Monday, September 29, 2008

Chris Onstad on Morning Edition

Chris Onstad, who writes and illustrates one of my favorite things ever - Achewood - was on Morning Edition (NPR) today discussing his process and the recently published Great Outdoor Fight (Dark Horse).

A link to the article and audio is here. At one point during the interview he reads aloud from the book, giving a voice to Ray and Roast Beef, the two main characters. An experience like that can be jarring for obvious reasons, but it's not so bad. If anything, it only reinforces what a unique experience reading a comic is. Nobody hears Calvin and Hobbes arguing the same exact way, which provides a one-of-a-kind experience for each reader.

You guys, it is the greatest.



Chris Onstad is signing copies of The Great Outdoor Fight at Rocketship in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn on Friday November 7th.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Threads

I set out to create a film, having no idea what the end product would be. The only rule I gave myself was to trust my intuition completely. I began by creating tons of animated “sketches,” very quickly-executed ideas, which accumulated into a bank of loosely-associated short films. I rushed the entire process, not allowing myself to censor or judge each idea before it had been executed. Eventually the pieces began to speak to one another, and I started drawing lines between them and shaping them into a film.

Brew TV via Drawn!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Fleet Foxes - Mykonos



On repeat for me since Monday. If you haven't heard anything by these guys yet, this is a good entry point.

From the Sun Giant EP which came out last year.

Their self titled, full length debut is one of my favorite albums of the year.




Link, for all y'all RSS mofos.

Rick Rubin Has My All-Time Favorite Wall Street Journal Portrait



Look - his hair extends beyond most of the margins. Props.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Here's something you want to do

tickets here

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Make With The New Movies, Slungos

...fiiiiiiine





Our long lost 10-minute epic, Can't Shardly Wait, for the first time presented in the Ridley Scott approved director's cut:

Monday, September 22, 2008

Hilarious Pics part 1


Classic

Songs Inspired by Shit Movies pt. 9



Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Look Out Thanos

Monday, September 15, 2008

Shine On You Crazy Diamond


Richard Wright
1943-2008
RIP

Facts Citibank knew about me in 2004

4 years later I'm still paying off my student loans, and will be for roughly the next 6. Today, though, prior to making the payment, Citibank asked me what my favorite animal is and the last name of my first girlfriend.

The latter is easy because your first "lover" is a constant. It will always be your first. The animal question confused me. It wasn't something simple like What is the name of the street you grew up on? or What is your mother's maiden name? or What can you simply not do into Mordor?

I've had my share of liking of animals. They're all pretty cool. Even giant squids. I find them terrifying but, what can I say, I love em'. But I had to pay my friggin loan this month! So I went back in time and asked 2004 Anthony what his favorite animal was. I was really disgusted with what I found out. Apparently in September of 2004, I was a stupid, ugly, whiny, baby cryer who just graduated and had the whole world in front of him/me. This is what went down.

Anthony 04: What in the name of John Kerry? Who are you?
Anthony 08: I'm you from the year 2008. I gotta pay my student loans and I need to know what our favorite animal is.
Anthony 04: How do I know you're not lying. (Yes the asshole really asked that)
Anthony 08: Dude. Look at me.
Anthony 04: I need proof.
Anthony 08: Fine. Ask me something only you would know.
Anthony 04: What's my favorite animal?

It went on like that for about an hour. Then past me had to go to work at the soul draining bagel store. While he/I was at work, I went to go see The Cookout because Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow didn't open yet.

The Cookout was really bad.

And to make things worse the jerk won't tell me my favorite animal. Now I'm stuck in 2004, working at a bagel store, living with my parents and myself.

I hate Citibank so much. Almost as much as The Cookout.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Glammer Shots

This morning I got off the subway and started walking to my office. There was construction going on around my building so I had to take a detour down this creepy alley that I never noticed before.

I tell you this loyal reader, I was scared. This was no part of Midtown, let alone Manhattan, I had ever seen before. It's like I was transported to an alternate reality of some sort. There were all these people who I'd never seen before, and I've seen just about every person in the greater New York area. I do NOT fuck around about my seeing people facts. So believe it.

