid… AK!

    Have to wait for tech guy to get back to me to upload without killing SciBlogs :/

  3. #3 Tyler DiPietro
    May 20, 2009

    LOLWUT 9000!!!!!!!!

  4. #4 Zarquon
    May 20, 2009

    oooh, shiny

  5. #5 BAllanJ
    May 20, 2009

    woo woo !

  6. #6 MInd Over Splatter
    May 21, 2009

    Thanks for the nice write up. Looking forward to seeing it in place.

  7. #7 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    May 21, 2009

    L.Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future Contest



  8. #8 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    May 21, 2009

    And very cool banner!

  9. #9 Optimus Primate
    May 21, 2009

    I dig it the most!

  10. #10 Mobius
    May 21, 2009


  11. #11 Ty
    May 21, 2009



    I have a number of friends who’ve won the “LRH Writers of the Future” contest who have nothing to do with scientology.

    Once you get past the fact that the awards are run by whackos, the bottom line is that they are just awards that give a fair bit of exposure to the winner.

  12. #12 Mind Over Splatter
    May 21, 2009



    The illustrator’s contest is a companion to the writer’s contest. They throw good parties and host interesting and talented people so I attend when I can. No one has ever mentioned ‘Scientology’ to me at any of their functions or in any of their literature over the many years I’ve been associated with them. I’ve met and corresponded with several of the top names in science fiction through them and have found the LRHWOTF staff to be very generous and helpful. Occasionally they get me a job. In general I’m very skeptical and I have nothing to complain about with the ‘LRH Illustrators of the Future Contest’ and several things to appreciate them for. For what its worth, when I’m in L.A. I also hang around at the Center for Inquiry West. Ty’s pretty much got it.

  13. #13 William Wallace
    May 21, 2009

    He even preserved your absence of an apostrophe, while preserving the other apostrophes. Message aside, it is a nice looking logo–though I think the ERV is Photoshop cliche.

  14. #14 steve
    May 21, 2009

    Dear Abbie I think the banner is very well constructed and thought out however I do have one point of critique. It seems a bit sugary, sweet, and having read your blog for more than a year I would say your writing is anything but that. Anyways I enjoy your blog and I hope you enjoy your banner

  15. #15 CyberLizard
    May 22, 2009

    My first thought was “there’s an apostrophe missing!”. Then I remembered who’s blog it was, lol!

    Only one design thing that caught my eye: the ERV being all 3d and shiny clashes with the more subtle nature of the rest of it. Although that could be the intention. WTH do I know, it’s better than anything I could do!

  16. #16 eddie
    May 29, 2009

    Los Angeles and Las Vegas are great big cities. Los Vegas otoh is a one greggs suburb of dumptruck ohio.
    Nice logo.

  17. #17 Brian Foley
    June 4, 2009

    So. When are you going to start using this super-duper banner? I think you should get it up there on the top of your BLAG..

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