Monday, October 20, 2014

AN WHILE WE'RE AT IT-- SHAMAN KING!!!


While lamenting the
soon to be
passing of
Naruto,
I glimpsed you a bit of this old thing:


When I first started reading 
Shonen Jump
I would tear out
pages
poses
and 
backgrounds
that
inspired me.


The manga I
most often 
ripped from was

by
Hiroyuki Takei


It's the story of 
Yoh Asakura,
a young, laid back spirit medium who 
finds himself thrust into a worldwide battle to become the
Shaman King.

I love
Takei-san's
broad posing:


His draftsmanship:

 

His characters
and the way he dresses them:


And his insane 
splash panels:


I wish I had his 
caffeinated blend of technical skill
and cartooniness.
It's a refreshing change 
from most manga:



























Looking through these,
I don't think I've captured
even half of what I love about
Shaman King.
I stopped ripping the magazine up 
once I really got into it.

And now,
while researching this post I found that 
there's a short series
called
Shaman King: Flowers
that came out a couple years ago.

I think I need to check that out!





Thursday, October 16, 2014

THE END OF NARUTO!


Word got 'round a couple weeks ago
that one 
of my favorite ninjas
will be finishing
his adventures soon:


 is one of the most popular manga of all time,
 and after 15 years of continuous publication, 
American publisher Viz Media has announced 
the series will come to an end this November.


The final installment of Naruto will make its appearance in the 
November 10 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump. 
Masashi Kishimoto’s long-running manga first appeared in 
Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999, 
so it makes sense that Naruto will come full circle 
and end its serialization in the same publication.

GAH!
I'm not sure I want to know what life is like without
Uzomaki Naruto
every week!

I read a bit of Naruto
in Japanese way back when,
but I didn't really get into the
ramen loving rascal 
until the American
Shonen Jump came out.


They were woefully behind the 
weekly output of Japan.

I never watched the anime
because it was ahead of the manga.
and I didn't want to spoil anything.
But I spent a lot of time cajoling 
Cartoon Network
into getting the show,
which they eventually did.

But eventually SJ decided to
play catch-up by releasing
something like
3 volumes a month
for 7 months.

WHICH WAS LIKE HAVING
ALL THE 
PEANUT BUTTER ICE CREAM
YOU COULD EAT!


American
Shonen Jump
then went to a
weekly 
all digital format,
which is probably one of the
TOP 17
things that has ever 
happened to me.

What I love about Naruto
is kinda the same thing I love about
One Piece.

It's about friends.
And never giving up on them.


There were plenty of times
I actually cried reading Naruto
because the story was so emotional.

And now it's coming to an end.

To be honest,
like most things that go on for a long time
Naruto has gotten a bit bloated, overwrought and confusing.
(yeeesh, i can't keep track of all those characters 
and the difference between sharingan, rinnegan, blah blah etc!)

But I still love it and 
I'm gonna miss it.

Arigatou gozaimasu, Kishimoto-san!
Naruto no ato de, dou suru ka?!

BONUS FACT:

I used to have a notebook where I would keep
cool poses or character designs
I tore from old comics and magazines.


Naruto had it's fair share
of stuff I ripped out:










Thursday, October 9, 2014

RANDOM ROBOTECH CELS


Whilst digging through the massive snowdrift
of old papers, drawings, sketches and candy wrappers
scattered about the laboratory,
I came across two
Robotech cels.

This one of Roy Fokker:


And this of Misa Hayase:


I don't remember where I got these.
To be honest,
I don't even remember having them.

I'm pretty sure they're from
MACROSS: LOVE DO YOU REMEMBER
which I've already declared my 
unabashed love for over

It's just cool to see some old cels
since they're a relic of the past.

Fun little fact:
A good deal of anime cels have the 
corresponding drawing 
STUCK
to the back of the cel
(like the Misa cel shown here)

The cels were usually stacked and stored with their drawings.
And after time/pressure/heat/humidity, etc 
they got all stickified.
And there's no easy way to unstickify them
without damaging the cel and/or drawing.

{sniff}

so sad








Monday, October 6, 2014

IF YOUR BAND IS LOOKING FOR A NAME--
YOU'RE WELCOME


Let's say it's like 
totally
1989.

And you have a 
BAND.

And your band is in
desperate need of a
NAME.

Then how
PSYCHED
would you have been 
to know that me
and my teen associates
had a 
RIDICULOUSLY
HUGE
LIST OF
SOOPER
AMAZING
BAND NAMES!

Check it:


As far as I know,
no one ever chose to use

TURDS OF REKNOWN

or

RUMPS-N-BLOOD

So they're yours for the taking!

