is a comic artist and creator of the inept superhero Manta-Man
and the no-nonsense Part-Time Ninja
(among others) as well as a prolific illustrator of the queens
of RuPaul's Drag Race
"This is a project I've worked on for around 14 months! It contains just about every character that appears in Futurama." The cast of Futurama. [more inside]
How much My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fan content is there out there? LET'S FIND OUT.
A few highlights:
What I Learned Today
, morals to episodes
Twilight adjusts to a Season 3 plot development
, random, catchy
Celestia and Luna play Resident Evil 4
(repurposed from Two Best Friends
The best of Sweetie Bot, from Friendship is Witchcraft
Slice of Life
, a very well done fan Tumblr
How much more could there be? Well.... [more inside]
Chris Sims examines Harley Quinn
, one of the most misused and misunderstood characters in comics, taking in her Batman:The Animated Series debut played by Arleen Sorkin
(audio), through to The Batman Adventures: Mad Love
and the New 52 incarnation which recently drew ire with a controversial try-out page
In 2002 the Eltingville comic-book-science-fiction-fantasy-horror and role playing club made the leap from the pages of Evan Dorkin
comic into an animated pilot for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, as Welcome to Eltingville
. Sadly the series wasn't picked up, but the pilot is available on Youtube: part 1
, part 2
, part 3
(bonus title music
by the Aquabats. Sadly so far the Northwest Comix Collective hasn't made the same leap.
Long out of print, "A Doonesbury Special.
" That is all.
Charles Bock examines how underground comics helped give rise to TV's Archer
the series in a post-Sideshow Bob world. (First link contains NSWF embedded YT videos.)
! Be moved by his brief-yet-poignant award-winning animated film The Right Time
. Be charmed by his commissioned portraits of couples and
. Be inspired by his loose and fresh superheroes (Batman
)! And it wouldn't be Tumblr without an appearance by Sherlock Holmes
(not that one).
Young Edd Gould
always enjoyed drawing comics of himself and his friends. Growing up in the internet age, his doodles
evolved into Flash animations of increasing complexity, and in time Edd and pals Tom Ridgewell
and Matt Hargreaves teamed up to produce an "Eddsworld"
series of online webtoons and comics
At first crude and halting, the group's "eddisodes"
progressed from surreal shorts
into full-fledged productions that pushed the boundaries of amateur web animation, with expressive characters
, full soundtracks
, complex effects, and a fast-paced, off-kilter sense of humor: MovieMakers
- Rock Bottom
- Hammer & Fail
At its height, the college co-op was producing shorts for Mitchell & Webb
and the UN Climate Change Conference
, fielding offers
from Paramount and Cartoon Network, and racking up millions of hits on YouTube
Work slowed, however, when Gould was diagnosed with leukemia
-- a relatively survivable form, though, and Gould carried on working gamely
through his hospital stays. So it came as a shock last week when Matt and Tom announced that Edd had passed away
, prompting an outpouring
in his short 23 years.
In 1982 the manga, Akira (previously
) , began its run. It would ultimately spawn a film that would lead the way for the growth of the anime medium outside of Japan. An attempted Americanized remake (previouslyer
) was in production before being ultimately canceled
The manga’s creator, Katsuhiro Otomo, in the meantime, had taken a 20 year break from long-form manga. It was recently announced that this break was coming to an end and that Otomo would be working on a new long-form shonen series
My Little Pony’s
Lauren Faust on how Super Best Friends Forever
will make you love Batgirl and Supergirl all over again
. The short animations will be part of Cartoon Networks DC Nation
block, alongside Beware The Batman
, the replacement for the late lamented Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Two and a half years ago, we explored the early history of Cartoon Network
... but it wasn't the only player in the youth television game.
As a matter of fact, Fred Seibert
-- the man responsible for the most inventive projects discussed in that post -- first stretched his creative legs at the network's truly
venerable forerunner: Nickelodeon
Founded as Pinwheel, a six-hour block on Warner Cable's innovative QUBE
system, this humble channel struggled for years before Seibert's innovative branding work transformed it into a national icon and capstone of a media empire.
