Update and Time out
August 2, 2009
This year so far has been amazing.
We've made tremendous progress on our videogame, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, and it looks like funding should be in place pretty soon; I recently created a bunch of effects tests and artwork for Pixar's The Bear and the Bow; I just finished designing a cast of characters for Disney; Flight 6 came out last month with a new chapter of the Saga of Rex and I've already started work on the next chapter for Flight 7.
Long time readers of this site might remember that I've been trying to get an ambitious abstract animation project off the ground for quite some time. I've already created over two minutes of finished footage and used it to demonstrate my concepts.
Earlier this year, in collaboration with the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and legendary Jazz composer Barry Guy, we completed an application for an art grant. I’m happy to announce that the grant was approved and the production is a go!
The larger project is now called, Fixed, Fragmented, Fluid, and will be a collaboration between Barry Guy, and myself. It will be a live show with a seven-piece ensemble (including piano virtuoso, Paul Plimley) and a giant screen that will combine abstract animation and jazz music.
The performance will take place on June 25th, 2010 as the opening night performance of the Innovation Series at the Roundhouse Performance Centre on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
As you can see, there's a lot of excitment ahead. But before I dive into it, I've decided to take a 2-week vacation to go see my family in Quebec, Canada.
I love my life!
July 25, 2009
Flight 6 came out this week. I haven't seen the book yet but I heard good things about it. Along with a bunch of fantastic comics from some of my favorite artists, it features a 42-page chapter of "The Saga of Rex". You can see a 14-page preview of "Soulmates" here.
The wonderful cover is painted by Kazu Kibuishi.
New HD trailer for Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
July 15, 2009
Watch the new trailer for Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet on Gametrailers.com:
HD Version - Standard Version
Then make sure you read the new post on InsanelyTwistedShadowPlanet.com.
July 14, 2009
Recently, someone sent me a link to Sporepedia, a place where Spore enthusiasts can upload their Spore creations. So far, over 100 millions creations have been uploaded and the variety is astounding. While looking through the site, I was surprised to encounter several creatures based on my own designs! Here's a selection inspired by two of my books: Insanely Twisted Rabbits and Frenzied Fauna: From A to Z.
Flight 5 Nominated for a Harvey Award
July 7, 2009
Flight 5, for which I contributed 36 pages, has been nominated for a Harvey Award in the best anthology category.
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards. The Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories, ranging from Best Artist to the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame. They are the only industry awards both nominated by and selected by the full body of comic book professionals.
The annual anthology, Flight, is edited by Kazu Kibuishi who also provides the covers for the book.
To vote for Flight 5, visit this link.
New Post on ITSP Blog
July 5, 2009