animation

Winsor McCay Illustrates Temperance — or Prohibition?, 1929

While strolling through a used-books store in Los Angeles over 20 years ago, I spied the dust-jacketed binding of a book with a familiar illustration style. Much to my delight, I’d found a little-known 1929 first edition volume published by the Hearst Company concerning Prohibition—and primarily illustrated by the brilliant comic-strip artist and animation...

The Comics of Eliza Frye: A Gateway to the Sequential Arts

A lady is murdered. She was a Parisian prostitute. We meet some people who knew her. A bloody butcher. A flower merchant. A client. A painter for whom she modeled. A few others. We attend her burial. The murderer is revealed, the story ends. With a minimum of dialogue, the dark, tense eroticism of...

As Albert Hurter Drew, He Pleased The Disney Artists Around Him

In 1948 Simon and Schuster published a book titled He Drew As He Pleased. It’s a tribute to Albert Hurter, an inspirational sketch artist who worked at the Walt Disney Studio from 1931 until his death in 1942. The book itself was planned and prepared by Hurter himself and as outlined in his will,...

Print in Motion Winner: Thumbtacks

Entry Title: Thumbtacks Design Firm: none (self) Client: Self-Promotion for thumbtacks Creative Director: Melissa Stammer Art Director: Melissa Stammer Voice over: Melissa Stammer Animator: Melissa Stammer Designer: Melissa Stammer Writer: Melissa Stammer Compositing: Melissa Stammer Instructor: Michele Wong Project description Hi, my name is Melissa Stammer and when I was in high school I...

Lunch Break Video: an Anti-Globalization Animation

Animations of real life chitchat have a rich – and even an Academy Award winning – history. John and Faith Hubley received Oscars for their cell painted Moonbird, a visualization of their kids’ playful fantasies, back in 1959, and for their 1962 The Hole, a transformation of a Dizzy Gillespie verbal improv riff. And Nick...

From A Frisky Bruce Lee to Stephen Colbert’s “Tek Jansen”

The Bruce Lee craze of the 1970s produced an endless array of merchandise in the hopes of cashing in on the world-renowned martial artist’s popularity – especially after his untimely death in 1973 at the age of 32. I’d been a fan of his since he’d played “Kato” in the old “Green Hornet” TV...

Le Parody 007

Title sequence designer Laurent Brett designed, animated and rendered in After Effects for the Michel Hazanavicius OSS 117, a 007 parody. Brett notes that the “references to Bass-Binder masters for this comedy-spy movie who take place in the 50′. Graphic idea came from a recurrent joke about JOKARI beach game which inspired me, lines,...

Long Beach Comic Con: My "7 Highlights" List

  These days, the so-called San Diego “Comic”-Con‘s main attraction is sugary TV and movie confectionery. But if you enjoy graphic novels and cartoons – and, well, scary stuff – you may have attended the recent Comic & Horror Con at Long Beach, CA’s Convention Center. While SDCC has been around for over 40...

Skyscraper Soars Over Brooklyn

Beth Morrison is  producing Croatian-born artist, Danijel Zezelj‘s large multi-media concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) from November 9-12.  Brooklyn Babylon has music by grammy-nominated composer, Darcy James Argue and his big band, Secret Society. The visual and narrative world/scene-stopper is created by Danijel who is up on scaffolding painting a 40-foot...

Under Cloudy Skies

The background of John Porcellino’s website, King-cat.net, is a Crayola-blue sky populated with fluffy white clouds. The comics artist’s digital wallpaper genially marries the aesthetics of nursery-school nostalgia to those of upbeat indie animation, but anyone familiar with Porcellino knows that he is no blue-sky artist. While his work can be charming, it is...