Nolan Woodard, the original studio gunslinger, is bidding us adieu. In his letter below he describes his glorious tenure here at WK and what the future has is store. Leave him a comment and give him a handshake when you see him. Thanks, Nolan.
As some of you know, I am leaving at the end of this month and returning to vendor status. It’s been a good, long, eight years here at W+K, especially considering my move here had been “temporary”. Only Ademar, Shari, Lefore, and Frediani have been here longer than I. Guess that means I am “old school”. I remember the Dekum building with its exposed wiring and plumbing, before we had servers, when we had only a single color printer named Mothra (the b/w was Godzilla) which crashed possibly more than any server we have today, when we moved into this building, before retouching was in-house, when tissue-sessions were literally that, the Dark Times when the entire Portland office wasn’t much larger than the studio is today and studio could be counted on two hands, pitching new business like it was going out of style, and the hiring of some 200+ people in the past three years. It’s amazing how much you can pack into eight years. It’s been one hell of a rollercoaster ride and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I am one of the longest running freelancers in W+K history and, quite possibly, the only to ever get a wall photo and business cards. Many of you have asked how I did it. Your guess is as good as mine but it has been an honor to work with, piss off, laugh with/at, be laughed at, punch and kick, take Long Lunches, shoot pool, and share all of these years with you. I leave behind dear friends, fellow geeks, fellow pervs, a Sith Lord, and adopted siblings. With all the sincerity I possess and joking aside, I’ll miss you all terribly.
To answer the obvious question: I’m moving to Atlanta, GA, to teach undergrad classes at SCAD-Atlanta, illustrate for Nike, draw a graphic novel about a serial killer, piss off a whole new city, and be closer to family. If you ever have need of me and/or my skills, just email and I’ll be there like the wizard Shazam is for Captain Marvel.
May The Force Be With You,