Here’s a sneak preview of something terrible. Forget you even saw this.
Part of my year was spent doing character designs for a show for Disney XD. Every time I tell people that they freak out about the Disney part of that story, but there’s some pretty great design design stuff happening on that channel, and a lot of it is thanks to the guys at Titmouse Animation. Titmouse was who I dealt with, actually, and I never really had any direct involvement with anyone from Disney so my hands are clean of any mouse droppings.
Anyhow, my involvement was in designing the main cast and then I followed up with a ton of creature designs that I’m guessing would show up in a second season. Mostly I did conceptual work that looked somewhat less like the stuff of mine people are used to from ZIM, but the end result ended up being pushed more towards that familiar look. At some point I should post some of what I drew so you could see the differences.
My favorite thing about the finished product, however, is the fantastic title sequence directed by Kevin Dart and produced by Passion pictures. It’s way more it’s own thing, more of a hybrid of things that are clearly mine but in the hands of someone that’s just working their highly distinctive magic with it. When working with animators, there are times when I’m happiest seeing someone not just aping what they THINK is my style, when something unique and interesting results from them taking it a direction it’s not been seen in.
I had never met Kevin before, but I was a fan of his artwork, and the first thing I did after watching the show was email him to say thanks for his part in it. It’s still one of the best feelings designing some elements that then get handled by people who make it do shit you never imagined.
Holy shit! They said the day would never come but I didn’t believe them? Remember how I kept telling you I didn’t believe them and you thought I was crazy to have hope in my heart when everyone was giving up and laughing at me? Well who’s laughing now, buddy?
Noodlecon shirts are available for everyone now, and not just the people who bought them at the San Diego Comicon! I know! It’s impossible, right? WRONG! I can prove it to you! Just throw some money at Slave Labor Graphics and they’ll fire one at you, straight through your wall and into your face.
No, this is not a dream. This is really happening.
Oh my god, I can’t even keep talking about this. I’m going to go eat a bowl of these delicious shirts because wearing them isn’t enough. This shirt has to travel THROUGH me.
Every dollar you spend on these shirts goes straight to my pants. Okay, it goes to buying pants because I’m not wearing any pants and it’s not pretty.
These INVADERCON screen prints showed up earlier, delivered to me by a shadowy figure around midnight, the way most of my stuff shows up.
I designed these for the INVADERCON hootenanny happening this weekend, and after I sign them they’ll end up in the probably sticky hands of the 200 people whose hands were SO sticky that only these industrial strength, screen-printed hand-wipes could cut through the grime.
I’m pretty happy with how the things turned out, and the thick chipboard paper stock gives them some serious heft. Mama’s Sauce printing did a damn fine job on these.
Like I said, these aren’t so much for sale as already sold, but the owners are only flesh and blood, right? You get what I’m saying!
Kind of a late addition, but this one kind of surprised me as well. Just started drawing it yesterday and it just kept going, so it looks like I’ll have a few of these on hand at Comicon this weekend along with the previous Johnny headshot.
Actually had a lot of fun doing this, this being the first time I sincerely had a go at most of these guys in many years, figuring out how I’d draw them in modern times. The doughboy’s hats are probably the most noticeable, along with Psychodoughboy’s blue eyes. The doughboys were always drawn as pretty much the same person only with different skins, and that bothered me in retrospect since one is supposed to be more manic and the other depressive. Here, Psycho’s a bit more glum and Eff’s looking appropriately chipper. As for Eff, his mouth’s way more fun to draw now.
Look for it in your grocer’s freezer…or at the SLG Booth this weekend.