If you like the cute, and let’s face it – if you’re reading Ellie, you must – then head over to see Katie Cook’s weekly comic Gronk. I just did some fan art for her and you can see that there too!
Here’s another website I thought had ended years ago, but when I checked it out today on a whim, I discovered that it had updated as recent as May. Boring 3D is a strange collection of computer generated images by graphic artist and animator Jimmy Maidens.
Each picture has a caption that might have something to do with what is going on in the scene, or might not. And while most stand on their own, others are part of a larger narrative.
I don’t know what it is I like about Maidens’ scenes. They all look as if they’ve been constructed from Play-Doh and then photographed like toys: up close with a short depth of field. The grass appears to be made of Koosh Balls. Dogs glow for no apparent reason. Clouds have the consistency of Scrubbing Bubbles. Maybe it’s all of these things along with the plain weirdness of it all.
Cartoonist Matt Feazell has been creating his comic strip, The Amazing Cynicalman, America’s Laid Off Superhero, since 1980. Now he’s in the process of finishing up a live action film of his comic creation! It has an all-star local cast, and even yours truly makes a couple of brief appearances. Plus it’s got the great Scott McCloud as the voice of Boardman. How cool is that?
Matt asked me to do some matte (Matt?) paintings for him, as well as an animated Powerpoint-like presentation that the evil Dr. Pweent screens to explain his dastardly plot. Here’s some screen grabs:
The first is looking up at Dr. Pweent’s lair. I constructed the model of the tower and added the smoke. Matt added the lettering on the side of the building.
This is one of the slides in the presentation with Dr. Pweent laughing maniacally.
Finally, here’s our heroes, Cynicalman, Lizard Girl, and that might be me standing in for Sean Bieri as Loan Shark!