I’m a huge fan of Jonathan Goldstein’s WireTap series which airs on the CBC. Johnathan also writes and records for the NPR in the US, on a program called This American Life, hosted by Ira Glass. Recently, and yes, this is going somewhere, Ira brought his quirky true stories to television, with the help of Showtime. In episode 5 of season 1, there is a short piece called Cameraman which features the animated illustrations of cartoonist and graphic novelist Chris Ware.
A disturbing, animated short from acclaimed cartoonist Chris Ware about the perils of watching life from a distance. Also, a documentary that started as a lark and became an exercise in learning that getting behind a camera can change not just what you see, but also who you are. Debuts April 12, 2007
Watch the original video on brightcove.
Andrew Bawidamann has made the 40’s pinup his own. Lots of slick renderings of army gals packing heat make for an interesting couple of minutes cheescake. If you collect gig posters, check out his collection.
Published March 15, 2007
Comics , Jason Theodor , Movies , Videos
Someone on YouTube discovered that exactly 1 minute and 52 seconds into the latest 300 trailer, there was a test image of Rorshach, from the upcoming Zach Snyder movie, Watchmen. Of course, Warner demanded that YouTube remove the copyright-protected material, but here is a picture of what was shown: Rarshach on the moonlit streets of NYC, holding the bloody happyface pin of the Comedian. Thanks to Simon for this little tip.
I know this guy. He wishes to remain known simply as Ugglesquelch (and no, he’s not a special friend who ends up being me, that’s way too predictable). He has a strange talent for weaving the desperate human condition with psychedelic cartoonish delight/pain. There’s nothing really like it out there. At times loose and spontaneous, rough and awful, tight and well formed, hilarious and sad, brilliant and incomprehensible, this work is a slice of surrealism cloaked in lines and many colours.
Published January 24, 2007
Art , Comics , Cut and Paste , Design , dondy
Haven’t you always wanted your very own Paper Robot? Well now you can! With a few folds andd cuts you can have Optimus Prime Autoboting around
Published December 9, 2006
Comics , Humour , Jason Theodor
My brother and I used to make fun of Marmeduke as the least funniest “Funny” in the Funny Papers. I remember getting far much more pleasure mocking the strip than reading it. Such must be the case for Joe Mathlete and his side-splitting blog entitled Joe Mathlete Explains Today’s Marmeduke (in 500 words or less). Here’s a sample:
Marmaduke is wearing a pair of specially-modified dog skis on his daily walk through his neighborhood, where it has recently snowed. His owner-lady pleads with him not to get carried away and attempt any dangerous maneuvers, but truth be told, Owner-Lady forfeited any and all rights to her own physical well-being the moment she allowed herself to be dragged behind a monstrous Great Dane on skis who lives to torment and humiliate her. The shit-eating grin on Marmaduke’s face indicates that fancy slalom stuff was a foregone conclusion.
One would think Joe Mathlete might be a mild-mannered geek who loves poking a little fun at something while building a niche-cult following. The answer, according to Joe’s MySpace blog, couldn’t be further from the truth:
While I am very flattered and encouraged that my blog is being blogged about by other blogs that blog about other blogs (“blog blogs,” as I refer to them (as of right this moment)), I have noticed that I have no readily apparent way to make money from this endeavor without opening myself up to potential litigation from Marmaduke’s publisher, Marmaduke creator Brad Anderson, or Marmaduke himself.
This perturbs me.
I have always been one to create art for art’s sake and nothing more, but “Joe Mathlete Explains Today’s Marmaduke (In 500 Words or Less)” is not art, nor is it in any way pleasurable to create. I agonize over each and every explaination, and the soul-crushing and mechanical drudgery of updating a blog on a somewhat regular basis is crushing my soul in a drudgily mechanical fashion. Also I’m working this office job nowadays, which is similar but takes up slightly more time, and is infinity percent more lucrative (in the sense that something is infinity percent more than nothing).
Joe also enjoys drawing pictures of nipples on Ziggy’s nose, and has just completed a strange Danniel Johnston-esque album called Fort Awesome by The Mathletes. You can pick it up for 5 bucks through Asaurus Records. He does a pretty cool cover of the Cranberries “Linger“. Damn I love the internet!