Friday, June 13, 2014
Frank Forte is an accomplished designer, storyboard artist and comic book artist. He has worked in animation for feature films, TV and gaming. Some of the shows Frank has worked on include: Bob's Burgers, Despicable Me 2, LEGO: Star Wars, The Super Hero Squad Show, Marvel Heroes 4D, Lego Hero Factory, Lego Bionicle:The Legend Reborn, HI HI PUFFY AMI YUMI, Re-Animated Pilot (Out of Jimmy’s Head), The Mr. Men Show, Bionicle: The Legend Reborn (DVD-2009), Lego Clutch Powers 4D ride at Legoland and Lego Atlantis. He co-created The Cletus and Floyd Show with Gene McGuckin, a tribute to animation directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett and Chuck Jones. Robert S. Rhine and Frank Forte created the pilot episode of Sickcom the Animated Series which was sold to Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival Of Animation in 2003. Frank is also the publisher at Asylum Press (www.asylumpress.com), an indy graphic novel and comic book publisher. Since its inception in 1999, Frank has written, illustrated and published such comics as, The Vampire Verses, Warlash, Fearless Dawn, Billy Boy, The Cletus and Floyd Show.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Adult Swim Announces King Star King As New Original Online Series
All Six Episodes of New Animated Series Premiere on AdultSwim.com June 15th
Adult Swim announced today that King Star King, a new original animated series, will premiere all six episodes at once exclusively online on AdultSwim.com on Sunday, June 15. Adventurous fans will also have the chance to win an original piece of art from series creator JJ Villard.
King Star King follows the exploits of King Star King, a well-muscled fry cook/space prince and his group of strange heroes: Pooza the perverted duck wizard, Gurbles the bear and Hank Waffles, a living waffle-headed mascot. Watch as they travel through the vast and unstable Gigantiverse in their beloved waffle restaurant, The Waffle Zone. See their unending psychotic and hallucinatory quest to help good things and kill bad things.
From creator JJ Villard (Shrek 3, Shrek 4) and executive producer Tommy Blacha (Metalocalypse), King Star King is produced by Titmouse, Inc. (Metalocalypse, The Venture Bros., China, IL, Superjail!).
To celebrate the epic digital launch of King Star King, Adult Swim is running a sweepstakes where fans can enter to win one of six wondrous prizes decorated by the steady hand and unstable mind of show creator, JJ Villard. Fans can enter the sweepstakes once per day this week at AdultSwim.com and enjoy the full series premiere on Sunday, June 15. Official rules are available on the website. In a new twist, to unlock the last episode fans will need to play an original game, Floppy King, a playfully irritating roadblock that stands between the final episode of King Star King and the eager eyes of potential viewers. Fans will need to tap or click their way through 10 levels of fun to access the finale.
Adult Swim (AdultSwim.com), launched in 2001, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s network offering original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults. Airing nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET/PT), Adult Swim is basic cable’s #1 network among persons 18-34 and 18-49, and is seen in 97 million U.S. homes.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Exhibit: Icons of Animation from June 4 - August 16. Featuring - Peter de Sève, William Joyce, Carlos Nine, and Bill Plympton
Exhibit: Icons of Animation from June 4 - August 16. The exhibit celebrates the work of four iconic illustrators - Peter de Sève, William Joyce, Carlos Nine, and Bill Plympton
The Society of Illusrators (NYC) celebrates the work of four iconic illustrators- Peter de Sève, William Joyce, Carlos Nine, and Bill Plympton - with an exhibit featuring the original illustrations from numerous movies and shorts.
A film screening and panel will take place on Thursday, June 5th at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse Guild, and an Opening Reception will take place on Friday, June 6th.
Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street,
New York, NY 10065
About the Artists
Peter de Sève:
Peter de Sève's illustration and character designs are known throughout the world. His work spans three decades and various media, including magazines, books, print and televised advertising, animated feature films and magazines. Best recognized for his many New Yorkercovers and his character designs for the three blockbuster Ice Age movies ("Scrat" is now an international icon), de Sève has also contributed to such films as Mulan, A Bug's Life, Tarzan,and Finding Nemo.
His many distinctions include the prestigious Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators, a Clio Award for a Nike television commercial, a Spectrum Annual of Fantastic Art gold medal, a Soleil d'Or award from the Festival BD Sollies-Ville in France, and a Visual Effects Society Award nomination for outstanding animated character design for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.
Peter was honored with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Character Design for his work on Sesame Street's Abby Cadabby's Flying Fairy School. He has received three Annie Award nominations for Character Design in a Feature Production, the most recent for his work onArthur Christmas.
Peter lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife Randall (with whom he recently collaborated on his first children's book, The Duchess of Whimsy) and their two daughters, Paulina and Fia.
William Joyce has achieved world-wide recognition as an author, illustrator and pioneer in the digital and animation industry.
In February 2012, he won an Academy Award for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, an animated short film about the curative powers of story. In the past two years, he has also written seven hard copy Simon & Schuster children’s books including The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, The Guardians of Childhood book series: The Man in the Moon, The Sandman: Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie, Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core! AndToothania: Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies.
Named by Newsweek magazine as “One of the 100 people to watch in the new millennium”, William has been heavily involved in the world of digital animation from its full-scale inception at Pixar Animation. His projects have been produced by nearly every major film studio including Disney, Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation. His feature films include Rise of the Guardians, Robots and Meet the Robinsons and his television seriesGeorge Shrinks and Rolie Polie Olie for which he won three Emmy Awards.
Additionally, he is the writer, producer, and production designer on the Blue Sky Studios feature film, Epic, inspired by his book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs.
Carlos Nine is a renowned illustrator, comics author, painter, sculptor, animation film writer, and author of several books. His works have been published in Argentina, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, U.S.A., Brazil, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
He was awarded awarded on several occasions the Silver Clio in Illustration (Clio Awards, New York, 1993), the Caran D'Ache award for best illustrator (Rome, Italy, 1995), the Prix de l'Ecole Supérieure de l'image (France, 2001) and the First Prize at the Angoulême Festival (France, 2001). He has published books and held exhibitions in numerous countries. He has been invited to give seminars, workshops, and courses in his country and in France.
He has also worked for several magazines and journals, including Le Monde (Paris), The New Yorker (USA), Noticas, Humor, and the newspapers La Nación and Clarín.
Mr. Plympton is considered the King of Indie Animation, and is the only person to hand draw an entire animated feature film. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, he graduated from Portland State University in Graphic Design. Bill moved to New York City in 1968 and began his career creating cartoons for publications such as New York Times, National Lampoon, Playboy and Screw.
In 1987, he was nominated for an Oscar® for his animated short Your Face. In 2005, Bill received another Oscar® nomination, this time for his short Guard Dog. Push Comes to Shove won the prestigious Cannes 1991 Palme d'Or; and in 2001, another short film, Eat, won the Grand Prize for Short Films in Cannes Critics' Week.
After producing many shorts that appeared on MTV and Spike and Mike's, he turned his talent to feature films. Since 1991, he's made 10 feature films. 7 of them, The Tune, Mondo Plympton, I Married A Strange Person, Mutant Aliens, Hair High, Idiots and Angels, andCheatin', are all animated features.
Bill Plympton has also collaborated with Kanye West and Weird Al Yankovic in a number of music videos and book projects. In 2006, he received the Winsor McCay Lifetime Achievement Award from The Annie Awards.