Wednesday, March 9, 2016

New Cartoon: A Prank Time!

My apologies for neglecting to update, but I finally have a worthwhile post: a new cartoon!  It's called "A Prank Time".

     Started it a long time ago, then just kept putting it on the back burner over and over again.  Sometimes for months as I kept going off on other projects like "Money Maker" or the TV bumps.  But no matter what, I was determined that this thing I started will be finished.

Never feel dissuaded with a project if it takes a while.  Even if all you moved was an inch, that's one inch more than yesterday.  And in the end, it all adds up.

Monday, February 23, 2015

2015 Demo Reel is UP

     My new demo reel is up and at em!  Check it out and see the progress from my last reel 5 years ago. Its funny, but back when I finished the first reel, I was convinced that this was my absolute best.  That this is like my magnum opus!  But if you keep practicing and keep nurturing your abilities, they'll always keep growing and getting better.  Never stop practicing, and always strive to be better than you were yesterday... better than you are now.  Also finished a commission for "Best Bars in America", so that'll be up when its composited by the others in the group.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

New Animation: MadMan Deemo's Pokemon Battles

Here's a new joint for ya: the HD animated intro commissioned for MadManDeemo's rage-filled Pokemon Battles!!!

You can check out his various adventures and battles on his channel, along with other awesome skits and promo cuts Ultimate Warrior style!  Got some more works in the future, so I'll be more active in the coming months.  In the meantime, this'll be a major push for MadManDeemo... INTO THE SKY!!!

   More to come...

Friday, October 10, 2014

Third Annual Bill Plympton Award for Indie Animation WINNER


     I'm simply stunned and honored beyond words, as my animation "MoneyMaker!" won the award for 3rd Annual Bill Plympton Award for Indie Animation!  I've always loved cartoons and art all my life, and I always aspired to be good at art as my brother and mom would draw around me and encourage me to try my hand at it.  But it wasn't until I was around 13 years old that I discovered the works of Bill Plympton and became inspired by his work.  "The Wiseman" and "When Push Comes To Shove" were my instant favorites.  It was hilarious and utterly surreal, but his work carried a really humble, down-to-earth warmth in it that radiated with emotion.  

     The way his work was detailed and meticulous, yet completely hand drawn with simple paper and colored pencils made me think "Woah, I wanna make drawings come to life just like that!"  It was spectacular cartoons that made me feel like I could be capable of something like that if I tried.  Like it didn't intimidate you, but rather encouraged you to pick up a pencil and go for it.   Then I actually tried it and soon discovered that this animation stuff was freakin' hard as hell.  I had no idea how to go about it, let alone anything involving lead ins and timing and ease outs.  

     But from that moment on, I knew this would be my life.  Animation is an art form like no other.  It's the one form of art that literally let you birth life into the inanimate.  To give actual breath and life to your art and make it take flight far above and beyond the boring limitations of real life was what made me dedicate myself to animation.  And thanks to Bill Plympton and his art, I looked far beyond the meager limits of my life at that point to see the whole universe in minuet detail through animation.  

     With practice, patience, and determination, anything can become possible.  If I can tell my 14year old self that I would grow up to make cartoons and one day meet the crazy man that makes all those awesome animated shorts you love, I would've shit myself inside out in utter disbelief.  I would've felt too intimidated try.  But I did try, and I kept at it.  And I always will keep at it.  I'm always hungry, and knowledge nourishes my soul.

     Thank you for everything, Mr. Plympton.  For inspiring me and creating in me the aspirations that I pursue.  I'll always do my best to get better in animation and make the most surreal and imaginative cartoons this crazy mind can concoct.  I want to use animation to give the impossible living form and, with it, inspire others just as you've inspired me!  Your animation makes the surreal and unbelievable a reality, and for that, you are the absolute best.  Better than all the rest!

     I also want to thank all my family and friends including (but not limited to): The stellar Mr. Ken Mora, Demetrius and Kieran and Josh (and all me best pals and animation chums from Philly), Heather Madison for the hook up to MeOh!My (I owe you so much gratitude), Mike Egan and all me pals here at home for the friendship and support, and of course my dad and sister for everything.  There's many more, but you know you all have my eternal gratitude for being in my life.  I love you all, and thanks for everything.

UPDATE: I also want to give a really big thank you to an incredible teacher that gave me all the encouragement and hope I could ever want... Bill Martone.  You rock, good sir!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

I'm in Your Face

     Three years ago, I and 70+ other animators from around the world remade Bill Plympton's short "Guard Dog".  It was an incredible experiment to see all these radically different art styles carry a single cartoon in one continuous, imaginative stream.  Everything from stop motion and claymation, to flash and crayon and 3D, all intertwined in one crazy cartoon.  It was an experience that was so fun, it had to be done again.

     So it was!  Behold, the Your Face Global Jam! 
This time around, it's gonna be even more interesting as it involves 100+ animators remaking Bill Plympton's Oscar nominated short "Your Face".  And it has no cuts or scene changes, either.  100 different styles of animation remaking a single take of a gentleman's morphing face.

     I can't wait to see how everyone's different approaches to this cartoon will play out in relation to one another.  We're all arranged in order by our medium and art style.  I'm going with old fashioned 2D frame-by-frame flash animation, after vowing to never touch crayons again.  Here's a screenshot of my progress:

     The completed madness will be shown in festivals in the future, so follow all the other progress on Twitter for more!

Friday, March 21, 2014

NEW ANIMATION! "Vegeta VS Mewtwo"

     Behold!  The epic SILVERMANIA collaboration "Vegeta VS Mewtwo"!  Featuring 32 different artists, including moi!

     Truly an amazing and terrifying journey to be had when watching this.  Like venturing head first into the abyss and off the edge of sanity!  When watching this pretty little vid, never before have I muttered "...the fuck?" so many times to myself.

     Here's my part, but I highly recommend you watch/love the SILVERMANIA vid first, then mine.  :)

     As always, there's more to come!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

"Money Maker!" is out NOW

Behold the short music vid for "Money Maker!" in its spacious glory!

And be sure to check it out on, where the quality is a billion times better, yo!

Commission me for anything, including sweetness like this vid, as well as any other animated/illustrated projects!

More to come....