Much has changed since then, from the mascots and game shows to the versatile orange "splat."
But starting tonight in response to popular demand, the network is looking back
with a summer programming block dedicated to the greatest hits of the 1990s
, including Hey Arnold!, Rocko's Modern Life, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Double Dare, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Legends of the Hidden Temple
, and All That
To celebrate, look inside for the complete story of the early days of the network that incensed the religious right, brought doo-wop to television, and slimed a million fans -- the golden age of Nickelodeon. (warning: monster post inside) [more inside]
now has many animated series (all episodes, in their entirety) available to view online at their website including The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Superheroes
, X-Men, The Animated Series
, X-Men Evolution
, Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes
, and Spider-Man
(1967) (Full list inside) [more inside]
"Welcome to the Zion Archive. You have selected Historical File #12-1: The Second Renaissance.
So begins the short film of the same name by Mahiro Maeda [Flash: 1 2 - QuickTime: 1 2]
-- a devastating yet beautiful work of animation.
Originally produced to explain the backstory behind the Matrix
trilogy, Maeda's project ended up telling a story far darker and more affecting than any blockbuster.
Using a blend of faux documentary footage
and visual metaphor
, his serene Instructor relates in biblical tones the saga of Man and Machine, how age-old cruelty and hatred birthed a horrifying, apocalyptic struggle that consumed the world.
Packed with striking imagery and historical allusions
galore, this dark allegory easily transcends the films it was made for.
But while "The Second Renaissance" is arguably the best work to come from the Matrix
franchise, it's hardly alone -- it's just one of the projects made for The Animatrix
, a collection of nine superb anime films
in a wide variety of styles
designed to explore the universe and broaden its scope beyond the usual sci-fi action of the movies.
Click inside for a guide to these films with links to where they can be watched online, along with a look at The Matrix Comics
, a free series of comics, art, and short fiction created for the same purpose by some
of the best talent in the business. [more inside]
During the 80s comics king Jack Kirby
, co-creator of the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, the X-Men and Captain America
, became disillusioned with the industry and left to work for animation company
, sketching out dozens of characters
, work that has been largely unseen... until now
How to draw
, by Rad Sechrist, storyboard artist at Dreamworks animation
"Why so serious?"
Synthesizing Mark Hamill's menacing hilarity and Heath Ledger's intelligent and dangerously unhinged aspects in their portrayals of DC Comic's "The Joker," aspiring voice actor "pgirts"
recreates the famous scene from the recent Batman film in a chilling mashup of acting styles, and similarly brings the Joker's monolog
from "The Killing Joke" to life. (MLYT)
, a wonderful animation by young artist Rebecca Sugar
is an interesting guy
, coming from an artistic family (including a cousin
who created the animated series Cow and Chicken
). His professional work
has mostly been in the world of comics
, though he did direct a movie for Roger Corman
, entitled "Take it to the Limit
), as a way "to recharge [his] batteries
after the Maxx." The Maxx
was a 35 issue comic (plus a few bonuses), and later animated
and aired on Mtv's Oddities in the mid 1990s. (More videos inside) [more inside]
A few years ago, we had "Peanuts Meets Marvel."
In another thread
, someone name-checked Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown.
The Web currently brings us Peanuts characters anime-style
, a la Jack Kirby
, by way of Family Guy
and as seen on The Simpsons
. (See also this pessimistic vision
of a grown-up relationship between Charlie Brown and the Red-Haired Girl.)
Tales of the Beanworld ("A most peculiar comic book experience")
recently resumed publication after a long hiatus. It's a strange and abstract mix of Native American mythology and culture, with a strong ecological focus, into an wonderfully charming cosmology. While it certainly invites, uh, overthinking
, it's also entertaining on a purely casual level.
A sample short Beanworld story
is on the Dark Horse Comics Myspace page.
