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The Secret Life of Walt Disney

Posted in Books, Inspiration, New projects on July 10, 2009 by lili

“En Pleine Guerre Froid” is a story by Froch and Fromental in Metal Hurlant issue 70. We recently repurchased this comic book from eBay because it was easier and cheaper to do this than to have someone relocate it amongst our storage items and ship it from Sydney.

“En Pleine Guerre Froid” is set during the Cold War as the title suggests, and thanks to Google Translate, the story goes a little something like this:

A Russian spy visits a fellow spy and famous comic book critic/reviewer who was once thrown in jail for peddling American comic books in the Red Square. In the home of this critic, he meets a kid who has won a drawing contest to see Walt Disney in America. Using a special device, the spy transfers his ‘mind’ into the kid’s body and vice versa, and off he goes to kidnap Uncle Walt.

As it turns out, Walt Disney was no longer alive.

This Walt Disney was a robot created by the KGB.

En Pleine Guerre Froid: Read the full story here (flickr set)

File under: Inspiration for the Kinky Kasperovich Konundum (Our Comrade In Cuba)

Bostie Boys Artwork

Posted in New projects, Storyboards & Layouts with tags on July 9, 2009 by eddie


As we’ve blogged already, The Bostie Boys is our cartoony Bowery Boys/Fleischer-inspired short we are currently working on.  While we are producing the cartoon in color, we will ultimately output it in black and white.  Here are some layouts, renders, and final B&W effects

Original layout for the animatic
Original layout for the animatic

Animated scene still with background

The final image with black and white effects
The final image with black and white effects

More B & W Images…


Inspired by Tezuka – ‘Dead Ringo’

Posted in New projects, Storyboards & Layouts, Uncategorized with tags , , on July 3, 2009 by eddie

final-2‘Dead Ringo’ is a new Fwak! project we are pitching.  Don’t want to give too much away, but here’s some of the pitch artwork we did a little while














King Of Corny Island

Posted in New projects with tags , , on July 1, 2009 by eddie

coney logo-crop

Logo for our new Bostie Boys cartoon ‘King Of Corny Island’ (more sketches/storyboards/layouts coming soon!) 

I used Toonboom Animate for the colors and effects – although I had to import the text from Flash as there is no text option in Animate :(

Here’s the larger picture (click image for full size)

CornyIsland map-final

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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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)

More Music-Subculture Books

Posted in Books, Inspiration, Music, New projects on June 11, 2009 by lili

Following on from the previous blog entry, a list of favorite books on music and fashion subcultures. WE LOVE THIS STUFF.

1. Ready, Steady, Go!: Swinging London and Invention Of Cool by Shawn Levy
Shawn Levy documents the rise of swinging London through the rise of 7 people: Mick Jagger, Mary Quant, Robert Fraser, David Bailey, Videl Sassoon, Brian Epstein and Terence Stamp. – eddie

Rancid & Friends (Dance Crasher project)

2. The Way We Wore: A Life In Threads by Robert Elms
Besides being an amusing autobiography which focuses on Elms’ obsession with changing fashion trends and getting the right clothes; this book also serves as an engrossing history and etymology of London’s Youth Subcultures from the 50’s to the 90’s.  Teddy Boys, Rude Boys, Mods, Skinheads, Northern/Southern Soul Boys, Bowie/Glam types, Punk and its offshoots (Goth, Two-Tone, Rockabilly etc), New Romantics & Blitz Kids… there’s even an amusing mention of what he calls “Bedsit-Depression chic”… (that 80’s trend of looking as ordinary and glum as possible eg, Joy Division, The Smiths) – lili

3. The Legendary Joe Meek: The Telstar Man by John Repsch
Biography of England’s most innovative and tragic music producer.  RIP Joe, you crazy, gifted bastard!  John Repsch’s book has become THE source for everything that has since been produced about Joe Meek. – eddie

4. A Decade Of The Who by Pete Townshend/Fabulous Music
The Who in paintings, words and Pete Townshend’s hand-drawn fretboards that tell you how to play The Who’s best songs.  Altogether now…”Substitute me for him, Substutute my Coke for Gin…”- eddie

5. The Sharper Word: A Mod Anthology edited by Paolo Hewitt
A great and diverse selection of articles, short stories and excerpts  from different sources detailing Mod culture in the UK. – eddie

6. Soul City: A Novel by Toure
This is a city run by DJs, where souped-up cars are dedicated to musical legends (eg, The JamesBrownmobile, The Billiemobile, The Wu-Tangmobile etc), groovers drop bliss (a drug that enhances your hearing), are able to fly, and buy mind-altering shampoo from the Devil. – lili

7. Subculture: The Meaning of Style and Hiding In the Light: On Images & Things by Dick Hebdige
Although somewhat dry and academic in style, Subculture is the first,  most important POSITIVE book ever written on British youth subcultures that brings with it an inspiring knowledge of teddy boys’, mod’s and punk’s West Indian/Jamaican musical roots.  Hiding In The Light focuses more on consumer aesthetics and there is a cool chapter on the history of Mod aesthetics.

8. Back In The Days by Jamael Shabazz – lili
Awesome, fun and stylish photographs from the early days of hip hop. – lili

9. Made In the UK: The Music of Attitude 1977-1983 by Janette Beckman
A photographic showcase of Punk, Mod, 2Tone, Rockabilly in the late seventies and eighties – eddie

10. Cool Cats – 25 years of Rock n Roll Style by Tony Stewart
Great book – and awesome photographs – of the different decades of Rock n Roll, with an early eighties bias.  First time I ever heard of Northern Soul was when I read this.  Ian Drury (RIP) writes a great essay on the fifties. – eddie

11. Haircults: Fifty Years of Styles and Cuts by Dylan Jones
Hairstyle reference! – lili

12. Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom – Pop From The Beginning by Nik Cohn
Rather than writing about Pop, this book is Pop.  Opinionated, witty, sometimes misinformed, and outdated as fuck, but still brilliant. – eddie
Next on MY reading list! – lili

Boston Terriers & Rock ‘n Roll

Posted in New projects with tags , , , , , on June 9, 2009 by lili

The Bostie Boys – inspired by our love of  boston terriers, and rubberhose style cartoonies.

The Mall of Shame was created and designed by Eddie. Inspired by our recent trip to Mexico and South America :)

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