FLASHBACK FRIDAY 13 - SODA POP COUGH DROP DRAWINGS
First off, I just wanted to say thanks so much to all of you who took the time to watch my short film Soda Pop Cough Drop last week. Seriously, quite a few of you commented on it, so you must have at least watched some of it, which is awesome. Thanks so much!
Anyway, I was digging around on my hard drive this morning and found these drawings. I can’t really remember why I drew them, I think I was probably just bored and figured they’d make pretty good cartoon characters. 
In the picture above Space Boy can be seen cannonballing into his dad’s backyard swimming pool. Shark Boy is not pleased as he’s trying to get some laps in before adult swim. I’m not really sure what Soda Pop and Cough Drop are doing, I guess maybe they’re the lifeguards. Also, I’m not sure what’s up with the pink tornado, but I quite like it.

Hmm, it looks like after that annoying cannonball Shark Boy decided to challenge Space Boy to a boxing match. After seven rounds they both look like they’re doing pretty good. Barrington makes an appearance in this one, he’s got his money riding on Space Boy.

After Space Boy lost the boxing match he fell on hard times, put on a few pounds, and started caddying for Barrington. Shark Boy quit his job at Applebee’s just so that he could follow them in his golf cart and yell insults about Space Boy’s weight gain. 

Soda Pop arrests Shark Boy for driving golf carts while under the influence of one too many Pop Tarts. During the interrogation she gets grumpy when Cough Drop, her superior, offers Shark Boy a blender full of hungry goldfish to help digest the Pop Tarts (apparently this one wasn’t even worth coloring).
Anyway, if you’d like to see the live action version of Soda Pop Cough Drop just CLICK HERE. Also, I apologize for posting this edition of Flashback Friday on a Saturday. I’d like to blame my laziness on the impending rapture, but really, if I want to be honest myself, it’s Vicki’s fault. She’s always like “Hey man, let’s go eat some mini-cupcakes”, “Hey man, let’s go pet some baby hedgehogs”, “Hey man, let’s go watch some baby hedgehogs eat some mini-cupcakes”.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY 13 - SODA POP COUGH DROP DRAWINGS

First off, I just wanted to say thanks so much to all of you who took the time to watch my short film Soda Pop Cough Drop last week. Seriously, quite a few of you commented on it, so you must have at least watched some of it, which is awesome. Thanks so much!

Anyway, I was digging around on my hard drive this morning and found these drawings. I can’t really remember why I drew them, I think I was probably just bored and figured they’d make pretty good cartoon characters. 

In the picture above Space Boy can be seen cannonballing into his dad’s backyard swimming pool. Shark Boy is not pleased as he’s trying to get some laps in before adult swim. I’m not really sure what Soda Pop and Cough Drop are doing, I guess maybe they’re the lifeguards. Also, I’m not sure what’s up with the pink tornado, but I quite like it.

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Hmm, it looks like after that annoying cannonball Shark Boy decided to challenge Space Boy to a boxing match. After seven rounds they both look like they’re doing pretty good. Barrington makes an appearance in this one, he’s got his money riding on Space Boy.

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After Space Boy lost the boxing match he fell on hard times, put on a few pounds, and started caddying for Barrington. Shark Boy quit his job at Applebee’s just so that he could follow them in his golf cart and yell insults about Space Boy’s weight gain. 

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Soda Pop arrests Shark Boy for driving golf carts while under the influence of one too many Pop Tarts. During the interrogation she gets grumpy when Cough Drop, her superior, offers Shark Boy a blender full of hungry goldfish to help digest the Pop Tarts (apparently this one wasn’t even worth coloring).

Anyway, if you’d like to see the live action version of Soda Pop Cough Drop just CLICK HERE. Also, I apologize for posting this edition of Flashback Friday on a Saturday. I’d like to blame my laziness on the impending rapture, but really, if I want to be honest myself, it’s Vicki’s fault. She’s always like “Hey man, let’s go eat some mini-cupcakes”, “Hey man, let’s go pet some baby hedgehogs”, “Hey man, let’s go watch some baby hedgehogs eat some mini-cupcakes”.

