March 31, 2007
March 29, 2007
A small selection of Matthew Woodson’s prints are now available for purchase, care of Thumbtack Press.
In case you weren’t aware of it, Matthew has been blogging for the past couple of months, over here. Definitely worth checking out if you’re interested in process and pretty pictures and all that other good stuff.
-New Ojingogo print collection-
Matt Forsythe is now selling the second print collection of his Ojingogo comics online! He’s also reprinted the first book of this (twice) Eisner nominated comic, so if you missed out on picking one up the first time, now’s your chance. The quality of these books is outstanding, so you definitely know you’ll be getting your money’s worth (plus, he’s throwing in free sketches for all orders). Swing by his shop page to order the books, or read it all online.
The inimitable creator of Spiral Bound (from Top Shelf Productions) and The Unsinkable Walker Bean (forthcoming from Scholastic Books) has a nicely designed new website, complete with a generously stocked gallery and assurances of more cool stuff to come.
-Walt Disney Exhibition in Montreal-
Here are photos from the Once Upon A Time Walt Disney: Sources of Inspiration for Disney Studios exhibition showcasing the range of illustration and concept art see them all here.
-Comics Festival 2007-
This kick-ass cover by Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley is one of two covers (the other is by The New Frontier’s Darwyn Cooke) for Comics Festival 2007, one of the offerings available in finer comic shops everywhere for Free Comic Book Day on May 5. (See larger versions of both covers here)
Chris Butcher hooks us up with the full lineup of creators who are featured in the book. Included is new full-colour work by R. Stevens (Diesel Sweeties), Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics), Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim), Kean Soo (Jellaby), Hope Larson, myself, and many others.
I just saw a proof of the finished book, and it’s a beauty. It’s a darn near perfect group of artists to get new readers excited about comics, and it’s FREE!
I saw the Afro Samurai marathon on Spike TV the other night, and I was intrigued. I haven’t seen this much “head chopping fun” from an cartoon in a long time. The over-the-top violence level is on par with such classics as 'Ninja Scroll'. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart. I normally hate all anime, with the exception of Miyasaki, Otomo, Tsurumaki, and Tezuka.
If you don't get Spike TV, check out the show here.
The DVD came out a month ago I believe.
Shown above is a demo on Microsoft's latest Windows OS: Vista. And once again with each new Windows edition, Microsoft copies styles, techniques and programming that Mac had years earlier. This has been true since 1984, Windows has always been a few years behind Mac in every development of their technologies, it took a while for me to convert, I didn't want to let the PC go, but it was undeniable how Mac (to me) was superior for the field of graphics and animation that I was getting into. I began using PCs when I was 12 years old and continued using them for 16 years. I first operated a mac about 12 years ago, liked it, but I wasn't convinced that I couldn't survive without both, I only completely converted from PC to Mac 3 years a go, I got rid of my last PC and never looked back.
Here's the Mac ad spoof for it:
Here's a great animated short - Bill Gates vs. Steve Jobs:
March 28, 2007
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March 25, 2007
I'm not sure if this is actually new, but I was shown the trailer for Starbucking today and I'm fairly saddened by its content. It's about this pathetic guy, possibly afflicted with OCD, who wants to do something no one has done before by visiting every Starbucks in the world. Of course, we rational humans understand that this goal is impossible. Starbucks are popping up at some insane rate of like three a day in every nation that allows coffee to mix with sweeteners.
Honestly, he'd be better off counting sand on the beach; it's just as impossible but there's less traveling, and a "Venti" sand won't cost you $6 and two days' calorie intake.
March 23, 2007
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Dreamworks Animation has announced the futuristic notion that it has plans to start releasing all of its pictures in 3-D. Beginning with summer 2009's Monsters vs. Aliens, their animation projects will be created with 3-D in mind from the outset. This news follows Disney's decision to release Meet the Robinsons on about 600 3-D screens as well as the apparently overlooked rise and fall of 3-D popularity during the '50s. If the plan is successful, studios will hopefully continue investing in strange, dated movie trends like Smell-O-Vision, hand-painting black & white film, and driving a train at the camera to scare the audience into thinking it will fly out of the screen.
March 20, 2007
March 19, 2007
You can still get one for $25.99 + shipping at cartoonfansclub.com or Underbid.com.
March 18, 2007
A new Japanese feature film,
looks surreal and a definite
visual treat, I can't wait:
A great short film, in case you
haven't seen it yet, here it is:
Coming out soon, a documentary film
about Will Eisner, one of my all time
favorites comic book artists:
James Frawley, director of one of my
all time favorites The Muppet Movie
is interviewed here, inlcuding an answer
to the famous question,
"How did Kermit ride the bicycle?"
See the article here:
I must say, the Algonquin college had the best animators yet, and so eager to work, learn and join our jolly band here at Collideascope!
