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September 30th, 2007

Continuing the Sagas

Finding time to do my annual chapter of The Saga of Rex and ZED is always a bit of a challenge.

Looking at my schedule recently, I realized that my deadline for Flight 5 (which will feature the next chapter of Rex: "The Broken Path") is November 14th. At first I panicked, due mostly to the fact that this particular chapter is the longest yet at an estimated 36-38 pages. I also felt overwhelmed by all the other projects I'm currently doing.

Inspired by all the hard working "Flight artists" who have full time jobs and manage to get their stories done somehow, I buckled up and got to work. This morning, I'm happy to announce that I just completed page 21 and I'm on course to be done on time. Cool!

Here's a sample page of "The Broken Path".

Check out the official Flight website.

September 22nd, 2007

Outlaw Social Zombies

Mollie Kaye, who wrote the wonderful new libretto for The Specter's Bride, asked me if I could do a zombie rendition of the opening act, a band called Outlaw Social. She sent me the picture below:

...and this is what I sent back to her:

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September 16th, 2007

Production Design for The Spectre's Bride

Those close to me know that one of my long time dreams has been to design sets for a live opera or classical ballet.

Imagine my surprise when I was contacted by Simon Capet, artistic director of the Victoria Philharmonic Choir, this past June. He asked me if I'd be interested in designing a live shadow puppet theatrical presentation of Dvorak's epic masterpiece, "The Spectre's Bride". It didn't take long for me to agree to the proposal!

This is going to be an amazing show folks! 80+ singers, a 65-piece orchestra and a spectacular shadow puppet show designed by yours truly and perfomed under the supervision of award-winning puppeteer Tim Gosley from Jim Henson's fame.

This incredible event will take place on October 30th and 31st at the University of Victoria’s Farquhar theater in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Mark your calendars.

See the official press release here.

Check out some of the scenery and shadow puppet designs I created for the show.

For tickets and additional information, visit www.spectresbride.com.

September 11th, 2007

Flight Volume 3 wins Harvey Award.

Flight Volume 3 (which features a 32-page chapter of The Saga of Rex) was presented with the Harvey Award for “Best Anthology” at this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con. Congratulations to all the contributors of Flight 3 and a big thank-you to everyone that voted for us!
(via Flight)

September 10th, 2007

"Call of the Wild" is a finalist!

I recently got an email letting me know that one of my "Insanely Twisted Shadow Puppets" interstitial, "Call of the Wild", has been selected as a finalist in The Best in SW Conference. This came as a surprise since I did not submit the short and had no knowledge of its submission until recently. Oh well, I'm not complaining! Here's part of the email:



"Call of the Wild" has been selected as a finalist in the 2007 Best in the SW : : Flash Animation & Motion Graphics Awards.

Two awards will be given in this category 1) People's Choice Award: Online Favorite and 2) People's Choice Award: Best of Show. Nominees are encouraged to invite colleagues, friends, and family to rate their entry. At 12:00 AM (midnight - MDT / GMT -6) September 12, 2007 the polls will close. The entry with the highest rating will be deemed the winner! Feel free to display your "Finalist Web Badge" on your website and link to your entry on the Best in the SW Festival site.


Now do your part and cast your vote!

September 9th, 2007

XEKO: Indonesia has launched!

As many of you know, I've been involved with the Xeko trading card game since 2005. My work consists of setting up the visual style, doing the main card illustrations, designing visual components for the Xeko website, etc. For this new set, called Mission: Indonesia, I created lots of new illustrations that I hope you will enjoy. I added a bunch to my Xeko page so check it out.

September 8th, 2007

Shadow Planet Website Redesigned

September 6th, 2007

Prelude To Eden and Insanely Twisted Shadow Puppets on GameTrailers.com

Thanks to the folks at GameTrailers.com, I now have excellent streaming versions of Prelude to Eden and Insanely Twisted Shadow Puppets on my website and it won't kill my bandwidth.

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