No?

Then how about these:



DENTISTS ON FILM?

PART IT IN THE MIDDLE AND
FEATHER IT BACK?

These are all quality names, people.

Seriously.

Okay...

Don't worry.
There's more:


 SEANCE POOPHEADS?

STREAM OF NEATNESS?

DRESSED TO EAT?

The scary thing is
we actually saw a couple of these 
become actual band names 
by sheer coincidence.

And our own band name?

NO DUH

Like,
obviously.







Thursday, October 2, 2014

THE ALL POWERFUL DAVID O'REILLY

Last week I was telling you about 
how I got to hang with
independent animation 
rock star
David O'Reilly
at the
2014 Ottawa International Animation Festival.
If you're not familiar with his work
you should have checked out
 the David O'Reilly retrospective, 
GOLD STAR FOR ROBOT BOY,
at Ottawa this year.
If you missed it,
I'll try to explain.
But his style is hard to pin down,
so ima just steal this from his wikipedia page:

O'Reilly's work is often characterized by the use of 
intentionally stripped down 3d graphics. 
He is known for popularizing the use of low-poly 3d 
and the use of 3d software as a personal and artistic tool, 
as outlined in his 2009 essay "Basic Animation Aesthetics". 
He was an early adopter of glitch effects
and uses elements of the software used inside his work.
"[David] has been the man to lead animation through a conceptual blockage—
3D animation was being dominated by commercial aesthetics....
he deconstructed 3D to the point of absurdity."

Truth.

The first film I saw by Mr. O'Reilly was
PLEASE SAY SOMETHING
which went on to win the grand prize at the
2009 Ottawa International Animation Festival:
OCTOCAT ADVENTURES 
started out as a series of youtube videos by some 
12 year old kid
named Randy Peters.
As the pieces got crazier and crazier it was 
revealed to actually be done by
Mr. O'Reilly.
On the slicker side of his work
is this video for U2.
But you've gotta go to youtube to see it:
Recently,
Mr. O'Reilly
has taken to making,
and tearing down,
video games.
Case in point,
MOUNTAIN,
which has no controls,
levels, or goals.
He even made an entire episode of
Cartoon Network's
Adventure Time:

For someone who's spent his entire career
on the more commercial side of things,
David's work makes me feel 
boring and stoopid.
Yet 
INSPIRED.
And that's why you go and meet other artists.
To take what you can from their work and hopefully improve your own.
Or just hang out and have a
root beer with then,
That's good, too.

Monday, September 29, 2014

ASSORTED BITS OF OTTAWA 2014



I think I've made it 
abundantly clear that the
2014 OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL 
ANIMATION FESTIVAL
was 
Das Boomba.

So allow me to share some more
pics
tidbits
ephemera
and 
doodles
from my trip.

Here's a sketch 
did while I was being
interviewed for the 


The schedule for those of us on
 the feature jury wasn't too bad:

But it was busy enough that I didn't get to
see too many other screenings.

DID 
make it to
PEN & INK:
CREATING CHARACTERS WITH NICKELODEON

Specifically, it was about Nick's upcoming new show
PIG GOAT BANANA CRICKET!
Creators Dave Cooper,
and Executive Producer David Sacks
told us all sorts of fun stuff about what goes into the making of
this weirdo show.


They even did a live-drawing of a new character
where the audience was encouraged to 
suggest what body parts it was made up of:


And the name I suggested,
BACON-n-KEGS
(because of it's beer keg body and
umbrella with a piece of bacon on the end)
was picked,
which was kind of cool.

While we're on the topic of
live-drawing,
kind of stuff, 
we were out late one night and
introduced us to an interesting game.
We were each given five pieces of paper.
On the first piece of paper we were instructed to
"write anything in the world"

For example:


Then everyone passed their 
stack of paper to the left.
On page two we were instructed 
to DRAW what was written on page one.


The stack was passed again
and we were told to 
describe what was 
drawn on page two:


And on page four
the next person had to draw what 
was written on page three


And then one more time...


Essentially it's a surreal form of 
whisper down the lane.
I'd show you some of the other drawings,
but I'd get arrested.

Here's another caricature someone did of me.
At least I think it's me.
It might be Jay Leno.


And then there's the
forever awesome
ANIMATOR'S PICNIC.
As if eating and drinking 
in a park
on a beautiful fall day
isn't enough,
there's pumpkin carving:











{sigh}

The Ottawa International 
Animation Festival...

It's enough to make 
David O'Reilly hug
festival director
Chris Robinson: