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Dragons 2 and San Diego Comicon

Fri Jul 12, 2013, 11:59 AM
First off, here's the official teaser trailer for the sequel of "How To Train Your Dragon":


If you want to see it on the big screen and in 3D, it should play in front of Turbo, opening next week.

I should be at the San Diego comicon next week, from Wednesday to Saturday (will be absent on Sunday). This year, I'll be hanging around the Gallery Nucleus booth, in a new location in the hall: booth 2743, close to IDW and Image Comics. We'll have great guests at the table: 
Becky Dreistadt beckydreistadt.com/
Kazu Kibuishi boltcity.com/
And a few more surprises!

(nothing from me, unfortunately, but do drop by to say hello!)



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I was fortunate to work with Perry Maple and WoonYoung Jung collaboratively to bring about the little exclusive, online mini stories. The last one, out biggest collaboration, just got posted today. I posted a progess lineart for it:
Pitch story lineart by rufftoon

and the whole finished story can be found here:
dreamworksanimation.tumblr.com…


Here are the links to all the others one that were posted on Tumblr:
dreamworksanimation.tumblr.com…
dreamworksanimation.tumblr.com…
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dreamworksanimation.tumblr.com…

And finally, links to Perry Maple's blog: www.perrymaple.com/
And WoonYoung: woonyoung.blogspot.com/
For more art goodness.
I couldn't have done it without their talent and their help!

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Exclusive Rise Of The Guardians art

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 2:20 PM
A quick heads up that me and two of the Visual Development artists  (WoonYung Jung and Perry Maple) on the Guardians movie have been working on some special, short stories that will appear exclusively online.
Can't find them in the Art Of book!

We were happy that the studio let us play around a little bit longer within the world of Guardians. Each story will have a different visual style.

This is the first. I'll update the journal with links to the future ones as they are posted.

dreamworksanimation.tumblr.com…

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Korra jobs openings

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 12:11 AM
Some great opportunities have opened up at Nickelodeon for artists to apply for work on Korra. With 26 more episodes added, no surprise the crew needs to grow.

So update that CV, polish that portfolio, and best of success!

For storyboards:
tbe.taleo.net/NA5/ats/careers/…

For Character design:
tbe.taleo.net/NA5/ats/careers/…

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SDCC 2012 reminder

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 11:02 PM
The madness is about to start tomorrow with preview night. If you're going to the show this weekend and you have a bit of time, do come by Bolt City Production (#2235, between Marvel and Sideshow Collectibles). I'll be happy to have a chat about anything Avatar, Korra, Guardians, and do sketchies (if my hand remembers what it is to draw on paper).

I'll also have this lovely, exclusive print by Perry Maple (one of the movie's artist) to give away. It will be hidden, so you'll have to ask for it.

And if you're not at SDCC this year I wish you all the best of weekends!
(we'll talk about Avatar, Korra, Guardians and do sketchies online)

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The second trailer debuted today on ITunes.
Edit now with YouTube link!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd71LW…

trailers.apple.com/trailers/dr…

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San Diego Comicon 2012

Fri Jun 29, 2012, 9:01 PM
Comicon is almost upon us!
Just wanted to give a few heads up:
I'll be there the whole weekend, from Wednesday July 11th Preview night to Sunday July15th. I'll be helping at the Bolt City production table (formerly Flight), situated at booth #2235, right between Marvel and Sideshow Collectibles.

We'll have may great artists with their books present:
Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Scott C (The Great Showdowns), Jorge Cham (PHD comics), Michel Gagné (saga Of Rex, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet) and Tony Cliff (Delilah Dirk).

boltcity.com/
www.delilahdirk.com/
www.phdcomics.com/comics.php
greatshowdowns.com/
www.gagneint.com/

Expect also other surprise guests!

Though I won't have any new books (unless you count my contribution to Flight Explorer), I will have an exclusive, limited edition print for "Rise Of The Guardians", illustrated by Perry Maple.

All you need to do to get one of these superb print is to answer a trick question or two, or show up in full cosplay of one of the characters.
(see a little teaser image of the print below).

And, if you have the time to attend a few panels, these may be of interest, mostly dealing with animation:
Thursday, July 12th:
11:15-12:00 DreamWorks Animation, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

12:00-1:00 Cartoon Network and Dreamworks Animation:DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk, Room 6A

2:05-3:05 Walt Disney Studios: Frankenweenie, Oz The Great and Powerful, andWreck-it Ralph, Hall H

3:00-4:00 Hotel Transylvania, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Friday, July 13th
The Legend of Korra,11:15a – 12:15pm, Ballroom 20

The Legend of Korra Comic-Con Signing beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Nickelodeon booth

I may be absent from the Bolt CIty booth during the Dreamworks panel and the Korra one, but should be there most of the time.

So come on by! We can chat about everything Avatar and Korra related, and Guardians too, of course.

Remember: Bolt City Production #2235!

