Sunday, November 30, 2008

Editorial cartoons are fun!


A Tom the Dancing Bug strip from 2000, before making fun of editorial cartoons was the norm.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Pud'n

This is a scene from an episode of the Cartoon Network series The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. It's probably the most...WRONG scene from the show...ever.



If it was more graphic, this would've been an Adult Swim material.

Anyone know which episode the clip came from?

Gamin and Patches

Gamin and Patches was the last of the 9 or so comic strips created (or co-created) by Mort "Addison" Walker during his career. "Gamin" was also the only one that wasn't syndicated by King Features; it was syndicated by United Features instead. It only ran from 1987-1988.





Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving.

I'll update this more often eventually. I swear!

Let the Black Friday commence!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Some links




Okay, just to post something on my blog, here are some links, all animation related.

Superjail: Dream Machine
Warden spies on the dreams of his inmates, and eventually his staff's, dreams in order to prevent a riot. However this ends up starting one instead.

Drinky Crow Show: Beer Goggles
The premier episode of a series based on an alt-weekly comic strip.

Chowder: Panini for President
This aired right after the election. Panini runs for president, wanting to make it legal for Chowder to be, um, her "property." Gorgonzola runs against her, using Chowder as his puppet. If only the real election was this funny.

The links will be dead within a week (the Chowder video will be gone on the 25th, though its available on iTunes for $1.99) so better watch it now.

EDIT: Links all expired, so it has been removed.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Norm Feuti's Gill

Some of you may be familiar with Retail, a comic strip that pokes fun at the retail business. Of course your's truly had the honor of appearing in the strip back in June.

Well, creator Norm Feuti is doing another strip. He recently launched a webcomic Gill. Check it out here.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Interview with Neil Swaab

Neil Swaab, 30, is a New York-based cartoonist known for his weekly comic strip Rehabilitating Mr. Wiggles, which runs in papers such as Rochester City Newspaper, Real Detroit Weekly, New Times Broward-Palm Beach, among others. In addition, he served as a character artist for Adult Swim series Superjail!, which began its run in September.



I recently conducted an email interview with him. My questions are in bold.

What were your duties on Superjail? How did you get involved in the show?
I was a Character Layout Artist. Along with four other guys, I drew all the key poses and created a lot of secondary characters and inmates for the show. I got involved through Aaron Augenblick whose studio was producing the show. Aaron and I are fans of each other’s work and have mutual friends in common and had discussed possibly working together at some point throughout the years when we’d run into each other. When Superjail! came up, he thought my style and sensibility would be perfect for the show and got in touch with me to work on it.

Is this the first time you worked in animation?
Yes.

What are the staff on the show like?
Awesome! They’re a great group of people, extremely talented, and incredibly hard working. Everyone in the studio put their life and sweat into the show from people as high as the creators to people as low as the interns. It was a real labor of love.


Do you know if Superjail will get picked up for second season?
I’m afraid I don’t know.

Superjail is one of the very few US animated series that's not outsourced to an overseas studio. What is your view on outsourcing? Should more series be animated in-house in America, even if it will lead to Filmation-like quality?
Well, outsourcing is a big deal. Obviously, we want to keep more jobs in America and Augenblick Studios proved they could do it and produce high quality work at the same time. In order to compete with outsourcing we need to give them something that can’t be replicated in India or China. I believe what was done on Superjail! is a good example of that.


Do you have any favorite cartoons currently on TV?
Not really. I actually don’t watch too many cartoons. I don’t have cable and, lately, I can’t say I’ve even watched a lot of TV. I’ve never even seen Adult Swim, which Superjail! airs on.



You do a comic called Rehabilitating Mr. Wiggles for alt-newspapers. How's the strip doing?
Pretty well. It’s in a bunch of papers and seems to be doing particularly well in Italy, where I’ve built up a large fan base due to my inclusion in the magazine, Internazionale.

Any thoughts about creating a show for television? Maybe an animated Mr. Wiggles, perhaps?
I’d love to. After taking a long break, I’m finally back to work on writing a pilot for a Mr. Wiggles TV show. Once it’s completed, I hope to start shopping it around and trying to get a studio interested in working with me on it.

Interview © Charles Brubaker
Mr. Wiggles © Neil Swaab
Superjail! Created by Christy Karacas, Stephen Warbrick and Ben Gruber © Cartoon Network

That one wins

In a related news, the rest of the world sighs in relief.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Remember...

If you don't vote, God kills a kitten.

Please, think of the kittens.

VOTE!

Monday, November 3, 2008

SpongeBob reimagined

This is awesome. SpongeBob SquarePants reimagined as some of the old-timey comics.

In an unrelated news, don't forget to vote tomorrow. Vote vote vote. Did I mention that you should vote tomorrow?

Vote

In what seemed like an election that lasted forever, you'll be happy to know that it's all coming to an end tomorrow (until the NEXT election).

In the meantime, don't forget to vote.