For as long as I can remember, there have been Wacky Packages stickers! Topps started creating these wonderfully punny parodies a few years before I was born. Though there are some variations and spinoffs in the series, the traditional ones take some well-known brand name product and skewer it with a pun or pop-culture reference to make a hilarious fake product that looks a lot like the real thing.
I have a few dream projects that I’d like to work on in my creative future… for that day when I make it big! 🙂 One of those would be to work in some form or fashion on a set of Wacky Packages trading cards or stickers. Until that day I can only dream… or can I? No! I can do better than dream… I can make some of my own to showcase on the blog! Thus, I give you the first in a series of my own Wacky Packages inspired parody illustrations.
As I find myself eating a lot of Nissin Top Ramen lately, this Raiders of the Lost Ark mashup has been simmering for a while. I even did a little research and you might be interested to note that the weight on my parody packaging is an estimate of what the actual Ark of the Covenant might weigh based on biblical descriptions. I think this turned out pretty well illustration-wise, and I hope it’s as humorous on the page as it was in my brain!
For those curious… as is almost always the case for me and parodies, before I created my Wacky Package version, I had to render an actual ramen noodle package. Here’s what my Andy Warhol moment looked like before I funnied it up…
Please let me know what you think, and be on the lookout for more in this series as I get the time to work on them. Remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.