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1. The Oral History of ‘Space Jam’: Part 2 – The Perils of New Tech

In Part 2 of our 20th anniversary oral history of Space Jam, the crew discuss tackling new techniques for 2D animation, and gearing up for the vfx.

The post The Oral History of ‘Space Jam’: Part 2 – The Perils of New Tech appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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2. ‘How to Recognize A Dystopia’ by Jeremiah Dickey

The genre of dystopia has captured the imaginations of artists and audiences alike for centuries, but why do we bother with all this pessimism?

The post ‘How to Recognize A Dystopia’ by Jeremiah Dickey appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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3. Fiona Robinson's ADA'S IDEAS

Guest Post by Fiona Robinson

      When writing I try to gather as many facts about about a situation or person, then I let my imagination go! For Ada’s Ideas, my first non fiction storybook, I had to do a lot of research. I read a lot, but then also took trips to places: the Silk Museums at Macclesfield, the Science Museum in London, and the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. It was fun but hard work!

For Ada’s Ideas my art process was as follows:
      With the art I wanted to try something new - 3 dimensional images, which I hoped would capture a little of the Victorian era, and the drama and theatricality of Ada’s life. This involved drawing out the images, then painting them with my favorite Japanese watercolors.
     I then cut out the images very carefully with a sharp blade. I used over 500 blades to produce all the cut images for the book!
     Once cut, I layered all the images for each spread to different heights using my son’s Lego bricks and glued them in place.

Heart art:
     I think what makes an illustration magical is imagination. Sometimes illustrations look good because they’re technically proficient. What I like to see and feel with my illustration is that I have poured my heart into it, that I’ve tried my best, and that I’ve created something that will draw readers in - that will connect with them somehow, make them think and feel wonder for the story.
     I first got into writing and illustrating children’s picture books about 10 years ago, though it’s something I wanted to do since I was about 6 years old!
     When I was young it made me so happy to listen to adults reading picture books. You had their undivided attention, and the picture books were made specifically for children, something primarily for us. Picture books can be many things to a child, but I think what drew me in most was how they seem to make sense of a complicated world. A picture book can not only tell a story, it can spark imagination, and be a friend.
     My favorite part of being a creator is that I spend a lot of time in my own world! Whilst it is a demanding job and not at all easy, it means I get to spend my hours being a child again, inhabiting a place where imagination roams free! I hope that with Ada’s Ideas, children and adults will get a sense that while hard study is good and a foundation for life, the most important thing is to have ideas, an imagination. With that you will soar!
Check out the book trailer on YouTube:

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4. PAPER GOODS - susse collection

Designer Susse Linton has a great little online shop selling her paper goods - such as these fun cactus cards. Susse has just added her Christmas designs to the store with lots of new Christmas cards and an A5 holiday activity book. The book contains patterned papers ready to make garlands, gift tags, etc. There is also a 2017 calendar featuring Susse's whimiscal illustrations. All available

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5. This Buck Piece for David Blaine is One of the Year’s Best Commercial Efforts

Pulling graphic influences from a variety of sources, Buck delivers one of the most imaginative advertising pieces of 2016.

The post This Buck Piece for David Blaine is One of the Year’s Best Commercial Efforts appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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6. STORE SNAPS - selfridges

I was in London on Friday to visit 'Bowie Collector' event at Sotheby's and popped into Selfridge's at the same time to see what was in store in greetings, stationery, and home. Here are some of the things that caught my eye and made me reach for my camera... Read the rest of this post

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7. STORE SNAPS - anthropologie

Whilst in Selfridges last Friday I found they had an Anthropologie concession so it was a nice chance to snap some of their latest products. Anthropologie have been working with an artist I really admire : Starla Michelle who creates the most beautifully colourful flowers and animals. Her artworks have been used on textiles, plates, wall art and an entire alphabet of pretty monogrammed mugs. I

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8. Amazon's Best Children's Books of the Year

Great news... Charles Darwin's Around-the-World Adventure is on Amazon's list of Best Children's Books of the Year for 2016 in the Nonfiction category!