HIGH FIVES AND HUGS
High fives and hugs to all you nice folks who left me birthday messages this past weekend. Thank you!
As a token of my appreciation I thought I’d draw you all a cute little Space Furball as a “thank you” card of sorts. In retrospect I probably should have made the furball smile and written a nice thank you message somewhere. I’m sorry, it could’ve been much better.
Anyway, in my dream world I’d love to start a furball comic strip or cartoon, but that’s probably not gonna happen. Rather, it’s just gonna get added to the infinite list of creative things I want to do before I die that will never happen because of real life* keepin’ me down. Bummer! Thanks a lot real life, thanks a lot for keepin’ me down and crushing my dreams!
And finally, I had been planning on posting beautiful wet photos of all my new fish, but I can’t because I didn’t freakin’ get any! Instead I got three bags of a special type of gravel that should allow me to grow live plants in my fish tank. So stay tuned, in the next few weeks I’ll hopefully be posting some exciting photos documenting the beginnings of a living and breathing aquatic ecosystem… in my apartment! I’m gonna have aquatic grass, I’m gonna have aquatic moss, I’m gonna have snails, I’m gonna have shrimp, I’m gonna have fish, I’m gonna be broke, it’s gonna be awesome!
*By “real life” I do not, I repeat DO NOT, mean Vicki.

HIGH FIVES AND HUGS

High fives and hugs to all you nice folks who left me birthday messages this past weekend. Thank you!

As a token of my appreciation I thought I’d draw you all a cute little Space Furball as a “thank you” card of sorts. In retrospect I probably should have made the furball smile and written a nice thank you message somewhere. I’m sorry, it could’ve been much better.

Anyway, in my dream world I’d love to start a furball comic strip or cartoon, but that’s probably not gonna happen. Rather, it’s just gonna get added to the infinite list of creative things I want to do before I die that will never happen because of real life* keepin’ me down. Bummer! Thanks a lot real life, thanks a lot for keepin’ me down and crushing my dreams!

And finally, I had been planning on posting beautiful wet photos of all my new fish, but I can’t because I didn’t freakin’ get any! Instead I got three bags of a special type of gravel that should allow me to grow live plants in my fish tank. So stay tuned, in the next few weeks I’ll hopefully be posting some exciting photos documenting the beginnings of a living and breathing aquatic ecosystem… in my apartment! I’m gonna have aquatic grass, I’m gonna have aquatic moss, I’m gonna have snails, I’m gonna have shrimp, I’m gonna have fish, I’m gonna be broke, it’s gonna be awesome!

*By “real life” I do not, I repeat DO NOT, mean Vicki.

GREAT MOMENTS IN PHOTOSHOP EXCELLENCE 04: “BEHIND THE SCENES OF A MEDIOCRE ANIMATED GIF”
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the animated couch jumping GIF that I posted here yesterday. 
I’m not sure why, but the behind-the-scenes of my stuff always seems to be more interesting than my actual stuff. I’m not sure how I feel about that. It’s definitely not a good thing, but I’m not so sure it’s a bad thing either. Regardless, it’s definitely some sort of thing. Actually, I just made up my mind, it’s definitely a bad thing. Damn, that sucks.

GREAT MOMENTS IN PHOTOSHOP EXCELLENCE 04: “BEHIND THE SCENES OF A MEDIOCRE ANIMATED GIF”

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the animated couch jumping GIF that I posted here yesterday. 

I’m not sure why, but the behind-the-scenes of my stuff always seems to be more interesting than my actual stuff. I’m not sure how I feel about that. It’s definitely not a good thing, but I’m not so sure it’s a bad thing either. Regardless, it’s definitely some sort of thing. Actually, I just made up my mind, it’s definitely a bad thing. Damn, that sucks.

