Can't wait to delve into this beautiful book after finally tracking down a copy. Thanks to Amid Amidi for including it as an honorable mention in his "Seven Desert Island Animation Books" list, which is how I discovered it.
From Steve Gunn's "Time Off', the best record from last year that you didn't hear.
Lack of updates lately, as my usually healthy self came down with a stomach virus that had been spreading around the family. A week later and still having to be very cautious about what kind of food to consume unless you want to be up all night. Alas, virtually no work has been done, so technically this isn't "work music" in the usual sense. But it's one of the albums that has gotten me through this miserable time ... Shugo Tokumaru's 'Port Entropy" from 2010.
Here are a couple of scanned old drawings/sketches/notes I had laying around from my current children's book project, "The Findings of Saxby the Squirrel", which is currently getting toward the end of production (i.e. in the color and design stage). I apologize that I didn't clean these up better digitally, but then again, they are very rough pages in general.
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Last week, I introduced my two-year old niece to "The Alligator King", an infamous early Sesame Street animated short from 1971. It's a wonderful little two-minute animation accompanied by a song about a king alligator, who's seven sons attempt to cheer him up by giving him unique gifts in order to wear his crown. She loved it and now makes her mom play it dozens of times a day!
Children's Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) worked with independent animators in the early days of Sesame Street to make these educational shorts which have an ever-lasting charming quality, at least to me. Bud Luckey, who went on to work on some of Pixar's most successful films, was the man behind "Alligator King", and he also did such other great animated sketches for SS like incredibly catchy "The Ladybug's Picnic" and "That's about the size of it".
Edit: Whoa, an original AK cel is out there for sale! Yours for only $50 shy of a grand.
We're big baseball fans here at Mark Neeley HQ (spring training is underway!), so I wanted to share one of my favorite discoveries from last year: Left Field Cards. A woman named Amelie Mancini makes these highly stylized, completely fun prints of baseball cards with humorous themes (bizarre injuries, "marvelous mustaches", etc.) as well as spectacular wall art and t-shirts (full disclaimer: I have purchased the blue "knuckelball" raglan shirt and wear it proudly). About a month after I discovered LFC, my girlfriend and I stopped by the gift shop after we had walked through our local Cincinnati Art Museum and were shocked to find some of Mancini's cards displayed there for purchase. So be sure to check out www.LeftFieldCards.com, and here are some of my favorites ...