Oct 31, 2014

Update 10-31-14

Greetings internet! Wouldn't ya' know it, im still alive! Doing science...
Though I haven't been doing MUCH lately, I have been doing something. Firstly, I gots myself a new Poll here on my website, you should check it out.
The question: "When do you think The Freaks of LampCord will be complete?"
That ones really more of a 'wait and see' type of poll, but its still a way to see what people's expectations are of you, and a way to test myself to see if I can work within a locked timeframe. With WtN I expected (originally) to be done in about a year, I was off... by a whole year... Anyway atleast now I have an idea of how long stopmotion films take for me to make. This knowledge is only really half beneficial to me since TFoL is going to be a "live action" film with very small amounts of stopmotion, maybe this means I could complete it sooner? Wait and see.

As of right now ive got 1 marionette completely finished and another one just needs to put some clothes on. Im thinking i'll be needing about 5 more marionettes to complete the "cast" of the film then I can move on to building the set. Singular.
In comic news, Intervals of Horrible Sanity Issue 1 is damn near complete, im just waitin on Dash's side-comic to fill the last 6 pages, then its off to print! Issue 2 is 100% written, planned and shaped out, and I have a few pages already finished.
When it comes to my first book project, NOTHING IS NORMAL, im a little bit slackin behind. Ive written a little bit more to it recently, gone over and revised the first parts, but the writing software im using doesn't do "pages" it counts it all as one really long page, and when you're writing for a book that becomes a bit of a challenge. So for now ive been jotting down ideas on paper but im holding off on the actual writing part until I can get something like Microsoft Word to help separate pages properly.
Also! I submitted a few pieces of writing-stuff to Klaus tehKurios' Uberector Magazine Issue 01! You should totally check it out cuz it features articles and comics both by and about some pretty great artists, writers, and filmmakers!

Oct 11, 2014

Why i havent started The Freaks of LampCord

The fun of creating films with Welcome to Normality was sort of ruined for me. By that I mean EVERYBODY ELSES BULLSHIT is a lot to deal with when you're trying to make YOUR OWN film.
I was really excited when I finally got to animate WtN for the first time and when I got to the computer and saw my first "final render shot", it was all so unreal and I finally felt like I had a purpose and all that good shit. So I tell my friends...
They get excited and EVERYBODY begs/tells me to put them in their movie, or to let them do a part in editing or whatever. This got me more excited, I thought "Hey these guys actually like it and want to be a part of it!".
But whenever it came time to actually work on it, everybody either flaked or tried to completely take over and become super queen divas. Sometimes people would come over saying they wanted to help with the film but then just fucked around for 3 hours wasting my time when I could have been animating. Others would get there and constantly shit-talk the animation and how I used 2D with stopmotion. When I first started WtN I would always be so excited to show my friends what new clip I had animated, and their constant nit-picking and overall lack of enthusiasm told me all the hype they were giving me was complete bullshit. 
It especially hurt when a couple people would say "This part isn't written right, the character shouldn't say this." or "Wouldn't it be better if-(insert bullshit here)".
I just think way too many people over step way too many boundaries with me, in both my real life and with the film. I wrote that script, I know it isn't the best shit the world has seen, but its me. Its mine and I worked my ass off to write it, why should it be changed?
Dash says it best when he says doing films with other people is like trying to herd cats. Its a crap responsibility, and where I tried to go big my first time around I got shit on every second of the way. Im generally a nice laid back guy so I shrug everybody off and don't even think about how disrespectful and full of shit most people are... until later. I let this shit bottle up and finally I snap and become super aggravated with the world and hide away in my little closet studio.
I suffer from severely stupid depression problems.
I never tell anyone cuz honestly, who cares? We all have depression problems. But it gets so bad and (my wife and two sons keep me from being an hero) I often find myself wondering "What would happen if I just jump out into traffic right now? How long til people noticed I was gone? Would the driver be more worried about me, or more worried about getting in trouble?"
Anyway... being fucked with when It comes to making my passion projects is a REALLY BIG depression trigger for me, and I came close to calling it quits on life several times within those past 2 years. Needless to say im not to eager to jump back on that train. I know its just mental shit I gotta work through but its still not something im really looking to do with arms wide open.
I think for now im just gonna keep the doors shut on my projects and just give the few people who give a damn a little visual log every month or so to show im still alive, other than that im just stickin to myself.