(And, as always, it's available through your local independent bookseller!)

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9. throwback Thursday to one of my favorite drawings....

6x8 graphite on bristol
and my current WIP/commission.

let me start by saying i always consider any/every commission a blessing but when they are back to back really kind wonderful clients, well that just makes the "blessing" so much sweeter.

a couple of weeks ago the sweetest lady came to me wanting to completely redo her daughter's bedroom based on a few of my drawings (really?! this is really my life?! hashtag-blessed) and wanted this particular drawing turned into a painting because it looks smooch like her adorable little girl who happens to be a "budding artist" herself. i wound up selling her some prints and taking on this commission...painting her ginger haired, december born baby girl (ginger...winter...december...three of my favorite things....destiny, indeed). 

this is and always has been (and always will be) my philosophy...treat your customers like friends, make personal connections with them and they will come back to you time and time again. always staying true to myself...

"Nicole has been absolutely fantastic to work with! She is extremely responsive and has really worked with us to accommodate our special requests. The prints we ordered are absolutely beautiful! She shipped them out quickly and were packaged with great care. Nicole is an amazing artist! When you work with her you don't only get a quality product, you get great customer service. We look forward to working with her again!"

thank you, sara...for your kind words, becoming a "friend" and giving me a really good *excuse* to paint a ginger, winter loving little girl.


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10. Kids' Caldecott Club, Part 1

Kids' Caldecott Club is up and running!

In our first session, we talked about the Caldecott award, and about how the Caldecott committee works. We talked about layers, theme, and tone in story, and what we will look for as we hunt for the most distinguished picture books of 2016.

Here's one - Alan's Big Scary Teeth by Jarvis.
I asked the kids to tell me what kind of tone or mood they predicted it might have.

The Tree in the Courtyard by Jeff Gottesfeld, ill. by Peter McCarty
shows a different tone - historical, poignant.

The Night Gardener by the Fan Brothers
feels mysterious and intricate

Henry and Leo by Pamela Zagarienski
has a soft and ethereal mood.

We're starting with about 28 books this year because we only have so much time.
It would be lovely to absolutely roll in a roomful of books, but considering that we are working with after-school hours, 28 books is perfect. 

Our wonderful librarian Martha helped as we evaluated two books with our ballots this week.

First, we examined the cover, jacket flaps, endpapers, copyright page.
We looked for interesting notes about the making of the book.

Next, we "read" the pictures all through, page by page, without words.
We searched for themes, color, mood, point of view, excellent details.

Then, I read the book aloud.

We asked ourselves what the book was about.
We asked what else it was about.
We looked for details to support our ideas,
nuances in text and art, in layout, in font.
We asked ourselves if the text and illustrations wove well together, or clashed.

We asked if the book would appeal to kids, if kids would be excited about that book.

We filled out our ballots and put them in their matching envelopes.


Here are the books we examined this week:

We All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel
I'm utterly wowed by the mind-explosions They All Saw a Cat creates. 
I love the details our kids' committee noticed - 
like balance in layout, patterns in text that echo in the illustrations, 
exuberant differences in perspective throughout this book.

The Music in George's Head : George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue
by Suzanne Slade, illustrated by Stacy Innerst
Another wowzer!

Kids pointed out that the illustrations are done in browns and blues,
which seemed fitting considering that it's about Rhapsody in Blue.
They liked the playful hand lettering,
and the way the story begins, crescendos, and ends.
We listened to Rhapsody in Blue as we tidied up.
What a jazzy bright delight!

I love my library!

Stay tuned for updates as our Caldecott Club continues.
I'll post notes on our ballot and criteria next time.

If you're a local friend, you're welcome to join us!

We're meeting Thursdays 

at the Jefferson County Library in Port Hadlock

from 3:45-4:45 p.m.

See more info here.

Except on Thanksgiving.
That's reserved for the turkey eating club.

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11. ‘Little Prince’ Helmer Mark Osborne To Direct ‘Bone’ Adaptation

Mark Osborne, director of "The Little Prince" and "Kung Fu Panda," is now attached to comic book adaptation "Bone."

