Saturday, October 15, 2016

Vault of Cartoons Of Yesteryear

I didn't have cable while growing up and I've realized that a lot of the shows I enjoyed in my childhood were less than well known. While my friends were enjoying Legend of the Hidden Temple, I was watching Jumaji the Animated Series. So I figured I'd go down memory lane and bump a few of the old toons to see who else remembers them too.

1. Rescue Rangers

2. Jumanji

3. Steet Sharks

Beast Wars Transformers

4. Extreme Ghostbusters

5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

6. Gargoyles

7. Captain Simian & the Space Monkeys

8. The Mask

9. Extreme Dinosaurs

10. Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders

11. Free Willy

Clearly my young life was full of strangely buff teams of mutants and heroes with bizarre powers. I can only imagine what my parents thought of my viewing choices and I can only shudder at what it'll be like to watch the next generation of cartoons to come.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

A Plea To Artists

Artist, PLEASE, for all that is holy to you, put a watermark or AT LEAST a tag on ANY and ALL art you post online!
I don't care if you think it's something silly. If it's something you personally wouldn't or couldn't sell. I don't care if it's a WIP, a tattoo design, a comic, WHATEVER! It's going to get shared around. It's going to be dowloaded, screenshotted, uploaded, reposted, texted, tweeted, and sent out into the world and seen by hundreds, maybe millions of people.
Get that free advertising on your stuff. Get those sweet new followers, customers, and supporters. DON'T make it easy for someone to steal your art, to sell it on a phone case, to list it as a shirt for sale, to use in their video, WITHOUT your mark on it!
Please! Oh the number of amazing pieces of art I've seen blatantly stolen. The images reposted and shared but uncredited. The awesome artwork downloaded and saved for later but without any name or credit on them!
*weeps quietly*

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Advice I Give Others VS Advice I Give Myself

Advice for my fellow creators: 
Surround yourself with quality peers and supporters. People you can learn from, grow with, and who will support you in your work!

Advice for myself: 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Do you suffer from an addiction to puppies?

Do you suffer from an addiction to puppies? Do you have to stop and pet every dog you see? Does your voice default to squeaky baby talk whenever you see a medium-to-toy canine breed?
You may have Crippling Adorable Puppy Petting Syndrome. (CAPPS for short) This life alternating disease often goes untreated despite clear symptoms. An uncontrollable compulsion to stop everything and pet a puppy can greatly disrupt otherwise normal and healthy adult lives.
Talk to your Dogtor today about your crippling puppy addiction and what you can do to treat it!

Treatments may include, adopting a puppy, becoming a dog walker, subscribing to a puppy blog, watching daily puppy videos on YouTube, buying puppy calendars yearly, dating someone with a cute puppy, going to social events to befriend the host's dog, wearing lots of dog themed clothing, crying at the thought of homeless dogs, and volunteering at your local animal shelter!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Consider Your Words To An Artist

Be considerate of what you say to people, especially young artists.
There's a lot of negative thoughts, depressing realities, and generally discouraging messages that already exist out there. You might mean well, you might think you're helping, or maybe you plain don't believe in something will work out. But keep it to yourself. For every one comment you make, the person probably has an iceberg worth of self doubt already festering and buzzing around their head.
It's hard to do big things, important things, things that matter over the daily noise of life. That's not to say never give a critique, never say something critical, or that you have to baby someone, but just, be aware of how your words may impact them in a more detrimental way.
I grew up drawing all the time. From my many hours my skill grew, my technique developed. As I got older though and started looking at what I was to do in the world, I started hearing more negative things. That illustration was not an easy field, that comics were on the out, that only the elite few made a living with their art. I took this to heart and settled on a more practical creative field like Graphic Design. Slowly I moved away from drawing, from sketching. I learned other programs, went into other fields, drew less and less with each passing year. Now I don't draw very much.
Maybe I would have been frustrated as an illustration major looking for work. Maybe I'd be running my own webcomic big time. Maybe I should have shouldered through those comments. Maybe I'm better off doing videos and producing content. I'll never know. That's a different life, a different path I could have gone but didn't.
But you'll also never know. So watch your words and watch your intentions.
"Maybe this is just a hobby."
"There are more practical ways to make money."
"It takes a long time for anything to happen, if it happens."
"How about focusing on other things right now?"
Those might be the straw that breaks their drive's back. You might be that important of a person to them they ignore their own dreams and instincts. They might be that much less likely to share their achievements and accomplishments in the future.
So, be careful what you say.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Go Ahead And Ride The D With Dr. Seeds

You might not have heard of it before now, but "Riding The D With Dr.Seeds" is a strange and funny, strangely funny, comedy webseries currently online right now.

And the good doctor needs your support! But first, some introductions!

From the insane mind of Sarah Seeds (Creator), brought to you by Edge In MotionInfiniti FeaturesSarah Seeds Productions and Directed by Michelle Cutolo, comes an unhinged comedy webseries: "Riding the D with Dr. Seeds." The story takes you into the life of Dr. Seeds, a non-licensed psychiatrist, dropping her knowledge on the D Train...whether people want her help or not. The Pilot will be broken down into 5 individual episodes, and each will explore Dr. Seeds’ past, present (and future?).
How did Dr. Seeds descend into her subway madness? Does she ever actually help any of these people? Did she at one time have a license to practice? Learn about Dr. Seeds’ turbulent history, how she hired her assistant, the Man in the Yellow Hat, her dramatic fall from grace, and even her constant struggle with her arch nemesis, Tabitha M.D.!
(more on the kickstarter

You can help Sarah Seeds and the rest of the crew make more strangely funny (strunngy?) videos and work by checking out their Kickstarter project here:

Dr. Seeds is pulling up in the subway and you don't want to miss your train!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

What Is Your Money Worth To You?

What do you want more? 

A $30 meal or $30 of little treats for the month? $30 in your bank account or $30 of new supplies for your house? A $30 ticket out of the city or $30 to swim with a sea turtle? A sharp haircut for $30 or $30 for a self-help book highly recommended? 

Everyone makes choices based on what they value most, what is important to them, whether they are fully conscious of these choices is another thing. What do you value over other things? What might you be giving up by how you spend your money, and thusly, your time?