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The Art Of “Chris Hardwick: Mandroid”

The DVD and CD release of Chris Hardwick: Mandroid, the expanded, unexpurgated version of Chris’ Comedy Central special, is coming up on Tuesday (January 22nd), and while we wait (although you CAN preorder the DVD and/or the CD, and WHY HAVEN’T YOU DONE THAT ALREADY?!? GO!!!), Comedy Central has thoughtfully provided us with not only the cover art, which is, as you can see here, awesome, but some sketches to take us through the creative process that resulted in the finished product. Without further ado, here’s the finished version:


How cool is that? Like a vintage comic, only Hardwick-ized. That was the idea all along, but it didn’t start quite like that. Here’s an early sketch:


That expression is priceless. It handles the droid aspect well, but it’s not quite there. So they went with a more action-packed concept:


Yeah, better, but punching out a robot… see, if we’re talking “Mandroid,” he’d be sort of punching out one of his own. So, insert another foe:


There you go. Got your futuristic and prehistoric all merged together in one pulpy thing there. Now, to add the back cover concept:


Okay, let’s refine it a little, and make Hardwick more Hardwickian:


Add color, photos, a blurb, the bonus features, and a lot of polish:


And that’s how they arrived at the finished product, which… did I say it was awesome? BECAUSE IT IS. And you should buy it now via pre-order. On Tuesday, you will be happy to own the final version, which has more material that didn’t make the broadcast version, plus bonus stuff. Oh, yeah, and come back here this weekend for some more teasers and on Tuesday morning for a special giveaway. But buy the thing already. Preorder the DVD by clicking here and/or preorder the CD by clicking here.

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  1. Missy says:

    I pre-ordered this as soon as I was able and I am so excited to have received it today 😀 I loved seeing him do a test run the week before the taping and I loved it on TV. I am so excited to be able to see some cut stuff and Hard n’ Phirm and be able to watch it when ever I damn well please!

  2. ajp says:

    @ Daniel Zana – packaging concept and design by POV. Painting by Bill Garland. This project was especially fun. Enjoy the intergalactic hilarity!

  3. Three Toes of Fury says:


    Cant wait to get me a copy of this…for yon nerdists who didnt catch this when it aired, it rocks….turns out this Chris Hardwick fella does things other than host the podcast (gasp!)…things like sexualizing chess pieces…and does it surprisingly well. I showed it to my friend, a comedy special reviewing wise old Owl…..he said it was a “hoot!”.

    Here’s my guesses for the easter egg:

    * the camera pans behind chris to reveal his shinny suit is open in the rear….full backal nudity!

    * footage of Chris silence…eating…in a mexican restaurant…goes on for 10m…he looks at plate and says “you know…im really enjoying this bur….” BLAMM! The restaurant explodes. Camera pans to a car parked out front with Mark Maron holding a remote detonator. He looks down to a note pad..crosses off Chris’s name and then says “well well well..looks like its time to pay a visit to Mr Adam Carolla…or perhaps Jay Mohr today?”.

    * cat juggling….lots and lots of cat juggling.

    Peace .n. Mandroid Goodness!!


  4. Daniel Zana says:

    who’s the artist?

  5. Johnothan Pedak says:

    Will this edition contain full frontal nudity?

    I’m asking for a friend…

  6. Drakeo says:


    Can’t wait to get my copy!!

  7. diemrbond says:

    Triple Awesome!

  8. Olivia says: