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Submitted by Alexander Danner on June 1, 2009 - 14:53
Huge new Simpleton update today--this one took several days to put together, and is compiled from a whole bunch of Neal's Underhunt strips, chopped and reassembled, with some additional details added. It's a big multi-linear infinite canvas, and it's probably a complete mess, but I like it anyway.
Submitted by Alexander Danner on May 31, 2009 - 23:58
News via my good friend and past co-author on Character Design for Graphic Novels, Steven Withrow:
Now available for pre-order through Amazon.com and other online bookstores is Steven Withrow's book Secrets of Digital Animation from RotoVision and Rockport Publishers. This book was quite an adventure to create, and I hope it lives up to the hype of the jacket copy:
Secrets of Digital Animation sets out to demonstrate and showcase a range of cutting-edge work, new techniques, and influential practitioners within all forms of contemporary animation, from anime to flashware, and from animated shorts to machinima, offering creative hints and tips from the genre masters. This book offers young practitioners, and those interested in broadening their skills, an insider’s view of the fast evolving work of animation; showcasing professionals and their creations, working methods, and inspiration, along with jargon-busting explanations and easy to follow demonstrations. Stunning examples of finished work are shown alongside conceptual drawings and works in progress. The book contains practical advice and case studies that explore the professional techniques behind designing innovative characters and fantastical worlds, and bringing them to life.
Submitted by Alexander Danner on May 31, 2009 - 15:29
So Iâ€™m sort of working on a novel. Not a graphic novelâ€”an actually book-length piece of prose. I donâ€™t know if Iâ€™ll actually finish it or if itâ€™ll be any good when I do. You may never get to read it, and that may not be any great loss. But Iâ€™m working on it.
Submitted by Alexander Danner on May 29, 2009 - 22:54
I will be attending MoCCA next weekend, but will not be exhibiting this year. I'll probably carry a few copies of Bring Your Daughter to Work Day and Parens. around with me though, so if you should happen to see me around and feel compelled to make a purchase, I will happily accommodate!
Submitted by Alexander Danner on May 28, 2009 - 15:17
Gingerbread Houses moves steadily along -- page 19 posted today, and we're now in the final sequence of Chapter Two.
Submitted by Alexander Danner on May 27, 2009 - 01:19
So far, I've managed to keep up a pretty good pace with SImpleton -- I haven't missed a Monday update yet, and I've updated most Wednesdays as well. Including a new one today! This is the second Playwright strip, and I've already made a third that will run in a couple of weeks.
Submitted by Alexander Danner on May 22, 2009 - 16:36
I've never read many biographies. I've always been a very fiction-oriented person, and where interests do extend into non-fiction realms, I've always been drawn more to science and technology than to personal or political history.
Submitted by Alexander Danner on May 18, 2009 - 23:58
This past weekend I attended the first annual Maine Comics Arts Festival, organized by Rick Lowell of Casablanca Comics, and what can I say? It was possibly the most fun I’ve ever had at a comics convention! First off, it was located right in downtown Portland, which is one of my favorite places to spend a short weekend vacation.
Submitted by Alexander Danner on May 18, 2009 - 12:23
Via Steven Withrow, here's Who's Hungry, a short student film retelling "Hansel and Gretel." It's an especially dark and violent version, but very well done, and quite faithful to the structure of the original story.
Submitted by Alexander Danner on May 14, 2009 - 03:37
As usual, you'll be able to find me tabling with The Boston Comics Roundtable. If you're in New England, you should come to the show!