Cartoon Violence

Cartoon Violence is my primary band, in which I play the role of mad musical scientist Doctor Octave. In addition to co-writing and playing most of our songs, I also do graphic design for our album art, live show posters, web presence, T-shirts, stickers, and other merchandise.

Cartoon Violence - Ransom Logo



Cartoon Violence is largely my friend Blake and I. We’ve known each other since sixth grade and have dabbled in musical projectery many times. Cartoon Violence is our attempt to take that dabbling into the doing phase and started with an RPM project in 2008 which became our demo, Beer and Pickles. After playing many shows in the bay area with various bands, we moved in to Ocean Beach Studio in 2011.

It was in that studio that we recorded an EP and our first full-length studio album, Robots and Dinosaurs, which was self-released in February of 2014. Accompanying the album was a redesign of the web page, Twitter, and Facebook, to include the Robots and Dinosaurs art by Adam Davis which graces the CD cover. Anticipating the release of the CD, we also made 13 music videos, one for each song on the album, using stock footage and public domain films as source material. 10 of the videos were edited by me, one by guitarist Blake Morse, one by drummer Evan Lanam, and one by visualist Gabe Rowland.


I have been an integral part of the music production process for all of Cartoon Violence’s releases. As a band, we are very DIY.

Beer and Pickles (Demo) – February, 2008

Responsibilities: audio engineering, songwriting, guitar, keyboards, drum programming, post-production, album art, online publishing.

Get Ready For Cartoon Violence (EP) – July, 2013

Responsibilities: audio engineering, songwriting, keyboards, sampling and drum programming, post-production, graphic design, online publishing.

Robots and Dinosaurs (LP) – February, 2014

Responsibilities: songwriting, guitar, keyboards, drum programming, packaging and liner notes design, liner notes illustration, CD production, online publishing.


In addition to the Robots and Dinosaurs CD, we also produced T-shirts and stickers to accompany the release of the album. Just as with the music production, I have been responsible for much of the labor involved in designing and producing these products.

Unicorn Approved T-Shirt

This T-shirt features a design hand-drawn by Professor Robot and digitized by myself.
Responsibilities: digitizing art (Adobe Illustrator), screen printing assistance.

Curtains Sticker

This is our primary sticker for the band which we hand out free at shows.
Responsibilities: graphic design (Adobe Photoshop), sticker production.

Robots and Dinosaurs Circle Stickers

This trio of stickers are based on art by Adam Davis and Professor Robot.
Responsibilities: graphic design, coloring, sticker production.

Robots and Dinosaurs Die-cut Sticker Sheet

This collection of stickers includes art from the Unicorn Approved shirt and the Robots and Dinosaurs album cover, each as individual die-cut stickers.
Responsibilities: graphic design, coloring, sticker production.

Posters and Flyers

As promotion for live shows, we often make our own posters and flyers to promote the shows. Sometimes they exist only as digital images, but often they are printed to be posted around town. I always do final design, layout, and coloring on the posters, which at least half the time involve art originally drawn by someone else.

January 6, 2011 (Sugar Mountain Zombie Extravaganza)

This poster was black-and-white xeroxed from magazine cutouts.
Responsibilities: cutting, pasting, copying.

December 22, 2011 (Not an Xmas Show)

This poster was composited from Google Image Search results.
Responsibilities: design, layout, image editing (Adobe Photoshop)

March 4, 2012 (Geeks vs. Pyrates 1)

This flyer was hand illustrated by Jason Novak and colored by myself.
Responsibilities: coloring.

March 4, 2012 (Geeks vs. Pyrates 2)

For the Geeks vs. Pyrates show at 924 Gilman in 2012, I volunteered to make the official poster for the event, which included 12 bands. I incorporated bands’ existing logos when available, and made my own when not.
Responsibilities: design, layout, text, coloring.

July 28, 2012 (Rockage Showcase at California Extreme)

This web flyer was created by modifying the California Extreme videogame exhibition flyer and adding information for the bands playing as part of the Rockage Showcase.
Responsibilities: text, compositing (Adobe Photoshop)

February 20, 2014 (Album Release Postcard)

To promote our dual CD release with Doctor Popular, I made this flyer using existing album art. These were printed as postcards with the poster image on the back.
Responsibilities: layout, text

February 20, 2014 (Album Release Poster)

This was the official poster for our dual album release with Doc Pop, with opening act Together We Are Robots. The image was hand-drawn by Professor Robot with dual art direction by him and myself. All coloring and compositing was done by me in Adobe Photoshop. This was printed as an 11×17 poster and sold at the show.
Responsibilities: design, layout, scanning, compositing, coloring, text.

November 1, 2014 (Legionnaire Oaktown Indie Mayhem)

I volunteered to make the poster for our first show with local promoter Oaktown Indie Mayhem. Being the day after Halloween, I went with a theme of a hung-over pumpkin.
Responsibilities: concept, design, vector image editing (Adobe Illustrator), layout, text

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