Sep 10, 2014

I has Fan Fiction

When i first started making Welcome to Normality, i never thought id really see people making fan art for it, to be honest i didnt really think people would even like. But the internet has proven me to be a clueless animator cuz this shit happened!

Mad Dashiell Johnson and the Weird Ass Austin crew put together a 45sec short for the 2014 Fantastic Fest. The bump is based on the first page of the backup comic Dash is writing based in my crazy ass Normality universe. This short is written, directed, art-ified, and voiced by Dash himself!
Also the multitalented Spooktergeist created this bawse fan art almost immediately after the release of WtN... cuz shit can get real and if you dont have a WtN fan art goin, you might get eaten by the fog bruh!

Aug 12, 2014

Welcome to Normality DVD available NOW!

Check it out here!
Also, try the super sexy exclusive edition clickety link, here!
NOTE: If your name was in the end credits of Welcome to Normality, expect a snazzy DVD all signed and scribbled on with stickers and junk in the mail some-time soon!

Aug 6, 2014

Welcome to Normality Exclusive Edition DVD

 Check it out here!
It took me just about 2 years to create my short film "Welcome to Normality", but before that I had done countless hours of thinking and sketching and writing scenes that eventually got deleted. All of these stray drawings and notes got thrown into this black binder. Now you can have it!
I plan on going on to do much bigger and better things in the future, if you had this, you could proudly claim you were there from the beginning. (hipster ^.^ )
The standard edition DVD wont be available for about a month, but this is here first!

What you get
-Signed DVD with secret easter egg inside!
-All kinds of sketches and pre-production artwork
-Signed super shiny script
-All the original storyboards
-Super awesome butterfly keychain
-Cheese, the actual giant worm puppet from the movie
-Other fun and mysterious chet!
Thanks for looking and stay gold.

Jul 31, 2014

My Future= Plastron Cafe

plastron  (ˈplæstrən)
— n
    the bony plate forming the ventral part of the shell of a tortoise or turtle

Starting December 1992 and ending July 1993, Plastron Cafe was a short lived comic from Mirage only lasting 4 issues. In the first issue there was a story called "Old Times", about the Ninja Turtle Donatello as an elder turtle. I don't really know why, but for some reason that story stuck with me emotionally and quickly became my very favorite comic story ever written.
Being intrigued by that story alone, i started to pay more attention to the comics themselves. I really loved how it seemed like the comic (as an idea) was like a hangout for all these great artists to just come together, create comics and show them to their fans.
Since i dont really know anybody else who does comics, (not to mention i only make 'em for fun) i can't really do the same... HOWEVER!

I can do this...
*click image to enlarge*

In the future i'd like to open up my own little "studio" where my friends and i could all just hang out and create films, animations, sculptures, comics... ART!!!
But i dont want it to be just a place for us to be total snobs about it! Its basically like a community art center where ANYBODY can come in and be given the materials needed to just CREATE and HAVE FUN! There would be no fuckin membership fees or any other stupid corporate shit like that... i dont think that creativity should have a price tag or monthly bill to deal with.
Now if you know me, you know i have this love (addiction) for coffee. So i plan on having the main entrance area resemble a diner/ coffee shop. It'll all be FREE ofcourse! I bring my own coffee or tea or whatever i feel like making, and people are more than welcome to bring their coffee, too, and make themselves a nice batch!
I've always loved how some people go to cafes to write on their projects or draw or whatever, so in the front, by the coffee bar, there will be stools and booths with tables for people who just want to come in and write or whatever while enjoying themselves with a nice hot cup to quiet the world.
Toward the back of the main area will be very large tables like you would see in an art classroom in a high school. This would be the general area where people would come in to create, basically whatever they want, (if i had the materials/tools to help them out of course!) paintings, sewing, drawing, whatever they can think of!
The walls would be decked out in paintings and murals and things posted up like community bulletin boards, canvases done by the comunity and, well, pretty much anything relevant that people want me to put up! I want the place, at first-glance, to look like a wicked gallery!
In the bathrooms, i'll have a rule where any kind of graffiti goes, as long as it doesn't have the basic R rated chet (nudity, excessive profanity, drugs, alcohol, you know... bad stuff). But yeah, i love going into public restrooms and seeing things written all over the place or stickers and cool street art stuff, so why not encourage it on my property, right?
Off to the left theres gonna be a large open area for community activities, like if anybody wants to rent the space out for  art shows, small indie film screenings, whatever artsy stuff they can think of! (and on my free days, it'll be used for something thuper thweet like a paintball war or somethin neat like that)
The back room and office area will be off limits to the public, and will be like my own little private film studio where i can go to work quietly on my films and whatnot while sippin on some DEATH WISH.
Building space/shape/design.
I plan on either
A.) getting an old warehouse or something huge like that and remodeling it to my custom design and going from there.
B.) building the place from scratch sayin "fuck it".
So yeah, thats my "end" goal! tell me if theres any cool ideas floatin in your head that you think i should/could include in the design or practice! i'd love to hear it!

