Last week my wife randomly asked, “What was that gum that came in a tape measure case?”

I couldn’t remember the name at first, but the commercials came back instantly.

Gum, for you! Not them!

-Bubble Tape

I hate the idea that advertisements have a direct impact on my wants. But there are a handful of ads I know have influenced my buying habits.

This commercial from the 90’s is one of them (there are a few versions). Unfortunately, this one is a recording of a television screen, but you still get the idea.

Drew Christie ImageDrew Christie is an animator and an illustrator. He has been featured on The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Drawn, Cartoon Brew, and Juxtapoz.

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Things mentioned in this episode:

  • Cheap Animator – Jason’s Animation Workshop he does with Libraries.
  • Freaks (film) – A 1932 American horror film about sideshow performers, directed and produced by Tod Browning and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, with a cast mostly composed of actual carnival performers.
  • Vanity Fair – 1940’s

Bill PlymptonI’ve been following Bill Plympton’s career since my early days in film school. Bill being an individual who is able to make a living directly from the art he wants to make, I was instantly drawn to him.

I searched out every interview of him I could find, read his book “Independently Animated: Bill Plympton“, and seeked out DVD’s that contained his work.

Today, I had the honor to chat with him over the phone. I hope you enjoy the interview, learn a lot, and then go out to buy his book “Make Toons That Sell Without Selling Out

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I just want to come out and say it.

I’m drunk!

Drinking and Blogging

Don’t judge me, I am allowed to Drink and Blog, there is no crime in that. However, if there is a lot of spelling errors and bad grammer…. Don’t you judge me.

This evening while enjoying a few alcoholic beverages to celebrate my successful surgery (if you want to see photos, let me know in the comments below) I stumbled upon an exciting article about the Simpsons.

The Truth about the Simpsons:

The reality is, the Simpsons isn’t as good as it once was. I am not sure the reason or want to argue the fact, but it isn’t.

Any show that has been on for 25 years is going to have a hard time even with some of the best writers and producers in the industry. Maybe it is because I’m older, but the show as a whole doesn’t seem as relevant and has lost its charm.

Which is sad to say because I consider Matt Groening one of my idols. Who else has been successful in both comic industry (Life in Hell & comic versions of his animated shows) and animation (Simpsons & Futurama)? No one, that’s who.

Thoughts from Twitter:

Hayao Miyazaki's Retirement PhotoFamed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, 72, has announced his intention to retire from filmmaking.  Miyazaki, together with Isao Takahata, co-founded Studio Ghibli in 1895, the studio has two projects currently in the works an no intentions of closing their doors.  Nor are they likely to, each project takes at a minimum of 5 years and can go up to 7 years to complete.  Miyazaki’s reasons for retirement include a hesitation to commit to a project that could go into his 80s.

That sounds like a very good reason to retire!  Though fans are still unsure how to take this retirement since Miyazaki has been in a perma-state of semi-ritirement since the completion of his film ‘Princess Mononoke’ in ’97.  In a recent press conference he has said: