Monday, July 28, 2014

COMIC CON 2014-- IT HAPPENED!

That smell you smelled
was the smell of Comic Con
GOING DOWN!


As always,
it was a jam-packed
mess of fun.


There were Legos:


The display of every Star Wars minifig 
ever made was kinda cool:




And there was a lot of 
sneak peaks into
Disney's new
Star Wars 
animated series
REBELS,
coming soon to 
Disney XD!



There was a lot of other obsessive Star Wars stuff:


Smaug was totally keeping an eye on things:


And there was this guy from the upcoming game


Cartoon Network represented big,
as always:


And because you asked for it...
Michael Jackson
Smooth Criminal toys:


(Wait... you asked for that, right?)

I
LOVE
these
Attack On Titan
sculptures:


GREAT
line of action!


And
as promised,
our signing for
was superlative!

I was there with 
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The book's not out yet,
but there was a limited edition
Comic Con exclusive
that sold out all 250 copies
(I got #72)




We signed for an hour and a half
and had to turn folks away.
I hate that!
But sooper triple huge thanks 
to everyone that came out--
ESPECIALLY
the KND fans!
You rule the universe!

That night,
we went to the
Warner Bros
Comic Con 
party.


And it was one of the best parties
EVER.


Like Mike Tyson 
and 
awesome.


I'm still bummed I didn't get a picture with Mr. Tyson.
Or Sam.
But these things happen.

This is happening, too:



There were a lot of celebrities at the party.
Very few of which I recognized because I'm lucky if
I recognize myself in the mirror.

But I liked meeting
from
THE FOLLOWING.

We decided to take a picture of them being beautiful
and Mr. Atoms and I looking ugly.
But someone didn't follow the program.


Seriously.

One of my favorite 
Comic Con
parties 
EVER!

Thanks,
Warner Bros!

More reports from Comic Con 2014 
coming up soon
so keep it locked here!







Tuesday, July 22, 2014

YOU'RE GOING TO COMIC CON, RIGHT?!


So 
YEAH!

It's almost time to get your
San Diego Comic Con
ON!

If you're lookin' for me 
I can be found at the
booth
on
Friday
July 25th
at 4:00.

Why?
Because me and a couple of 
sooper awesome artists
will be signing copies of 
this:



Definitely buy multiple copies 
for you and your friends.

And if you're a 
Codename: Kids Next Door fan
don't be shy to ask me to sign
one of these for ya:


I made 'em just for the Con
so get 'em while you can.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

LIKE A COMET,
THE KND COSPLAY KEEPS COMIN' ROUND


Is it me or is there
MORE AND MORE
KND cosplay
happening lately?

Which is fine by me.
I can't get enough!

Like these 
butt-kickin' cosplayers who are 
obviously hunting 
for someone to play
Numbuh One
with them:


WAIT...
I don't think I've 
ever seen anyone
rock
Lizzie DeVine
cosplay!
Awesome!


LOVE THESE GUYS!
But...
Um... 
where's Numbuh One?


Numbuh 362?
Have you seen Numbuh One?


NOW NUMBUH TWO IS GONE, TOO!


GAH!
NOW ALL THE BOYS ARE GONE!
It's like Operation: FUTURE all over again!


This probably has something 
to do with
Numbuh 86:


Okay...
looks like everyone's back again:


EXCEPT
NUMBUH ONE!

Attention!
If you like 
cosplaying
as 
Numbuh One,
I know some people you oughta meet.

Anyway...

Here are two KND cosplayers doing
EVERYTHING
right:


I might have posted
this one before.
But it's okay if I did because
LENNY:


Did I mention that I
LOVE
when operatives build 
2x4 tech:



And lastly,
ya don't see many 
Numbuh 274's
around:


The
San Diego Comic Con
is coming up!

Hope to see some 
KND cosplay there!


Monday, July 14, 2014

THE SEARCH FOR CATBUG IS FOR REALS!


