Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Work

"Members of your family might say they are working hard all day long, while you are off at school or clarinet lessons, but the only way to know for sure is to follow them at a discreet distance." -Lemony Snicket

I seem to have done it again. I've over scheduled myself and all the kids, so I'm running in circles, meeting deadlines and coming up with brilliant titles for blog posts like "work"... Oh well, I promise to do better in the future.

Much of what I've been working on I can't share here until it's published elsewhere, but here are some things I can share.

This is from the short film I'm working on called "Final Resting Place" part of a project called "Unseen Horrors"
Here she's saying "What's that man doing over there?"



Now he says "I don't know let's go see." Yes,I know what you're thinking... It's like I'm really there!



These are the two most recent pages of "The Horribles"





Of course, I'm sure you all read my comic so you didn't need to see that ;)

Friday, June 25, 2010

A Grape Day For Dad!

Okay... sorry about that title there's just no good excuse.

For Father's Day we headed out to Grape Day Park in Escondido to see the park and the children's museum there. Well that was the plan. It was a poorly researched one, as, even though I checked the website, I for some reason failed to read it. Particularly the part about the museum being closed on Sundays!




The grape themed playground was a hit with the kids though.






Then we wandered about the park and into the Art Center....



This place turned out to be great!


This gym was one of many interactive exhibits.




We got in trouble for taking pictures but fortunately we managed to get some of the bookhouse!



I really don't get how they built this.






It's even wired with an overhead light!




In the end a great Father's Day outing. :)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

On wobbly ground....

By that I mean literally. California's trembling and therefore, so am I! On Monday night a vase smashed in our living room from a 5.9 earthquake and my kids are back to hiding under their desks at school. I just felt a little rumble a few minutes ago... so the aftershocks continue.

Speaking of aftershocks, the final results for Small Press Idol's Round #3 have finally posted. Our project, "The People That Melt in The Rain" placed in fourth- BELOW the line! Then today the judges posted their decision for a "Wild Card" project. They choose a project from below the line to enter the finals... AND THEY PICKED US! To see all the nice things they said about us you can click here!
Now it's a mad work schedule to meet our deadlines as California wiggles it's way into the ocean!

Monday, June 14, 2010

While the kids are away....

Last weekend we packed off all three girls to sleep away camp up in the mountains for three glorious days!

Phoebe and Naomi were painfully excited. Phoebe went camping with her Girl Scout troop once and with her class in Argentina, but this was her first summer camp experience. Naomi had never slept away from home before. Chloe has been to camp numerous times, and had a preteen meltdown that this was interfering with her belt test for Tai Kwon Do. Mike rescheduled her test ( that she's taking today), and we dragged her off to camp with her sisters.

So we had our first weekend together without kids in nearly twelve years. What we did is really none of your business, but the girls had a blast!

When we picked up the kids on Sunday, Phoebe's counselors couldn't stop talking about how amazing and smart she is. I grinned and nodded and realized later she'd been practicing her Spanish all weekend on a bunk mate.

Chloe's group was participating in a program called "Horse Sense" where they groom and talk to horses when there was an unfortunate outburst from the instructor, and the camp staff sided with the campers, causing an uncomfortable situation. The incident brought her bunk, "The Owls" , together like only adversity can, and they formed a tight knit group for the duration of camp. Afterwards, Chloe told me it was the best camp she'd ever been to and was happy we made her go.

Naomi had a wonderful time, but her group "The Rabbits" was the youngest of all. They were so excited to be at camp they independently woke up at 5 am the first morning and ran their very tired looking counselors ragged. She kept up with all the activities for the duration of camp, but when she saw us she was grumpy in that very scary way that only Naomi can be. After a long drive home she fell blissfully asleep around 3pm, and still managed to sleep through the night.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Friends and fans in the final days....

Well, we're in the last few days of Small Press Idol 2010 and "The People That Melt in The Rain" is still in third place, barely. This crazy contest has been quite a learning experience for us as we plea for votes each day and struggle to bring our work up to a higher standard. The contest itself has had it's share of drama like any good reality show. There's been accusations of cheating, spying and sneaking around, but also we've made some great friends, and acquired an incredible respect for our peers and the mad struggle to get noticed in this industry. I really look forward to meeting them in person. I have some art to share by members of other teams, created in honor of "The People That Melt in The Rain".


This is our character "Jason Waterman", by artist Danny Kelly, and colored by Cynthia Moyer. He's the artist on"The Curse of The Vessel", which is a powerhouse promoter in the contest, but more importantly a really good project worth taking a look at.



This was created to spoof us early on. Created by artist Dan Burke. Artist of the very funny comic "The B Team".  He's had a tough time this round, but his comic made me laugh, which is a lot harder than you'd believe. I took a comedy writing class in college, and let's just say it's been blocked out of my memory to keep me from hiding under the bed for the rest of my life.


This is the image Dan spoofed, from our comic "The People That Melt in The Rain".  And.... Well, I guess that's it. Oh yeah- don't forget to vote!
"People are willing to take these extraordinary chances to become writers, musicians, or painters, and because of them, we have a culture. If this ever stops, our culture will die, because most of our culture, in fact, has been created by people that got paid nothing for it--people like Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent Van Gogh or Mozart."-Kurt Vonnegut

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