I wonder who they’re gonna vote for?
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“Don’t be embarrassed. Especially if you write humor….We all have our kinks (I’ve got all their albums!), our weirdness, our neurosis and our strange ideas–God knows you could fill a city with mine–but most people are afraid to admit to them for fear of being laughed at. Well, you’re writing humor, so that’s the point?….My whole life I’ve hated conformity and everybody trying to act like everybody else. You know what? Act and write like who you are. Don’t be ashamed of yourself. Your wierdness is what makes you special. Share it. Embrace it. If someone doesn’t like it or is offended by it, then fuck them. Why would you want
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Fellow animator Lee Rubenstein came by last week with a little video camera, and now here I am on Youtube. The piece above is almost 8 minutes long (that’s close to infinity in animator time) so Lee also made a short (01:40) version for today’s on-the-go interweb entertainment audience:
Continue reading I didn’t even have to buy him lunch!
At a Platform Festival panel on intellectual property, I heard Rick Prelinger – filmmaker, founder of the Prelinger Archive and archive.org – warn animators against “internalizing the permission culture.” I’d never heard it phrased that way, but I can dig it. This morning I’ve been ruminating on this and other “enemies of creativity.” They are:
A new feature in which I recommend the work and websites of people who buy me dinner. Today’s entry: Roz Warren!
Back before the interwebs, we independent cartoonists struggled in obscurity, seldom finding the audiences who would most appreciate our work. That anyone saw marginal comics like Nina’s Adventures at all was due to the good graces and herculean efforts of small publishers – publishers like Roz Warren. Throughout the 90’s, Roz selflessly devoted herself to the cause of “getting it out there,” editing and publishing humor collections through her Laugh Lines Press. I hadn’t seen Roz in over a decade, which was far too long; but apparently we’re both still as
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I don’t like beer, and I don’t like to party, but I like Party With Beer:
Apparently some people were offended by “Heinrich Stämmler”‘s (I love how a Norwegian cartoon features German English) cartoon wee-wee. It’s part of Norges Televisjon‘s animated talk show project, which postulates TV talking heads don’t wear pants, since they’re (supposed to be) shot from the waist up, behind desks. Some Youtubers were so outraged by the flappin’ flaccidity, that Stämmler issued a video response:
Finally, NRK cleaned up their act with this Family-Friendly Version:
Some comments indicated “Party with Beer” is a parody of the band Scooter, which I’d never heard of, but after seeing their videos I have
Continue reading Maximum Boost to Norway!
The Platform Animation Festival was a big success, classy from start to finish. The Sita Sings the Blues work-in-progress screening went exceptionally well. The theater was beautiful, the projection system outstanding, and the audience was exceedingly kind and generous. I sampled some fine films, hung out with old friends and colleagues, and met some very cool people for the first time. And now I must get back to work!
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