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Some quick news, mostly animation

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 10:10 PM
First off, apologies for the long silence. Work has been constant and very very busy. Taking a small break at the moment to give a heads up on a few things happening around:

I forgot to post this last week, but Korra has finally started to air in Canada on YTV! Thank you, brightling for the link and info
www.ytv.com/shows/128/legend-o…

The Legend Of Korra currently playing on Nickelodeon will have it's season one, one hour finale on June 23rd.
Brave (Pixar) is opening in two weeks, June 22nd! Woooo!!!

Could this be the best animation weekend?

San Diego comicon is almost within sight! One month to go! I'll be helping at the Bolt City table (formerly Flight). Stay tuned for more infos as we get closer to the event.



Rise Of The Guardians released a set of posters of all main characters for the film. For the whole set, just follow the link:
trailers.apple.com/trailers/dr…

Just because I've seen some confusion online, I'd just like to say that yes, Pitch is the Bogeyman.
Here, have the Sandman poster as sample:

Sandy, Sandman

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Rise of The Guardians trailer! Live!

Wed Mar 28, 2012, 8:48 AM
Exclusively on ITunes for the moment, will update with YouTube link when available

trailers.apple.com/trailers/dr…

Updating with YouTube Link

youtu.be/aPLiBxhoug0

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Just spreading the news (KORRA!!!)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 2:44 PM
Keepin' it simple: official release date and titles and all that (excerpt from the KorraNation Tumblr page):

We're so excited to announce two amazing pieces of news.

Firstly, we have a premiere date! And it's sooner than you think! The premiere of Korra will be on Nickelodeon in exactly 1 month: Saturday, April 14th at 11am.  Get ready for some action-packed bending and the start of an epic new saga.

Secondly, if you haven't already heard, we are proud to announce the new official title of the show is simply The Legend of Korra


korranation.tumblr.com/

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This is the reason I haven't been updating journals or uploading art. This project has been keeping a big crew very busy. Finally, a bit of a teaser look and news. As for the teaser trailer, it's in the works but I don't know when it will be out. 2012, for sure.
Nothing too spoilery.

www.hitfix.com/blogs/motion-ca…

Teaser Poster

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Apologies

Sat Dec 3, 2011, 8:11 PM
Sorry folks, deleting the post about the Korra video.

Mike DiMartino has requested that it not be reposted. It is perfectly understandable. I'm afraid I got carried away with the enthusiasm.
I intend to honor that request.

Let's wait for official news and videos!

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Moar Avatar comics!

Mon Aug 22, 2011, 5:03 PM
It was announced recently that the first print run of ATLA "The Lost Adventures" sold out. Thank you to everyone who supported the book!
I do hope it goes into a second printing.

More good news: the first graphic novel of the follow up adventures has been announced: written by Gene Yang (American Born Chinese), illustrated by GuriHiru, it is announced for January 2012.
Start saving your $$$!
There's a link on the page for pre-orders

www.darkhorse.com/Books/18-604…

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How To Train Your Dragon

Mon Aug 8, 2011, 9:54 PM
FIrst off, apologies if I haven't replied to you.
Been so busy once again, not much time to reply to notes or comments. Mea Culpa.

Still, I can't help but take a very small break to share a link to this first look at one of the life size puppets for the live show of How To Train Your Dragon.
These are the same crew who did the Dinosaur show a few years back.
Beautiful puppet work: great details, and just the sheer size of it...I want to see it for realz!!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQMGke…

This is just a first look. Can't wait to see what they've done with the other dragons!

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Avatar: The Legend Of Korra

Mon Jul 25, 2011, 9:00 PM
I'm possibly the last person on earth now posting about this, since I went m.i.a. at comicon for the weekend.

So I'll do this a bit differently: instead of just giving you the link to the trailer, I will send you to some of the top guns who are working  have worked on the show:

:iconjoaquimdossantos:, plus a link to his journal and the trailer:
2-cents.deviantart.com/journal…

:iconblacksataguni: Incredible artist, designer, animator.

:iconibgraham:, who worked on the first 12 episodes of Korra, supervising storyboards.

:iconlaurenmontgomery: who is taken over at the helm for storyboard supervision for the rest of the series.

Go to their accounts and congratulate them on a job well done and wish them the best for the continuation of their awesome work!

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One last bit of pimping (not Avatar related): my colleague and extremely talented :iconradsechrist: has just started a DA account. Keep an eye on his stuff. He's currently working on How To Train Your Dragon 2.

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San Diego Comicon 2011

Fri Jul 15, 2011, 1:11 AM
With Flight 8 out, the last book in the series, I can't confirm what will happen to the presence of Flight at future SDCC events. Stay tuned!

If you're attending San Diego comicon this year, make sure to drop by the Flight booth (2235). We'll have many great guests!

Raina Telgemeier (Smile)
Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy)
Jake Parker (Missile Mouse)
Michel Gagné (Saga of Rex, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet)
Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet, Daisy Kutter, Flight)
Kean Soo (Jellaby)
And many others!
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There will also be many Avatar related events!
But instead of me boring you with long lists and texts, hop on over to alternatecoppa handy dandy guide to everything Avatar!
Be sure to thank him for his hard work too.

alternatecoppa.deviantart.com/…

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Hoping to see many great cosplays. This year, I HAVE to take a whole lot of pictures. Hope the Spartans will return, but I would absolutely go crazy if anyone showed up as Strong Female Characters!


www.harkavagrant.com/index.php…

Or Brown Recluse Spider Man

www.harkavagrant.com/index.php…


Kate Beaton rules.

