Thursday, April 17, 2014

OTTAWA ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2014


Come September
don't judge me for getting
all judgmental
over here:


Uh huhs...
It's gonna be my sooper supreme honor
to be a judge at the 
Ottawa International Animation Festival
this year.

Here's my bio:


Tom Warburton est le créateur de la colossale série originale 
Codename : Kids Next Door sur Cartoon Network. 
M. Warburton a auparavant réalisé Sheep in The Big City pour Cartoon Network, 
supervisé le design des personnages pour Disney, 
et a passé cinq ans dans le studio j.j.Sedelmaier productions 
où il était chef décorateur pour Beavis et Butthead sur MTV, 
puis réalisateur des nouveaux épisodes de 
Schoolhouse Rock et Saturday Night Live sur Funhouse TV. 
Son premier livre illustré 1000 Times No a été publié en 2009. 
Récemment, M. Warburton est revenu chez Disney comme directeur artistique sur 
Fish Hooks et co-producteur de 7D!

I have no idea what it says either.
But rumour has it there's a translation over
along with the bios of my esteemed judgy colleagues

And I've said it before
but it bears repeating;

Ottawa is my 
FAVORITE
animation festival.

I love the city.

I love the screenings.

I love the people.

I love the parties.


It was the first festival 
I attended after my 
was accepted.

And it was the mega ultimate honor to have 
Codename: Kids Next Door win
Best Television Animation Made for Children
not once but 
TWO YEARS
in a row!

So maybe I'll see you in 
Ottawa
this September?

I'll be the one blathering on and on with 
festival director
Chris Robinson 
about
animation,
hockey,
The Who
and
Guided By Voices!

Monday, April 14, 2014

DANCERS OF WAR!


After advising you to send
ALL YOUR MONEY
to
Maxwell Atoms'
I now heartily advise you to send
ALL YOUR OTHER MONEY
to this:




I know.
You're all like,

Dancers of Whaaaaaa?

And I'm like,

DANCERS OF WAR!
It's a video game being put together by these guys:



Then you wonder loudly,

Okay,
so a bunch of geniuses are making a game.
What's it about?


Looks fun, right?

So why dontcha pack a suitcase of money 
and head on over to their
kickstarter page over


Thursday, April 10, 2014

THE SKETCHBOOK THAT WOULDN'T DIE


So like,
WHAT WAS THIS 
SKETCHBOOK'S 
PROBLEM?
(aside from the Air Jordan/Heisenberg sticker mash-up)


It took 
FOREVER 
to get through this thing.

It started on
November 5th, 2013


And
FINALLY
ended on
April 6th, 2014

I usually can get through a
sketchbook in 3 months or so.
But this one dragged.
Mainly because I was working on a couple
sooper secret pitch books,
an illustration for
and
other stuffs.

And a huge portion of this book is filled 
with some character design 
I'm working on for a show idea.
Not sure it'll go anywhere,
but you never know.

But to be honest...
this was one of those volumes that 
I just wasn't feeling.

Sometimes you think you're 
drawing is moving forward.
Other times you're staring at a blank page 
and everything you put down just feels
BLAH.

Sooper pal
Kano 
says that if you put stickers 
on a sketchbook before drawing in it,
it's bound to suck.
But I feel the opposite.
You can't start a book until you've got 
it stickered.

And I stickered this one first,
but still...

meh

Regardless,
you fight your way through 
and draw stuff like
map-wielding dwarves:


You go to the premiere of


And
you
draw
draw 
draw:


























And then one day 
you're done:


And you move on to the next one!






Monday, April 7, 2014

DROP EVERYTHING AND GET YOUR KND COSPLAY ON!


Tumblr
is an endless source
of
vitamin
awesome.

Where else can you find
so much
KND COSPLAY
GOODNESS?














Every one of these cosplayers is
eleventy hundred kinds of awesome!

But you know I've got a special place in my heart
for anyone that dresses up as 
The Toiletnator:


is coming soon!
Hope to see some
KND cosplay 
all up in Anaheim!


