11.07.2007

Awesome Handmade Cartoon Bookmarks

Checkout these rad bookmarks and other little tidbits an old friend of mine does in her spare time now. You can buy them by contacting her! Sweet!

Animal

I don't think I ever plugged it, but here's where I work.

11.01.2007

Unaired Yo Gabba Gabba animation

This short was made for Yo Gabba Gabba's 2nd pilot episode but was taken out for the on-air episode for reasons unbeknownst to me. I personally think it's awesome so thought I'd share it with all of you.

If anyone remembers who did this, let me know because the studio name slips my mind at the moment. This was done by Lifelong Friendship Society. (Thanks Tyler!)

10.16.2007

Yo Gabba Gabba merchandise!

Check these fun things out!!




















These are exact replicas of the figures you see on the opening and closing credits on the show!! At the office a few months ago I heard these were coming out, just didn't know when. I'm impressed they're out so soon!

From the Kid Robot site:

The new face of children's television, Yo Gabba Gabba!, is rocking away as it gives kids and adults an entire world of fun to wrap their mind around while losing their marbles. We don't want you to be left empty handed though, so we're premiering a series of 7-inch to 10-inch figures at $24.95, as well as our collection of Kidrobot Loves Yo Gabba Gabba! apparel. Forget how old you are and relive the days of sugarfrosted cereal and Saturday morning cartoons.

10.11.2007

9.25.2007

Ottawa Animation Festival 07

Just got back from the Ottawa International Animation Festival and it was a blast! I met a lot of really great people there, lots of fans (and a few guest animators) of Yo Gabba Gabba, saw some really great animated pieces and attended some very interesting workshops.











My favorite short of the festival, and I think many other attendees will agree, was Claude Cloutier's "Sleeping Betty". Apparently the judges thought so, too, because it won "Grand Prize for Best Independent Animation".



This trailer doesn't do it justice because the storyline was just great. At least you can see some of the awesome drawing skills that are throughout the piece in this clip, though.

Another favorite was Jesse Rosensweet's "Paradise", although I don't think it's technically animated. Still, an outstanding piece.



I enjoyed Augenblick's "Golden Age" shorts, although there was just a few too many. I missed it, but apparently during the first shorts competition on Wed night there was a projector failure and the Golden Age piece didn't play, which consisted of about 10 different clips. So OIAF decided to break up the clips to play 3-4 throughout the other shorts competitions screenings. I enjoyed watching 3-4 at a time, but on Friday night they played the entire piece, with all the clips and it was just honestly too long. By the 8th clip, you're saying "wow, another one??". All in all, they were pretty funny.

Some other miscellaneous favorites include Nick Cross's "Waif of Persephone" (which I had seen before), Trevor Jimenez's "Key Lime Pie", Matthew Walker's "John and Karen", Michael Langan's (whom I met at the Animator's Picnic) "Doxology", Juan Pablo Zaramella's "Lapsus", Chris Lavis & Maciek Szczerbowski's "Madame Tutli-Putli", and Luis Cook's "Pearce Sisters".

I attended the Blogging for Animation panel and was happy to hear what bloggers who I read just about everyday had to say about their take on getting involved in writing about animation and what they think the future holds for blogs. Jerry Beck, who I first met at John K.'s house a year and half ago, said he first began writing for the web in fanzines and just wanted to share his knowledge and love for animation. He said he wishes he could get paid fulltime for the blog he co-writes with Amid Amidi, which I thought was a great point. You read other people's blogs, who spills so much information to you for free, yet they are doing it at their own will. I get so much more information out of blogs than I would in a magazine. Michael Barrier, Mark Mayerson, and Jeff Hasulo were the other panelists.


I'll be back later to update this post soon with some photos I took!

My First Sketchcast

This is such a cool new tool!!



Go check it out at Sketchcast!

8.21.2007

Lambo's Inspiration

So here's an 8-bit styled character I did for a game for Liquid Generation back in October 2006.





























Around the time I did this piece, I showed it to someone I met from Lambo (a commercial studio in Marina del Rey) who expressed a high interest in my work. In January 2007, I saw a strikingly similar looking character on Motionographer, featuring Lambo's new piece.