(NOTE: As i've already said to people before about this idea... if you have any nay-saying to do, do it somewhere else. This is my dream and it is what i am going to do. No amount of bitching you have can stop me. I know the place isn't going to pay for itself, but from where im sitting, its not your fucking problem to worry about, so chill. I don't want people's money, i just want to create a space where all walks of people can come in, enjoy the atmosphere and create art. GREED is a very powerful weapon, good thing im a pacifist.)

Also in this issue!
Welcome to Normality

Jul 29, 2014

Gaming and Pizza

I've been totally busy with film and comic and general art stuff lately, so much that i hadn't really gamed in a while. I was feeling a lil down about abandoning my gaming friends so for a few days there i just played a shit ton of PS4.
Luckily i got this kick within the brief period that the Destiny BETA was available. I only really got to play it for about a day before it ended but i can assure you it is going to be well worth the $60 standard price. Theres SO MUCH you can do in that game, and im ashamed to say that all the footage i got from playing it was just screwing around with some strangers in the Tower hub...

(i recommend you check out other gameplay videos to get the true feeling of Destiny)
Another fun gaming moment happened just lastnight when my friend Josh came over, we were playing WATCH DOGS when we hacked a road sign and it said "NONE PIZZA LEFT BEEF". Usually when you hack a road sign it'll say something funny from popular internet memes... but we didn't know what this meant. Naturally we took to the internet...
We found that for some reason it has become popular to order "none pizza, left beef" from pizza places... so popular infact that Domino's has an option to order a pizza with NO SAUCE, and NO CHEESE, and just BEEF on the LEFT side. Why? No fucking clue... but we did it.
Just crust with hamburger on the left...

*Note the "URINE" tattoo on Josh's wrist. (you know, the one he got tattooed after Jimmy Urine autographed his wrist).
They actually called us just to make sure we didn't mis-order or something and we had to tell them, yeah we want none pizza left beef. This is why i can't do drugs, im already high on life (>O.o)>
Anywhich, yeah... just thought i'd let you in on some fun little adventures i had.

Jul 26, 2014

How i "Religions"...

