30th, 2004 - thursday
night, I went to the Frank Thomas Memorial Tribute. Sadly, the
legendary animator passed away a few weeks ago. Frank Thomas and
Ollie Johnston (his partner in crime and fellow member of Disney's
Nine Old Men) will continue to be an inspiration for many of us.
It's so rare to find people like him... you can tell from everything
he did, from his work to his personal life, he was a genuinely
fine human being. As Ollie Johnston was leaving the theater last
night, he waved to a bunch of us with a look on his face that
exuded an incredibly heartfelt appreciation for the folks in attendance
to pay tribute to his good friend. "Honest" and "sincere"
were two words used frequently throughout the program and they
seem to describe both of these men pretty well.
was also lucky enough to be at the Frank and Ollie tribute at
the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences building over
a year ago. It was probably the single-most inspiring night of
my life. If anyone else reading this was there, you know what
I'm talking about. It was incredible. I'm so happy to know that
he was able to see all that before he passed away. What a wonderful
thing to know you're appreciated so much while you are still walking
on this planet. Farewell Mr. Thomas... And thanks for leaving
us with such wonderful work... :)
pages of DK Chapter 3 complete and cranking through another handful
of pages as I write this. I am painting 40 pages of comics in
one week, after having done all the linework in a single week
as well. It is seriously not advisable for anyone to do this.
I can feel the strain now, and it's really taxing my health. Khang
and Chris even came over to laugh at me as I lay shaking and curled
up in a fetal position in the middle of the day.
always interesting, however, to see how far I can push my abilities.
These intense work sessions come few and far between, and I learn
a ton about myself as a creator. It's also important for me to
see what the limitations are since I'm relatively new at doing
this, at least on this scale. I just hope that I can get all of
this stuff done soon enough so I can reward myself with a hammock
for the patio. That's gonna be sweeeet. :)
Kicks - "The Trial of the Century" (website
at the River by
Adam Phillips (link