Saturday, June 27, 2009
Whenever I wade into the jungle of my old files, swinging my machete right and left to clear through the miasma of paper and cel, I invariably come across some fun, often postable stuff. Case in point the image above. That there's my very first business card circa 1990, which I neglected to mention in my former post about business cards-- mainly because i didn't think I had any kicking around. Every once and while, an old pal will pull one out of their wallet to show me they've got one, but I thought all mine were gone. Apparently not so!
It was actually my first attempt at an animation cel. I got some sheets of acetate, ran 'em through a xerox machine and then used some sort of acrylic paint to color it. Not the prettiest thing, but it did the job.
And that's still my parents phone number- hence the strategic blocking out. Don't want you weirdos calling my parents and asking personal questions about me.
And speaking of cels, the picture below was a cel set-up I included in my original pitch for Kenny and the Chimp. And yup, you guessed it. That there's an original Gideon Kendall hand-painted background, done back before we were rockin' Pepper Ann and Kids Next Door together.
The original pilot episode I wanted to do was called 'Got Your Nose' and concerned Chimpy constantly stealing Kenny's nose off his face. That's what's he's got in his hand, high-tailing it out of the kitchen like a monkey that just stole yer nose.
Also, please note Kenny's watermelon-shaped head... which later got changed to more of a basketball-shape because Cartoon Network thought he looked too much like Hey Arnold.
So throw your hands in the air and shout if you like old school!
Friday, June 26, 2009
Unfortunately, they want me to cross out the title, write Knufflebunny, and have Mo Willems sign it.
But for the few folks that actually want ME to sign the book...
I CAN DO THAT!
What most folks are doing is ordering 50 copies on Amazon or Barnes and Noble and having them shipped right to me. I'll draw a little picture, inscribe it to whoever you want (and spell their name right almost 94% of the time), and then sign it and ship it on back to you. It just might look kinda like this one:
But you'll have to hit me back for shipping. Even though I'm a big shot animator/author/dance instructor/ninja that makes THOUSANDS of dollars EVERY YEAR I can't afford to pay everyone's shipping.
So go on... they make great gifts, collector's items, ballast for your car trunk, etc etc. All ya gotta do is drop me a line at email@example.com and we'll set something up. But, you know, serious inquiries only. Please don't e-mail me asking for 5 bucks or with questions regarding state capitals or US presidents.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Like every day.
So just to prove to you that's it's not always Mr. Warburton, all the time, I wanted to tell you about a sure-fire fun event going on this weekend.
AND I'LL BE THERE!
Crap... now it's about ME again.
Regardless, I've mentioned it before... but I'm not the only hard workin' guy out of Curious Pictures to release a fabulous book in the last couple months.
Sooper powered director Ro Rao has, too!
It's called Herbert's Wormhole and it's REALLY fun. Tons of great drawings, a rockin' website, and crazy fun videos.
What's more, he and his writing partner Peter Nelson put on a knockout show for the kids. And the next stop on their whirlwind tour is Books of Wonder here in NYC.
You know, that book store I was at a couple to promote my-
(DARN IT! There I go AGAIN! STOP IT!)
So come on out this Sunday and set your laugh-o-meters for FUN!
All the info you need is right over HERE!
I'll see you there!
I mean, you'll see Ro and Peter there! Not me. Even though I'll still be th-
Oh, never mind.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
KND operative Alejandra (aka Male...'but not pronounced like the English Male') from Sector ES in El Salvador is a graphic design major and put together a book about Cartoon Network for a project. And it rocks pretty hard.
Check it out:
I'm thinkin' A sooper triple plus.
And, you know... for some completely insane reason Cartoon Network has never made a book about the network.
So hows about someone from CN give Alejandra a call and make this happen?
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Not to mention I've got some kinda earth-shattering stuff going on in my life, which I'll tell you about later.
But I couldn't say NO to an event going on here in Brooklyn that STINKS so much!
It's called Stink-Fest and it's an all day fun-fest put on by sooper tasty cheese shop STINKY, bklyn.
Go on. Say it.
BEST CHEESE SHOP NAME EVER.
So outside of the store on Saturday June 28th there's gonna be music... a cheese eating contest... and ME reading 1000 Times No! I think they really wanted sooper pal Jon Scieszka to read his classic The Stinky Cheese Man but when they couldn't get him they decided to get someone who's books REALLY stinks.
Should be a fun stinky day so come on out! All the info is over HERE!
In other NO news, there's a nice little review of 1000 Times No that feeds off the nice little review we got at 7 Impossible things Before Breakfast. That's right over HERE.
And even though it's kinda short, there's a nice little mention of the book over HERE.
Aaaaaaaaaand should I mention that we just got greenlit to do a full animated version of 1000 Times No as a pilot for a series of interstitials on a certain kids network?
Yes, I should.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
'1000 Times No' six buhundred and seleventy times already...
(I mean, those 6500+ views on Youtube
couldn't have ALL come from me, right?)
(well, maybe a couple thousand...)
But now the folks at Amazon.com have been cool enough to put the video up on the book's sales page!
Check it out HERE!
And speaking of animated, take a look at a page or two of this:
For, you know, just in case...
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
It started out on Friday with a visit to the Washington School in Nutley, New Jersey. Boy, do those kids know how to yell the word NO!
But they're not very good at following instructions. I SPECIFICALLY told them that no one was allowed to draw better than me because I was supposed to be the big sooper star artist. But did they listen? In the immortal word of Noah:
They all made sure that I was the stinkiest artist in the room. Unfortunately, I don't have pictures of their awesome artwork... but here's my... um... 'art':
Man, I need to practice more before I go to visit these schools.
