Nailbiter Colorist Goes G Rated for 35th Anniversary Fiddler

  • By Zach Belinsky
  • March 10, 2015
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The Village Hat Shop has hired Adam Guzowski, famed colorist of the R rated Nailbiter comics, to design a logo for the 35th anniversary of The Village Hat Shop. Nailbiter, though not for the faint of heart, has been described as “a must have for image fans.”[1] That image is given depth and flavor by renowned colorist Adam Guzowski.

Chasing Amy, the 1997 Kevin Smith movie, more known for changing the conversation on human sexuality, also changed the conversation for comic book art. Before Chasing Amy, many thought of comics as one man’s creation. However, comics are now better understood as a collaboration of artists. An actor, for example is handpicked by a producer, told what to say by the writer and told where to go by the director. However, one rarely breaths aloud that an actor is not an artist. The nuance and personal touch an actor brings to his  or her works makes every character unique. In fact, one could say an actor gives each role color.

The colorist gives “color,” literally and figuratively, to comics. This and the fact Guzowski agreed to do the work is the reason that we chose Adam to design the new fiddler.


Village Hat Shop Logo

The Original Fiddler Hiding Behind the Lettering


In the New Logo the Fiddler comes out of Hiding and is Ready for Anything










Drawing on inspiration from Eric Guillon, of Despicable Me, and Edward Gorey, of the Gashlycrumb Tinies, Guzowski added his own flair to the work; he designed a logo with sharp contract to the traditional Chagall inspired logo dreamed up[2] in the 1980’s. First and foremost Guzowski brings the Fiddler out from behind the lettering making it clear who and what he is. Adam maintained, however, the Fiddler’s key characteristics. The Fiddler of course is still wearing his classic fiddler cap and playing a fiddle. His backswept legs and downturned feet, like the old Fiddler, give the impression he is floating. This new fiddler, however, is mischievous. His marked downward gazes with pinhole eyes appear scheming; he sports an ironically retro tailed tuxedo; finally, he is unmistakably smirking despite having no mouth.

At the time of this writing the new Fiddler can only be found, in purple, on small shipping boxes. However, we are anxious to see what he gets up to next.


[2] It literally came to Village Hat Shop founder Fred Belinsky in a dream.

About the author

Zach Belinsky Zach's first job at The Village Hat Shop was scraping gum off the floor at the Brick and Mortar stores when he was 5 years old.

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