Friday, December 30, 2005
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
The real tickler is that he does stop-motion animation too... take a look at The Cheerful Cricket (you have to do a search at this site, keyword "cricket") Inspired by none other than Archy and Mehitabel by the crazed Don Marquis!
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Now I must return to my plushly appointed Screening Room and watch it again. Ta-ta!!
Wow. I got the best Xmas present ever from my pal Darryl - a gallery of terrified kids confronted with mall Santas that need their backgrounds checked more thoroughly. Wow. Merry holiday, all y'all!
Friday, December 23, 2005
Indonesian Art blog. Make a promise to explore the eye-popping sinuousness of this blog...
...and when you are next in Amsterdam, do yourself a favor and check out the Tropenmuseum. They say you never forget your first time with an Indonesian puppet, and my magic moment was at the Tropenmuseum. Acres of puppets, cartoons, and cultural flotsam and jetsam from the former Dutch colonies. Great way to spend a rainy afternoon!
Thursday, December 22, 2005
some suggestions from the audio galaxy.
1) Apostle of Hustle is some kind of side project from some of the dozens of beatniks in Broken Social Scene, and it is a sparkling gem of niceness.
2.) Akron/Family has the worst name ever, but very habit-forming slow-burning saunas of music to warm yourself in. Open the door and enter the steam.
3.) Do not believe people who tell you that Broadcast sounds like Stereolab. I don't know why people say that, because it's silly. Ignore them. Broadcast sounds like what cartoon characters hear, when they have been struck with a cinderblock on the forehead, and have stars rolling around their head.
I enjoy wide swaths of the dense collections known as Flight... but I hadn't checked out the website until today. It is actually a pretty lively blog, and I will be checking into it regularly. I like the look of the blog even more than the print collections, at least at first glance. The kids these days, they're alright. Go kids.
I love the German Candyland of Froodmat!! Go and lose yourself in his cornucopia of amazing technicolor images, and flickr your afternoon away!
Plus, check out his garden-of-earthy-delites blog. If you read German, all the better. If not, you will suffer greatly. As my friend Amit says, "Das ist leben. Mann musst immer Kampfen."
I know I will.
Monday, December 19, 2005
Saturday, December 17, 2005
Images and more info (not in Anglais though) at this Le Monde article.
I'm going to go for a walk now.
Also check out Santi Hurtado and Daniel Ruiz's The Awakening of Consciousness, which has some pretty funny sequences and Pixar-looking guys kicking each other.
For the millionth time, these links are shamelessly swiped from Fous D'Anim blog archives. I am digging through the rubbish behind other guys' blogs and putting the mildewed crumbs on a nice warm plate for your reading pleasure.
Your typical little-cloth-men-battling-robots scenario, but done with such cinematic flair and fluid animation! Holy smokes!
Pretty hard to tell from the trailer where 9 is going, but judging by the whacked-out humor of his short films, I'll bet it won't be a cliché ending.
If you have not seen this yet, please jet there post haste.
This cannot be a coincidence. Some art grunt at Fisher-Price circa 1965 was zoning out on lunch break with the Fantastic Four, and then returned from lunch and designed this sticker. And now my kids are playing with a Jack Kirby tractor. Which is marvelous.
Shout out to all y'all.
Help me out here!
(Kirby machine is from The Eternals #13, page 2. July, 1977. Marvel Comics Group.
New York, NY. All rights reserved, I'm sure. Please don't sue me.)
Thursday, December 15, 2005
is a forthcoming Polish animated film based on a classic Pan Tadeusz - the first half of the trailer looks transcendently lovely! The second half looks like somebody forgot to tell the art department that they had to put a trailer together by noon on Wednesday, or something. I recommend watching the first half a few times before bed.
Thanks, again, to Fous D'Anim archives.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
(Plus, it looks to me that the kid from Spaceship is the little guy from City of Lost Children? No?)
So... what has Caro been doing meanwhile?
Here is some idea of what Caro solo looks like... Boxing, a short CG film featuring none other than Dominique Pinon himself, finally attaining his true self as a bendy toy!!
