Things I Love This Week

There are a lot of things I’m excited about this week, my friends, and I feel like sharing. Admittedly, there’s a little horn tootin’ here, but not too much, I promise. Big Hero 6 — First off, today is the official release day of Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, and the reason I was pretty quiet over the summer. Whew! In all my years in animation and vfx, I think this is the hardest I’ve ever worked. I’m biased, of course, but I think it turned out pretty darn well. If you like animated films, Disney, or superheroes, then I bet you’ll love this one! Look for me in the “Technical Animation” credits. (That’s cloth, hair, and character cleanup, plus other squishy things like Baymax’s skin.) Congrats to all my fellow (very talented) artists and filmmakers on the film! … Continue reading

Happy Friday: Updates

Just a few updates from the Ink Gorilla before the weekend: Nerds! It’s been a hectic couple of weeks with fiction writing and the day job, so the blog hasn’t gotten as much love as I like to give it. But I’ve got a new Booze Nerd post up over at The Functional Nerds, though — all about one of the most classic of cocktails: the Martini. Patrick Hester has also made available for a limited-time only, the awesomely official “Booze Nerd” T-shirt. Get yours before they’re gone! Speaking of the Functional Nerds, the team has really grown over the last few weeks. In addition to the great podcast John and Patrick do, we’ve also got a Comics Nerd, a Review Nerd, a Fitness Nerd, a Music Nerd, a Food Nerd, and a lot more Nerds on the way. Kind of a one-stop shop, really, for all your geek-out needs. … Continue reading

I’m so tired…

Those famous words, spoken by Lili von Schtupp in Mel Brooks’ classic film Blazing Saddles perfectly encapsulate my physical and mental state since the holidays. All that traveling, eating, drinking, and lying around tends to take it out of you, and I admit I reveled in taking a break from the routine. Except I kind of didn’t. December was a very busy month. We had a few horrible days when we thought we’d lost our cat Prima, then she turned up alive but in need of surgery. The Day Jobbe was full of deadlines. So was the writing life. I finished up and submitted a short story, started revisions on two more, and wrote a non-fiction piece which I hope to talk more about soon. January roared in, and I hit the ground running with more tight deadlines at work, a couple of birthdays to celebrate (mine, and Herself’s!) and continued … Continue reading

The One Where we Update the Blog (New Acquisitions Pt1)

I’m not going to be able to blog about my time here at Clarion West very often, as the experience is too raw, too new to comment on any specifics (and I’m too busy writing, anyway). I will say I am having the time of my life with some talented, amazing people. In the meantime, enjoy some random photos documenting my used bookstore obsession. That is all. … Continue reading