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.
John Kricfalusi drew the top image here in the 1980s when developing TV shows with Ralph Bakshi. He’s posted about the funny concept for Ralph’s Playhoelover here on his blog. Beneath that are two Ralph doodles that I had on my hard drive which may or may not relate to his current Last Days of Coney Islandkickstarter campaign. John writes about the depth of Ralph’s influence and how it has affected generations of artists and filmmakers. There are less than five days left in Ralph’s fundraising campaign, and it needs a final push to get funded, so if you were thinking about it, now is the time to help Ralph get into production again. It would be especially fitting that Ralph could return to filmmaking with a small production team through the direct financial support of his fans, completely side-stepping the Hollywood financing system that has frustrated his efforts over the last decade.
Ralph Bakshi’s Last Days of Coney IslandKickstarter campaign is live. I never post Kickstarters on here just so I don’t have to pick and choose which are worthwhile and so I don’t get flooded with people sending me their Kickstarter campaigns.
But here is one campaign that I can get behind and promote here. It’s my friend Ralph’s Kickstarter campaign to get a new series of animated shorts into production. Ralph hasn’t been dormant since his last feature film, he’s been painting and sculpting and drawing thousands and thousands of pieces, having arts shows and doing talks all over the country. All along he’s been working on ideas, scripts, characters and pre-production pieces for Last Days. Since I met Ralph back at SVA in 2000 or so, I’ve worked on dozens of projects with him, many of them have been related to and building to this project. There’s even a moving collage type clip with advertisements and an elevated subway shot in the above promo video that I made for Ralph back on an earlier version.
Kickstarter really seems like the right place for Ralph to get his next production funded directly by people who want to see his work. I’m going to head over there now and do my first Kickstarter pledge.
Oh and look at that beautiful background art Ralph made up top there.