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26701. “Rocko’s Modern Life” LIVE!

No, it’s not a kids stadium show with people in giant-head costumes on ice skates. The cast and crew of Nickelodeon’s classic series Rocko’s Modern Life are having a reunion and they want you to attend. Voice actors Carlos Alazraqui, Mr. Lawrence, Tom Kenny, Charlie Adler along with creator Joe Murray and couple of directors, Swampy Marsh, and Dan Povenmire will perform several episodes live and hold a panel discussion and a meet-the-cast autograph session.

This is happening Saturday morning October 6th at the Downtown Independent LA Theatre from 11am till 2PM. Tickets available here. Sounds very cool to me.


(Left to Right, above: Tom Kenny, Carlos Alazraqui and Mr. Lawrence behind the scenes, back in the day)


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26702. “Rocko’s Modern Life” LIVE!

No, it’s not a kids stadium show with people in giant-head costumes on ice skates. The cast and crew of Nickelodeon’s classic series Rocko’s Modern Life are having a reunion and they want you to attend. Voice actors Carlos Alazraqui, Mr. Lawrence, Tom Kenny, Charlie Adler along with creator Joe Murray and couple of directors, Swampy Marsh, and Dan Povenmire will perform several episodes live and hold a panel discussion and a meet-the-cast autograph session.

This is happening Saturday morning October 6th at the Downtown Independent LA Theatre from 11am till 2PM. Tickets available here. Sounds very cool to me.


(Left to Right, above: Tom Kenny, Carlos Alazraqui and Mr. Lawrence behind the scenes, back in the day)


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26703. Class Picture Day


Good morning class! 

It's class picture day today in Room 23. Everyone is dressed in their best pose, plaid, and pencils.  I have good back to school memories, do you? The morning air has a cool edge while you wait for the bus, the smell of new erasers overpowers your jitters over gym class. A shout-out to my sister, Anna, for whom the blonde was named! More children's fashion HERE.


Anna

Kenneth


Tila and her crazy pencils.

Benjamin

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26704. ISBN: 978-1-60699-623-2Available September 2012Diamond order...



ISBN: 978-1-60699-623-2
Available September 2012
Diamond order code: JUN121131
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BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA is a challenging and idiosyncratic book that describes its subject from a great, absurd, and comic distance. It’s closer to the kind of associative resonance of poetry than what you would expect of a book called BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, released just weeks before [the real] Obama’s attempt at a second term in office. It has very little to do with actual reality, and weirdly seems more real than it has any right to be. 

In their original online iteration, these strips seemed like funny, weird non sequiturs, beginning not long after Obama’s election in 2009. Presented here, all together in untouched, “at-size” scans from the sketchbook Weissman drew them in, they seem less humorous and more like the slow aggregation of a large portrait, maybe not of the man, but of the time the man is living in. Or maybe closer to the truth—because let’s face it, I don’t know—is that it’s a portrait of what a person like Obama “means,” the intensity of the history and anger and hope and cynicism surrounding one man and his band of plucky lieutenants. Many of the strips repeat his name, “BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA,” either as a title or as punctuation. As the story gets weirder and weirder, that metronome clicks along: BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA.

Is BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA meant to be a metaphor for the first—maybe only?—term of a president who, pinned with the hopes and enmities of an entire nation, is in fact a regular human who can crumble under pressure? Or a metaphor for the time that man lives in, a gross time, a time where nothing means anything that can’t be stripped away and spun over and over into any direction needed? Because the Obama of BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA is a man who seems increasingly sad, confused; not only bowing under pressure but sinking. A man who talks to ghosts, who becomes a giant parakeet and flies with his two hip children to a desert island, where he regresses to egg state.

It could be all these things and more: the pages are an amalgam of Weissman’s gestural, affably abstracted cartooning style and layers and layers of Zip-A-Tone, the old adhesive tone used by mid-century illustrators and cartoonists to simulate tones and gradations. Weissman definitely doesn’t hide the lines either—you can see the artist’s hand all over the book, tucking bits of meaning everywhere, whether it’s tone, adhesive tape to block out the “panels”, colored lettering, or swashes of marker on top of everything. Everything is layered with potential multiple meanings. Even the cover blurbs are absurd and meta, consisting of out-of-context quotes from Hulk Hogan, George W. Bush, and this one from Fox News: “[Barack Hussein] Obama is okay…”

Nothing is real, nothing is straight ahead in this book. What Obama’s presidency “meant” at the beginning of his term is much different than whatever it is now; much more complex, much more “real,” and also very very surreal. BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA manages to double this weird descent from giddy hopefulness to present-day miasma. I loved reading it; I love Steve Weissman and his work, but more importantly I loved how challenging it was, both during the reading of it, and especially now, trying to describe it. I hope the reader leafing through it in that bookstore will find it as pleasantly challenging.

