Sunday, December 21, 2008

Blogger Lunch Assignment

I had lunch with some fellow animation bloggers. We had a good time and we left with the assignment of drawing ourselves as unicorns. --- Not my idea--- But you can thank them when you cough up vomit onto your keyboard.. I know I will :)

All joking aside, I had a really good time. It was nice to meet some people that I've known only via the web. This internet thing really is amazing. Who knew that a series of tubes could be so useful and cool. And speaking of useful and cool... BONUS!


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Wet Walls

My roof leaked.

Saturday, October 11, 2008


Hey everyone!

I just wanted to let everyone know that Maxwell Atom's latest project, "Underfist", will be airing on Cartoon Network tomorrow. I had the pleasure of working with Maxwell early on in the process in doing some rough designs and some little updates to some of the characters from Billy and Mandy. And even cooler than that, one of my animation heroes and great friends, Andy Suriano, got to work on top of some of my scribbles and actually make them look good!

Underfist airs Sunday October 12th at 7pm, and it caps off a Billy and Mandy Marathon that starts at 2pm. Underfist will re-air during the month of october, but as far as I know, this will be the only airing of the movie in widescreen.

Watch it twice!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Here's a little something I whipped up for Amanda's and my engagement party.

Oh, and we didn't win the Emmy. Our friends on Camp Lazlo won in our catagory. Congratulations guys!

gotta get back to work,

Thursday, July 17, 2008


Chowder is nominated for a Primetime Emmy!!

The particular episode is called Burple Nurples. It was written and boarded by Bill Reiss, under the all seeing eye of Carl Greenblatt. It was easily one of my favorite episodes to design. So I couldn't be more excited.

Download it HERE from iTunes. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll spend $1.99.

Wish us luck!


Monday, July 14, 2008

Look at what I got....

Totally awesome.

You're welcome.


... seriously though, it's the greatest piece of technology I've ever owned. In second place is the Wii (which, coincidentally, would also make a great illustration).

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Vote for "Peanut Butter and Graduation"

My good friend Greg Condon has a short up on Reel 13 right now. It's called "Peanut Butter and Graduation". The short with the highest votes will be broadcast on PBS this weekend.

Go watch the films.... and vote for Greg! Voting ends at 5pm eastern time. *UPDATE* Voting has ending. Thanks to everyone who voted!


Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Worm Nose

This was inspired by the work of Jon Vermilyea. He just updated his website. Go check it.

And the lady on the left feels a lot like one of my favorite characters from Rebecca Sugar's "Pug Davis" comic.


Saturday, June 14, 2008


It's official... I'm the luckiest guy in the world.


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Charlatan Ball out tomorrow!

Andy Suriano's new comic comes out tomorrow, June 11th. Go out to your local comic shop and buy 3! And if you enjoy the first issue, I think you're in for a treat because it gets even better.

Oh... and Hawaii was a blast. I've got some great and exciting news but it deserves a post of it's own.

cya soon,

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Saturday, April 19, 2008

The Neighbors

So I think I'm going to start playing with short comics that illustrate some of Amanda's and my adventures with suburban life.  I have a few ideas jotted down, and they're all based on true events.... so they probably won't actually be that funny or exciting.  But I think this will be a nice challenge for me.

Here's a situation that inspired me to actually put one down on (digital) paper.

Yeah, I guess I'm creepy... or haven't quite figured out the rules of the suburbs.  Sorry kids.

And yes, we adopted a dog.  But there's been some drama in the house with the cats.  So the future is totally up in the air.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Warm Ups 2

Sorry bout the gratuitous "winks".  I thought I was on to something...  but in the end, I wasn't.

And what's with that guy's hair?  Weird.. I think i was on the phone... I should've put the pen down.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Warm Ups 1

Here are some warm up drawings that I did before a freelance assignment.  I have some more that I'll probably post over the next few days.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Self Indulgent Post Lunchtime Scribble Nonsense

It's all pretty self indulgent... down to the signature. I've been thinking a lot about who I am as an artist and who I want to be. I've been trying to give myself small goals, most of which i don't meet. I'm totally bogged with freelance, so I can't really put the time into my personal work that I would like... but maybe I'm taking on the freelance because I'm just too terrified to really dive in to my own work and develop some of my own ideas. I don't know.... but I do feel like I'm about ready to just go for it... once I get all of this freelance finished.