IT'S HERE!


I just got my copy of 
and it's 
PACKED
with
sooper fun
Where's Waldo-style
illustrations by a 
metric ton
of awesome artists!

Here's a purposely obtuse
view of mine:


Want me to sign a copy for ya?

Then come on down to the
Viz Comics Booth
at the
San Diego Comic Con!

Me and a bunch of the other artists
will be doing some signings!
I'll be there
Friday, July 25th at 4:00pm!
Come say hey!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

UPDATE THAT RESUME!


Sometimes 
people ask me for my
resume.

Then I gotta run around like a 
dope and get it all updated.

Like I did last night:



What's that?









Monday, July 7, 2014

ENJOY THE POOL


A couple years ago me and the fabulous Mrs. Warburton decided 
to take our little wolverines to Palm Springs for the weekend.
Unfortunately,
the hotel we chose was the most
child unfriendly establishment in the
Western Hemisphere.

After a harrowing weekend of shouting
STOP DUMPING ASHTRAYS IN THE POOL!
and
STOP POINTING AT THAT NICE WOMAN'S BOOBIES!
I decided to write a short comedy piece
loosely based on our trip and submit it to
The New Yorker's
Shouts and Murmurs 
department:


ENJOY THE POOL!

Hello and welcome to the 5 Star Grand Dionysian Resort and Spa! It’s hot out and you’ve no doubt come to enjoy the world famous amenities the pool has to offer.  Swim a couple laps! Soak up some sun! Have a drink! Or simply relax on one of the chaise lounges with your favorite book! There’s something for everyone at the pool. That’s why we’re here with our kids!

What? 

Well, how were we supposed to know that the hotel’s mantra of “hip, retro and modern” meant “young, single and childless” (not to mention “pierced, tattooed and practically naked”).   But fear not!  We’ve prepared these simple guidelines to help us get through this beautiful day by the pool-- TOGETHER!

DIVING – Those lounging in the pool, or at a range of 1.5 chairs from the edge, may be subject to frequent, hairstyle-collapsing downpours caused by our children’s cannonballs, belly flops, jack knifes and other assorted novelty dives. Grumbling protests and withering stares will not be tolerated and might actually draw “them” closer to you.

RUNNING – We will be strictly enforcing the pool’s ‘no running’ policy with sudden, often startling shouts of “SKYLAR, WALK!” immediately followed by “DID YOU HEAR ME? I SAID WALK!” and “SO HELP ME IF I HAVE TO SAY WALK AGAIN!”. These demands will have no effect whatsoever but will undoubtedly prove to you, the pool going public, that we are concerned parents and not blind to the problem.
You’re welcome!

RESTROOMS – All potty breaks will be announced by both children, either separately or in tandem, as loudly as possible.  Announcements may include, but are not limited to, “I HAVE GO PEE PEES!” and/or “UH OH, POOPY TRAIN COMING!” There is also a 68% chance that a bathing suit will be partially (or fully) removed before reaching the bathroom.
Note: Announcements may be withheld if the kids have already relieved themselves in the pool.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES – There will be absolutely no refunds given for drinks that are spilled, kicked into the pool, or ravenously devoured by kids who think they’ve found an abandoned Slurpee.  Speaking of which, Daddy could really use one of those frozen daiquiris right about now.

ALERTS – We are pleased to provide pool goers with immediate, free-of-charge alerts regarding bees floating in the pool. Just listen for the horrified shrieking and then follow the flailing kid(s) to the nearest exit.
Please note: Our children also reserve the right to loudly point out public displays of affection, fat people, and big boobies.

POOL ACCESSORIES – Feel free to borrow any of the wide variety of accessories we’ve brought! We’ve got rafts, floaties, beach balls, boogie boards, water wings, Super Soakers, diving toys, those dumb foam ‘noodle’ things with the bite marks all over them and much, much MORE. So much more, in fact, that Daddy couldn’t fit his goddam golf clubs in the car. Like it isn’t MY vacation, too, right?  But you know what? That’s what I’m here for. So help yourself. And tell that waitress with the nice legs to bring me another daiquiri, would ya?

