Annie Award Nomination and More
December 8th, 2011

I just learned that Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet has been nominated for an Annie Award for Best Animated Video Game.

I'm looking forward to hang out with all my old pals from the animation industry at the ceremony. You can see the full list of nominees here.

Besides the Annie, the game has been gathering various industry nominations. Here's the list so far:

Best Downloadable from X-Play's Best of the Year

Best of XBLA
from IGM Game of The Year Award

Best of XBLA
from Game Fanatics Award

Best Licensed Music from The Annual Video Game Music Award

Best Downloadable
from Gamers Headquaters Video Game Award

Video Game Award Nomination
November 17th, 2011

How cool is that? Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is nominated for a VGA in the category, "Best Downloadable". Let's keep our fingers crossed! Tell the world who should win by casting your vote.

Young Romance
November 16th, 2011

I received the final proof this morning for Young Romance: The Best of Simon and Kirby's Romance Comics, and I must say, the book looks really nice. Tony Ong, the designer at Fantagraphics, put together the final cover. Pretty cool I think! Although I've authored more than a dozen books, this is my first one credited as editor, and frankly, I'm quite surprised it will finally see the light of the day. It's been one of those side projects that just linger on forever. You can read about how the book came about here. It is slated for January 2012.

And here's the back cover.

Inspiration Map
November 13th, 2011

Chris Foss, BR Bruss, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Silver Age Marvel, Basil Wolverton,

Steve Ditko, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Ultraman and Eiji Tsuburaya, Fleuve Noir Anticipation,

HR Giger, Picasso, Moebius, Trilobites, Walt Disney

Osamu Tezuka, Yves Tanguy, Nature and its Wonders, Norman McLaren, Stefan Wul and René Laloux,

Wayne Barlowe, Ishiro Honda and Godzilla, Oskar Fischinger, Science and the Universe, Miyazaki,

Science Fiction Literature, Kandinsky, Don Bluth, Carl Sagan, Watership Down

Punto y Raya Animation Festival
November 7th, 2011

I just learned this morning that my film Sensology won the third prize at the Punto y Raya Animation Festival in Madrid.

The PyR Festival bills itself as the most abstract film festival in the world. No representation allowed! The aim is to pose a creative challenge to study and reflect upon the essence of form and movement. In fact, I had to create a special version of Sensology without the inter-titles (text outside of the main and end titles is considered representational) so that the film would be eligible.

Over 368 films from 42 countries were submitted and 109 were selected to take part in the official competition. I had no idea so many abstract films were being made!

For Your Consideration
November 1st, 2011

There's about one thousand videos of Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet on YouTube from various sources, so I feel a bit hesitant about adding more. However, since I had to create new videos for awards submissions (yes, it's that time of the year again), I thought I'd share them here.

The first one features gameplay footage with in-game music from the Shadow Hunters mode, composed by Andrew Scott, Troy Lawlor and Dan Bruington.

The second video features the game's cinematics with music by Dimmu Borgir.


Happy Halloween
October 29th, 2011

Here's another pumpkin carving I found on Tumblr which was inspired by Insanely Twisted Shadow Puppets. It was posted by someone nicknamed Infiniki - not sure who the carver is but I think it looks pretty nifty!

In the Spirit of Halloween
October 27th, 2011

Jorge Garcia (Hurley from Lost), carved some pretty cool pumpkins based on my designs. The originals are from The Spectre's Bride and Insanely Twisted Shadow Puppets. You can read Jorge's blog here.

Shadow Hunters Concept Gallery

October 24th, 2011

To celebrate the successful release of our first DLC, Shadow Hunters, I decided to put together this concept gallery to give the viewer a little insight into our creative process. Check it out here!

Download Volume 1
October 18th, 2011

The first issue of Download has been released and features 18 pages devoted to Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet. This high quality, square bound French magazine focuses on downloadable games and is a visual treat for anyone interested in videogames. More info can be found here.


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