Category Archives: Animation

Posts relating to animation, cartoons, and stuff that moves around.

First Date by Matt Furie and Joseph Bennett

We finally get some Matt Furie material animated in this collaborative cartoon First Date by Matt and Joseph Bennett, with sound design by Mike Jansson and voices by Aiyana Udesen and Matt. See more from Matt on his Tumblr and website, and the Matt Furie tag.

Vince Collins Animation

Vince Collins keeps producing kick-butt animated shorts, get into his YouTube page to see more. Embedded below are 2013’s “The Lizard of OZ” and the brand new “Animation Time” from 2015! You’ll remember Vince from earlier shorts created in 2D cell animation such as “Malice in Wonderland.” More were featured on the Cartoon Brew piece I wrote a year or two back.

Art of Ooo Book Trailer

Remember that book about a cartoon show that I wrote and designed, Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo (Amazon.com link here)? Well we (the Goal Achievement Club) finally made a trailer for it. So if you haven’t had a peek inside this book yet, take a look:

Signed Ooo for You

Art of Ooo book plates

Signed Ooo for You

There are a load of exactly 300 Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo books with signed and doodled book plate stickers available now exclusively at Think Geek. Here is a blog post about it where you can see a shot (also above) of a few of the three hundred unique doodles that I made for you ready to place in books. Obviously the people who took the shot took special geeky pleasure in showing off some of the weird alternate Finn versions that I drew every once in a while. Will you get one? I don’t know. I think I remember drawing a Hello Kitty-Finn, a Hobbes-Finn, a Heathcliff-Finn, a Garfield-Finn and then just a bunch of weird Finns and some Jakes. See the spread of just some of the book plates above.

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo Thomas Herpich Concept Art

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo Thomas Herpich Concept Art

Popping up online today you can expect multiple websites to be previewing their own sets of exclusive artwork from the new art book Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo. The book publishes in one week on the 14th. Here is a link to the book on Amazon.

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo Thomas Herpich Concept Art

Many Meathaus associates have connections to the show. Tom Herpich is one of the early designers and then storyboard artists who helped to shape the show. Jesse Moynihan has been a storyboard artist on the show for most of the seasons so far. Brandon Graham has contributed boards to the latest season. Pen Ward, Phil Rynda and Rebecca Sugar have all been featured in our Go For the Gold! sketchbook anthologies. I wrote and designed this book.

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo Thomas Herpich Concept Art

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo Thomas Herpich Concept Art

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo Thomas Herpich Concept Art

Let’s take our own exclusive look at just some of the piles of concept artwork featured in the book by Tom Herpich.

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo Thomas Herpich Concept Art

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo Thomas Herpich Concept Art

At the top of this post you’ll see some fashion concepts for Marceline, and everywhere else a slew of wild visual designs for Mannish Man the Minotaur from the season one episode “The Enchiridion!”

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo Thomas Herpich Concept Art

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo Thomas Herpich Concept Art

The book is full of exciting work like this, often paired with insights from the artists themselves, such as this quote from Tom regarding Mannish Man:

“I think this might be my very first character design—maybe from my first day working on the show. Definitely within the first couple weeks. I didn’t really have much of an idea of what the job really was yet, plus there were some hiccups in the production, so we had a lot of extra time on these first couple episodes. So I think this stuff came from Phil just telling me to go nuts and have fun. I didn’t realize at the time that all this stuff was impossibly complicated, plus strayed so far from the original storyboard drawings that it would’ve all had to be reboarded to use these designs. I think even the final one, after all the far-out stuff had been shot down, ended up being too complex and too far off-board, and needed a lot of retakes in the animation later on. If I got the assignment now, he’d end up looking a lot closer to how he does in the board, for better or worse. This was the problem, this superfluous inventive energy, that eventually got solved by my doing tons of concept drawings for episodes in the works.”