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.
posted by Rhaomi
on Apr 2, 2012 -
The legendary Ken Campbell has died
. Interested in everything
, apparantly. Just as excited to visit Damanhur
as he was to go to CERN
, just down the road. Fluent in Bislama, the creole of Vanuatu, into which he translated Macbeth
. Founder of the Science Fiction Theatre of Liverpool, which performed epic productions of The Warp
and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
. Not quite Doctor Who (he was beaten to the role by former protogé Sylvester McCoy). A fount of knowledge on the theatre, comedy, Fortean strangeness and science and anything else you care to mention, all of which he spun together with extensive flights of imagination into glorious, hilarious one-man shows. Totally irreplaceable, and devastating loss. [more inside]
posted by Grangousier
on Sep 1, 2008 -
Harry Secombe passes at 79.
I just saw the Peter Sellers bio on American Movie Classics the other day, and found out how important The Goon Show
was in the history of comedy. A Hard Day's Night
and Monty Python had their roots in this groundbreaking British radio show that ran from 1949-1960.
posted by aflakete
on Apr 11, 2001 -