Since im not a Christian or Catholic person I find myself biting my tongue every day so as not to offend anybody. if I ever say that im not a part of those 2 religions people automatically assume that I "worship the devil" and that im a terrible lost soul bound to get buttsecksd by dat devil tho. Im, I guess you could say... agnostic?
For the longest time growing up I bought into the whole God is watching crap and if you're good you'll get into heaven... yadda yadda yadda.
When I was about 14 I realized that it was all pretty much crap and the religion in itself was filled with so many holes and inconsistencies, and the only answer anybody had for me was "god works in mysterious ways. With that being said I dropped religion altogether and considered myself an atheist.
Over time my opinions slightly changed and as I grew up (both in maturity and in intelligence) and I sort of created my own "religion."
The reason I bring this up now is cuz Ive seen that A LOT of people seem to be sharing my same beliefs and like any missionary I feel I should atleast tell you what im selling.
I promise that my "religion" is 100% FREE, it wont take up your Sundays or Wednesdays, you don't have to pray to some imaginary friend before you eat or some bullshit.
I don't have a title for it since its a way of life and not a social club.
Essentially its a karma based lifestyle, like most other religions. I firmly believe in karma and being rewarded in life for not being a jackass.
Heres a bit of an example for the karmic justice system- You piss in your boss' coffee, you get fired. You make the coffee the best you can and show up to work with a positive attitude, you get a raise/promotion/positivity in the workspace.
See what I mean? If you're a dick, people will naturally be a dick back to you... theres no point in ruining peoples days, honestly, what benefit do you get from being an unlikeable person?
So that's the first point for the lifestyle.
*Just try to be a good person, you'll feel better about yourself while making the world around you pleasant as fuck, too.
Most religions have a ritual that its peeps have to put up with, fuck that shit, so check that off the list.
Moving on to the idol and creation, most religions are all like, lets suck this ever-present dick and maybe he'll love us. Pathetic.
I don't believe this crap simply because theres no proof in ANY religion to show that everything and everyone the worship even exists. Not even people who say they believe in science can say they have proof, they rely on "the big bang" to pin their creation on... that's just a theory.
Personally when it comes to "who created life and why?" I simply say, "why does it matter?"
I see no point in wasting your time worrying about shit that will have no effect on you if you ever figured it out. So to me the meaning of life, is to live. Just don't worry about it, live your life, be happy, and do something productive.
One thing that you can always depend on existing is you! That's right, You! Pat yourself on the back you existing sumbiatch!
There is no bearded old man or six armed blue lady or anything in the sky controlling you or the world around you.. the key word here is YOU!!! You take control of what you do every day, how you live your life and what you do with it. Going back to the karma thing, it isn't a gods fault that your car broke down, its your fault for not getting it checked up on regularly! Its SOOO EASY for the religious types to blame their bad times on someone else cuz it takes the weight off their shoulders, and you know what, that is simply "whatever". If that's what they gotta do to get through their days, more power to them, but they suck as humans and until they learn to take responsibility for their own actions, I give no respects.
Afterlife, the way I see it, what happens to you when you die is either you get skullfucked by maggots or burned to dust in a furnace. HOWEVAH! I believe your mind still stays intact and goes on to wherever you choose. I like to think that when you die your mind basically does what it does when you dream. The concept of "heaven" and "hell" is supported aswell. For example, if you go to bed scared or angry, you're bound to have a negative or bad dream. But if you go to bed having yourself a good day and you're thinking positively and no worries or anything cloud your mind, you're bound to have some crazy awesome dreams. I think the same goes with when your body dies. If you die scared or angry and full of regrets in life, sorry but you're gonna have a nightmare, that's on you bud. And same goes the other way around too.
It all goes back to the karma... treat others the way you'd want to be treated, it turns out pretty sweat!

Jul 6, 2014


So I managed to get at least a rough version of Chapter 1 PART 1 for NOTHING IS NORMAL. This part sums up the first 7 years of my life pretty accurately. Tell me if you like the style or if you have any questions or comments id love to hear em! (promise the whole thing isn't this down, theres some pretty happy stuff in my life too later on)


We're taking an open-minded journey through time to a pocket in my childhood. The path is muddied as its been traveled before. The air is salty and the people are stale, overdone on one side and medium rare on the opposite. They simmer in the leftover barrels of toxic revolt from the decade previous.

Among the rotting rows of empty clothes is a hopeless mother sitting confidently on the seat of a bus. The destination marker reads "NOWHERE, CALIFORNIA". To her right, uncomfortably squirming in hopes of finally getting to go, is her chubby cheeked mistake. We'll call him Tim.

There are brother and sister Tims as well, but I can't see them. They've migrated to live happily (for the time being) with their fathers. Of course I couldn't understand this, I had never had one myself. I was always told that a Mom and Dad are traditional... I guess I've been avoiding traditions since I was born in that case. The god-figure to my left holds me close as more nightmare clowns climb the three steps and the doors slide shut. She isn't the best mom in the world but at times like this she ranks pretty high. We never had all the best things or lived in the safest neighborhoods, but she tried no matter what.

Soon the bus to nowhere would end its run and we'd make our nest. So was the yearly pilgrimage. As I am a child, I pay no attention to my ever-changing bedroom. The wallpaper was flowery yesterday. Now its hardwood panels. Tomorrow it will be greenish gray... Next week it wont even be my room. The sister Tim is back (we'll call her Des), and so is her father.
A sickening smell has crept into my nose and plastered itself onto the walls of my eyes. All I see is a panoramic view of bruising and violent yelling. My god-figure has abandoned me. None of the nests feel like home anymore, the wallpaper seems an infinite loop of beige ribbon. The couch extends itself, grasping for life it twists into a lump of brutality and cigarette smoke. When the moon rises I hide in my cave where I'm safe...

