The Struggling Cartoonist
If you enjoyed Roger Rabbit and Cool World, consider what would happen with a dash of Inkheart and Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween? In THE STRUGGLING CARTOONIST, cartoon characters burst out of an artist's sketchbook, along with rampaging fantasy illustrations, into a crowded couple's apartment with hazardous results...
While cleaning out his art studio, adjunct animation Prof. Mark Toonery accidentally unleashes a dozen drawings into the real world of his two-bedroom apartment. He and his wife Lisa must suddenly share their living space with rejected drawings from Saturday morning cartoons and comics. Deadbeat Skunk, Sezquatch the Bigfoot, Arsonist Space Squirrels, and even fantasy illustrations like a winged gargoyle and an impossibly huge giant soon crowd the hallway.
Worse yet, not all the characters are entirely friendly...Although mad scientist Dr. Ratnest seems to have turned over a new leaf in the third dimension, his predictably twisted lab assistant, a psychopathic platypus named Daggur Bill, has to be confined to Lisa’s linen closet. When Dr. Ratnest refuses to plot the platypus’ escape, the sabertoothed sidekick decides to take matters into his own diabolical hands.
The first in this Cartoonyville Adventure Trilogy (soon to follow up with The Cartoonyville Halloween Caper) is now available on:
The Art of Flash Animation: Creative Cartooning
Prof. Mark set out to write the manual not only on Flash Animation that he wished he had to begin with, but also a primer on animation from script to storyboards and layout, from character design to inking, scanning, and/or digitizing your drawings with a WACOM tablet.
Mark even goes in-depth to talk about getting a job in animation! In the last chapter, he interviews animators from Turner Studios' Cartoon Network. They talk about the importance of career networking, figure drawing, favorite Disney animators, and more!
And if all THAT wasn't enough, Mark even has a bunch of Tales from Tangent Man, nice little anecdotes about his own experiences getting started in animation. (For instance, can you believe at age 16, he made his now infamously sarcastic remark: "Animation? That's for children!" Find out why, by reading his book... and better yet, what film changed his mind!) He even includes a personal wish list of great animated films STILL not available on DVD!
Besides writing and illustrating his own books, Prof. Mark also helps other authors and independent publishers by promoting their works. For instance, check out the one-minute animated promo produced for the book entitled "Kayden is Different" by Roosevelt Mitchell.
In "Brick by Brick," young Booker T displays his ability to skip stones with not only strength, but "grace and finesse," as he tells his friend Ida B, in this short demo film for Melanin Origins, an independent publisher of children's books.