GREAT MOMENTS IN PHOTOSHOP EXCELLENCE 03 - “BLINKING JAPANESE PHONE BOOTH”
Question: Do I regret wasting twenty-seven consecutive hours creating this animated GIF in photoshop?
Answer: No way, it’s sooooooooo awesome.
Question: Do I regret missing Vicki’s 30th birthday bowling party to create this GIF?
Answer: No comment.
Question: Does my black eye hurt?
Answer: Maybe.
Question: Seriously, was making this GIF worth it?
Answer: Not really. I actually start to get sick if I stare at it for too long. Ughh… make it stop!
Anyway, my main man Nick just wrote a really cool story about the photo behind this GIF for a new website called SAINT LUCY. If you like photography, creative writing, and/or Baltimore definitely check it out!
Oh, and my main man Nick also just started a Tumblr of original artwork inspired by the hit 90’s television show Beverly Hills 90210. It’s called West Beverly High Art Club, definitely check it out as the artwork is quite impressive. Also, I believe that they are accepting submissions, so you may wanna think about digging up that charcoal drawing you did of Luke Perry’s misty eyes in 1995.

GREAT MOMENTS IN PHOTOSHOP EXCELLENCE 03 - “BLINKING JAPANESE PHONE BOOTH”

Question: Do I regret wasting twenty-seven consecutive hours creating this animated GIF in photoshop?

Answer: No way, it’s sooooooooo awesome.

Question: Do I regret missing Vicki’s 30th birthday bowling party to create this GIF?

Answer: No comment.

Question: Does my black eye hurt?

Answer: Maybe.

Question: Seriously, was making this GIF worth it?

Answer: Not really. I actually start to get sick if I stare at it for too long. Ughh… make it stop!

Anyway, my main man Nick just wrote a really cool story about the photo behind this GIF for a new website called SAINT LUCY. If you like photography, creative writing, and/or Baltimore definitely check it out!

Oh, and my main man Nick also just started a Tumblr of original artwork inspired by the hit 90’s television show Beverly Hills 90210. It’s called West Beverly High Art Club, definitely check it out as the artwork is quite impressive. Also, I believe that they are accepting submissions, so you may wanna think about digging up that charcoal drawing you did of Luke Perry’s misty eyes in 1995.

GREAT MOMENTS IN PHOTOSHOP EXCELLENCE 02 - “HAPPY BOBBLEHEAD BIRTHDAY!!!”
So today is my sister Rian’s birthday, and as such I took it upon myself to make my first ever GIF, because, after all, nothing else puts the GIF in GIFT like a GIF!!!
Anyway, my mom took this picture of me and my sister chillin’ on the doorstep of our Wyoming rancher in probably 1983 or 84. We were probably waiting for a lonely tumbleweed to roll by so that we could chase it, as not much else was going on in Wyoming in the early 80s.  
Anyway, happy birthday sis! I sure hope this gif works on your computer.

GREAT MOMENTS IN PHOTOSHOP EXCELLENCE 02 - “HAPPY BOBBLEHEAD BIRTHDAY!!!”

So today is my sister Rian’s birthday, and as such I took it upon myself to make my first ever GIF, because, after all, nothing else puts the GIF in GIFT like a GIF!!!

Anyway, my mom took this picture of me and my sister chillin’ on the doorstep of our Wyoming rancher in probably 1983 or 84. We were probably waiting for a lonely tumbleweed to roll by so that we could chase it, as not much else was going on in Wyoming in the early 80s.  

Anyway, happy birthday sis! I sure hope this gif works on your computer.

