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Carlos, is that you?

August 28th, 2008

I was ‘following’ on my tumblr dashboard and was about to reblog this image when I spied our friend Carlos Ramos peeking out of the upper left corner. Wassup with that?

Print it out.

June 3rd, 2008

Big OBAMA Hope

Elliot Cowan.

April 29th, 2008


Elliot Cowan came by the other day to show us his storyboard for a funny short called “Snake.”

We met Elliot through his membership on Channel Frederator RAW late last year. We featured his cartoons in Episodes 86 & 106 and in our & “48 Frames…” contest, we’ve hung out at the New York Drinking and Drawing’s, and he gave us a nice, thoughtful, Christmas present.

Thanks to Elliot for kind permission to post some of his storyboard.

Ed Ludvigsen & Brian Belanger

April 22nd, 2008

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Ed Ludvigsen & Brian Belanger came by on Friday to introduce themselves. Ed’s an art director for an online agency in Westchester, New York, and Brian’s a comic book artist and writer in Manchester, New Hampshire. They pitched us their project Skullduggery.

Thanks to Brian for kind permission to post his artwork.

The (modern) Cartoonist’s Credo.

April 16th, 2008

Cartoonist's Credo

Leave it to idea man/writer/comedian David Burd to perfectly rewrite Wally Wood’s “Cartoonist’s Credo” for the modern world the same day I posted it.

David Burd, Wally Wood, and the Cartoonist’s Credo

April 16th, 2008

Cartoonist's Credo
For reasons I can’t remember, during a conversation the other day with Dan Meth I mentioned a card my old friend idea man/writer/comedian David Burd used to hand out (when he was working on MTV networks IDs for us in the 80s) called “The Cartoonist’s Credo.” I couldn’t remember the exact wording but it seemed applicable to our conversation.

I emailed David and he wanted me to make sure to give credit where credit is due to the originator, Mad’s Wally Wood, and that I should link to www.impko.com. And he sent me a pile of the cards too! Thanks David.

“What can you say about Ralph?”

April 6th, 2008

The Complete Ralph Bakshi

There’s always someone who blows up the conventional wisdom and then the world is never the same. Ralph Bakshi is the one in animation, and we can all thank him every day.

Jon M. Gibson and Chris McDonnell have written Unfiltered: The Complete Ralph Bakshi and filled it with insights and tons of art that will remind a lot of people why they thought it would be cool to be in the cartoon business, suggest to others why they wonder why they got in, and introduce everyone else to the person some of us always describe by “What can you say about Ralph?”

I should add I was thrilled Jon & Chris mentioned the couple of shorts of we did with Ralph in the 90s at Hanna-Barbera. It was an honor he chose to work with our then experimental program (I guess it’s in keeping with the man) and helped introduce our wacky idea to the world. Thanks Ralph.

Steve Rude: Artist in Motion

March 15th, 2008

Steve Rude

If ever a book title caught its subject well, it’s Artist in Motion, by the incredible Steve Rude. I was lucky enough to spend some time on projects with Steve back in the day (I was trying to develop Mike Baron & Steve’s Nexus as an animated feature film at Hanna-Barbera) and never have I been with an artist more dedicated to the forward trajectory of his art, and all art that he loves and respects. You’ll get a great sense of that enthusisam in this art book, which surveys 20 years of his career in comics and painting. Steve’s one of those rare artists that’s worth listening to as well as looking at, so don’t just skip by the text. You’ll get a chance to learn some of what he taught me.

Space Opera, Act One

You’ll be able to catch Steve in person at this year’s major comic cons, including New York in April.

A monsterously wonderful book.

March 6th, 2008


We really like monsters here at Frederator, so imagine our delight when the monsterously smart Sarah Szalavitz introduced us to the monsterously cool Daily Monster by Stefan G. Bucher. And then we found out he was publishing a monsterously (OK, I’ll stop now) cool book of his monsters.

Stefan filmed himself for 100 days drawing 100 monsters. The book has them all with 257 stories and all the videos on a DVD. Buy it now, you won’t be sorry.

Large Obama.

February 22nd, 2008

Big OBAMA Hope

People who don’t support Obama wish they did once they see this wonderful poster by Shepard Fairey. They’ve been coveting this poster since it’s limited edition of 600 sold out within hours from Fairey’s Obey Giant site. Yesterday a friend asked me if I could help him land one, and I insisted there was a large size file somewhere on the internet to make a copy. Wrong!

So, with the help of my colleague Scott Moschella and Vector Magic I made a somewhat funky, slightly smaller file, fit for full poster reproduction. Enjoy, no matter who you support.