April 21 , 2002

I was reading the L.A. Times this morning and there was a pullout section for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. As I was browsing through it, I saw a one page Archie comic titled: Archie and His Friends Discover Happiness at the Los Angeles Festival of Books written by George Gladir and illustrated by Fernando Ruiz . Upon reading it, I was delighted to see that I was actually part of the comic! Yep, one of the panel had Aaron Mc Gruder and myself reviewing Chuck's portfolio!

April 11 , 2002

Once again, Bill Liebowitz, owner of Golden Apple Comics, asked me to sign at their booth for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. I will be there both Saturday and Sunday April 27 & 28 from 10AM to 5PM. The event will take place at the UCLA Campus in Westwood (W. L. A.).

Other guests who will be signing at the Golden Apple booth include: George "Archie/Sabrina The Teenage Witch" Gladir, Aron "Boondocks" McGruder, Kevin "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Eastman, Wendy "Elf Quest" Pini, Henry "Star Wars: Episode 2" Gilroy and a bunch of Simpsons artists and writers. Visit The Golden Apple site for all the details.

April 2 , 2002

Read the latest Zed review from Silver Bullet Comics Small Press.

April 1 , 2002

I finally wrapped up Zed: Volume One and A Search for Meaning: The Story of Rex (color edition). Copies should be available through this site by the end of May. Click here to check out the covers. I will be posting descriptions, as well as artworks, in the near future (when I get a minute!).

Now that this is out of the way, I'm going full gear on my Batman project for DC Comics. The 4-part story will be featured in Detective Comics. DC has litteraly given me carte blanche on the project (writing and art), so be prepared for one of the most offbeat Batman you've ever seen! Stay tuned for more updates...

March 22 , 2002

Here is a plug for yet another get-together I'll be attending:

The 4th Annual meeting of ANIMATION NATION

Monday, April 1, 2002 at the Pickwick Center in Burbank at 1:30 PM, animation artists, creative brethren and people of good will, will meet for the fourth consecutive year.

ANIMATION NATION founder Charles Zembillas says, "For those who are new to our groove, this is what it's all about. We come together as an excercise in power. We come together to demonstrate the influence of the collective animation community by leaving work at lunch and taking the rest of the day off. We come together to remind ourselves, this industry and the world of the value of who we are and what we do. We come together to share the love of the art that we all embrace. We come together to honor ourselves and those who've gone before. We form a Great Alliance. Union, Independent, American, Canadian, European, Australian, South American, Asian, African, young, old, 2D, 3D, traditional, experimental, hip and edgey, square and dated, limited or full. The international community becomes one. We do this on April 1 of every year. We create our own holiday. Why? Because the spirits of the ones who've gone before demand it. Because it's our duty. Because we want to. Because we can!" "Join the Revolution, brothers and sisters! On April 1, 2002, when you go to lunch, get away from the studios. Empty them out. Celebrate!"

MONDAY APRIL 1st PICKWICK CENTER 1001 Riverside Drive BURBANK, CA Doors open at 1:30 PM

FOR MORE DETAILS visit www.animationnation.com

Admission FREE!

March 21 , 2002

Hey folks, just wanted to pass this along. Amid Amidi is having a party to celebrate issue #8 of Animation Blast magazine. This issue actually features a short comic strip I did entitled "Hideous Pet Tricks". You can bet I'll be attending the festivities. Here are the details:

Animation Blast #8 Party & Screening

THURSDAY MARCH 28 - 7:00pm ASIFA-Hollywood's Animation Center 721 S. Victory Blvd. Burbank, CA

Admission: FREE

Animation Blast & ASIFA Hollywood proudly invite you to a special party and screening to celebrate the release of Animation Blast #8. Be the first in L.A. to get your hands on the latest BLAST, chock full of smashing artwork and on-the-level interviews. The screening will feature rare animated works from all of this issue's featured artists including:

Ed Benedict - Gary Baseman - Tim Bjorklund - Oscar Grillo - Teddy Newton - and more surprises...

Plus, we'll be giving away cool door prizes (for anybody who purchases an issue at the event). Prizes include a copy of Richard Williams' THE ANIMATOR'S SURVIVAL KIT, a complete set of ANIMATION BLAST (Issues #1-8), and three different prizes courtesy of the fabulous Michel Gagné: a copy of INSANELY TWISTED RABBITS, FRENZIED FAUNA: FROM A TO Z, and a complete set of his comic series ZED.

March 28 Schedule of Events: 7:00 pm > Eat and Chit Chat 7:30 pm > Film Screening Begins Post-screening > Prize drawings, More Chit Chat

So join us for what promises to be a rip-roarin' swash-bucklin' evening of animated merriment and frolics. If you have any questions, please feel free to email amid@animationblast.com or visit Animationblast.com and ASIFA-Hollywood.org.

March 19 , 2002

Here's a little preview of my latest book.

Zed: Volume One is 104 pages, printed on high quality heavy weight coated paper stock. It features issues #1 through #4 of my comic series Zed , an introduction by Brad Bird (director of The Iron Giant) and an early concepts sketch gallery. The price is $14.95 for the softcover and $18.95 for the hardcover. It will be available in comic store in September, but you will be able to order your copy from our website as early as May. Stay tuned!

March 08 , 2002

Read the latest Zed review from The Fourth Rail.


I just got word that my book Insanely Twisted Rabbits made the Bud Plant Comic Art bestseller list of 2001. It ranked no. 7 in the children's book / illustration category. Check out the full list here.

March 05 , 2002

I did a lecture at the Art institute of Southern California in Laguna Beach last night, and I had a great time. The school was very cool. There was artworks everywhere on the walls and sculptures on the outside. It looked like a very inspiring place to be a student.

The lecture lasted a couple of hours, as I went through the various facets of my art career. I brought a lot of visual materials, and the students seemed to dig it.

Mike Kunkel, creator of Herobear and the Kid as well as an animation teacher, was actually in the audience. We talked quite a bit about our respective ventures in self-publishing and also discussed doing some work for each other's comics (pin-ups exchange). To those of you who haven't seen Mike's wonderful comic series, go check out his website here.

March 01 , 2002

Check out my latest interview on Sequential Tart.