Sunday, December 11, 2005
1) The Vampire Squid ( Vampyroteuthis infernalis )
2) The Goblin Shrimp ( Glyphocrangon sp. 7)
3.) The Giant Rattails ( Coryphaenoides rudis) which, like Das Brick himself, feature "... a special drum machine on their swim bladder that is used to attract females." Why, perhaps I am a Giant Rattail! That explains a lot.
These are all from the Norfanz Voyage site, which has so much crazy nonsense in such total scientific deadpan that I blow milk out my nose as if reading The Onion. Recommended!
Do not forget about http://www.squidblog.com/ either, you knob.
Sadly my 4-year-old daughter Ginny could not be in attendance to meet her hero Jen Corace, maker of the Dress Up Game (which Jen promises will be back online soon, link shall be forthcoming).
However, I was able to buy a Jen Corace tree ornament, and an adorable bunny from Maris Wicks (no web presence yet) for my 5-month-old, whose ears were being plugged by yours truly whilst the Christmas carols were deployed on Theremin by Jon Bernhardt... of the Lothars.
Also on view were Ann Smith's astounding robots made of broken electronics,
a blunderbuss made from a broken bicycle and clarinet by my homie Skunk (of SCUL fame) --- please click on the blunderbuss for a better look at this marvel!! ---
I also thought the tasty graphics of Dave Ortega needed some further exploration. Do check him out!
The bazaar has packed up and left town, panting readers, but you can now safely sally forth on the information highway and spend your allowance on these people.
My kids are great at sniffing out fakery, and their favorite animation is not of the CGI variety. They love PES. They beg for Betty Boop. They will do chores in exchange for old-school Gumby. I can't wait 'til daybreak, when I can tell them that the only Caucasian geniuses of New Orleans, namely Miss Pussycat and Quintron, have created puppet facsimiles worthy of the Art Clokey valhalla, and they can actually view snippets of these on our own computer. Go! and Watch!
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Landscapes of magnificent scanned mossy objects, with J. Otto Siebold nouns scampering on top, and immaculate psilocybin logic to the problem-solving.
Spoiler: when the woodpecker eats all the grubs, the squirrel will take his fingers out of his ears and play the drum-and-bass track on the phonograph that wakes up the owl.
I am going to go play it again.
Friday, December 09, 2005
Good tidings from fous d'anim! All people who see Michel Ocelot's Kirikou and the Sorceress agree that it is the most winsome, funny and cliche-busting naked-baby-versus-evil-witch film ever. The music is from Manu Dibango and Youssou N'Dour. The colors are by Crayola. I love it, and everybody I lend my copy to loves it. You can borrow it if you want. The great news is that the sequel, Kirikou et les Bêtes Sauvages, is just out! Erm, in France. Still... Huzzah! Get ready for more naked-baby-empowering cinema! I am so down.
I used to work at the help desk at a Harvard Square bookstore. There was a guy who would drop in every so often and pass me (or anyone at the desk) page after page of notebook paper crammed with scrawled lists of important people that were part of an enormous conspiracy to overthrow the government, or something like that. I was entrusted with this information because I was supposed to pass it on to the President. I would instead keep these lists in my apartment, because they were completely bonkers, and earnest, and were fun to study and try to figure out why the guy was free-associating, in his under-medicated way, from one name to another.
For a visual idea of this unusual mental delicacy, pull up a chair and dig into Strings by Pshaw and just hold on to your meds. Wow. Little bit Marc Bell, little bit paperrad, and completely off-the-mooring gonzo. Enjoy!
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Today I picked up Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed?, which proved to be a gateway to the snuggly world of the snuggly Liz Prince. The book is full of great, scribbly characters who kiss each other a lot and provide mirth to you. I hold it out to you as a stocking stuffer for anyone who loves somebody else. Or draws. Or is messy.
Friday, December 02, 2005
I know I've mentioned him before, but I was delighted to see Joann Sfar's latest, The Rabbi's Cat, displayed front-and-center in several Boston bookstores recently. As in, Barnes-and-Noble bookstore, not comic-book geek-ghetto bookstore. Whether this just means the bookstore employees dig it, or if Joe and Judy Public are actually buying this in mass quantities, I can't tell. Nice break, though, from the landslide of other books by Republicans who hate Democrats, and Democrats who hate Republicans! Go Joann go!!