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!