- I love Zim and I watch cartoons 8hrs. a day so in my mind Nic. sucksBy:amanda dotson (not verified)
- Um..I seem not to be able to start these kind of things so great so um...yeah.There I started it! First of all I happen to be a huge Jhonen Vasquez fan.I was also like that other kid who posted a comment working on a commic with a writer,i guess you can say friend. I have grown not to like that because you never know what may happen,I mean the kid that wrote my comic and I aren't speaking.I also plan on never speaking to him again, so I think you(the kid who wrote that comment) should try once to write your own,and NO I am not trying to be mean.JTHM was the first comic book I read believe it or not,and it was the past November 23rd.Yes,it's sad really.What also is sad,is that I haven't read any of Jhonen's work besides JTHM. I want to.Since then I really started to enjoy drawing in that style.Although I don't exactly count on doing anything about it in the future, I don't exactly want to make an animated TV show when I get older...not at all,it won't happen. I don't even have a good reason for it,I just don't want to.I would like to write a comic though.I am working on one write now,one that I plan on writing myself. Well,I WOULD write more but this comment is just way to long as it is.TY for your time...Oh and I agree,watching Scooby Doo is like watching feces for a half hour.I don't like it >.By:Kelly h (not verified)
- Thank you, this web site has been such a blessing and learning tool into the world of animation. Being a writer and creator I have found some very important lessons. I am only small fry at this stage of my new adventure. I would like to pass on a Quote from an old Tutor: "Failing to plan is planning to fail." Once again Thanks. Anthony FayBy:Anthony Fay (not verified)
- This was a good interview, and actually addressed a few questions that I had about Jhonen Vasquez's work. One item of particular interest to me was his mention of blurring the lines between good and evil. There aren't any clearly drawn lines to divide "good" and "evil" into respective camps. I first noticed this theme in JTHM, of course, and I also noticed it in Invader Zim, so I was wondering about its significance to the author, given its seeming prevalence. It's something that I've been thinking about for a while, so maybe that's why I became such a fan of Jhonen's work. Of course, I *do* realize that it's entertainment, so I have a lot of fun with it, thinking all the while. :) It's brilliantly funny, and with a point. Jhonen Vasquez, if for some reason you ever happen to read this, thank you for unknowingly clearing up that question I had about the theme in your work. :) Kudos on all the recognition - you deserve it. I'm quite upset about Zim's cancellation, but I trust that you'll move on to bigger and better things.By:L C (not verified)
- While I agree with general statements made above, my reflections bring me to ponder what I will deem as the 'Disney' target audience. Commercially, it may seem viable to target 11-14 yr olds to sell other products to, but what does this do for our respectful artform. Many in the community, both closely and more distantly aligned with the animcommunity are still touch and entertained by that 'good little un-spoiled part deep down in all of us' I think the recent production 'Shrek' and it's subsequent success illustrates this poignantly. Target this demographic, have fun with any production and as sure as oreos have cream 'tween, you'll succeed.By:Gavin Stevenson (not verified)
- Zim is cancelled. Forever.By:Invader Sayna (not verified)
- Thanks for such a article. please keep on... thank you.By:Anant Purekar (not verified)
My first animating stint was on TOM TERRIFIC, Gene, and what a pleasure it was working with you and Connie Rasinski, Bob Kuwahara, and Jim Tyer directing. I pass the old Terrytoons building nearly every day here in New Rochelle...(it's now a huge fresh fruit and veggie outlet)...and I swear that on some beautiful terrific days I can hear Tom saying..."You're TERRIFIC, Manfred !!!" And Manfred of course responds, "No...YOU'RE TERRIFIC, TOM".
45 years later, I'm still animating, and I can't think of another character that I enjoyed working on quite as much as TOM.
Thanks for letting the world know about Bill Weiss. When I'd been working at TERRYTOONS for eight years, out of a clear blue sky (I had finished my animation apprenticeship and was due to be classified a "master animator" with a $30 dollar a week raise to $176...) he fired me on an overcast Thanksgiving Eve. What a thoughtful, considerate, wonderful guy !!!
It was a pleasure and an inspiraton working with you, Gene....and altho Eli, and Connie and Bob and Jim and Lars and Artie Bartsch are gone, I'm so glad to see that YOU are -- not only still around, but still full of the fire and enthusiasm of old.