Thursday, April 3, 2014

BUD'S PETS AND...



Every episode of 
Disney's Fish Hooks
opened with an
exterior shot of
Bud's Pet Store.

And in every episode
the sign changed.

Usually it had something to do with the plot
other times it was just something stoopid.
We usually didn't decide until
the show came back from
our animation studio,
Mercury Filmworks.

But just in case we were stuck,
we ran a whole bunch of ideas past
the Disney legal and standards team.

Here's a list of approved ideas,
most of which never made it into episodes:


Don't forget about the
sooper giant
FISH HOOKS FINALE
happening
TOMORROW
April 4th, 2014
at
9:00pm
(pacific time)


Monday, March 31, 2014

THE FISH HOOKS FINALE


<sob>

It's been a long time coming,
but the end of
Fish Hooks
is upon us.

Sure,
we finished up production
37 years ago.
But this Friday
April 4th
9:00 PM
(Pacific time)
the last and final 
episode
airs.

"The Big Woo"

Here's a little teaser of
what's to come:


Not every show actually gets a true finale
and this one gives Fish Hooks a sweet, heartfelt send-off.
I unabashedly admit I got a little misty
while we were making it.

Hope you do to.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

RIP ODERUS URUNGUS


On a lazy summer afternoon
whilst home from college
my best pals drove up to my house and shouted,

GET IN!

When I asked obvious questions like 
WHY 
and 
WHERE ARE WE GOING 
they replied with one word:

GWAR

I eyed them quizzically.
I say, good fellows...
What, pray tell, is a GWAR?

But they wouldn't say.
And we drove all the way into Philadelphia
with nary an explanation.

Eventually we ended up at a club called
The Revival.


Ah... music!
We got there in time to see
A Sub Pop band 
I liked a lot.
So that was cool.

But afterwards
 the stage became thick and choked with smoke.
An unholy heavy metal racket erupted 
from within and
ENORMOUS
HULKING 
CREATURES
stalked out from it's depths.


They were legion.
Some had instruments.
Most bore giant cartoonish weapons.
Some just leapt around in a less-than-half-naked state.
And it was only a matter of minutes before 
someone/thing was decapitated in a hail of 
fake blood, latex and 
EW...
was that raw meat?

This was


They were loud.
They were violent.
They were offensive.
They were funny.
And they were so over-the-top
in so many ways that you could't help but 
admire the lengths they went to entertain.

I saw them play many times afterwards.
Sometimes on tiny stages
and other times in venues large enough 
to be attacked by
a crack addicted dinosaur named
Gor Gor:


They were ALWAYS being attacked by something.
A giant robot sent from the Vatican
A Government Superhero Morality Squad
A Cybernetic Dead President
You name it.

Nothing was sacred.
Nothing was too ridiculous.
And they made fun of themselves even more than
they did everything else. 

So you could see why I thought they'd be 
perfect for an episode of
Codename: Kids Next Door.

Well...
not perfect.

I could't let this band of 
ultra-violent 
intergalactic 
perverted 
drug-addicted 
weirdos
ANYWHERE NEAR
a kids show.

But I could use their music.

I had the idea of taking two of their songs,
stripping out the lyrics
and rewriting them
to make a KND rock opera.

So I approached the band about getting the rights to the music for
and

And they agreed!
Even with the stipulation that 
we could only credit them as 
RAWG.

Great, right?!
Except no one in the band knew 
where the master tapes were.
So what'd they do?

THEY 
RE-RECORDED 
THE SONGS FOR US!

I'm still kicking myself for not 
making the time to fly down 
to Virginia to see them record.

Once we got the songs,
I doodled up a sooper rough board for
rock star storyboard artist 
She promptly threw it in the trash 
and made something better.

And thus
was born!


And now I hear that 
GWAR
founder and lead singer



I got to meet him once when he was 
in NYC for a GWAR art show.
 He was very nice,
very funny
and a great storyteller.

Sorry to see you go,
Oderus.
You made heavy metal fun!