Seven years pass. The phone rings.
I find myself looking down thousands of feet at the map. The outlines moving lazily to the left as I pass overhead, I'm weightless. Sleep. Multi-colored crayon in hand, I watch my feet as they take me from my seat to the rounded door. Am I in the desert? Not yet, just one more hallway. The strategically placed corner pounds my heart with suspense, butterflies turn to dragonflies. The angled shadow of light slides down my face, the corner has been defeated and the reward awaits.
I have a dad.

Jul 5, 2014

Update 7-5-14

Oliver says i cant have the camera back until i put WtN up on YouTube so heres another blog for the masses.
- (minimums) -

I've been occupying myself with this short film project im doin for Klaus tehKurios, ive just got one more character who's lines/ trenchcoat need recording... then i can do a final edit, put in the original bg music that i totally made all by myself.... i was playing around with the keyboard and thought it sounded pretty bawse so i recorded that. Then i gotta animate the intro for it, and do finishing touches. Wrap it in a bow and deliver it to Klaus' dropB! Hows that for a slice of fried gold!?
A note on my book "NOTHING IS NORMAL".
As i believe i originally stated, it was intended to be like a sketchbook/ dream journal/ random chet type book. Well.... i changed my mind. In-fact ive decided to make it basically an "autobiography" type book... 3 dots are the chet!
If you look back, i wrote a blog post titled "My only friend, The End". (title inspired by The Doors) Well the first bit of that post is how the entire book shall be written as i find that style to be FUCKING BUFF! I absolutely adore writing stories completely in metaphor, its what makes life fun. If you dont know what i mean, just read the post. The first bit is the "story" and the second bit is whats REALLY going on in plain english.
Also when i say "autobiography" i mean it. Shit gets personal... and very far fetched too. I plan to keep it in a way where you're reading it going "Theres no fucking way Tim escaped a dragon!" when what im really implying is that there was this person with horrible breath who i
successfully evaded at a grocery store or something. So expect that sometime after WtN and maybe IoHS #1 are released!
Speaking of Intervals of Horrible Sanity!
I've done a couple more pages, i'd have more but im really focusing on this short for Klaus right meow. Anyway, my good amigo Mad Dashiell Johnson finished the artwork he did for the cover of Issue #1.
It looks so damn cool, too!

In addition to that, Dash has also been allotted a 6-page slot in the back of all 5 issues where he will be telling a classic "Meanwhile" story about the comic's main character Aleister DeChant. I'm thuper ecthited about whats gonna happen in the future with these comics. ^_^
ATTENTION: I will also have about 2-4 bonus blank pages in each comic.. this can easily be filled up with friendly Ad-Space! SO! if you have a super bawse project you'd like me to advertise in my comic, hit me up! i would LOVE to have some badashtray images advertising my friends films/comics/music/games/whatever! Best part is it wont cost you a damn thing! Thats right! FREE ADVERTISING MufHuggas! If youre interested contact me and i'll send you an image template so you know how big the pic should be and where the cutoff safe zones are!
Anyway, just thought id share all that business with you, my loyal screen-lookers!

Jun 3, 2014

Update 6-3-14

Welcome to Normality's stats:
SCENEs 1-10, 12 DONE but need music.
SCENE 11 DONE 100%
In slightly related news, i put together a little behind teh scenes video for WtN about the sets and how certain special effects were done up.
WtN: Behind the Scenes (Sets and FX)

Along with that snazzy new video, Klaus tehKurios has asked me to do a little side film project for him that im pretty excited about, not sure how much i should say about it, SO I WONT!!!
I also added my Oyashiro Canvas Paintings back into my little shop, cuz rolo. So if you missed your chance to catch-'em-all last time, they're back! Without a vengance!

I would have posted another visual log for all of this but Oliver hid the damn camera from me... AGAIN.