After 12 straight hours of interviews, lectures and show reel reviews, we hit the town. We had some beaver tails and then hit the strip clubs! After a night of heavy drinking we awoke dazed and confused and nude, with Mexican wrestling masks on our heads... explanation? We have none, it was just really weird.
March 15, 2007
Despite the fact there won't be anything to stand in line in a costume for, many Star Wars fans are getting worked up for the new animated series planned to continue the Clone Wars saga. Starwars.com has released the first shot from the new show, which looks to combine the stylized look of Genndy Tartakovsky's Cartoon Network series with slightly more realistic 3D renderings. In short, Yoda is now a Pokemon.
"My opening is even bigger than your mom's, sucka."
Last weekend, 300 took the top spot in the box office, bringing in an estimated $70 million and destroying its closest competitor, four past-their-prime actors playing four past-their-prime suburbanites in Wild Hogs. The massive earnings gives the epic the achievement of highest March opening ever, stealing the title from Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, which was apparently very popular, as well as becoming the third-highest opening for an R-rated film ever, just under The Matrix Reloaded and The Passion of the Christ. It also gained the honor, bestowed by the man behind me at the theater, of being "the most fucked up crazy ass shit" he'd ever seen. This award was given about fifteen times during the course of the movie.
Shazam! Movie Gets a Writer
John August, writer of Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Big Fish, has been hired to pen New Line's Shazam!, a take on the DC's Captain Marvel character.
The comic book series focuses on Billy Batson, a teenager who becomes the superhero known as Captain Marvel when he utters the magic word "Shazam!" The name is an acronym for six gods and heroes of the ancient world as well as their attributes: the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Aries, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and the speed of Mercury.I think they might be wasting their money writing an entirely new script for this tale of teenage transformation. They've already got Teen Wolf, so why not just change the wolf parts into Captain Marvel parts and call it a day? For instance, any instances of Teen Wolf howling are rewritten as "says Shazam!" Playing basketball as a wolf would be rewritten to say, "plays basketball as Captain Marvel." It seems pretty straightforward to me.
Rob Zombie has released the first shot of Michael Myers from his upcoming take on Halloween. Judging by the hair, I'd say the classic William Shatner mask from the original has been replaced by a Da Vinci Code-era Tom Hanks mask, an undoubtedly scarier guise.
Skinwalkers Poster and Trailer
In Skinwalkers, two rival werewolf families war over a boy and his mother. If that isn't silly enough, the trailer wasn't able to convince me anyone actually turned into a wolf. The werewolf fights were composed of driving motorcycles and shooting at each other. In fact, it may have been an episode of the early-'90s action series Renegade with werewolf lines overdubbed.
March 13, 2007
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Here are the fantastic films he was best known for:
March 09, 2007
According to Jeffrey Wells of Hollywood Elsewhere, “Anyone who doesn’t see Zodiac (Ruffalo, Gyelylehalnyealynhyal, Downey, Jr., and others) is going miss one of the most oddly arresting and excitingly different cop thrillers of all time. It is sure to be a disaster at the box office.”
I agree, I'm sure no one will go see this great cop movie, one of my favorite directors crafted this film with amazing attention to detail, yes it's VERY long, but GO SEE IT!
A million miles from planet Earth, last weekend the STEREO B spacecraft found itself in the shadow of the Moon. So, looking toward the Sun, extreme ultraviolet cameras onboard STEREO B were able to record a stunning movie of a lunar transit (aka solar eclipse), as the Moon tracked across the solar disk.
Click on the image to see the view.
March 08, 2007
We talked about the company, then
showed them what Flash could do in
classically-trained animators' hands
and they couldn't believe it!
The place where angels come to bake.
The Krispy Kreme, where they make the best
220 grams in saturated fats donut delicacies you ever tasted.
We went to the Mirco store!
That's right, Mirco owns a store
and we were there!
Check out the crazy stuff that was in there!
Knock-offs of EVERYthing, movies that
just came out in theaters were selling
there in perfect packaging, 7 movies
for $20 and there were thousands
of them. A billion anime dolls and
books, along with lots of chinese foods.
Seriously... people dress up as vampires,
get all gothed-up, and hang out there,
you're not allowed in unless you're a vampire.
coolest shop I went inot during our short
visit downtown, this wasa painting entitled
"The First All-Witch Acadian Hockey Team"
chance to visit and find out if that was true.
equipment from all the siliva.
No, it wasn't an industrial plant,
it was just a nice pasta restaurant.
My first time in a subway train!
No explanation, it was just sitting
there in the middle of the mall.
Its like a train way up high in the sky!
We had to take one so we wouldn't
miss our flight, I think we went 710 km/h,
so we got to our terminal in 18 seconds.
And finaly, after an exhausting two days of presentations,interviews, and walking around in -37 degree temperature... We chilled out in Mark's Hotel Suite, where he had the water bubbling in his own jacuzzi hot tub.... very relaxing.