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Early Unused Boss Prototype for Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
August 29th


When creating ITSP, a lot of our early prototypes ended up on the cutting floor, as you can see from our 2007 trailer ( This was one of my favorite prototype that got cut, and I wish we could have worked it out in the final game. Although the prototype played very smoothly, the video capture is a bit choppy, but unfortunately, that is all that remains from this.

My Toon Boom Harmony Review
August 20th

After finishing Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, I pretty much concluded that the time had come to start migrating away from Animo—a software I had been using to create animation since 1993. Not only, did I use it, I actually helped develop it. I even spent time in Cambridge, UK, working with the programming crew. I used Animo for Prelude to Eden, Sensology, The Iron Giant, Ratatouille and many more.

A few years ago, Cambridge Animation, who developed and supported Animo, went out of business. I still had my portable license of the software but knew that the end was coming. I didn't want to switch software during the production of Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, so I kept working with Animo for that project. When ITSP was completed, I devoted my time to finishing a 280-page graphic novel  (which will be coming out in the near future). And then, in early July, I was faced with deciding what to do next. I knew that this was the perfect time to face my animation software dilemma.


The Saga of Rex Promo
August 16th

My "Toon Boom" test, done single-handedly in 3 weeks while learning the software. I will have a thorough review in a few days.


Celtic Frost
August 7th, 2012

While doing development for Pixar's Brave, production designer, Steve Pilcher, asked me to create a series of short animation tests. These were usually done over Steve's own pre-production paintings or color keys. The assignment on this one was to animate frost magically covering the landscape using Celtic patterns. This particular test was all animated in Adobe Photoshop. Camera move and compositing were done in Animo.


Celtic Animals
July 28th, 2012

One of my assignments on Pixar's Brave, was to create a series of line drawings depicting various animals rendered in a celtic/pictish style. After doing some research, I came up with a whole menagerie. Although I didn't see any of these designs being used in the film, I was glad to see some of them being chosen for the Art of Brave book. Below you can see the line drawings next to the photographs that inspired them. More designs here.

Back From SDCC
July 17th, 2012

I'm back home from San Diego Comic-Con and I had a blast. A huge thank you to all my friends at Image Comics, Fantagraphics and Bolt City Productions, where I signed books and chatted with friends old and new. Here are a couple of pictures.

From left to right: Dave Roman, Me, Johane Matte, John Green and Raina Telgemeier having a hell of a time at the Boltcity Productions booth.

Signing at the Fantagraphics booth and chatting about comics with two Fez wearing chaps.

San Diego Comic-Con Signing Schedule
July 9th, 2012

Friday, July 13th

Image Comics, Booth 2729
4:00-6:00 PM

Saturday, July 14th
Bolt City Productions, Booth 2235
1:00-3:00 PM
Fantagraphics, Booth 1718
5:00-6:00 PM

Sunday, July 15th
Image Comics, Booth 2729
9:00-10:00 AM
Fantagraphics, Booth 1718
10:30-11:30 AM
Bolt City Productions, Booth 2235
2:00-4:00 PM

I will be signing "The Saga of Rex" for Image Comics, and "Young Romance: The Best of Simon & Kirby's Romance Comics" for Fantagraphics.

I'll have some other goodies with me but if you plan to visit and have a request for other items or books (see ordering page from my website) you'd like me to bring (and dedicate), send me an email ( before the end of Wednesday, 11th, and I'll do my best to bring it for you.

Hope to see you there!

ZED: A Cosmic Tale
July 3rd, 2012

I just wrapped up ZED: A Cosmic Tale, a 280-page graphic novel.

I self-published 10 issues of ZED in comic book form over the course of 11 years, and for the past five months, I’ve reworked, redrawn, re-scripted and expanded the whole series into a proper graphic-novel.

I sent the files today to digital print on demand service,, so that I could get a nice mock-up of the book to send Image Comics.

Image did a good job publishing The Saga of Rex and I’m hoping they will be publishing ZED: A Cosmic Tale as well.

Now that the graphic novel is completed, I feel a little bit like ZED, on the last page of the story (see below).

Xeko: Back From the Brink
June 14th, 2012

In early 2005, I met Amy Tucker at the Emerald City Comic-Con. She pitched an idea to me about a game where you would teach kids (and adults) about ecology and endangered species: a trading card game with a social conscience. The whole thing revolved around a made-up mythology called Xeko (pronounced zeekoh). I loved the concept and immediately decided to collaborate on the project.

Since that first meeting, I've designed many of the aspects of the game including setting a visual style, doing a huge number of illustrations for the cards (with additional art from Travis & Jordan Kotzebue, Edward Pun and a few others), as well as designing several of the games components (icons, borders, box and packaging elements, etc...).

A couple of years ago, Xeko fell into financial hardship and it seemed like the game was going to go the same way as the animals it was trying to bring attention to: extinction. But thanks to Amy's relentless determination, Xeko is about to be making a comeback in a new digital form. To help realize her dream of bringing back Xeko from the brink, Amy has launched a Kickstarter campaign. Follow this link to find out more about the project and the campaign to revive it.

I recently dug up some never published Xeko illustrations I did shortly before the financial turmoil and added them to my Xeko art page (top row). I also still have some original Starter Kits, Booster Packs left (scroll to the bottom), as well as an art book of my Xeko illustrations if anyone is interested.


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