May 15, 2014

Finishing up WtN- mixed feelings

As of right now Welcome to Normality sits here-
SCENES 1-10 Done but need music.
SCENE 11 Done 100%
SCENE 12 is just storyboarded and ive recorded the first 3 shots of 44. That's about 3 and a half pages of storyboards.
CURRENT RUN-TIME (without SCENE 12) 2190sec or 36.5min
I plan to animate the rest of SCENE 12 in the fantastic world of 2D. I'll be drawing the frames in ballpoint pen on paper then scanning and repeating. Normally I'd be like "Fuck that" but the last scene doesn't have a background and it only focuses on 2 characters (one of which doesn't really move) so it shouldn't be TOO challenging to do. I estimate this will take me 2 maybe 3 days to complete.
After that its up to M dot with the music and believe me I am not rushing him. Dude put out a I am Nightmare, an album, is starting up his own online school, did several little experimental videogame projects AND is still kind enough to help a scarecrow out!
Anywhich... as I near the completion of my nearly 2 year long project ive noticed im getting a lot of mixed feelings about it all. I'm excited cuz I get to finally show the world and I can say "Hey fuckas! I did it, suck it France!" ...but then ofcourse theres that irritating and ever-present self loathing that starts to creep in too. Yay, its almost done... however its not a FEATURE film like I had planned, it took me this long just to create a "moderate-at-best" animated short film, and other things start to weigh into the funk.
And then theres this OTHER funk I find myself flirting with. Its not a angst fueled sadness, but more of a genuine depression. I guess the only thing I could compare it to in order to get my point across is to say that I feel like the mom and dad that chase their toddlers school bus down in the morning just because its hard to let go, even though its still here. I dunno, its weird... I know im still gonna be "art busy" with my comics and my next film, but it just seems weird to look a month or so into the future and NOT see me working on WtN in anyway. Life goes on I suppose...

May 2, 2014

My only friend, The End

A child is created and loved for minutes upon minutes by its creator. Passion and pride sparkle in the darkness as the lens flare rounds to the other end, the light strikes into the child's eye and an empty black spills out. Abandoned, the child waits for its creator to return, a month passes, it seems the creator has found himself an old flame... the previously dampened passion and pride now roar with intense ferocity over this growing monster.
The child remains patient, waiting. The creator thrashes violently in the night as sleep continues to allude him. Something pulls his strings into the dark, the old flame now burns deeply in his heart spreading with every molten pump.
Negativity and pessimism pulsate around the creator as he continues to neglect the child he once held tightly in his arms. The rekindled flame can feel a mind's eye jolting from the child and back, envy morphs its way into depression... Depression creeps into the child and mocks the creator, judging every step, every motion until finally the creator falls.
The creatures of fear and loathing tear away at the scarecrow until all that remains is a tiny blackened heart, barely beating. The spark has faded and the roaring fires strangled by doubt and self pity. Atop a shelf, the child sits still patiently waiting for the creator to return...
Dust collects and settles as the orphan's eyes close for the last time. The heart of the scarecrow crusts and molds as the lights are dimmed and the curtains close.
Dont start something as an artist unless you have every intention of finishing it. No matter how dissapointed in yourself you may feel, or how difficult the task ahead may be... you still have an obligation to yourself. If you leave your creation abandoned for too long the fire will go out and it will eat away at you from the inside out until you die, taking your art and whatever it could have become with you.
Why not make a legacy instead of excuses?
Also in this issue!
Visual Log 050214

Mar 30, 2014

Adventures in March 2014!

This month was surprisingly big for me. I'd like to give you a little rundown of why it was awesome for me, then tell you how it was even more awesome for one of my friends.
So my ninja ass kicked itself into gear and i animated 3 minutes of WtN! Holy chet! I started a comedy/mystery/horror reality series called OLIVER and got a bunch of episodes pre-recorded already plus like 20 more already planned out...
I jumped onto 2 other film projects by 2 greatly talented CG animator friends (Lance, Klaus). Got assigned characters and recorded my heart out!
Invested in a new business (big kid stuff) with my friend Dash... plus we talked about the possibility of joining forces on an OTHER side project.
I also added 3 NEW T-Shirt designs in my shirts shop so you should totally check those out!
And just yesterday i made a trip out-of-state for the first time in 10 years and enjoyed the sweet, sweet taste of... Jack in the Box. Ya gotta' understand... the closest one is an hour and a half away and in another state. I've been trapped in this town for the past 10 years with no means of escape.. til now!!!! Muwahahahhahaa..... but seriously i ate like 11 tacos and then some... fat heaven ^.^
BUT WAIT theres more! I (again yesterday) got inFamous Second Son and played the crap out of that til about 12:30 lastnight, then got up at 6:00, went to work, recorded my lines for Klaus' new film and began to type this!
Josh's Day Off
My friend Josh (Voice of Charles in WtN) made a Jimmy Urine, circa " if " cover, hand puppet way back when we were in highschool...
Just the other day he went to an MSI concert and decided it was time to let go of his little Jimmy and he threw the puppet on stage... Jimmy picked the puppet up and set it aside.
Some time later he takes the puppet again and begins to sing and dance all sensual like with the puppet for quite some time... before shoving Josh's puppet down his pants ^.^

