Staging with 3D Man

Good luck finding a copy of my 2009 book “Get Animated.”  Oh, wait, here they are.  Though not as scarce as hen’s teeth it’s getting that way.  The book included a DVD with information and tutorials on it.  Now that no one wants to admit they own a DVD player, it’s unfashionable to suggest anyone […]

Violent Combat Robots – What are You Doing with Your Eyes?

This little forgotten routine comes from the “Violent Combat Robots” project, originally intended to be a series. While strolling through the archives looking for other material, I stumbled upon it – a short that was made as a”proof of concept” for the VCR series that never went.  The weird animation on her eyes is actually […]


“Jetsam” comes from “jettison,” meaning that which is cast off, no longer needed, dragging you down, no longer of any use. My apologies for dredging up old work like this again. As I go through the archives the occasional gem peeks out, and these were irresistible. A mere two minutes of animation exercises, strung together […]

San Diego Comic-Con 2009

Yes, you should come to see me while I’m signing the Get Animated! Book. Come talk to me about Comics and Cartoons. Seriously. SUNDAY July 26th – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM San Diego Comic-Con – at the Watson-Guptill Table – Booth 1128

Cat’s Head Theatre

At long last! Zero and his performing troupe lend their feline talents to a classic tale of Japanese Cinema! Yes, it was finished some time ago, and premiered at the screening in May. Now it is time to unleash upon the world. This is a good sign of things to come. There will be many […]

Get Animated Book Tour 2009

The “Get Animated!” book tour is about to launch. We’re traveling up the Pacific Coast to do a few events in major cities along the way. Is yours among them? Come visit and say hello! Invite me to your house! July 15th – 7:00 PM Ravenna Third Place Books – 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake […]

The Book is OUT

Apparently you can buy my new book at a store. I can do it, too! Major bookstores everywhere have it (try Barnes & Noble, Border’s, etc.), but the trick is that you have to look in the COMPUTER section. This is probably very smart marketing – the book is, after all, concerned with getting your […]

Problems with the American Animation Industry

Practices which would seem perfectly reasonable are routinely bypassed to cut costs. Planning is eschewed in favor of miscommunication, mishandling, and misappropriation of resources and funds. Most of this confusion can be traced to one single vector: a proliferation of MBAs, middle-level managers and “executives.”

Animation Screenplays

One point I emphasize in the “Get Animated!” book is that the traditional screenplay format is not only unnecessary for good animation, it probably hurts the process. This is not an original view on the subject! In fact most people who know something about animation tend to agree.

Raggedy Animation

Raggedy Ann just didn’t look right, and certainly didn’t move right, and the results were entirely unacceptable. No matter what software you use, computers aren’t good at giving drawings that human touch.