Tuesday, September 5, 2017

MR. WILLEMS AND MR. WARBURTON AT THE ERIC CARLE MUSEUM



So remember when you said you were
planning on stopping by the
in Amherst, Massachusetts
one of these days?

Well, I've got the
PERFECT
day to do it:

September 23, 2017

That's when 
Mo Willems
and
I
will be there to promote
THIS:


I'm STILL not sure how 
Mo managed to promote
EVERYONE IN THE WORLD
(except me)
to co-author on the front cover.

But I at least got drawn as a pig
on the back cover:


Regardless,
we're gonna be at the museum
from 11:00-3:00
doing readings,
showing films,
hanging out with Elephant and Piggie,
and I'll even be doing a fun 
KND workshop with the kids:


really
really
REALLY 
wanted to do a 
Muppet Babies
presentation.
But Disney PR 
feels it's a 
LITTLE
too early 
to show anything.

So we'll rock KND instead!
And it'll be a blast!

For a complete schedule of all the
Willems/Warburton
action,
head over

Hope to see you there!






Monday, August 7, 2017

OH, SKETCHBBOOK, MY SKETCHBOOK

UGH...

Not much happens on the blog these days, does it?

MUPPET BABIES
is keeping me crazy busy.
But it's a 
GOOD CRAZY BUSY
 because the show is
going to be
CRAZY SOOPER AWESOME!

Seriously.

I still can't tell you anything about it
other than what was announced
HERE.

But I can assure you...
it's
REALLY
fun
and I'm having the
time of my life making it
with a killer crew.

When not rockin' the Muppet Babies,
I'm still making lunch bags
(check 'em out over HERE)

I'm still working on assorted secret projects,
some of which aren't so secret anymore:


(more on that later)

And I'm 
ALWAYS
 doodling in 
my sketchbooks:


This one got going on
January 27th, 2017:


And there's the usual assortment of stuff fun filling it's pages.
I'm in on a LOT of meetings 
so I often have time to dig in with colored pencils:










Here's a meeting sketch 
mega-director
Guy Moore did of me:








GAH!
Breath weapons:



RATS: 11 WAYS!


So many meetings:






Jon Scalzi is ALWAYS
fun to see when he's in town:



I really like these four 
sooper-whatevers
a lot:








I adore this drawing
Muppet Babies writer
Laura Sreebny drew of me!
But hated that she drew it to say bye-bye.
We miss you, Laura!




And on 
July 31st, 2017
this sketchbook
called it quits:


And into the bookcase it went:

 

I think that was the last sketchbook
 that'll fit on that shelf!





Thursday, March 23, 2017

CODENAME: KIDS NEXT DOOR ON FREDERATOR'S KNOW YOUR SHOW!


has always been a friend to
Codename: Kids Next Door.

(which is more than we can 
say for most adults, amiright?)

Honestly,
they're a friend to
ALL
cartoons and are always
out there spreading the word.

And lately they're
shouting about
KND
on their
sooper fun

Take a little time and check it out,
why don't ya.

Totally made me smile.
Thanks, Frederator!
You guys 
ROCK!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

ORIGINAL MUPPET BABIES CELS


If you're looking for 
Muppet Babies news,
then you should probably know that
we recently moved into the new space
set up for us!

It's a 
KILLER
studio with lots of room
and nice views.

Except the walls are a little bare.

Enter
to save the day!

They gave us some great stuff to hang on the walls,
including some
ORIGINAL CELS
from the 
ORIGINAL
MUPPET BABIES SHOW!

Here are some that I picked:

Most of these are from the episode
specifically the part where they spoof
the French Foreign Legion 
comic strip


Pretty much all the cels are stuck to their 
corresponding drawing,
But that's not unusual for cels that have been 
sitting in a box fir years and years.

But I did find one or two loose drawings:






Love seeing all the timing charts and color mark ups:


I also grabbed a chunk of
original
exposure sheets.


These were the blueprints 
sent to the overseas studios
to tell them how the animation should work out
from frame to frame.
Note the Korean translation
next to each instruction.

Each horizontal row is 
ONE FRAME
of film,
24 frames making up
ONE SECOND.



I entered the business right at the tail end
of cel animation.
And to be honest,
I don't miss it.
It's time consuming,
wasteful, messy,
and leveling paint is a nightmare.

But I still love seeing 
real cels!

Thanks
Muppet Studios!