Quick update today: Mocca is coming up this weekend in New York!! The Adventures of Mia issue 2 is premiering there! Be sure to stop at the Monkeysuit Press table for Mia and plenty of other great comics! I unfortunately can't make it to NewYork for it X(. Darn I miss that city! Anyway, I sent some signed copies of the new book to the MS guys! So be sure to stop by and pick one! I also sent a limited amount of Mia t-shirts!
Can't make it to the NY? No problem, monkeysuit.com will start selling Mia2 on line from next monday right after the CON! Can't make to the con and your mama doesn't let you buy comics on the internet? No problem either, come to COMICON in SanDiego, where Ronnie del Carmen and I will have a booth this year with a ton of stuff to show you.
Hello. Happy father's day!
So ... you know what? I still have to tell you about the rest of my visit to Ghibli !! I haven’t forgot … (if you don't know what I am talking about, scroll down a few entries and you'll find the first episode of my Ghibli visit retelling)
really should’ve wrote it earlier but the last couple of months have been
a little crazy.
To recap …after the heart in my throat speech in front of the whole studio and my idol the whole studio went back to work and so did Miyazaki San. So after that our translator Rieko took us to meet thee head of CG at Ghibli (the name escapes me), who showed us, on a TV right by his desk, a ton of footage from the movie. A good 10 minutes later our jaws were still open … SO much amazing stuff … the walking castle certainly stood out. It felt more of a beast than a building, a big beast with small legs, it reminded me slightly of the TatariGami (demon god) in the beginning of Mononoke Hime. Well used CG,all around and our guest went to great length to show us how they hide the CG as much as possible. Rendering it as 2d looking as possible, even movement wise. Everything CG ha to be “unsmoothed”: frames taken out, so that it’ll belong with the rest of the animation, done mostly in 2s 3s and sometimes 4 frames a second. At Ghibli they are very aware of something rather simple (but overlooked so often), that CG that stands out, even a little, will grab unwanted attention from the viewer, taking him/her out of the moment. Anyway ... I sooo can’t wait to see this movie! (For updates on Howl’s moving Castle and its upcoming release, visit the resource of choice: www.nausicaa.net/)
::Ghibli Studio 2
:: Studio Ghibli 2 interior
By the way, the whole time
Miyazaki was twiddling a cigarette in his fingers … He finally lit it
roughly half way through our talk.
We then started discussing story and the different ways in which Pixar and Ghibli find their stories to tell. Some frustration must have inadvertently come out of me (regarding storyboarding process in the US and the long and tough process of doing it and redoing it and redoing it again till you find it) since at that point he put his hand on my shoulder and told me to hang in there and to ultimately trust John (Lasseter) as "he has a good heart and cared about the right things".
that point, given his extremely familiar and nice gesture I totally spaced out
thinking: “I am standing here, right by my idol. A revolutionary genius
of storytelling, a magician and a poet of the pencil and the guy is slapping
my back, laughing and treating me like he’s my dad !!”
I realize now we talked about too many things to possibly write them all in
:: MiyaSan's e-konte
Listening to: - I spy - Mansfield :: from : It's a man's man's field.
Saturday afternoon ... updating the site and also relaxing a bit after a pretty crazy week. Between a push at work and finishing Fragments-intermezzo (it's off to the printers) it has been pretty hectic. Looks like I might be able to have a bit of a life for a little while and also get to the late new page of Haiku.
Anyway, the first review for Mia issue 2 is out at divergingcomics.com. Very complimentary one, check it out here. Hopefully we can create a bit of buzz around Mia2. The book will debut officially at Mocca, a nice small press convention in NewYork city late this month. The monkeysuit guys will be there with some signed copies, and other goodies, as unfortunately I can't make it. X( But be sure to stop by there if you're in NY.
One last thing I forgot to mention in my last post, was that my good friend Kazu Kibuishi is also coming out with his own comic. Daisy Kutter from Viper Comics. An awesome new take on spaghetti western in an upcoming 4 issues special filled with great characters and even better storytelling. Be sure to ask for issue 1 at your comic shop, it's coming out in shops at the same time as Mia-issue2 (August2004) and available now for preorder on Previews.
Ok then ... talk to you later !
PS: A photo I took in Kyoto a couple of months ago.
:: Gion (Kyoto)Listening to: - Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk - Rufus Wainwright :: Poses.
I am 99.9% done on "Fragments intermezzo" the little artbook I've been slaving away on. Though that last 0.01% always seems to take forever, doens't it ? Anyway, I am pretty excited about it, also pretty darn tired, as work at Pixar has also been rather heavy. Nevertheless I should be able to send the book to print late this week. I will start showing you some of the drawings from it very soon. Apologies for the delay on Haiku5-7-5, I should be able to get back to that in the next few days ... just too many things going at once ...
So, I realized I haven't been plugging "FLIGHT" enough. If you don't already know, Flight is an amazing full color comicbook anthology spearheaded by Kazu Kibuishi and filled with a ton of new young (and not so young) talent. Each piece in it has blown my mind, both art and storytelling wise. The message board forum for flight has also been a great place to share ideas, show work in progress or just chat. Flight is coming to stores in July from Image and will debut at Comicon. Don't miss it!
I certainly owe you a photo, it's a been a while ... so here's a neat one from Portofino, Italy.
Ok then to the next one!
:: BarchettaListening to: - Agua De Beber - Aquarius Y Luiz Antonio :: Glücklich V (excellent Brazilian contemporary music compilations, with cool old Volkwagens on the covers X) )
Had a great weekend. Play in the sun, swim in the ocean, no work kind of weekend and man did it feel good. X) Guess I needed a bit of a break. My good friend Dice Tsutsumi spent the long weekend here and we had a great time. We worked together at Blue Sky, where he's still working. Check his great new paintings of NY west village here, you won't be disappointed. Dice is a truly talented painter.
Back to work now. Gotta finish the new Fragments within 2 weeks.
on to May,April,March
on to May,April,March journals