Not too long after that he managed to get Jimmy to sign his name on his wrist... a big fat " URINE " was stretched across Josh's wrist in the most Walt Disney-ish looking handwriting ive ever seen. Josh immediately traveled to a tattoo place and got that signature forever inked into his wrist.
As awesome as that is, Josh still has URINE on his wrist...
Also in this issue...
Visual Log 033014

Mar 27, 2014

A book from me? Maybe? We'll see...

I've got this little hardcover sketchbook ive been messin around with, I made the covers all nice and fancy and I even started to draw a comic inside, too.
The comic is called "The Sleepwalking Insomniac: A Welcome to Normality COMIC"
Its pretty much a comic version of the first scene of my movie.
(I have a sad face im gonna mention in a minute so don't get too happy)
Anywhich, I was thinking about taking it further and writing stories, drawing pictures and even doing a couple "dream journal" type entries into the book aswell. Pretty much making it the perfect Variety Book to help others to try and understand what goes on in my head. As of now the book is called (appropriately) "NOTHING IS NORMAL".
I plan on (once I fill up all dem pages) scanning it and releasing it to the wild green internet for to get read and looked at and whatnot. So look out for that once WtN is out and all 5 issues of IoHS have been released aswell.
(now its time for the sad face)
I am now 80% sure that WtN isn't going to turn out to be a "feature length" film. rather a pretty long "short" film.  :/
That really bums me out... im at about 27 minutes now and ive only got 3.5 scenes left to go out of 12 and I suddenly realized that 60min is way off.
Boo hoo poor me, I know... Im still gonna release it the same way I had planned and junk but now a chunk of pride is gone.

Mar 1, 2014

"Example of the Mind"?

When I talk of my main projects I like to call them "examples of the mind" rather than a comic or a film or whatever. Simply because they are not JUST those material things, if I didn't go out and VISUALIZE those stories and ideas they wouldn't cease to exist, I still have all the stories and ideas projecting vividly inside my mind. There is no beginning and there sure as hell isn't going to be an end to this "madness". (unless I die, which wont happen cuz im like 12 levels higher than you)
But yeah, the world my characters and stories happen to occupy isn't a literal world even in the imaginary universe that is my mind. ALL OF DIS CHET ams whats is a metaphor.
All the characters and events represent different ideas and different points of view.
The characters I have represented as scarecrows symbolize the adult mindset. They are our responsibilities, fears, ideals, you know pretty much anything that comes to play upon maturity. The scarecrows go out, do their 9-5 hanging out on their posts and lead a boring ass life doing what they are made to do and lacking independent thought.
The bird type characters symbolize a childs mindset. Much like the real world birds, my birds are free, (oh snap, like an actual child too!) they come and go as they please with no worries or responsibilities, to them anything is possible and there is no problem that cant be fixed with a little imagination.
Then what happens?
A child grows up for one reason or another, something tragic could happen and they suddenly see the ugliness that is the "real" world... or maybe they just realized over time that their mindset has changed and they no longer think of things the way they used to.
This is represented by the scarecrows moving in and taking over a once bird populated area. New rules are enforced and like a childs sense of wonder, the birds are forced to hide in the dark and left to be forgotten. As a child becomes an adult they may look back at certain ideas they once had and maybe thought very highly of those ideas... but now all they see is impracticality and something that just wasn't as great as their child-self had remembered. This is shown by (in my world) over time the birds who are forced to hide away in caves, they start to mutate and become horrific, barely recognizable anymore.
Now that ive said this little tid-bit, maybe the actions that take place in my projects will make some sort of sense to you. I will say though, that that is NOT what happens in WtN, what happens then you'll just have to figure out for yourself, atleast now you're familiar with the "mythology" that is NORMALITY.