The post ‘Little Prince’ Helmer Mark Osborne To Direct ‘Bone’ Adaptation appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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12. Harts Pass No. 323

Perhaps a lot of similar sentiments this past week... but wolverines DON'T actually hibernate, so stay vigilant and keep the checks and balances of our government accountable!

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13. ‘Future! Taco! Meow!’ by Greg Gunn and Reza Rasoli

Ozzi, Max and Stew celebrate the birth of a new song, but at the peak of their excitement, Ozzi's ego starts getting out of hand…

The post ‘Future! Taco! Meow!’ by Greg Gunn and Reza Rasoli appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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14. CHRISTMAS 2016 - anthropologie

I know it is only November but as I had visited Anthropologie on Friday it seemed a good time to mention their Christmas selection. I loved the folky felted letters, which are part of an entire alphabet of tree or garland decorations. The core of their offering this year was mainly designed by Portland based company Quill & Fox and below I have picked out a selection of items spotted online at

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15. Report: DOK Leipzig, A Festival That Mixes Animation and Documentary Films

Cartoon Brew attends DOK Leipzig to look at how a festival mixes together animation and documentary filmmaking.

The post Report: DOK Leipzig, A Festival That Mixes Animation and Documentary Films appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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16. Steve Scott

Steve Scott

Steve Scott is a London-based illustrator who often tells multiple stories within a single illustration. Like an author writing a novel, he crafts details that enrich the themes of his narratives and reveal the purpose and motivation of each of his characters. He thoughtfully executes his dense compositions by utilizing only 3 or 4 colors at a time. The brightest colors highlight essential elements and guide the viewer’s eyes throughout the piece.

Steve Scott

Steve Scott

Steven Scott

Steve Scott


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17. Artist of the Day: Daria Tessler

Discover the art of Daria Tessler, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day.

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18. The Oral History of ‘Space Jam’: Part 1 – Launching the Movie

Space Jam is 20 years old! Our 3-part oral history begins with the troubled start to production, character designs, and how the basketball scenes were shot.

The post The Oral History of ‘Space Jam’: Part 1 – Launching the Movie appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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19. A World Of Pausabilities

Fun mail today!  My new book through Magination Press, "A World of Pausabilities", came today!  It is a great book by Frank Sileo about slowing down, reflecting, and being in the moment....something that I need to be reminded of myself.  This title will be available in February 2017. 

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20. Happy Birthday to Connie and Marta!

It's hard to believe we've been in Edinburgh long enough to be a part of annual traditions, but that's exactly what's happened! Our friends Connie and Marta celebrate their birthdays on the same day and Stan and I were lucky enough to be part of the festivities again this year. First we caught up with Connie at The Dome for her annual Birthday Bellini (after she had a lovely spa day).

The Dome is already beautifully decorated for Christmas so it was a festive kick-off to the evening. We then went to a Kurdish restaurant just off the Royal Mile for dinner. There we met up with Marta, Ash and Pedro.
On the way back down the mound, we were treated to an amazing fireworks display just under that caste. We joked it was for our friends' birthdays, but it turned out to be a celebration for Diwali. Crowds were stopped in clumps along the sidewalks to get a good view.

It was a beautiful evening, so we slowly meandered back to Stockbridge where a gorgeous cake awaited.
Connie and Marta made a wish and...
Magic things happen in Marta's dining room and it was so nice to be back there again. Time seems to stop when you're with good friends.
Happy birthday my lovelies and I hope we can help you celebrate many more!

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21. ILM Releases 3 New ‘Warcraft’ VFX Breakdown Featurettes

New videos from ILM break down its character, crowd, and hair vfx for "Warcraft."

