January 3, 2010
Last year, was so much fun, I hardly saw it passing by. As incredible as it may sound, the New Year looks even more exciting. Here are the projects I'm looking forward to the most.
The Saga of Rex - I finished the last pages of the new 36-page chapter which will be featured in Flight Vol. 7 coming out in July. I already have a major publisher lined up for the 200-page collected edition slated for an October 2010 release date. I will make an announcement as soon as the ink is on paper.
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet - We are in the process of finalizing our publishing deal and will resume full production very soon. Starting in April, ITSP will become my full time job for a period of about one year. This is a dream project and I can't wait to get back to it - this time around with full funding!
Fixed Fragmented Fluid - For the past three and a half years, I've been developing and animating what I would consider to be one of my most ambitious animated project to date. Working with famed composer Barry Guy, and a seven-piece ensemble, I will unveil a one-hour live performance combining music and animation, in a completely new way. As we approach the performance date of June 25th, 2010, I will discuss this project in greater detail and show some glimpses of what's to come.
ZED - This is the year I will be completing my comic series, ZED. Issue #10, which wraps up the entire story, is well on its way (I inked several pages over the holidays). I'm planning on releasing it by September 2010, exactly ten years after the release of issue #1!
I have a few more irons in the fire but as of now, this is what gets my artistic blood boiling for 2010.
Spike Tail Rabbit Fan Art
December 19, 2009
It seems like the Spike Tail Rabbit design from my book Insanely Twisted Rabbits is a popular one with animator fans. It's been animated with the Spore program, fighting King Kong in stop motion, and this week, I received yet another version via email:
I started this as an exercise while learning a new (to me) 3D program. I ended up working on it for a couple of months as a final project for a class in advanced techniques in Adobe After Effects.
Thanks for the inspiration!
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My Favorite Animated Film of the Year
December 13, 2009
2009 has been an amazing year for animation with studios and independents releasing high quality movies. My favorite is a small independent film that got a raw deal at the box office, and went mostly unnoticed. Too bad, because it's a little gem.
Why do I love Terra (or Battle for Terra as it was sadly renamed)? Well let's see. It's nicely paced with lots of visual poetry. It has a sense of wonder. It doesn't have stupid sidekick humor, or comedy relief. It has solid art direction and some breathtaking visuals. Abel Korzeniowski composed one of the best score I've ever heard for an animated movie. The ending is glorious. The story is intriguing, tasteful and kept me captivated.
I'm not a critic and I won't even pretend. The main reason why I love the movie is because it speaks to me. Feels like something I'd do. It's so exciting to see new directors, like Aristomenis Tsirbas, pulling off something like that with a small crew and a low budget. That inspires me.
Story for Flight 7 - Completed
December 8, 2009
I'm happy as a clam! This past week has been very productive as I managed to complete both my work for Electronic Arts (I'll discuss the project later on when I'm allowed to) as well as my 32-page story for Flight Volume 7 (pictured above).
From now until March, I'll be working full time on Fixed Fragmented Fluid. I'm excited beyond belief about this project which I've been working on (on and off) for the past three years. We are closing in on the premiere (June 25, 2010) and I still have a tremendous amount of work left to do. I will keep you updated as things progress. Everyone who has seen the work I've done so far seem to think that it's the best animation I've ever done. With ITSP, this is certainly my most ambitious animated project. More to come...
November 29, 2009
If you haven't checked out the ITSP Blog recently, you might want to have a look. I've been posting a history of my shadow puppet work with lots of artwork to go with it. I'm adding a banner to the left side for easy access.