Dash Shaw’s comics piece that he created for Meathaus S.O.S. about the “Unclothed Man In The 35th Century AD” has been adapted to animation by Dash for IFC. All five parts of the short are available to watch online here. Additionally there is a “making of” sixth video there where director Dash, co-animator Jane Samborski, and music composer James Lucido talk about the film.
Dash has spoken about his equal enthusiasm for comics and animation in past interviews. His related interests are clear in the hybrid direction of the film in which he uses silent movie title cards, animated comics thought balloons and video game cutscenes all to relay the thoughts and dialog of his characters.
This is the most ambitious and self-contained animated project from Dash. Other recent shorts functioned more as teaser-companions to his comic book releases Bottomless Bellybutton and Bodyworld, although they easily can exist on their own as strange experiments. Both shorts also served as Dash’s testing grounds for refining his own animated voice. Below is the short for Bodyworld:
Fantagraphics is releasing a slew of Dash’s material including the new book Unclothed Man In The 35th Century AD that collects art from the cartoon and other collected comics shorts. Embedded below here is part one of the Unclothed Man short, see the rest here on IFC.
There is a brief interview with Dash here on Meathaus and of course you will find Dash’s comics in the Meathaus Olde Pack of comics, Meathaus 8: Headgames, and Meathaus S.O.S., all in the store. Dash also has pages of sketchbook material in the new sketchbook anthology from Meathaus, GO FOR THE GOLD! 3.