Tuesday, August 07, 2007

I NEED SOMETHING I CAN PUT UP FAST!

I'm too sleepy to post something new. How about if I reprint this article I wrote for Animation Magazine way back when, when I was doing "Tales of Worm Paranoia?"

Thanks to Mike Fontanelli for the caricature of me, above. John K did the one that accompanied the article below.

Click to enlarge!








13 comments:

Anonymous said...

*AHEM* That first Eddie looks a little...er...excited.

But this is probably one of the best animation articles I`ve ever read. Did you think the HB shorts program was succesful? If you learn Flash, will you try your half sized storyboard idea?

Anonymous said...

The 1995 H-B shorts program was a brief, shining moment that ended up being a real opportunity for a few people. Fred Seibert had the sense to seek out John K, who suggested a home-grown talent search which prevented earth from experiencing twelve more years of Drak Pack and A Pup Named Scooby Doo remakes, though not by much. Unfortunately, that promising start devolved into an unpaid ongoing sweepstakes to virtually give networks new programs, rewarding executives and screwing everyone else. It's time for a new approach that rewards creativity with more than lame press releases.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the fasinating article, Ed (or is that Edd?). I cannot wait until I go to L.A. next year, and go to the ASIFA Animation archive, as well with doing other fun stuff there, too. However, it's rather sad that Hanna/ Barbara Shorts Program had went through the floor, but at least the cartoon you directed rocked.

Kali Fontecchio said...

What is the thought bubble filled with above your head that you cut out of the picture Eddie??? And I can't believe Mike drew you with a stiffy, how infantile. I love the variations between Mike's view of you and John's, haaaa!!!!!

Michael said...

Hey Eddie. I'm an aspiring cartoonist. Could you look at these sketches and tell me what you think of them?

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e35/BLOTart/renstimpy1.jpg

Emmett said...

The top drawing certainly looks related to how you influenced Pinky from PINKY AND THE BRAIN.

Yes, I check out my animation history.

NateBear said...

When this country finally revolts against it's leaders and I spearhead the emerging government, i'm installing you, Eddie, as the Kaiser of Cartoonery. You will militantly ensure that cartoony fun saturates all aspects of life to the fullest degree.

Elliot said...

I've discovered that doing quick, rough boards are the only way to go.
1) I think much faster than I draw so it's a good way to keep up with yourself.
2) Because I'm drawing to match what I'm thinking, action becomes better timed and flows nicer.
3) I find it easier to write and edit dialogue as I go along as I'm dealing only with essentials.
3) Boarding should be the IDEAS part of the process and using all your thinking time to carefully render detail is a using up valuable brain space.

CartoonSteve said...

Sometimes your sleepy posts are the best! Hey years ago (before Post-it notes) I remember the best invention for posting boards - where no bulletin board existed. They were 1 foot squares of double stick contact paper that you could mount on the wall. Kind of like fly paper (but not as sticky).

Have you seen such a thing? I've been searching for years.

Lee-Roy said...

John K appears to be spoofing Al Hirschfeld there.

CartoonSteve said...

Fount it! - by searching Amazon for "post-it bulletin board". http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006IA9H/ref=olp_product_details/102-1877748-5431349?ie=UTF8&seller=

Time to wallpaper and storyboard!

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Michael: Couldn't get paeesd the home page.

Cartoon: I had no idea those existed! I'll try it out!

Lee-Roy said...

michael, I think your URL got cut off. Try using a little html to hyperlink or maybe try shortening the address at tinyurl.com

Good luck!