Former Disney and Digital Domain directors, Chuck Williams and Aaron Blaise are working on an original animated feature, "Art Story".
Thanks to a recommendation from my friend Angelo Libutti, I got the chance to work for Chuck and Aaron on The Legend of Tembo at Digital Domain (DD). Angelo was in the story department at DD, helping craft Tembo. I would visit his desk every day for inspiration. The movie was looking great and everyone was really excited about the project.
Sadly, the studio shut down in 2012 and Tembo was shelved. In spite of Digital Domain and the VFX industry's troubles, the experience at DD on Tembo was one of the best professional experiences of my life.
Chuck and Aaron's "Art Story" is an animated film about a kid and his grandfather on an adventure through the world of classical paintings. It's a great idea for an animated film. It's been getting a lot of press and support on Kickstarter. It raised over $350,000, exceeding their goal.
Dr. 2 is a crime scene investigator from dystopian 2045. He's a kind of noir acupuncturist, who's using his skills to solve the murder of a biotech engineer.
From my Amazon review: "If Frank Miller ever hooked up with William Gibson, Dr. 2 could be their brainchild."
Issue #1 hints at a storyline that spans at least 100 years, starting in WWII era Shanghai, 1945. This story's debut is bizarre, disturbing, and beautiful.
James and Peter's experience making triple-A video games and feature film animation sets them apart from other comic writers and artists. I'm bursting with pride to be able to share this work with people, and also envious of these guys' talent. I can't wait to find out what happens next.
On July 21st, we went to Wok & Noodles in San Jose for a drink & draw. I embarrassed myself with a couple drawings but walked away with another pirate's treasure chest of great drawings from everybody else.
We went to Wok & Noodles twice that week and loved it. They make great Chinese food.