So I was out at Cartoon Network doing stuff for a thing (that is awesome and more on that later) and I met many super people and said hi to old pals. As far as swag is concerned I got a few Pops beach balls and Adventure Time hankies for the kids (thanks Brooke), and when I was meeting with GFTG! contributor Rebecca Sugar and Ian Jones-Quartey, they gave me this copy of this official unofficial Steven Universe zine with sketches of the characters from Rebecca’s new show which premieres very soon. Also when I visited Uncle Grandpa, Pete Browngardt gave me a printout of an internet .jpg of the cover of Alf #48 which I will treasure forever.
Pete Browngardt‘s Uncle Grandpa premiered this week and it is funny and you can download the first episode (free, as of now) in the itunes store. Stupid over-reaching Apple DRM prevented me from using the native screen capture in OSX to grab a simple frame grab of the show so here is a dumpy phone pic of the screen. GFTG!4 contributor Nick Edwards has been designing a crap-load of art for the show, you can see his stylings all over the episode and title sequence. See the the previous posts on Uncle Grandpahere and all the way back to 2009 here.
Jesse Moynihan and his brother Justin are creating a new cartoon that will be released through Cartoon Hangover called Manly, and Tom is designing characters for it. The single episode will function as a pilot that will determine if more adventures starring the fanny-pack sporting hermaphroditic hero are ordered up! Here are a few images from the Manly production blog, Jesse’s website and Frederator Studios Blog. Relating to the post proceeding this, the background artist is Rob Sato. Finally, Jesse has got a podcast about UFOs and ghosts and unexplained phenomena over here which is going to go right in my ear hole.
Check it out comics and cartoon lovers. Dash has got something to satisfy all of your drawn desires. He’s a comics making, animating machine ready to lay it out on the movie screen this Tuesday night in Brooklyn. The Light Industry event info is linked here from Dash’s blog. Dash will be screening his own work and finishing off the evening with a screening of Bobby’s Girl, “an obscure, dreamy anime about a motorcyclist that I think is amazing,” says Dash.
Dash has been working on his feature length animated film and only taking breaks to animate music videos, segments of documentaries, and draw like, ten comic books. Two of Dash’s recent animated projects are above, the top is a trailer for his new comic New School, and the next is the short/music video Seraph, with music by Sigur Ros.
Mel Roach’s new cartoon for Cartoon Hangover premiered online today. I’d embed it here but half my internet is dead. Just some parts of it. I hope nothing has exploded out there somewhere. I thought these internet tubes were supposed to have a decentralized design so you could blow up chunks of it and still get your email. Maybe there are just explosions happening on the back of my computer. Anyway Mel Roach has a blog here with a ton of funny animated loops and you can look up the damn cartoon and see for yourself how you like it. Also this part of the internet seems to be working, here’s a set of production art.
Stephen Worth is the director of Animation Resources and has been continuing the job that he did when the organization was part of ASIFA-Hollywood. Now it is located online at animationresources.org. Above you can see the quality and size of the artwork that they research, scan and post from these details of a Walt Kelly piece and a Harvey Kurtzman piece. If this is the first time you are hearing of this, you better set aside a few hours or weeks to really get into it. They have illustrations, comics, cartoons, animation, photos, magazines, newsletters, articles, some videos and a lot of history and information to go with the fantastic pictures.
Although it is inactive since 2010, the Animation Backgrounds blog is a solid space to inspect a variety of animation backgrounds and the occasional title card piece of art or still that includes characters.
Ferdinand Horvath designed these characters for the Disney studio during the handful of years he worked there in the 1930s. The top one is cropped in order to get in there at 100%, so you really should click over to Bob Camp’s other blog where he has these and more stashed at a nice size for viewing and appreciating.