COOL STUFF IN JAPAN 22 - “ANPANMAN & FRIENDS EAT THEIR OWN BRAIN JAM”
Okay, I’ll be the first to admit that my posts are sometimes just a bit, shall we say, embellished. That being said, I assure you that everything I’m about to write about Anpanman is 100 percent empirical truth, look it up on Google if you don’t believe me. Here it goes…
As many of you know, a few months back Vicki and I visited Japan. Part of our trip involved visiting Vicki’s Grandma in a wonderful part of Japan known as Kochi. What I found most interesting about Kochi is that everywhere I looked I’d see images of a jolly little super hero with a big round head. Literally, he was everywhere, I saw him on billboards, pencil cases, mugs, frisbees, and sidewalks (yes, he was engraved into several sidewalks). Obviously I had to get to the bottom of just who exactly this chubby little caped crusader was. Here’s the scoop…
He goes by the name of “Anpanman”. In the picture above he is the happy little marching guy on the far right. He was created in Kochi by Takashi Yanase, and as of 2005 he was the most popular fictional character in Japan amongst 0 to 12 year olds. Long story short, he and his friends were created by some guy named Uncle Jam and they spend their time fighting crime in and around Uncle Jam’s house. But what I found most interesting was the story of Anpanman himself…
Anpanman’s big round head consists a pastry bun filled with “bean jam”. He has never been seen eating or drinking, and thus it is assumed that the bean jam in his head provides him will all the sustenance that he needs. His kryptonite is water or anything that makes his head dirty (I find this quite fascinating as his weaknesses seem to contradict one another).
If he gets too wet or too dirty he is only able to regain strength when Uncle Jam bakes him a new head. Once a new head is created, Anpanman’s old head literally pops off his shoulders and “X’s” appear on the eyes. He was allegedly created when a shooting star landed in Uncle Jam’s oven while he was baking buns. Finally, Anpanman is a true hero because he let’s poor and hungry creatures feed on parts of his head.
Oh, I almost forgot, he has two special attacks, an “An-punch” and an “An-kick”. Actually, it’s four special attacks if you count the stronger variants of each. 
Anyway, I realize that I’m just scratching the surface of all things Anpanman, but it’s a start. Once I order the Anpanman Criterion DVD collection I’ll be sure to post my review here.
Finally, there is a bit of photoshop trickery going on in this photo. It’s pretty seamless so good luck figuring it out.

COOL STUFF IN JAPAN 22 - “ANPANMAN & FRIENDS EAT THEIR OWN BRAIN JAM”

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit that my posts are sometimes just a bit, shall we say, embellished. That being said, I assure you that everything I’m about to write about Anpanman is 100 percent empirical truth, look it up on Google if you don’t believe me. Here it goes…

As many of you know, a few months back Vicki and I visited Japan. Part of our trip involved visiting Vicki’s Grandma in a wonderful part of Japan known as Kochi. What I found most interesting about Kochi is that everywhere I looked I’d see images of a jolly little super hero with a big round head. Literally, he was everywhere, I saw him on billboards, pencil cases, mugs, frisbees, and sidewalks (yes, he was engraved into several sidewalks). Obviously I had to get to the bottom of just who exactly this chubby little caped crusader was. Here’s the scoop…

He goes by the name of “Anpanman”. In the picture above he is the happy little marching guy on the far right. He was created in Kochi by Takashi Yanase, and as of 2005 he was the most popular fictional character in Japan amongst 0 to 12 year olds. Long story short, he and his friends were created by some guy named Uncle Jam and they spend their time fighting crime in and around Uncle Jam’s house. But what I found most interesting was the story of Anpanman himself…

Anpanman’s big round head consists a pastry bun filled with “bean jam”. He has never been seen eating or drinking, and thus it is assumed that the bean jam in his head provides him will all the sustenance that he needs. His kryptonite is water or anything that makes his head dirty (I find this quite fascinating as his weaknesses seem to contradict one another).

If he gets too wet or too dirty he is only able to regain strength when Uncle Jam bakes him a new head. Once a new head is created, Anpanman’s old head literally pops off his shoulders and “X’s” appear on the eyes. He was allegedly created when a shooting star landed in Uncle Jam’s oven while he was baking buns. Finally, Anpanman is a true hero because he let’s poor and hungry creatures feed on parts of his head.

Oh, I almost forgot, he has two special attacks, an “An-punch” and an “An-kick”. Actually, it’s four special attacks if you count the stronger variants of each. 

Anyway, I realize that I’m just scratching the surface of all things Anpanman, but it’s a start. Once I order the Anpanman Criterion DVD collection I’ll be sure to post my review here.

Finally, there is a bit of photoshop trickery going on in this photo. It’s pretty seamless so good luck figuring it out.