Saturday, October 30, 2010

eyeworks festival poster trailer

Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi of Sonnenzimmer designed and printed amazing festival posters for Eyeworks! They took on a crazily ambitious idea of animating the elements in each printed poster through taping off parts, changing the image registration, adding different colored inks while printing, etc. We photographed all 200 prints to make an animation, so each poster is one frame of the film. We are so lucky to have worked with these printing geniuses! The trailer is below:

and above is an image of their early timeline chart for the project and an image of one of the finished posters.

Friday, October 29, 2010

the jitters in motion

Twenty very congested drawings. Tomorrow night (10/30) is the last evening it will be showing on 16mm film in the window of Saturday Cinema. The drawings all started with the flower-eating lady I drew below (sorry for horrible compression) and I kept giving her more company.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

eyeworks festival of experimental animation

Big news! I've been organizing a new experimental animation festival called Eyeworks with Alexander Stewart. It will be a mix of abstract animation and unconventional character animation, shown on 16mm film and video. It's taking place November 6th in Chicago, at 247 S. State Street at the DePaul CDM Theatre. Our trailer is below, and our website for the festival is:

Here are the program listings, below:

1:00 pm

Adam Beckett, Heavy Light
Robert Breer, Bang
Sally Cruikshank, Make Me Psychic
Larry Cuba, Two Space
Howard Danelowitz, Inside Out
James Duesing, Impetigo
Paul Glabicki, Five Improvisations on a 120-Drawing Cycle
Stuart Hilton, Save Me
Jonathan Hodgson, Nightclub
Al Jarnow, Autosong
Henry Selick, Seepage
Steven Subotnick, Hairyman
Chris Sullivan, Master of Ceremonies

Program 2: NEW SHORTS
3:00 pm

Lisa Barcy, Mermaid
Thorsten Fleisch, Dromosphere
Stefan Gruber, Petting Zoo 1 & 2
Inger Lise Hansen, Travelling Fields
Andy Kennedy, Accumulonimbus
Amy Lockhart, The Collagist
Matt Marsden, Worm Room
Winona Regan, Haunted Heart
Dash Shaw, The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D
Kyle Sullivan, Esthesia
Jim Trainor, The Presentation Theme
Aaron Wendel, Dwellings

7:00 pm

Festival guest David O'Reilly will present a program of work,
including his new animation The External World (15:00, HD, 2010.)
O'Reilly will accompany his own work with a selection of pieces from
other contemporary filmmakers whose work interests him.

A reel of silent works on continuous display throughout the festival
on two monitors in the lobby of the theater. Animations by:

Gwyneth Anderson
Kevin Eskew
Laura Heit
Jodie Mack
Dash Shaw
Collaborative work from the CSSSA 2010 animation students

Come out to the festival if ya can!

Monday, October 4, 2010


I'm extremely honored to have my comics included in two books from the Best American series this year! My story The Carnival, which originally appeared in Mome vol. 14, now also appears in the new Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010 (with a Maurice Sendak cover, ooh la la!) and an excerpt from my book The Lagoon appears in the Best American Comics 2010 (guest edited by my teenage hero-heartthrob Neil Gaiman). I am so so happy to be included in these books with such good company. Both of these were just released, and I have yet to lay my eyes on them and can't wait to do so.