The Saga of Rex Goes Into 2nd Printing
December 17th, 2011

I've been informed by Image Comics that The Saga of Rex is going into a 2nd printing. I'm glad they're not letting the book sell out.

The second printing is being done in South Korea instead of Canada and will feature a different kind of paper. I hope it looks as good as the first run. recently reviewed The Saga of Rex and gave it 10 out of 10. You can read the review here.

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet at Disneyland
December 15th, 2011

When my friend, Joe Olson, and his charming girlfriend walked into the Innoventions Pavillion at Disneyland's Tomorrow Land to see an exhibit on the future of gaming, they were surprised and delighted to see videos of Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet playing on several monitors of the exhibition wall! Now, how cool is that?

Interview @ Straight 2 DVD
December 14th, 2011

I recently did an interview with Straight 2 DVD about my upcoming book, Young Romance: The Best of Simon and Kirby's Romance Comics. The interview features a few inside pages and some insight on why I did the book. Check it out.

Wrapping Up ZED
December 9th, 2011

It's never easy to find time to work on my comic series, ZED, but somehow, between juggling various projects, I've been able to make progress on the final issue (Number 10) and it's almost done! It should go on sale within a month! I designed the story as a ten-issue series and I can't believe that after over 10 years, I'm finally going to wrap this up. I guess there's something to be said about persistence. Here's a 3-page preview:

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.


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