I showed Jim this drawing and he said "You fill a page like water curling around rocks." Wow. I thought that was a great compliment, and it really describes how I feel when I'm scribbling out a page like this. It becomes a very soothing meditative process for me. I just let things happen and I go with them. What I find interesting about this process for me is that I'm not really thinking about any one big idea or image. The page just seems to grow organically. My dilemma is that I wish I could put the same type of loose energy and spontaneity into something that I've planned for myself, controlling the "flow of the water" around "rocks" that I've planned out. Or maybe I don't have to, maybe I should be happy that these images can just flow out. It's definitely a stress reliever for me.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Justin Wright

We received really sad news two nights ago about the passing of our friend Justin Wright. Justin is a very close friend of Amanda's and he will be missed.

Before I met Justin, I only knew him as Amanda's friend from Calarts that could compose novellas of text messages in record time and that he was working at Pixar and really really really loved it. We took a trip up to Pixar to see a bunch of friends, Justin being one. We were sitting in the Pixar cafeteria and Amanda smiled brightly as Justin approached to sit down with us. I looked over my shoulder looking for Justin, whom I had never met, and it was plain as day who he was. He approached us and had huge smile and was wearing a Pixar cap, Pixar jacket, Pixar sweatshirt, Pixar basketball sneakers with Pixar shoe lace clips. He did really love being there, and I couldn't help but smile.

And speaking of fashion, the last time I got to really speak to Justin was at Ant and Mich's wedding. Justin had chosen to wear his shoes sans socks. We discussed in quite a lot of detail the pros and cons of going sockless and we came to the conclusion that Justin was just that much more fashion forward than sock clad me.

Any way... Amanda is really the one who should be writing about Justin. They shared a closeness that only the best of friends can have. So the following is from Amanda.

For Justin,

It is so hard for me to put into words how much you
mean to me. Your excitement, energy, numerous artistic
talents and witty sense of humor are only a few of
many wonderful qualities that draws people to you, but
what I learned from you and admire most is the way you
care for those who are important to you. You are
someone who truly understands the meaning of
friendship, and you made that clear to me time after
time. You selflessly helped me through some of my
darkest times and somehow always knew when and how to
make me feel good when I needed it most. You even
lifted my spirits in simple e-mail just a few short
days ago and you probably didn't even know it.

Sometimes I felt like we could communicate without
even having to say a word. (Even though sometimes we
probably shared too many thru the world of text
messaging... haha) We shared a unique bond that only
a few might understand. You are probably the only person
that can make me so angry, yet make me laugh so
happily all in one given moment. I have loved to hate
you and loved to love you since the first time we met.
You have made a true mark on me and as my friend and I
don't know how to begin to show thanks for all the
amazing memories we created. You will always hold a
very special and distinct place in my heart. I love
you my friend, and will miss you here tremendously.


Monday, February 04, 2008

Report from the Trenches @ SVA Feb 21st

In just a few weeks I'll be sitting on a panel at the School of Visual Arts talking about working in Animation. I'll be joined by Rick Lacy, Albert Pardo, Mike Carlo, and Maudy Tuseth.

I'm sure we'll be talking a lot about our own experiences in and out of SVA. It should be a pretty good event. I don't think it's open to the public, but if you're reading this and are not an SVA student/ alumnus, I'm sure you could find more info about attending the event through SVA's office of career development, 212.592.2370.

By pure coincidence, David Levy has just posted an interesting op-ed about the differences between the NY animation industry and the LA industry. This has really made me think a lot about my experiences on both coasts and how I can communicate some of what I've learned at the discussion panel at SVA. It should be an interesting discussion.



I lost my voice in a matter of minutes and I woke up this morning with a sore throat. It was worth it.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Heading back to NYC...

I'll be heading back to New York for a week in late February. Myself and a bunch of the jokers I went to school with are going to be doing a "Report from the Trenches" panel at SVA. I'll post more details as the date gets a little closer.

I attached the following image to an email I sent a bunch of friends back east. I was trying to illustrate the joys of letting Amanda and I crash on a couch for a few days.

*Note* Greg is a real person that in the past has thwarted muggers with a bottle of Arizona iced tea, and during college he did wake me up nearly every weekend before going on his weekly breakfast bagel run.

Sorry about the gratuitous use of bg patterns. But I liked how this one emphasized my yelling. Thanks to the Animation Archive, which is where I grabbed the texture from.

Friday, January 11, 2008