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Books, Books, Books!

Fri Jul 1, 2011, 11:54 PM
Have to give a shout out to my Flight buddies:
Flight volume 8, the last in the series, has finally come out this week, brimming with wonderful stories!

www.amazon.com/Flight-Eight-Ka…

Though I do find myself loving them all, I have my faves:
JP Ahonen's ninja story cracks me up everytime.

ktshy wonderfully cartoony story about a track eating troll fills me with cartoony glee.

shingworks 's story is too short. I just want more of these gorgeous pages with dinosaurs!
(and if this story is too short for you too, then make sure to follow her webcomic www.meekcomic.com/2008/12/27/c… )

nicholaskole 's absolutely gorgeous pages and storytelling gives me a kick in the butt in how much I still have to learn.

I just love Scott Campbell's style, both in drawing and humour.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg from this great book!

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Avatar; The Last Airbender The Lost Adventures is also out this week. It collects all the stories published in Nick magazine and the mini comics that came with the DVD.

Some are short (2 pages), and other longer (20+ pages). All of these take place between all 3 seasons of the series. So, if you're looking for fun extra Avatar material, definitely have a look-see for it!

www.amazon.com/Avatar-Last-Air…

I have to say it again: the story Relics that I did (thank you Josh Hamilton for fixing all the texts!) was done waaaaaaay before the Last Airbender movie. Any similitude between the plot and certain elements in the movies are completely coincidental.

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Looking for other fun stories by Flight artists? Go to your local bookstore and check these out:

by yaytime Astronaut Academy (all ages)
www.amazon.com/Astronaut-Acade…

From Vera Brosgol (who worked on the movie Coraline): Anya's Ghost:
www.amazon.com/Anyas-Ghost-Ver…

KoKo Be Good, by Jen Wang
www.amazon.com/Koko-Be-Good-Je…

Zita The Spacegirl, by Ben Hatke www.amazon.com/Zita-Spacegirl-…

Smile, by goraina  www.amazon.com/Smile-Raina-Tel…

Amulet (3 volumes out, more to come), by Kazu Kibuishi
www.amazon.com/Stonekeeper-Amu…

Missile Mouse, by Jake Parker www.amazon.com/Missile-Mouse-1…

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I have to mention one more, though not in book form, but Tony Cliff's Delilah Dirk's stories are just too superb to pass:
www.delilahdirk.com/

Happy reading!

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Kung Fu Panda 2

Thu May 26, 2011, 10:35 AM
About 3 years ago, I started helping on Kung Fu Panda 2.  After about 6 months, I was switched over to help on Dragons (who was in major overhaul mode).

Even though my time on Panda was extremely short, I want to give a shout out to the incredible crew who slaved on it for those 3 long years: kudos everyone! Awesomeness is your middle name. Every single one of you.

Kung Fu Panda 2 opens in theaters in North America today (May 26th).


(and for those who may be curious, I have about 15 seconds of boards that survived the long production journey- believe me, that's a feat!!)

If you go see it, we hope you'll enjoy it.

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First look at Korra (edit)

Mon Mar 7, 2011, 8:51 AM
I'm sure I'm not the first, but just helping to spread the image. From the Wall Street Journal speakeasy blog:

blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2011/0…

A bit more news from the Wall Street Journal Speakeasy  blog:

If you were interested in knowing a bit more about the cast, here's a list of actors and the characters they will play:

Janet Varney as KORRA
Kiernan Shipka as JINORA  
Daniel Dae Kim as HIROSHI SATO
David Faustino as MAKO
Sheychelle Gabriel as ASAMI  
Lance Hendrickson as LIEUTENANT
JK Simmons as TENZIN

Source:
blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2011/0…


Well, I guess that will give fanfic writers and fanartist something to do until the serie airs sometimes...in 2012.

Ooh, 2012 will be a great year!

In other news, just saw Rango today and really liked it.

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Comics!!

Tue Feb 15, 2011, 10:11 PM
I'll begin this entry same as last time: so busy, so sorry I'm not updating the gallery with new material.
FailFailFail.

One bit of very good news: Dark Horse comic will be collecting all the short Avatar comics that were first published for Nickelodeon magazine. Finally, everything gathered in a nice 240 pages book! Some of these stories had never seen print in North America, including this one that will be available in the Free Comic Book day preview:

www.freecomicbookday.com/comic…

You have to go and have a look-see: this may be the only time that Zhao officially sees print!!

Free comic book day is May 7, the Avatar comic compilation book will be out in July.

In other comic news: I should have a short story in the upcoming Explorer project, an all ages anthology, a spin off of Flight. I don't have a release date for that yet.
I have seen some early pages for the next and last volume of Flight. There is so much good art in this one, it will blow your mind!!

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