Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Chewtoro is here!

Our very first t-shirt design has become a reality.

Chewtoro is on sale for 24 hours at

The shirts are available in brown and brown.

Buy one for yourself and one for a friend.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

countdown to Chewtoro...

Now that the world has not come to an end it is officially time to get excited that Chewtoro is coming to RIPT Apparel on Wednesday, May 25th. Since this is our first printing, it's hard to know what to expect. And since this sale occurs online, it'll be tough to know exactly what's happening. We can only hope for the best and be as active as we can during the day of the sale to drum up interest on the internets.

Monday, May 16, 2011


castlepöp got some welcome news today:

Chewtoro is going to fulfill his destiny and become a t-shirt next week at RIPT Apparel (

At 12:00am Central Standard Time on Wednesday, May 25th 2011, Chewtoro goes on sale for 24 hrs.

Now that it's official, we can shout it from the digital rooftops.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

tumblr account (and vice versa)

I am writing a blog entry to announce the opening of our tumblr account:

And then I'll have to make a tumblr entry about this blog.

I should probably tweet about those as well:!/castlepop

Then post the whole thing to facebook:!/pages/Castlep%C3%B6p/126748754066130

It's a good thing Deb does all of the actual art.

It give me time to navigate all those social media sites I've heard about on the nightly news.

It's called synergy, people.


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Vote for "Slave Leia Mudflap" at

Our next design is an homage to the most memorable thing about "Return of the Jedi" (at least for a 10-year-old boy). In an instant, Leia's new look burned itself into the collective memory of a generation. Never the shrinking violet, the bad-ass princess even managed to strangulate the mighty Jabba the Hutt whilst in chains.

If you'd like to see this design available on a baby blue t-shirt as much as we would then head on over to Qwertee and vote like there's no tomorrow.

This is your rare opportunity to vote for a princess (since they're usually not elected).

May the force be with you,

Vote for "Chewtoro" on

 Our first t-shirt design was Chewtoro, a whimsical mash-up of Chewbacca, the most famous Wookie of all, and Totoro, a Japanese forest spirit who takes a flying bus shaped like a cat. Now Chewtoro is closer than ever to becoming a reality, by which I mean fulfilling his destiny of appearing on a t-shirt.

If you'd like to help make that a reality, then by all means go to and vote for Chewtoro.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Colonel Cluckers

Before there was a castlepöp, there was Colonel Cluckers, our first husband/wife art project.

My wife Deborah was using a website called Illustration Friday for inspiration and their topic of the week was "Chicken." I suggested that she draw a proud rooster in a military uniform as we are both fans of animals wearing people clothes. After deciding on the Civil War, the colonel became a strange, hybrid-fowl version of General Ambrose Burnside (the very namesake of the facial hair itself). After the war ended General Burnside became a Senator in his home state of Rhode Island. The decision to make the rooster a Rhode Island Red came easily.

Monday, April 25, 2011

We are castlepöp.

We are a husband & wife design team from Brooklyn. The husband uses his pop culture-addled brain to come up with a vague concept that we develop into an full-fledged idea. Then the wife does all the actual work: sketching the design, inking the design, and spending countless hours at the computer coloring the design. Meanwhile, the husband wanders the apartment and makes unhelpful suggestions.

We hope you like the results.