POOLSIDE MENU – Of all the delicious food served at the pool who knew you could get pancakes whenever you want?! Amazing! And the portions? Big enough for BOTH kids!  Unless, of course, your daughter refuses to share them with her brother. Why? Because your wife lets her do WHATEVER she wants.  Because her Mother never let her have anything of her own, a fact that’s been brought to your attention at least twice a day for the past what? 15 years? THAT’S why we ALL get to hear little Madison screaming “MY PANCAKES! MY PANCAKES” in a voice so shrill it nearly drowns out that-- what do you call it-- house music? That just goes THUMP THUMPA THUMP for, like, EVER!  What IS that crap anyway?! It’s enough to make you order your eighth goddam daiquiri. And bring a beer chaser with that, okay, whatsyername… Destiny?  Seriously?

MANAGEMENT – What are you looking at?  You’ve never seen a grown man and his family forcibly removed from a hotel pool before? Well, %$^#^@  you! And %$&@$ all your stupid tattoos! They’ll all look like &%#$ when you’re 40 anyway. And ^&@*&$ your hair and your flat stomach and your--

Oh God, I want to go home.

By Tom Warburton

Mr. Warburton is the creator of Cartoon Network’s hit animated series
Codename: Kids Next Door and author of HarperCollins picture book 1000 Times No.
He is currently creative director on the Disney Channel’s latest animated series, Fish Hooks.

-------

Unfortunately, the piece was rejected:

Dear Tom,

We’re sorry to say that your piece, “Enjoy the Pool,” wasn’t right for us, despite its evident merit. Thank you for allowing us to consider your work.

Best,
The Shouts Department


But writing it 
definitely 
worked as a form of 
therapy.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

OPERATION: ZERO END CREDITS

Okay...
before you read this,
go watch the end credits of the
Codename: Kids Next Door
sooper triple huge movie
Operation: Zero.

I'll wait here.
...
...
...

(85 minutes later)

Dude!
I didn't say watch the
WHOLE MOVIE!
Just the end credits.

Because
they
are
like 
chocolate
and
peanut butter
AWESOME!

Masterminded by
sooper director
Guy Moore,
he roughed out all the ideas.
Then destructive design dynamo
Kevin Kobasic
cleaned them up and
designed the caricatures of 
EVERYBODY!
And finally
 Grace Lu's 
color department
went crazy all over them.

I asked 
Mr. Moore if he recalled
anything about making these
pieces of awesomeness:

I remember that I was absolutely 
determined that Storyboard was going to be a WW2 bomber crew, 
and the Cartoon Network execs were going to be the 
Communist propaganda poster.


Guy also remembered that I didn't like the original draft of 
the page we were on with Mr. Willems
because I was sitting around reading a comic book.
It didn't look like I did anything on the movie!
So he drew this instead:
I missed scanning a couple of the roughs.
So I tried taking screenshots
but found you 
CAN'T
take screenshots from a DVD
(at least not on a mac)
So I took a pic with my phone:
The Tactical Timing Directors:

The voice actors and recording folk:
Additional voices:
Death Before Dishonor Design Team:

Storyboard:
Revision:
Color department:
CGI team:

Dave Courter,
our all around
awesome
editor:

Assorted 
production folk,
including
Ninja Consultant,
Erin Finnegan:
More production and support:
Sooper helpful interns:
Me and the
Curious Pictures
Executive Producers:
And lastly...
Cartoon Network
executives
Khaki Jones
and 
Brian Miller

I'm sooper proud of these.

Most end credits are
just a bunch of names
with a couple 
re-used pictures.

But each one of these
tells a 
STORY.

And
Steve Rucker's 
music is especially
powerful.

And yeah.
I still get a little teary watching them.