Thursday, 20 June 2013


First off, respect where it's due. RIP Mr. James Gandolfini. I've been in the midst of a massive Sopranos DVD rewatch, boring everyone with how amazingly it still holds up, and truth be told I'm a little shellshocked with this whole business. I'm not an actor but his performances taught me a lot about the power of how to carry oneself, that it's possible to be suave and overweight at the same time; What little game I had in secondary school I owe to my blatant imitations of his onscreen persona. Not only that, he was fucking hilarious. To pick one Sopranos scene that epitomised what he brought to the table would frankly be daft, so instead here's a clip from my favourite of his feature roles opposite Peter Capaldi in Armando Ianucci's In The Loop:
In the spirit of sentiments voiced during the show's multitudinous funeral scenes: "Waddayagonnado?"
On the HuHa! front, here are some sketches for a quick skit that I managed to crowbar in before I left for Annecy:
There really was hardly any time to knock this one out, so the animation's possibly even more limited than usual. That being said, the script gave me a chance to have some fun with the designs and I'm pretty happy with the end result. The only thing I'd maybe have done differently had there been time would be making the 'imagination' backgrounds a little more crazy/detailed.
The full Wobble Box episode it's featured in (second-to-last skit, around 3'35" in) went up this afternoon. Overall I'd say it's one of my favourites:

Friday, 7 June 2013

Making Pests of Ourselves

I'm all a-quiver with girlish glee as I get prepped for my first jaunt to Annecy next week. It's one of the top five major fests on my wishlist I've yet to get a film in, along with Ottawa (the other three being Encounters, Clermont-Ferrand and Stuttgart, who all threw me a bone). Despite making it into Annecy Plus in 2011, my plan had been to make the jaunt when/if I got something into the main festival - but frankly that could take years, if it ever happens at all. Luckily I now have a fallback position: Journalistic scumbag.
"We don't need no stinkin' - well, they are quite nice..."
 Given the surge of positive Skwigly developments since myself, Steve and Aaron took it over, it's only logical to show my face at one of the industry's most important events. We're hoping to get some podcast and written content out of it, obviously, with maybe some video footage to boot. We're also aiming for some extra reach in general, so to that end we'll be pestering folks with fliers, badges and other tote-filling goodies. For our flier design I really wanted to pool resources and convey the community vibe Skwigly's cultivated over the years. I reached out to some of my favourite animators and illustrators for character designs I could group together in a big crowd shot. Here's how it came out:
I'm really pleased with it and feel happy to have so many talented friends and associates involved. Here's a breakdown of their contributions - click their names to see more of their work as they're all smashing pumpkins worth checking out.

Francesca Adams
Jamie Smart
David Hutchinson
Jane Davies
Joanna Hepworth
Kat Michaelides
Katie Steed
Matt Walker
Robyn Liebschner
Sam Morrison
Seb Burnett
Signe Baumane
Sophie Klevenow & Darren Walker
Steve Henderson
Tanya Scott
The remaining designs are from my own archive of characters I threw in to fill in some spaces. And because I'm an egomaniac.
Given how much fondness people have had for the Skwigly Podcast I've also produced an exclusive sampler CD of some of our personal favourite moments from our first year. It's borderline-impossible to group all of them and have it fit on an 80 minute disc but hopefully this selection does justice to all the amazing interviewees who've given us their time and insight. It's nice to have a little physical souvenir to show for an endeavour I had no clue would still be going strong after a year, especially in these last few days before the entire planet completely forgets what CDs are. Here's the sleeve design:
If you'll be at Annecy yourselves drop us a line at!

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

One For The Road

The latest podcast is a little delayed and goes by a smidge quicker than usual, but I was quite keen to get it out there as otherwise there'd be no time on my plate to get it done before July. For its brevity it's chock-full of all that good animationey shiznit - Steve talks to Brian Cosgrove some more and new Skwigly contributor Laura-Beth chats with Marc Roels, co-director of the breakaway festival hit "Oh Willy...". We also talk about Disney Princess dolls and other equally manly subjects. Download here, subscribe here or stream below:

Or do all three. Or none of the above, if you can live with the image of my doe-eyed disappointment.
Can you? Eh? Can you live with yourself?!
Of course not, I'm too adorable.

Also up on Skwigly now is a written interview with Warwick Burton and Isabel Peppard, producer and director respectively of the stop-motion Australian horror fairytale "Butterflies". It's a wonderful parable of the tragedy of letting one's creativity die out, something I've witnessed a fair amount in friends I've worked and studied with in the past who, for whatever reason, didn't stick it out. Isabel has also worked on the brilliant Adam Elliot film "Mary & Max" and certainly knows her stuff. The film's doing really well and knock wood I'll be able to catch up with them both in person next week at Annecy. You can read the interview over on Skwigly now:
"Butterflies" - Q&A with Warwick Burton and Isabel Peppard