- A new blog.
made a new blog with wordpress. It's over here.
Please update your bookmarks and links if possible, I will be posting
there from now on.
- Sad Sad news.
Ranft, the heart of Pixar, was killed yesterday in a car accident. We
are all hit hard by this sudden news and we're all beyond sadness here
at the studio. Joe's contribution to Animation has been immense and
far reaching. He taught and mentored a whole generation of creators,
I can't even begin to describe how dearly he will be missed. His spirit
and legacy will live on through the hundreds of stories that are being
told and will be told by all the artists and directors he mentored and
inspired. A prayer from all our community goes to his family.
Ronnie's wonderful remembrances and many touching comments from friends
- SketchCrawl 4
... the next World Wide SketchCrawl (#4) is scheduled! Saturday August
27th it is and it's gonna be in memory of our talented friend Dan Lee,
we miss him dearly and we thought it'd be great to go about town and
draw away thinking about him ... he was an avid sketcher himself and
I am sure he would've joined us Skechcrawling around. On that same week
The Canvas Gallery and Cafe
is gonna host an exhibition/tribute (thursday August 25th) featuring
Dan's sketches and some of his friends' work as well. The artshow also
serves as a book launch for "In your face" a beautiful book
filled with Dan's drawings, don't miss it, the proceedings will go to
charity. Check this
blog for all the details.
So ... we plan to finish the crawl at Canvas to see the exhibition,
plans and itinerary for the day are still in the making ... keep posted
on sketchcrawl.com for details.
As always we welcome all your help in spreading the word and be sure
to come by the forums
to organize and gather artists in your area. Join us in the 4th international
drawing marathon, wherever you are!
The 2 weeks I just spent in Italy were relaxing and fun. It's been a
long long time since I got back home during summer time ... it really
has a whole different feel, much more nostalgic than usual. The summers
of my childhood are clearer and sweeter memories than most. I was very
thankful to have time for family, beautiful beaches, sand and waters
and also time to read. A couple of books I finished and would heartily
recommend: Dave Eggers - You shall know our velocity! and Banana Yoshimoto
- Hard boiled and Hard Luck. A book I bought and look forward to reading:
Takeshi Kitano - Asakusa
Boy (a biography of the famous comedian and filmmaker. In italian, not
sure if it's available in english).
- One link I forgot to write about regarding the CON. Emotioneric.com
... one of our neighbors at the booth, Eric has a unique and funny as
hell website ... and, ahem, face as well. Also one new and not to be
missed CON report from Kean, here.
from a ship
Phew, quite the July I must say.
just got back from a nice vacation in Italy which coupled with the San
Diego Comic-Con has made for a real nice break for me. So forgive me
for the delay on the CON report, but I was pretty much out of civilazation's
arms on the amazing beaches of Sardegna.
wow, so much to catch up with ... well, first: what a Con! I had the
greatest time in San Diego this year, thanks to all the friends and
colleagues that were down there with us.
Ronnie and I drove down together in his van on tuesday and that started
the week with the right spirit, it was great to chat all the way down
The whole week had a special something about it ... there were so many
friends to hang out and share the experience with this year. Our friends
and colleagues the e-ville
press guys, whose books I am sure you've heard plenty about by now
... well having them in San Diego experiencing their first Con was really
great to witness. Sanjay, Manisha,
Robert, Simon, Louis, Marc,
Nate, Max and Kevo. It was also great to hang out with some of the Maverix
crew Jamie Baker , Bosco,
Sho Murase and Derek
Thompson. And at our table all the Flight crew: Kazu,
and company. we also shared space with longtime friends Bill
Presing and Alex Woo (the nazi smashers you know) and even onemanstudio
and animation celebrity Bill
Plympton. Oh and let's not forget Nucleus
Gallery's Ben and company with the ton of great prints and irresistible
I mean the list of good friends, nice people, talented artists just
goes on ... it'd be hard to mention everyone. But, it's just amazing
to have so many friends to which is so easy to relate to and have great
conversations with; comics and animation seem to attract only nice people,
Also Ronnie and I had a little less table space this year. That simple
fact gave us more freedom to go about the con floor and overall made
for a much more relaxing experience.
Good nights, late nights, yep. I remember Tequila shots ... the rest
if blurry. X)
Many thanks to Ronnie who manned the table a couple of those difficult
So, yeah, all good ... oh, Sketchcrawling sold quite well and got great
responses from many readers, artists and friends, which is always the
best part. Considering
that Ronnie and I had started off thinking we might sit this con out,
well I'd say it sure was a nice surprise to cook up a book each and
to end up showing up having such a good time. Maybe we should always
do this ... yeah, I think we're not going next year fellas ...
As always I didn't take as many photos as I would've liked down there,
but I am sure many of you have checked the reports by now. Here's links
to a few if you haven't: Ronnie's,
board thread, Ted's,
Anyway, I took lot's of photos on my trip to Italy, which I just got
off of a plane from. What a nice trip, I spent some time with my family
in Genova and then headed on to the beautiful beaches of Sardegna's
Emerald Coast with my brother's family. Pretty sweet. Bellissimo.
I even did a new comic on the ferry on my way to the Island, haven't
watercolored it yet, but I hope to share the disadventures of "A
night on a ferry" real soon. Another highlight from the trip has
been a wonderful and large exhibition of Yukio-e woodblock prints and
modern posters from Japan in Genova.
I hope to tell you more in details regarding the trip as I share more
photos with you.
So, arriverderci, for now.
Kazu and Kohanne - I mean, Johanne. X)
guys. (from left: Alex Woo, Simon Dunsdon, Bill Presing, Robert Kondo
(rapping) and Louis Gonzales)
with our homies ... X)
Uhmmm ... coffeeeee