Archive for June, 2009

Los Campeones Screening In Sydney

Posted in Los Campeones with tags , on June 29, 2009 by eddie

LC movie

In the early 1990’s when I lived in Sydney, I used to walk past a strange interesting-looking storefront in inner-city Chippendale.  The window displayed a huge painting of an Alien head, and inside the store was all manner of weird pop-culture items and artifacts.  Well, the place turned out to be the ‘Mu-Meson Archives’ , a wonderful mix of obscure film, UFology, pop-culture and conspiracy theory  – you know a real alternative to everything else that was out there.

I got to know the Mu-Meson founders Jamie and Aspasia, and it was Jamie (aka Jay Katz) who in 1993 out of the blue said to me “Have you heard about those movies from the 50’s & 60’s where Mexican Wrestlers would fight monsters?”

What?  He had to be making this up, surely?   Well he wasn’t, and 16 years (!) later – after 3 episodes of Rudo By Night, 52 episodes and a feature length DVD of Mucha Lucha!, and countless excursions to watch Lucha Libre in Tijuana, Mexico City and California – our feature film ‘Los Campeones de La Lucha Libre’ screens at the Mu-Meson archives theatre on July 3rd, 2009.

If you are in Sydney, the screening is at 8PM, (Crn Parramatta Rd & Trafalgar St Annandale) together with a documentary entitled Tales from Mexico of Wrestling Politics & Religion  and some informative narration and banter from Jay Katz and Miss Death themselves.  Wish we could be there.

More Kaspar Kasperovich!

Posted in Inspiration, New projects, Uncategorized on June 27, 2009 by eddie

As I finish my story, ‘The Kinky Kasperovich Konumdrum’, I thought I’d post some more of Lili’s (unfinished) inspirational art and photo collage

Kaspar teaches Svetlana how to mambo!

Kaspar teaches Svetlana how to mambo!

Agent Kasperovich arrives in Habana!

Agent Kasperovich arrives in Habana!

These montages were for our own story/design reference



The Kinky Kasperovich Konundrum

Posted in New projects with tags , on June 26, 2009 by eddie

Kasperovich montage

A few years back we started on an idea for a new cartoon, best described as  ‘what if James Bond was Russian and worked for the KGB and got mixed up with revolutionaries, the mob and rock ‘n Roll in 1958 Habana, Cuba?’ (Yes, I know – we won’t exactly be pitching this to Nickelodeon)

And so ‘Kaspar Kasperovich’ was born!

Kasperovich Kover

Lili created this fabulous concept artwork based on a few pages I wrote, and after rediscovering it I have decided to finish the story, and who knows…let’s see what happens!

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Mexicanos in Space!

Posted in Graphics, Inspiration with tags , on June 25, 2009 by lili

Ruth Livier (who voiced Sorpresa in our Los Campeones movie) sent this link today: FINAL FRONTIER MY FRIENDS

This August there will be Two Latino astronauts going on the space mission, Jose Hernandez – a Mexican National from Michoacan, who studied at UC Santa Barbara and Daniel Olivas – From El Paso, TX.

We think it’s pretty cool. Everyone should go to space. Everyone!

On a related “space” theme, check out der onnder’s astonishing Flickr collection of space stamps from around the globe.

Also on Flickr,  Dustin Weant‘s Otto photos put a smile on my face.

And of course how could I not mention Cosmic Baby aka Taikonaut 1?

RIP Mr. Black Tight Killers

Posted in Inspiration, Music on June 22, 2009 by lili

Japanese director Yasuharu Hasebe has died at the age of 77.

Firstly, this awesome graphic  via

Next, here are ‘Black Tight Killers’ Opening Titles which we recorded from TV (VHS):

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Myspace Video link

Last but not least, Eddie’s tribute to this film. Listen to Eddiemuerte‘s:  Killers In Black Tights

More ‘Bande Dessinee’

Posted in Books, Graphics, Inspiration on June 21, 2009 by eddie
Tintin by the great Serge Clerc
Tintin by the great Serge Clerc

A new project I am developing has me going back to my Tintin books.  I’ve never understand why the estate of Herge refused to let anyone continue the series after Herge’s death (although they will release countless rehashes of existing work in all manner of gimmicky format, and allow the film rights to go to  – shudder – Spielberg), especially as there are other Belgian and French artists who could have kickstarted Tintin for a new millenium.  Here’s a few interpretations…

An amazing interpretation by Serge Clerc
An amazing interpretation by Serge Clerc
Tintin by Yves Chaland

Tintin by Yves Chaland

Fifi Lapin

Posted in blogging, Graphics on June 20, 2009 by lili

Now for a totally different style…

As part of our character design process, and especially for one of our current projects, we like to look to books, magazines and the internet for clothing reference. We try to stay away from that generic “t-shirt, jeans and baseball cap” look that defines almost every animated teenage boy. We like to make the girls look like they were dressed by interesting girls :)

[etsy print]

There is something about these illustrations that makes the Fifi Lapin blog addictive. I don’t even read the text,  I don’t follow haute couture, I am generally not into kawaii/cutesie designs  (I am very specific about the cute things that I like)  and Fifi Lapin’s flat, expressionless ‘Hello-Kittyesque’ bunny-ness has nothing to do with it. It’s not even about the clothing styles.

I don’t know what it is. I think I just love the whole idea of a fashionista rabbit.  (Maybe it’s sort of  like being into dressed-up Blythe dolls). I find the whole project fun and whimsical. I like the way the artist interprets the fabric shapes, textures and colors.

Via:  Fifi Lapin’s Flickr where there are lots more photos and illustrations.

Yves Chaland

Posted in Books, Graphics, Inspiration with tags on June 20, 2009 by eddie

The great Belgian artist now has an official website.  It’s all in French, but there’s a great pictorial listing of all Chaland’s published work.

Though Chaland died in 1990 aged only 33, he left a vast and amazing body of work.  Here is his take on the classic ‘Spirou’ cartoon





Why we British grew up so twisted…

Posted in Inspiration with tags , on June 18, 2009 by eddie

FrankiesteingobstopperMy mum used to buy me one of these comics everyday when I was a kid.  My favorite characters were the grotesque ones done by Ken Reid (above).

Ken was one of Manchester’s finest and drew characters like ‘Facheache‘, ‘Jasper The Grasper’ and ‘Hugh Fowler’  (THIS is both demented and hilarious.  Fowler has one emotion and expression; HATE!)

I also loved Leo Baxendale’s stuff too, especially as he drew mainly spotty, obnoxious school kids.  ‘The Swots & The Blots’ was my favorite


More at Peter Gray’s great English comic site

Endsville Storyboard Panels

Posted in New projects, Storyboards & Layouts with tags , on June 17, 2009 by eddie


John Q. Law (Endsville)

John Q. Law (Endsville)


Endsville is our custom-culture project that has been kicking around for a while (the usual story; network development deal/development stalls/we wait 3 years to get the property back) and we’re finally working on a storyboard for a pilot episode ‘The Roadkill That Wouldn’t die’


(Panels drawn in Flash, to be imported into Storyboard Pro)

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