The post ILM Releases 3 New ‘Warcraft’ VFX Breakdown Featurettes appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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22. Friday Links List - 18 November 2016

From PW: PRH Starts Student Loan Repayment Program

From BBC News: Top authors call for school libraries to be protected

From The Brown Bookshelf: A Declaration in Support of Children

From SLJ, Betsy Bird's Fuse #8: The Slush Pile Myth

From James Gurney: 72 Tips for Sharing Art on Social Media

From NPR: Colson Whitehead, Representative John Lewis Among National Book Award Winners

From The Guardian: Hundreds of US children's authors sign pledge to tackle racism and xenophobia

From Custom-Writing.org: 200 Powerful Words to Use Instead of "Good" (Infographic)

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23. Fox Animation and Tonko House Developing ‘The Dam Keeper’ Feature Film

The "Dam Keeper" universe keeps growing.

The post Fox Animation and Tonko House Developing ‘The Dam Keeper’ Feature Film appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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24. *New* Gingerbread Man Tutorial and Giveaway!

Hi Friends!
I just released my new Gingerbread Pancake video tutorial. It’s a fun way to kick of the Christmas season! Check it out here

It’s been on my heart for awhile now to give out Bibles through my pancake art ministry and I’m super happy to announce that I’m partnering with Faithgirlz today to make that dream a reality!! Yay!

Faithgirlz will be giving out 5 Bibles this Christmas season and all you need to do is enter below!

If your not familiar with Faithgirlz, it’s an awesome Christian company which pours into the lives of Tween age girls 9-12 years old by creating Bibles, devotionals, fictional stories and products for them.
My daughter and I have enjoyed reading together several of their fiction books. There’s a real need out there for faith filled fiction for this tween age and their company really fills this void in the marketplace.

I help teach a Tween Club at our church and so this age bracket is really close to my heart.

Isn’t this owl Bible for the giveaway sooooo adorable?!! As an added bonus, it has features written in it by Nancy Rue. We love her books! 

To enter, say “Yes” in the comments below. Please make sure you have a Blogger/YouTube/Google+ account or list your email in the comment so that I have a way to contact you. One entry per person. Be sure to read my giveaway guidelines. By entering, you agree to follow them. Blessings in Christ!
The giveaway will be between November 17th-December 2nd (and ends at midnight Central Time zone).

Thanks Faithgirlz for your generous blessing!

1. ENTRY:  The giveaway is being hosted by Jenni Price Pancake Art. No purchase necessary to enter or win. One entry per person. Contestants will enter by saying "Yes" in the comments.

2. ELIGIBILITY: This contest is open only to legal U.S. residents, over the age of 18. If you are under 18 and would like to enter, please have a parent or legal guardian enter for you. The giveaway is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.  Agreement to Rules: By participating, the Contestant (“You”) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and You represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of Jenni Price Pancake Art as final and binding as it relates to the content of this giveaway.

3. WINNER SELECTION:  Five random winners will be selected from the entries by a drawing under the supervision of Jenni Price Pancake Art. No cash or other prize substitution shall be permitted. The prize is nontransferable. No substitution of prize or request for the cash equivalent by Winner is permitted.  The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

4. PRIZES:  One Faithgirlz Bible per winner. Five Bibles will be given out total.

5. WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner will be notified within five (5) days following selection of Winner.  Jenni Price Pancake Art. shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 5 days from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and release as required, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate Winner selected. Zondervan will ship the Bibles on their own discretion.

6. NOT ENDORSED BY YouTube or Blogger: By participating in this contest, you acknowledge that this contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, YouTube and/or Blogger and release both from any and all liability arising from or related to this contest. The information you are providing for this contest is being provided to Jenni Price Pancake Art and not to YouTube and/or Blogger, and will be used to notify you if you have won.

7. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY By entering, You agree to release and hold harmless Jenni Price Pancake Art LLC. and it’s partners from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from: (i) such entrant’s participation in the giveaway and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof.

8. DISPUTES: THIS Giveaway IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF THE U.S. AND Missouri WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. As a condition of participating in this giveaway, participant agrees that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this giveaway, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in Missouri having jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances shall participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees. Participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

9. APPLICANTS MUST COMPLY with YouTube Community Guidelines and entries which don’t comply will be disqualified.

10: PRIVACY NOTICE All information collected will only be used to contact the winners and will not be used in any other form.

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25. Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 281 - 11.15.16

Accelerated rates of sea level rise go hand-in-hand with melting pack ice...

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