Backyard Enterprises and the Agents of EARL

I’ve spent some time in the last few weeks copying data off old zip disks and transferring it to my current back up drive. The zip disk is now an obsolete technology. Did it even have a ten year run?

In the process of transferring the data I found a few images that seemed worth sharing. It’s a mishmash of stuff. A large portion of it relates to Backyard Enterprises, a project that Labor of Love worked on in 1998 and 1999. Backyard Enterprises was a start-up company that hoped to establish itself as a creator and seller of humorous products designed to educate entry level workers in the proper management of hazardous waste.

BE’s mascots were the Agents of EARL, three cartoon characters who lived to teach people the proper way to dispose of their chemicals. I designed the characters. I couldn’t tell you now why I chose these particular species. I do remember that the armadillo came first.

Shep Hendrix designed the BE logo and inked the Agents over my pencils. I believe that Jeff Swensen designed the Agents logo. He was certainly heavily involved in the design and production of BE’s proposed line of products.