If you have questions about it, the BeanWeb
just may have answers, along with illustrations from the comics. There is now a Beanworld Wiki
to supplement it, and creator Larry Marder keeps a blog
where he talks about things bean.
Okay, now that it's properly introduced... the real
point of this post is to link to this awesome Beanworld Flash cartoon
, animated by Fashionbuddha and with music by They Might Be Giants!
The Katzenjammer Kids*
are 110 years old this month, the world's longest running comic
. Watch 1918's Policy & Pie
), rare animation by creator Rudolph Dirks
who lost the strip to William Randolph Hearst in a court case. The strip was taken over by Harold H. Knerr
, but Dirks retained rights to the characters and produced a rival cartoon under The Captain & the Kids
for Pulitzer papers for several decades. Five artists
followed Dirks and Knerr creating the strip for Hearst.
Hailing from wholesome Riverdale, USA, The Archies
were a fresh-faced gang of teens who rocketed to the top of the pops. Listen to their first album on ArchieComics.com
[Via Comics Should Be Good!
is the personal site of artist & animator
Jeff Victor, who draws Star Wars characters
(among other things
) in adorable bobblehead
style. Found via Drawn
Get lost in the fabulous labyrinth of Coconino World
, a mammoth French site with thousands of images from illustrators, graphic artists, and cartoonists ranging from the classics
to the contemporary
. Some personal favorites: the generous selection of graphics from Simplicissimus
, the celebrated German satire magazine
published weekly from 1896-1944. James Swinerton's Canyon Kiddies
. George Herriman's Krazy Kat
is an awesome animated short by Pendleton Ward, who also has a site
with some cartoons, animation, comics, and a blog.
Following up with the great post about Drawergeeks
is the Drawing Board
. It's a forum created by Shane Glines
made up comic book artists, illustrators and animators ranging from professionals to amateurs.
Inside the Drawing Board one can find Superhero Drawing Jams
, Artist's take on a model nsfw
, Model sheets used in Animated movies
, personal sketchbooks
and nice works of illustration
"It's as I always say... all really intelligent people should be cremated for reasons of public safety!"
Hot on the tail of the forthcoming Hellboy animated series
, the Sci-Fi Channel has adapted Mike Mignola
's marvellous, absurd Eisner-Award
-winning comic The Amazing Screw-On Head
into a 22-minute animated pilot. The episode is available for viewing
on Sci-Fi's site right now.
The illustration, animation, and design of Chris Appelhans. Don't miss his comic, Frank and Frank
, or the Superman animated short
Felix the Cat
set the standard for animated character design with his rubber
, predating Mickey by nearly a decade. Since he doesn't get nearly the exposure of Mickey, we're lucky there's sites
that make at least a sampling of his cartoons
Artist Tad Stones has started up the Hellboy Animated
blog, which already has some great stuff up about character designs and style concepts for the in-production animated series based on Mike Mignola's comics.
Artist Jesse Reklaw
takes people's descriptions of their dreams and turns them into four-panel comic strips
. Similarly, The Dream Project
turns descriptions into movies. Until we figure out how to record dreams in real time, this is the next best thing
. Updated weekly. Submit
(or apply to illustrate one
Hey, kids, let's watch a cartoon! May I present The Ship That Never Came In
by Kim Deitch, comix genius. It's a piece with his magnum opus Boulevard of Broken Dreams
. Both, as Time magazine's comix critic Andrew Arnold
notes, focuses on Ted Mishkin, a talented animator whose gifts can never quite overcome his curse. His curse is Waldo, a mischievous cat who walks on his hind legs. Waldo may be a delusion or he may be real, but only Ted can see him.
Wotta concept! More inside ? Fuckin' A !
Daredevil and Captain America Hang Out... at the Quickstop. (Warning: Flash --and geekfare!-- follow.)
is a beautifully done flash animation. A little anime in feel with some strange sonic diversions every once in a while. The pacing is a little slow for my highly Americanized tastes, but it's gorgeous all the same.