Friday, June 27, 2014

Giant Sloth Talks

I've been honored to be on two different podcasts on Boing Boing recently, discussing Giant Sloth (now in the last day of its campaign!), animation, and translating work for (and from) one medium to another.

First, take a listen to RiYL, hosted by Brian Heater. Recording in New York at MoCCA, Brian and I had a great discussion about film, comics and the communication between the two.

Then listen to Tell Me Something I Don't Know, hosted by Jim Rugg and Jasen Lex. We get pretty deep into discussing social media and how it impacts the way I make and consume art. Heavy duty, kids.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Kickstarter Love: Giant Sloth, Day 2

I really can't thank everyone enough for their support during day 1 of Giant Sloth's kickstarter campaign. We're at 40% of our goal heading into day 2. Wow. Just... wow!

And I was beyond flattered to learn the film was featured on Kickstarter's "Projects We Love" newsletter. (Right under Reading Rainbow, a show whose theme song I still hum on a weekly basis... I backed that campaign without a second thought).

Let's keep going! As we move forward, new rewards and goals will be announced, so keep spreading the word and keep voting for independent, weird animation!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Giant Sloth Animation Kickstarter

This has been in the works for some time, so I'm ecstatic to finally announce Giant Sloth the animated film I'm making with Paul Giamatti and an amazing cast and crew. Check out the campaign, back it, and spread the word.

And if you need the short code, it's:

Anything you do goes a long way to making this film happen. So please accept this, my preemptive mental high five.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Digital Drawing

If you missed it on Wednesday: this week on Forlorn TV, I'm taking a break from the usual animation to show how I rough out a character in Photoshop. I don't typically make process videos, nor do I typically draw superheroes... so naturally, here's a process video of me drawing a superhero.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Don the Pith: Prints for Sale

After moving to the east coast and shoveling out of a brutal winter, I've finally launched the prints section of the Forlorn Funnies store. You can now order a print of any of the portraits from Artists Authors Thinkers Directors (a list of all the portraits is here). Or you can purchase art that's popped up on walls in Comedy Bang! Bang! Or you can get a lumberjack punching a hydra. Because you can never have enough lumberjacks punching hydras.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

A Fitting Cheese for a Man Like You

If you missed it yesterday: Forlorn TV ep. 12 is live! Enjoy one last casserole.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Giant's Hair is a Slide: Awe-inspiring Playgrounds

There are playgrounds that still live in my head, and always will, because of their design.

It's a difficult balance to strike,... making the playground unique and fostering creativity and play, rather than simply acting out some predetermined story (this is a pirate ship! act like you're on a ship!).

I'm a big believer in letting kids write the story when it comes to playing (rather than spelling it all out, as a lot of toys do these days). And these ingeniously designed playgrounds do an amazing job of reframing reality, destroying scale and the everyday, so that they only suggest the beginning of something much larger (or smaller). Kids can create the rest.

I'm sure they're making powerful memories along the way.

Savant of the Subways

Last week I contributed a few illustrations to a piece on, all about subway geekery. Give it a read/look.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Spaces and Steeds

Episodes 10 and 11 of Forlorn TV took us to outer space and the island nation of Kua. This week we'll venture into... the exotic world of mass transit.

There Is No Bear: Muppet Camera Tests

The only rule in the world of The Muppets is they never address that they're puppets. Which makes the existential dialog in the first few minutes of these tests all the sweeter.

Also the bit where an actual cow almost licks Kermit.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sexual Entrepreneur

If you missed it earlier in the week, be sure to take a drive with the latest episode of Forlorn TV, featuring guest storyteller Joe McAdam.

Everyone who survived the 70s did it their own way. Some did it with cocaine, others with smooth jams. And others rented out their mangina to the highest bidder.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

MoCCA 2014

It's MoCCA time once again. If you're in New York or the surrounding area, stop by the Fantagraphics table and say hi. I'll be there signing on both days of the convention, with copies of Bygone and other odds and ends in tow.

The details:

MoCCA Arts Fest 2014
April 5th and 6th
69th Regiment Armory
Tables A20-23

Saturday Signing Schedule:
11am-1pm Dash Shaw & Kim Deitch
1-2pm Chuck Forsman & Paul Hornschemeier
2-3pm Robert Williams & Chuck Forsman & Paul Hornschemeier

3-4pm Joost Swarte & Justin Hall & Leslie Stein
4-6pm Jesse Reklaw & Julia Gfrörer

Sunday Signing Schedule:
11am-1pm Julia Gfrörer & Justin Hall
1-2pm Robert Williams & Chuck Forsman & Paul Hornschemeier
2-3pm Joost Swarte & Chuck Forsman & Paul Hornschemeier

3-4pm Leslie Stein & Kim Deitch & Jesse Reklaw
4-5pm Kim Deitch & Jesse Reklaw

Monday, March 31, 2014

Crucifix Coasters

Forlorn TV episode 8 is live! Sometimes you'll do just about anything for a free trip to an amusement park... including lying to God's face.

Many thanks to guest storyteller C.J. Toledano.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Aftermath Iron Man

After a day of being surrounded by far more superhero comics than usual, I felt obliged to post a rejected Iron Man cover.

Thanks to everybody who came out in the rain yesterday for the signing at HUB comics. It was a great time all around, thanks in no small part to store ringleader and pop culture encyclopedia Tim Finn.