I started a caricature class on August 1st taught by the great Stephen Silver (designer on Kim Possible, Danny Phantom, Clerks) on the website www.schoolism.com! The class is terrific, and the one-on-one critiques are really helpful, I highly recommend this class, and the schoolism classes in general (I've signed up for the Bobby Chiu Digital Painting class in Sept as well). The caricature of me was done by Stephen at Comic-Con 2007 last month in San Diego, he did it in just a few minutes! ---Mike
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
This is a fantastic stuffed toy of my character, "The King of the Dogs," created and hand sewn by the fabulously talented Michelle Ritchie, and who graciously gave it to me as a gift! Check out her work here, you won't be disappointed!: http://alteredboxes.deviantart.com
He now hangs next to my computer and drawing desk, and brings me good fortune!Thanks again Michelle!
Friday, August 03, 2007
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
This year was as inspiring as ever!
I was lucky enough to meet Jeff Smith (in photo with me on the right), creator of Bone, and show him the cartoons I recently finished for Nickelodeon on my iPod ("Thom Cat" and "The Infinite Goliath"). I also got to see and show my cartoons to the fantastic Stan Sakai (creator of Usagi Yojimbo), Sergio Aragones (creator of Groo), Stephen Silver (character designer of Kim Possible, Danny Phantom, and Clerks), and Chris Sanders (Creator of Lilo and Stitch) who was selling one of the great buys at the con, a great vinyl figure of a Hula Girl with a black skull dress (that you can still get through his website, I believe)! We also took the time to go see Avenue Q. in downtown San Diego at the wonderful Spreckels Theatre, which was hilarious, if you have a chance you must see it! I ran into some good friends such as Melissa Wolfe (Director of Development at Cookie Jar Entertianment), Nickelodeon Executive Claudia Spinelli (who gave me some great advice), and Larry Huber (who I only saw for a split second as he was running into the con). It was great to meet Bill Presing, and be one of the lucky few who got one of his special edition books with a spectacular watercolor bookplate in it!