I'm pretty sure they dubbed this off me. If that is the case, I think I'm more flattered than angry about it. It's kinda cool. Kinda.

The Motionographer article where I first noticed this piece is here.

You can watch this piece by going here and clicking the Fuel TV "New Pollution" link.

You be the judge!

Yo Gabba Office

A few pictures of the YGG office in Santa Ana.







































Wow, what a nerd. And I'm sporting my Dave Wasson shirt!

Evil Villian Designs

This dude has some issues, with a split personality. Some concepts I recently did for a project.





Hickville

8.09.2007

Ledbetter goodness












Dude, I can't wait for these! Kid Robot release on Aug 30!!!

8.03.2007

Animax













A test animation I did before working with Animax. I'm sure many of you Flash animators that have applied to Animax have done this. I heard they give you a new test now, though.

I did this mainly focusing on the acting. Watching it now, I would have changed the timing in "Sloshie's" reactions a bit, but it's finished now considering this turned in quite a while ago.

8.02.2007

Adios, Hollywood! Hellooo, Pittsburgh!













So long Hollywood! I've moved to Pittsburgh!

I have to say I've loved my experiences out west but it is now time to start my life in Pittsburgh. I've accepted a new job and more importantly can't wait to live a strong, healthy and happy life with my beautiful wife!













(this seems to be a typical thing for the penguins from what I hear, but hey, the King didn't do much better!)

(Hollywood picture via http://www.elementinsites.com)

7.06.2007

MARRIED




I got MARRIED!!! AHHHHH!!! That's right, Mr. Boban now has a Mrs. Boban. I'm the luckiest guy ever, she's too good for me. Check it out!

4.07.2007

Yo Gabba Gabba and Getting Married













Wow, it's been a while since my last post but I don't think many people noticed, so it's all good!
I've started working at The Magic Store as an animator on the kid's TV show Yo Gabba Gabba. You can sometimes see me on the Yo Blogga production blog. It's so exciting! I wish I could show you what I'm working on but you'll have to wait until it airs in October. Meanwhile I'll post some new independent and freelance stuff I've been working on in the last few months. Some really exciting things and I can't wait to see what the next coming months have in store!

And of course you've watched it a million times, but here it is again:



And one of my favorite guest animator's shorts "Dancing" on Yo Gabba Gabba.



I wish I could show you more, but they'll be on soon!













And even better!! I'll be getting married on June 2 and going on a weeklong honeymoon to Jamaica. I won't find another girl in the world as nice and caring, not to mention beautiful, than her. So before I became what's in this comic, I decided it was time to commit to her to care and love each other until the end.

We're going to Jamaica on our honeymoon, I can't wait!!

For now, cheers!

1.09.2007

Sailing in Santa Barbara

I went sailing this last weekend with my wonderful fiance, my friend Lyon and his girlfriend, Bridgette and my friend Shaun who hooked us up with the boat.

Have a looksy!



















1.08.2007

Another world












This is a planet thousands of light years away from Earth.

Or at least my interpretation.

People Look Funny

Some random caricature doodles from the past couple weeks. Some of these are from the airport and the bottom few from a sketch jam last Saturday.

1.05.2007

Amanda Visell

Kristen and I went to Amanda Visell's solo show "Switcheroo" art opening last night at Gallery 1988 and it was sooo cool! She had a 3-piece (trumpet, tuba and banjo) dixieland band playing and gave out cool little bags to the first 100 people which I'll be posting some pics soon! Not to mention every piece of art in there is strong eye candy!

Her work is a lot like Tim Biskup's style but she works more with animals and human characters that the general public can relate to a little better than Biskup's more abstract/experimental shapes and characters. When looking at Visell's work, the viewer writes a story in their mind for each and every piece which I love. When looking at Biskup's, I personally don't get that but moreso look at his work for its artistic value. I don't prefer one over the other, just comparing the two.

I highly recommend if you're in the LA area to go check out Switcheroo.

Great show, Amanda!