On Saturday, it was back to Brooklyn where I stopped by Mini Jake the sooper hip children's store in Williamsburg. There was a street fair going on outside the store so I got myself a comfy chair, a table full of books and hawked my wares! And you know what the best way to get people to stop and look at your book is?
It was also fun drawing all over the street since there were no cars to hit me:
In review news, here's a nice one some a VERY tasteful person (and nooooo, it's not my mother or any other friend or relative!) put up at 1000 Times No's Barnes and Noble page:
This book was cute. I love how the author comes up with all of the original ways of saying no. Languages all over the world, written on a plate with peas, text messages... You name it, it is there.
Perfect for parents who might want to get their kids thinking that saying no isn't always in what they want to say. (going to the park is fun!).
This is a great book for storytime, but especially bedtime.
Why not go and put up your own fabulous review?
Posted by MR. WARBURTON at 4:40 AM
Monday, June 8, 2009
Again,I'm a tad late on the latest KND story in DC's Cartoon Network Action Pack... but better late than never!
This issue features a knock down, drag out, kick in the shins battle between the KND and the DCFDTL you really don't wanna miss!
And you HAVE been looking REAL hard at the last couple issues, haven't you? Because, you know, there might be something there.
Hints to come.
Posted by MR. WARBURTON at 7:33 AM
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
But once you've finished reading those... be sure to check out page 22 where none other than a certain someone's book is claimed to give the rockingness to babies.
WOW! Big thanks for the plug, Parents Magazine!
Meanwhile, over at the much lauded kid-lit blog, 7 Impossible Things for Breakfast, 1000 Times No got another sooper nice review! Some choice tidbits:
"Warburton is obviously all about cartoon, even the animated kind. In 1000 Times No, he treats us to lots of color, thick black lines, simple text, and a lot of comforting round-ness."
"...it’s a hoot of a lap-read with your favorite wee child. It’s light. It’s funny. Even enlightening. (Hey, I didn’t know how the Dutch negated something—or how to pronounce it—until now.) Good times."
BiG thanks, 7ITBB!
Check out the whole review HERE.
But that's not all...
The aforementioned mighty, mighty Mother Reader posted HER review as well:
"The illustrations are engaging, starting simple and growing in complexity with each page turn. The cartoon style is enhanced by the watercolor treatment of the bold black outlines and the exaggerated shapes of the characters. There are plenty of fun things to catch along the way, like the cartoon on the diaper that matches the expression of the toddler."
"...it was the book trailer that made me certain that this was a book I'd need to see. In fact, now that I've read the book, I appreciate the video even more for giving the pronunciation of all the different no's featured. (And props to the kid who nailed them all. Or so I guess, not speaking Rapanui myself.)"
The rest of the review is right over THIS WAY!
Now, THAT'S a nice batch of reviews, huh?
Monday, June 1, 2009
That's the 'Free Books For Mr. Warburton Sooper Fun Time Expo'.
Because I made out like a BANDIT!
They're just GIVING the reading material away!
Ya want a book autographed? Get in line and they'll GIVE you one!
Want an ARC (advanced reading copy) of 'Catching Fire' before it hits stores?
Grab one (while supplies last)!
So I wandered the expansive floor of FBFMWSFTE, first with my sooper triple awesome editor from DC comics, Elizabeth Gehrlein (who lords mightily over our KND stories in Cartoon Network Action Pack) and then with Mr. Willems (which is kinda like wandering around Guitar Center with Jimmy Page).
And here's what I got:
First off is a sample chapter of the fabulous Kate DiCamillo's 'The Magician's Elpehant'.
And just so you know, you don't have to hate Kate just because she's an unbelievable writer. You can hate her for her hair, too. Or her laugh. Or any number of things. But it's her writing that makes you hate her the most because she makes you feel so TALENTLESS!
Next up, this year's Newberry award winner that I haven't read yet:
And I got this little excerpt of NERDS by Mr. Michael Buckley, who I met a couple weeks ago at a benefit and really liked alot.
And have I ever mentioned how much I love the way Mr. Peter H. Reynolds draws? Mo introduced me to him and his twin brother Paul, and we traded books. I gave him mine and he gave me:
And what a great inscription:
Then Mo and I both scored a signed copy of David Small's latest:
And isn't it kind of embarrassing that I STILL haven't read any Scott Pilgrim?
But the big ticket, hard to get item was the sample from Mr. Willem's first ever pop-out book Big Frog Can't Fit In! They were all gone by Saturday... but I gots connections:
While most people are popping up... Mo's popping OUT.
And that's just the REALLY awesome stuff I got.
But just so you don't think that FBFMWSFTE is only about free books... it's ALSO about networking and such.
So here's a pic of Mo, me, and sooper kid-lit blogger Mother Reader who CLAIMS she actually likes 1000 Times No and is gonna review it this week. Let's hope for another good one!
So yeah... BEA rocks pretty hard and I'll be going back again.
Did I mention there were free books?
I know, RIGHT?
GREAT use of limited animation...
AND GIANT ROBOTS?
I've been a fan ever since.
So a couple months ago I saw that Mr. Trussell was on that thar Faceamambook thingie and we struck up a conversation-- which turned into a bit of a fracas. See, he won't accept that he's awesomer than I am. I keep telling him he is but he keeps denying it. But deep down he KNOWS he is. And he LIKES it, too!
Case in point... I sent his son a KND drawing. So what does the guy do?
He has to ONE UP ME! He just HAS to send me an AMAZING ORIGINAL PAINTING FROM HIS RECENT GALLERY SHOW! ALL JUST TO REMIND ME THAT HE'S MORE AWESOME!
How am I supposed to top that?
Oh, and perhaps you'd like a little icing on that 'in your face' cake Mr. Trussell is serving?
It's even framed.
Guess I'll just have to hang it on my wall and bask in its awesomeness while I dig around Joel's awesome website