Wednesday, July 23, 2008

tad stones!


what can i say about tad stones that you can't read on wikipedia...?

well, okay, how about what a really nice guy he is, how much fun it is to chat with him--and educational!, what a giving collaborator he is, and how very exciting it is to see his pages spring to life before your eyes! as a seasoned animator, having been in the business for the past 20 years or so, he is a master storyteller and managed to fit so so so much more into the little story i gave him! in those six short pages, he taught craig and i more tricks of the trade than ether of us have learned in our combined careers! you've seen it--look for yourself!

craig had been in touch with tad first, being a huge hellboy and animation fan and...well, craig just knows EVERYBODY! he and tad got talking and craig strong-armed tad into doing a story for us, one craig and i both knew needed to take as much advantage of tad's incredible storytelling as possible! i have to admit, i was a bit scared when i sent over the pages, knowing that that second page, the one with all the gremlins, would scare away even the most weathered illustrators! (well, maybe not george perez, but he's crazy...)

tad didn't even blink.

...and sent over one of the funnest, funniest, coolest pages ever! i love it! i get lost in that page! (also, i want one of those little donut-looking hovercrafts--that's the bomb!)

aside from all of his animation credits--the hellboy animateds, many of the disney tv series--chip n dale rescue rangers, aladdin, and my favorite, buzz lightyear of star command--plus, he freaking created darkwing duck!!!--tad is also working on his own comic book called emmaryn which craig and i have had the pleasure of getting an early peek at and it's awesome! (i'd post some pages of that too, but i'm late today and haven't gotten tad's permission...sorry...)

anyway, here are some more pages of taads choopie story. enjoy!

and thanks, tad! thanks for bringing the fun!


our old friend, john "figaro" norris, from those long gone days of the tellos message boards, has posted his family-friendly review of perhapanauts 3 over on his column "the cat's meow" on the comics in the classroom site, a parent-friendly site aimed at pointing out kid-friendly comics. check it out!

and thanks, fig, for the glowing review...and the naked truth. ; )


and last but not least, with all of this dark knight hubbub (i'm going tonight...) and the release of that awesome watchmen trailer, have you checked out the watchmen motion comic over on itunes?
i highly recommend actually reading it for the first time, but if you've read it already, this is a fun and entertaining new format to check it out in...

lettering to do!
see ya friday!
smell ya later!


Brian said...

Tad is great, and thanks, Todd, for posting his splash page as I missed the little bit of business with the mice in the upper left hand corner the first time around and it gave me a good laugh.

So, other than doing a Vulcan mind meld with you or Craig, where can someone go to find out a little bit more about Tad's upcoming comic?

Matt Wieringo said...

I loved Tad's story! I laughed out loud...a couple of times. Don't often do that while reading a comic. You're right; the storytelling was terrific. But don't discount your story. The gremlin diaglogue had me chuckling and the ending was classic.

Matt Wieringo said...

Oh, and one thing that occurred to me while reading the story was how "on-model" the characters were without looking like Craig drew them. Most folks try to put their own spin on the characters (like in the awesome Kevin Nowlan piece). I wonder if it's Tad's background as an animator but he did a great job with that.

And the characters were This story really made me wish there was a Saturday morning 'HAPS cartoon. It would be great.

Anonymous said...

You don't have a flying donut?
You can take mine out for a spin.

OK, really...

When is the animated 'haps premier?
I'll settle for a DTV 1 shot if you can't get a saturday serial.
Of course, that would certainly open the door for sequels. :)

Anonymous said...

Pretty cool review by John. I just bookmarked his page for followup reviews.

By the way, I just picked up Image's "Monster Pile-up" featuring 4 different stories of current Image monsters, to include a Perhapanauts story.

~ Wendy ~ said...

Congrats on the great review! Though who would have expected anything else from this past issue?

The flying donut is cool but personally I would opt for the bat wing contraption. Nothing like soaring over everything!

And I agree with Brian, the round-up of the mice was priceless! I love Matt's idea - when? When! WHEN! can we expect a Saturday morning Perhaps cartoon?! Heck for that I might even get up early on the weekend to see!!