(a longer, more image heavy version of this review is on my site)



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26705. Keep Studying

I bought this book, which is an anthology of international contemporary children's book illustration, to study what other people are getting up to.
I've been taking it out with me to lunch, taking notes on post-its and sticking them in. It's important to keep studying after college - studying properly, taking notes, thinking critically. Just buying and owning a book with great art in it doesn't magically make you a better artist.

Also: look, Fentiman's makes cherry cola now! So exciting.

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26706. I did some 3D gifs for MTV's Video Music Awards! Check out the MTV Video Music Awards 9/6/2012/ @ 8/7c

Check out MTV's Video Music Awards 9/6/2012 @ 8/7cmtv

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26707. Picture Book Illustration - Still Working Hard!


I have finished the two pieces of artwork I showed you last time, which were left half done on Friday afternoon. 
Sparky is enjoying tucking into Lucy's dinner (while she gets his dog food), when Mum calls out that it's Lucy's bath time. I am really pleased with this batch in particular. A big thanks to John for the suggestion of the yellow table, which really throws the other colours forwards.


Yesterday I finished a third piece from this part of the book, which actually comes before the other two: when Lucy looks at how much fun Sparky is having being her, suddenly realising she is going to have to remain as the dog forever! 


This morning I have been tracing up a new one to begin work on this afternoon: the final spread of the book (the rough has been slightly re-worked again since you last saw it, to help sort out the gutter position a little). 


I have to make yet another small change before the artwork though - my publisher is not keen on the chip being extracted from Sparky's nose.

Unfortunately though this is the last spread of the book, it is far from the final piece of artwork I have left to do. The pastel artwork will keep me busy for the rest of the month. No more days off in the sunshine for me! Best get on...

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26708. Bob Camp Interview

Visual effects shop The Mill has started posting monthly podcasts with various animation creatives – starting this week with director, producer and notorious Spumco big-shot, Bob Camp. Check out this Q&A between Bob and his friend, The Mill‘s Ross Scroble. Bob discusses how he got his start in the industry, how it’s evolved and why drawing is never going to go away. Good stuff here, worth a watch:


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26709. Following Grandfather Sneak Peek #4


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26710. jules and jimmy monahan.

©COPYRIGHT 2012. beedlebuggiebooks, ltd. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. an oldie...but you know...it doesn't get much more identical than EVIL TWINS. although i really think the kid with the eyepatch is apt to give that bespectacled bubbie's boy a biiit more trouble than his twin. happy urm...wed! (is it REALLY september already?)

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26711. Can You Answer “YES?” – Synopsis Questions

As many of you might know, our beloved Judy Blume was recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  She says she feels she is going to be okay, but she is scheduled to get a mastectomy, followed by breast reconstruction. You can read more details on Judy’s blog. http://www.judyblume.com/blog.php

I know everyone reading this blog will add Judy to their prayers.  Judy, we love you and truely hope all of this will be resolved soon and you back on your feet in short order.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself when reading a synopsis – Hint: Your answers should be YES.

  • Is there enough conflict to carry the story?
  • Are the main plot points included?
  • Was the ending reveal?
  • Were the character names capitalized when first introduced?
  • Does it avoid giving too much detail?
  • Are characters’ goals/motivations/conflicts clear?
  • Does the feel of the story (humorous, suspenseful, etc.) come through in the synopsis?
  • Did it get the above done in 1 single space page to 2 double space pages?

Tip from Chuck Sambuchino over at Writer’s Unboxed says, “Take more care and time if you’re writing genre fiction. Synopses are especially difficult to compose if you’re writing character-driven (i.e., literary) fiction, because they may not be a whole lot of plot in the book. Agents and editors understand this, and put little (or no) weight into a synopsis for literary or character-driven stories. However, if you’re writing genre fiction — specifically categories like romance, fantasy, thriller, mystery, horror or science fiction — agents will quickly want to look over your characters and plot points to make sure your book has a clear beginning, middle and end, as well as some unique aspects they haven’t seen before in a story. So if you’re getting ready to submit a genre story, don’t blow through your synopsis; it’s important.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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26712. PBS KIDS GO! story contest winners + 'Mo!

I recently joined a group of "celebrity" judges (including pals & neighbors Tony DiTerlizzi and Jarret Kroscoczka) to look at a slew of awesome stories written by kids from across the country for PBS KIDS. It was fun to read what kids come up with, although pretty tough to choose (which is the point and drawback of 'judging'). PBS KIDS has announced the national winners.  You can see the

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26713. Creatures and Critters 2

Coming later this month and shipping in October - Creatures and Critters 2


As soon as this collection ships out, I will hosting a give away. Can't wait to share this collection with  you.

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26714. The Sleepdog Show's Virtual Gallery!


I add to this throughout the fall, but everything is live and ready to go. Enjoy!

