Another ad for 'Spirou', this time for the Spring 2012 edition. In the final printed version new book releases will appear to be suspended on the flowery vine much to the delight of the green-fingered lady. Digital.
In the making of my short i approached the fabulously talented Aurore Damant to do some character posing, and here they are in all their splendid food gobbling glory. I am completely ashamed to say in the credit roll at the end of 'MM' you will not see Aurore's name mentioned, this is a fail on my part, on a COSMIC scale i hasten to add, so here it is now! Apologies Aurore. Better late than never!!! Aurore merci beaucoup pour ton talentueux travail, je te suis tres reconnaissant.
Here's the rough sketch and finished comic strip i did for the quarterly supplement 'La Petite Gazette De L'Insolite: Fantaise' which appears in French comic 'Spirou'.
This particular issue had a fantasy theme running through it, so i opted for a Red Riding Hood-esque girl out a picking mushrooms merrily in an enchanted wood setting and getting more than what she bargained for, but then you would wouldn't you, if you went mushroom picking a merrily in an enchanted wood?!
Here's some doodles i did for Pete Candeland's 'The Amazing Adventures Of Kid Cole & Klay' which is a homage to old 50's horror/sci-fi movies. The synopsis of the story is ...shipping lanes are being terrorized by some sea creature, particularly cargo ships carrying vast amounts of tinned baked beans. I went off on a tangent and doodled creatures in the vein of 'Creature from The Black Lagoon' which wasn't what Pete was after at all, he wanted a more gigantic octopussy type of monster.
A sea creature with breathing apparatus, swimming costume and goggles, whoever heard of such a thing?!
In early 2009, while at Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe I finally managed to get my 'Mutant Moments' short realised, it's basically a 'Tales From The Crypt' for kiddies, cautionary tales ala Brothers Grimm meets Roald Dahl if you like, with lots and lots of dripping heart, ...or in this particular vingette lots of dripping undigested food!
In 'Mutant Moments' we would venture to the ramshackle abode of raconteur extraordinaire Dr. Frenzy, where he with the aid of his detachable even more wizzened other self Itchy, would embark on a different hilariously grisly goose-bump inducing story every week.
It proved very successful with the kids in a focus group which was held in May 2009...(i think it was May, could it have been June...???) anyway, they all loved it and were really into it, the only comment was 'it could be a little bit more scary', and that came from a little girl! Hurray i thought, I agree completely!!! I'd love it to be that little bit more scary...
...sadly, the powers that be at Cartoon Network failed to see the potential in the show and decided to pass on it, not only this, they then delivered me a double whammy and promptly informed me they were going to ditch me from the development studio too!
Anyway, a big thanks to all those who worked really hard on it, you all know who you are!
I'll be posting more 'Mutants' artwork up in the following weeks, when i locate my external hard drive that is... it's in a box i used to clear my desk out at Cartoon Network, i think it's up in the attic somewhere...only, i think i just heard something moving about up there? Maybe i'd better go and check it out...