Tuesday, April 30, 2013

FoxTrot: Mother's Visit part 2/6

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Monday, April 29, 2013

FoxTrot: Mother's Visit part 1/6

"FoxTrot" was always gag-a-day, but when Bill Amend did actual stories, he really, really shined.

Here's a good example, from December 1997, where Andy deals with the resentment she holds with her mother. Andy was always a flat character, but for once Bill actually explored her character, showing us why she's like who she is. I scanned all the strips for you to read, in case you missed it. It's in the very end of "Camp FoxTrot" book, if you want to have it in paper.

While FoxTrot had the usual problems most daily comics have, I regard it as one of the best-written family strip to ever run in newspapers.

From today until this Saturday, I'm posting the aforementioned story in a batch of three strips. Hope you enjoy.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Brushing things off...

Still doing some brush. Inked this with India ink and Winsor Newton brush size 2 on scrap piece of Bristol. Colored with GIMP.

Back to the drawing board...

I never truly had a drawing table. I mostly just drew on whatever surface is available. Eventually I decided to set one us. I found an old wooden board in the attic (from a class I took many semesters ago) and set it up on a table with a cinder-block holding it up.

It came out nice. It's usable. See for yourself.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tofu rains Koko's parade

Notably, this is the first Koko drawing to be inked with Series 7 brush (the other brush drawings were done with cheap watercolor ones).

Tofu rains on Koko's (and Jodo's) parade.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Koko and her Vacuum Cleaner

Koko chilling on her new ride.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Drawing Fundraiser LIVE

.Want to see me draw live? Me and two other artists (Perrydotto and Daniel) are going to draw live in order to help out a friend to get on her feet.

It's going to happen today, from 2PM to 8PM Eastern. So join in for a good cause. The stream is here

Friday, April 19, 2013

Brush inking

Been fooling around with brush inking. I did these with a cheap watercolor brush.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Story Idea: The Love Croak

This one is different in that I didn't write it. It was written by my friend Dave. That said, it's still part of the universe.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Monday, April 15, 2013

Girl Scouts

There's a reason for this disguise.

Story Idea: Truth is Delicious

A somewhat dark Koko story. Read below the cut.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

As a friend...

Another animation test, taking place right after the previous video.

Voices by Kyle and Sara.

Don't be modest...

I had fun animating this scene.

Some of the drawings got jagged because I scanned them rather than using a copy stand.

Friday, April 12, 2013

More "Sazae san" comics

Here are some more Sazae-san comic strips with English translations.

In Japan, rather than signing stuff we use name seals instead. Thus whenever there's a special delivery we stamp on the form rather than writing our signature.

It used to be common for parents to send their child to buy a pack of smokes.

On the right, they are counting their bonuses. Japanese companies would give bonuses to employee's salary once a year.

The above strip was later incorporated into the anime. Watch the first 35 seconds below:

Thursday, April 11, 2013

"Osomatsu Kun" by Fujio Akatsuka

I just discovered that somebody is translating Fujio Akatsuka's comic Osomatsu Kun into English.

Akatsuka is a pioneer of "gag manga", a gag-based Japanese comic. After some minor cartooning work, he struck it big when Osomatsu Kun debuted in Shonen Sunday in 1963. It was later turned into anime (first in 1966, then later in 1988). The comic featured identical sextuplets and their comical mishaps.

Akatsuka went on to create more gag mangas, his most famous being Tensai Bakabon (The Idiot Genius). If I have to name a Japanese equivalent of Milt Gross, it's him.

Start reading here.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Story Idea: No Foolin' Around This April

I've written up several story ideas for Koko. Thought I share some of them on this blog in the next few days.

Here's one I wrote on April Fools. This is a 10-minute story. It's below the cut

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

New article on Cartoon Research

Today on Cartoon Research: my article on the Sazae-San anime. Check it out.

Below is a typical episode, from 2013.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Hey Koko!

Here's another animation test. Marl's voice by Sara Miscavage.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Sazae San

Sazae San was a newspaper strip that ran in Japan from 1946 to 1973. It was created by Machiko Hasegawa. It was about a family living in post-war Japan. It was later turned into a TV cartoon starting 1969; it's still being made today, running longer than the strip it was based on.

Here are some strips from 1946. I translated the dialogues into English. Remember that the dialogue balloons are right-to-left, which is the standard in Japan.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Koko animation test

Here's an animation test for Koko. My attempt is to animate this as a throwback to 1960s television cartoon (from both USA and Japan).

I used grease pencil to draw the character. That Kyle Carrozza's voice as Koko, although I raised the pitch digitally to make her sound girly.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

This week on Cartoon Research

I wrote a column about The Gutsy Frog (1972). Check it out!