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26715. VMA Tumblr Art by Dain *********

VMA Tumblr Art by Dain *********: VMA Tumblr Art by Dain *********

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26716. ASIFA Screening of Surf's Up


Hey ASIFA members! You're invited to the screening of Surf's Up as part of Sony Pictures Animation's 10th Anniversary celebration. I'll be part of Q and A after the screening. Click here to go to ASIFA webpage.



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26717. Tutorial: Adding A Photo Background


I was playing with this image the other day and thought I'd make a little tutorial to show how easy it is to add a photo for the background. Sometimes you might not need much storytelling in the background but you also don't want a flat color. If you watch the video you will see that if you paint your foreground image as a silhouette you can easily try different photo backgrounds.

Oh - and the meaning behind the image is up to your interpretation but for me it was inspired by the fact that most of us have much more in common that we might outwardly think at first glance.




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26718. Death on the dance floor


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26719. Are you ready for some spookin'?





right around the creepy corner... stay tuned



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26720. BIG NEWS! LULA'S BREW now in PRINT!


LULA'S BREW will be available in early October, but you can pre-order your dedicated/signed copy NOW. Just call my local independent bookseller, Little Shop of Stories, at (404) 373-6300 ($17.99 + shipping/handling), and let them know to whom you'd like your book dedicated. I'll sign it and get it in the mail to you as soon as it arrives!
     Call for help! If you've been following my career, you know this book has been a long time coming. LULA'S BREW was one of the first children's picture book APPs available for the iPhone and later the iPad, and she did very well - over 10,000 downloads. As a result, I did a lot of speaking engagements on creating apps (and some very high-tech school visits). But for all those fans who wanted Lula in hardcover, I didn't have an answer... until now!
     LULA'S BREW has been picked up by Xist Publishing. They've been in the press lately for doing something nobody else is - turning apps and ebooks into printed books. But they're also a newer publishing house, so, I'm asking for your help to spread the word. If you enjoy my coloring pages - now's your chance to say a big 'ol thank you!
     Do you have a blog? Are you on facebook or twitter? Please CLICK HERE to grab sidebar widgets, banners, book cover images, etc. to share in your online community! If you're not active online, I also have a press release you can share with your local media, booksellers, libraries and schools.
     And of course, I have free Lula coloring pages as well as a word find puzzle, computer wallpaper, (CLICK HERE), and this great performance of the Stray Cats singing "Be-Bop-A-Lula" LIVE. If this doesn't get you fired up about my new book, I don't know what will!

     Thank you in advance for the love!



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26721. Soul of Rice

In Indonesia they think each grain of rice has a soul.
Casein paint and gouache. 21cm x 21cm. Click to enlarge.

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26722. Yingfan Chen

Some sweet characters by Taiwanese illustrator Yingfan Chen...
May I have a pet?
May I have a pet?
Talking to the bunny Puppet
May I have a pet?
May I have a pet?

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26723. The official debut of my new store…

Cute Gemini

After a short break in order to get everything organized, I would like to officially open my new store Little Fairytale Art at Etsy.  This store will be used to showcase a lighter side of my art, both in style and subjects.  Diana Levin Art at Etsy is still open, so no one worry, the dark versions of fairy tales shall continure.  The reason for opening the store is in order to diversify my portfolio more and expand my clientele base.

 

 

Siberian Husky

 

Little Fairytale Art will include my zodiac line, there are a few up right now and I will be expanding the line in the coming months.  I will be creating more animal art too, real ones such as the Husky and mythological ones such as Unicorns.  So as my artwork expands, shall so my business, and I thank everyone who supports me and allows me to follow my dreams of making art.

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26724. Drawing with My Nephew

I have a nephew with Down Syndrome, and I once sat beside him and drew pictures. 


I don't get to see him too often, but the last time I spent a few days with him, I showed him how to draw a building with windows and doors. He understood the idea right away.


Drawing unlocked something in him. Each morning, even before he had his breakfast or listened to his favorite music, he needed to draw a tall building and fill it up with windows.

I'm not sure exactly what drawing buildings meant to him because he couldn't verbalize it. But he reminded me of what a powerful experience it is to create a world on a piece of paper.

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26725. The official debut of my new store…

Cute Gemini

After a short break in order to get everything organized, I would like to officially open my new store Little Fairytale Art at Etsy.  This store will be used to showcase a lighter side of my art, both in style and subjects.  Diana Levin Art at Etsy is still open, so no one worry, the dark versions of fairy tales shall continure.  The reason for opening the store is in order to diversify my portfolio more and expand my clientele base.

 

 

Siberian Husky

 

Little Fairytale Art will include my zodiac line, there are a few up right now and I will be expanding the line in the coming months.  I will be creating more animal art too, real ones such as the Husky and mythological ones such as Unicorns.  So as my artwork expands, shall so my business, and I thank everyone who supports me and allows me to follow my dreams of making art.

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