It's amazing how popular those Evo girls still are.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
It's amazing how popular those Evo girls still are.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 08, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Anyway, at this point it doesn't look very likely that the sketchbook being ready in time for ComicCon is a likely, but since I wasn't planning on setting up a table and selling them there I guess that's not a serious issue. I was hoping to have them available for Bud Plant to sell though, but I guess they'll have to sell them through their website instead and I'll also try to sell them from here as well. I'll let you know when they're available.
In the meanwhile here's a look at the cover (I hope...)
Despite not having anything to sell, my family and I will still be going to San Diego this coming week and wandering around the convention for awhile. I'll try to connect with as many friends and fans as possible, but anyone who has ever been to the SDCC knows just how difficult it is to locate anyone there - even those with tables or booths, but I'm hoping for the best.
Just a brief update: I'm still knee deep in work on Wolverine and the X-Men - all is going well and I'm positive fans will be thrilled when they see this new incarnation of the mutants - and I thought I'd clarify again that I am currently NOT working on any of the DTVs for Marvel/Lionsgate. My directing chores on Wolverine made it impossible to do what I felt was necessary to accomplish what they wanted. I assume sometime in the future that will probably change and I'll let you all know at that time.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
I'm still very busy these days with my directing duties on Wolverine and the X-Men. In fact I'm so busy that I had to remove myself from doing character design for the Marvel/Lionsgate DTV that I had started on. It was a job I had wanted to do, but I felt I just couldn't devote the necessary time to the project. Maybe sometime in the future I'll be able to rejoin them on a different DTV.
I still can't divulge any secrets about W&XM, but I can just about guarantee that all X-Men fans will be more than satisfied. Besides plenty of info seems to be leaking out from the voice actors and IMDB.
I wanted to give a public congrats to an artist I admire and a friend of mine, Sean "Cheeks" Galloway, for landing the gig of character designer on the new Spiderman show. He's got an awesome amount of talent and they really made a great choice - I wish him the best of luck!! You saw a little bit of that talent on Hellboy, but hopefully you'll be able to see even more on Spiderman.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
To find out more about the event you can click on the Book Look logo above.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
...and if these aren't interesting enough for you...here's a Lara Croft I did sometime ago (I don't think I ever showed it here or anywhere before)...
Sunday, March 04, 2007
I also wanted to let everyone know that the Direct-to-DVD I directed last year, Stan Lee presents The Condor, will be airing March 24th on Cartoon Network and available for pre-order now (once again the link is over there on the right).
Also one of the films I saw while a member of the AMPAS Feature Animation nomination committee was Paprika and I gave it extremely high marks and though it didn't make the cut for the final three you now have a chance to see this really great film made by Madhouse in Japan. The most unique thing about this film is that my wife, who usually can't sit through anime, really enjoyed this particular film.
here'a a link to the trailer...
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
My next post was actually going to discuss more of my past work for Bakshi, but I guess in a way it does sort of connect to what I'm going to blog about instead.
I usually don't get into too much opinion on this blog (which surprises many that know how opinionated I can be) because I usually just use this as a place to connect with fans. But recently I've seen a lot of other bloggers and animation people arguing about the validity of the films that have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Film.
Just to be clear those films are Cars, Happy Feet, and Monster House.
The cotroversy that I'm talking about (or everyone else is talking aboout) is whether Motion capture animated films should be considered animated films and be able to compete with a non-motion caoture film like Cars.
Originally there were going to be 5 noiminations, but due to the fact that there needs to be 16 qualified and submitted films and the 16th one this year was disquailfied due to not enough animation the amount of nominations dropped down to 3. This controversy may never have reared its head if there were 5 nominations because there would have been a good chance that the other two nominations would have been similiarly animated in the same manner as Cars.
I've already posted on a couple of Blogs comment sections (like the excellent Mayerson on Animation and the Animation Guild's Blog) so I'll crib from my responses on those to start.
As a voting member of the Academy I feel very determined that certain things shouldn't be accepted in many categories. Such as Andy Serkis being given a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Gollum - at least not without the animators getting honored as well - anymore than Paul Newman should be nomnated for Doc in Cars. In this case I wouldn't think of disqualifying either of these films anymore than I would a film that was completely rotoscoped and hand drawn (such as some of Bakshi's films or Bluth's last couple of films or large chunks of several Disney films). These 2 nominated films still needed animators to work on and as any animator can tell these 2 films weren't strictly motion-captured. Motion capture, when used properly (like both Monster House and Happy Feet - IMO), is just a tool more along the lines of rotoscope was for even Disney on Snow White and too many films since to list. Though if the film had absolutely no animators actually working on it (I don't know if Scanner Darkley falls into this category or not - though it did qualify for nomination according to the board) then in my opinion it probably shouldn't.
I tend to avoid the phrase "slippery slope", but this definitely qualifies as one in my opinion. If these films had been disqualified because they used motion capture as a tool (like rotoscope has been used since Snow White) than do we disqualify poorly animated films? or films animated by subcontracted overseas studios for a small budget? or films that use too much roto-scope? There might need to be a line drawn, but this isn't where it should be.
Well, that's my 2 cents. Next post I'll get more on track and show some Fire and Ice rotos and how we traced them and really didn't animate that film...