Thanks, Gene !By:Doug Crane (not verified)
- While I respect the point that is being brought up, I would like to pose an additional thought. The Animation Pimp has a valid point in thinking that whom ever was involved with the terrorist attacks of September 11th is mearly striking out because they lack the ability to communicate what is truly bothering them. But I ask, how many times would your child try to tell you what they want before they explode at you? How many times do you say, "Just a minute" before you acutally listen to your child? How many times, at a lesser level, have those terrorists tried to get their message accross? How many times have we ignored them? What else is going to happen before we pull our heads from the sand and look the problem straight in the face.By:S. Tallman (not verified)
- I was interested to see Waking Life because I had seen Bob Sabiston's previous work, and his new program was similar to one I wrote myself... This film was experimental on a number of fronts: - the artists in most cases didn't know anything about animating and didn't really need to. - each scene was handled by different artists (although I wish more of them had strayed from the original visual material more) - the film was extremely talky and philisophical, which I think did not go well with the idea of animating it. I hope Linklater's actual dreams are not this talky. So I see this film as a good experiment, and a harbinger of much better films to come. Films that perhaps don't have much in the way of dialogue, but express themselves in dynamic imagery. Animated work that neither looks like "reality" nor like the same hardlined characters we've seen for decades. Films that may not even have "characters" or any licensable material in them.By:Henry Lowengard (not verified)
- First off, I just want to say that, like most of the psychotic people posting comment thingies here, I am a huuuuge fan of JCV. Currently, I am a sophomore, a young artist, and working with an extremely talented writer friend of mine on the first issue of an amateur comic book series. As I read the interview, I realized that Jhonen and I have very similar attitudes, likes, dislikes, hobbies, etc. My biggest dream since I was about 6, has been to go into animation and eventually make my own film, . . . of some sort. I would very much appreciate it (that is, if Jhonen actually reads this) for him to e-mail me (GriffinAK@excite.com) and perhaps give me some tips or pointers about comics, writing, animation/films, . . . . and, you know, stuff like that. Thank you so so soooo much. Jhonen Vasquez rocks my socks!!By:Alessa K (not verified)
- thank youBy:P stephenson (not verified)
- i feel sick is amazing are there only going to be two issues?By:justin (not verified)
- Having seen Butt Ugly Martians on T.V. and been thoroughly astounded at how terribly poor it is in both story-line and animation, I cannot understand how it managed to get onto T.V. in the first place when there are so many good companies who are not getting the commissions. CGI is a tremendous and effective tool if used well and is sensitive to the context in which it is employed. Looking to the Film world, Toy Story and Antz, etc. prove this case wonderfully. So also do many commercials on U.K. T.V. Without intending any personal offence towards Josh Prikryl, I unfortunately have to fall in line completely with what Vic Debaie had to say on the matter in his letter on December 11/01, where he stated "The show is terrible, the animation is weak, the stories are lame and the characters look as stiff and dead as their movement". I would also add to his this that the lip-sync and sound effects are completely dead in the water and unconvincing. I myself am an animator and am well aware of the restrictions of time, budget and commissioning- bodies. However, if there are to be CGI T.V. shows, then please could they be good, with well developed story lines and not loosing any quality in animation. In terms of source material, one can take a good long look at British animation of the seventies with it's treasure-trove of magical gems.By:Tim Chapple (not verified)
- The Pimp has EXCELLED !!! Encore EncoreBy:Anton Parker (not verified)
- Would you, Jhonen, ever think of animating someone, or their character into the cartoon? If so..DON'T HESITATE TO ASK ME!By:Annissa Melendez (not verified)
- When I read the following... "We were well into The Hobbit screenplay when The Lord of The Rings came out in paperback editions. Having assumed there was only The Hobbit to contend with, and following Snyder's wish, we had taken some liberties with the story that a few years later would be grounds for burning at the stake. For example, I had introduced a series of songs, changed some of the characters' names, played loosely with the plot, and even created a girl character, a Princess no less, to go along on the quest, and to eventually overcome Bilbo Baggins' bachelorhood! I could Hollywoodize as well as the next man..." ...I could read no further. Your failure served you right. R.By:RUSH KRESS (not verified)
- Show more picturesBy:BUD MANson (not verified)
- ZIMMMMMMMM rules. Give me more!!! I want the action figures and a DVD of all the epsiodes. Please grant these wishes genie GRRRR... Fear me ZIM!!!By:Jason cramer (not verified)
MORE UPA. I have looked all over the net but I can't find any web pages containing work from the UPA or any in depth information on it. Tell us more of the UPA please!By:Atom Mac (not verified)