I continued walking down the creepy dark alley, past all these seemingly lost folks, trying my best not to make eye contact. The end of the alley came into sight and a small sense of relief eased its way through my bones. But in an instant, that same relief, the one I just mentioned, was swept from my body in a fit of sweepingly swift accuracy. For what I saw, loyal reader, will be burned in the back of my mind for ages to come.

Out of a building named Glarry's Glammer Shots, walked a woman pushing a large stroller with a lace cover draped over the childe inside. She was also holding a large 8 x 10 manila envelope. She stopped right in front of me and asked in a sad monotone voice, "Do you know the way to 53rd?"

I cautiously replied, "Of course fair marm. I'm going there myself if you'd like to follow." I waited about a minute for her to respond. It was very awkward. Finally she did. "That would be..." She paused for four seconds. It felt like an eternity. "...lovely".

She followed me out of the alley, pushing her stroller like it was a chore. Not a word was spoken the length of the journey. Eventually we made our way out of the alley and up to 53rd street. I told her, "Here we are. I have to get to work." Her head was down and she was quiet. Then her face slowly rose to meet mine. She whispered, "I cannot pay you for your kindness. But please, take this." With that she handed me the manila envelope. I told her it was no trouble at all, but she started on her way.

I made it up to my office, put down my bag, and began the day. About five minutes later there was a chilling scream from the outside. I jumped out of my chair and bolted to the window.

Down on 53rd street, in the middle of the sidewalk, lay the headless body of the woman I met in the alley. Next to her was the stroller, knocked over and empty.

I stood there shocked, frozen in a terror that I've never felt before. Then, as if a voice was calling to me, I turned back to my desk where the manila envelope lay. I approached with caution and fear and some comforting hybrid of the two.

And I opened the envelope and saw this.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Fastest way to get to Steve Martin from Steve Martin through Word Association

Steve Martin
Marty Janetty
The Rockers
Rock Band
Band of Horses
Horse Tranquilizers
Kids in the Hall
Hall and Oates
Man Eater
Eat your veggies
Carrot Top
Top of the Morning to ya
House of Pain
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Major Payne
Damon Waynes
Bruce Wayne
Joker
Space Cowboy
Toker
Tolkien
Mordor
I did not Mordor Him!
I, Robit
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Pink is the new Black
Black Mirror
Mirror Mask
The Mask
Cuban Pete
Peter Venkman
Bill Murray
Steve Zissou
Zidane
French
Jacques Clouseau
Steve Martin

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Potential Desktop Wallpaper - Vol. 4


Link

Monday, September 8, 2008

Stop already! These suck!

1. Media Offline
2. Not sleeping
3. Lost Firefox sessions
4. World 7 - Pipe World
5. Video signal present but not captured
6. USPS 'Sorry we missed you' notes on my door
7. The ginormous scaffolding being erected outside my office
8. When a subway pulls up and you see that the windows are open, thus knowing it's gonna be hot as Hades when you get in
9. Shitty blog posts
10. Haters
11. Sales people
12. Too fabulous to care
13. Killer Croc's voice
14. Anyone who is the Dark Knight Joker for Halloween this year
15. Goldeen
16. P.S. I Love You
17. This guy
18. Small talk before being asked to do something
19. My froggy voice
20. Goofy stance in Tony Hawk Pro Skater

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The future belongs to crowds

"I put a camera in front of my television and used my hands to try to block out Paul Simon’s face whenever he came on screen. It’s obviously the essence of classic camcorder video: lo-fi, poor sound, and not edited. I literally time stamped it, and so it’s going to be okay in 40 years because these were conscious decisions."

Cory Archangel interview

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

A fully formed idea

This video looks like maybe Marc Bell animated it, but it was done by musician/animator Chad VanGaalen all by himself. Much respect.

Awesome to see exactly what he was thinking when he wrote the lyrics, and it's fucking nuts.