Last Kids on Earth wins Emmy & Leo Awards

That’s right, the Last Kids on Earth special from 2019 (aka Book One) has won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program! We also won Leo Awards for Best Animated Program, Best Musical Score, Best Direction and Best Art Direction. There wasn’t a category for Best Storyboard Direction but I feel pretty honoured nonetheless. The team did a great job and truly earned these awards.

Last Kids on Earth: Book Two on Netflix

The Last Kids on Earth series on Netflix started with a 67-minute special last year and now there are 10 new 22-minute episodes available for your viewing pleasure! Based on Book 2 of the illustrated book series by Max Brallier & Doug Holgate, these new episodes delve even deeper into the post-apocalypse and all the monsters Jack, Quint, June and Dirk encounter.

This season is also where I took over as series director, in addition to having been storyboard director. It’s been awesome working with each department to create this beast of a shot. Go check it out!

Last Kids on Earth Trailer

Netflix has released a trailer for the LAST KIDS ON EARTH special that will be premiering on Sept 17th. I was storyboard director on this special and I’m now directing the series that will follow. It’s based on the popular series of kids books by Max Brailier and Doug Holgate. It’s a fun show and I think kids are going to dig it. Take a look at all the hard work from our crew at Atomic Cartoons!

Enamel Pins and Stickers!

I just made some nice backing cards for my Japanese Payphone enamel pins and have updated my Etsy Shop with both the pins and some vinyl stickers. Head over there if you’re interested in owning any of those or my little comic book about Japanese Vending Machines.

A Little Book About Japanese Vending Machines

Back in the spring, my girlfriend Sabina and I took a trip to Japan. We had a great time and it was interesting to see firsthand the differences between North American and Japanese culture, both big and small. One of the small differences that most caught my attention was their affinity for vending machines.

So when I got home I drew a cute little illustrated book/comic/zine about the vending machines I saw during our trip to Japan. I printed a small run just in time for the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival. I’ve since re-printed it and you can order a copy from my Etsy Shop.

Join me and Sabina (drawn as a dog and a cat) as we explore the various drinks and mysteries to be found in Japanese vending machines.

If you don’t want the paper & staples version, you can order a digital PDF of the book via Gumroad.

Last Kids on Earth the Animated Series

In case anyone’s curious what I’m up to these days… Since April 2018 I’ve been working as Storyboard Director at Atomic Cartoons on an upcoming Netflix show called LAST KIDS ON EARTH. It’s based on the best-selling series of kids books by writer Max Brallier and illustrator Doug Holgate. There’s plenty of info on the books on Max’s website.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets The Walking Dead in this series, in which a band of suburban middle schoolers play video games, gorge themselves on candy, and battle zombies in the aftermath of the monster apocalypse.

It’s been a pleasure meeting and working with Max on the show. I’ve known Doug online for a few years and have always loved his art, so it’s been great to work on something he started. And I’ve got a hell of a storyboard team working with me, so expect this to be a really fun, action-packed show when it hits Netflix.

Minecraft Mini Series on YouTube

If you’ve been waiting to watch them all together, the first two seasons of MINECRAFT MINI SERIES are all wrapped and available to watch for free on the Mattel Action! YouTube channel.

Season 1 Playlist – Challenge of the Spooky Isles
Season 2 Playlist – Mystery of the Greek Isles

I directed both seasons and wrote the first season. And the whole show was animated here in Vancouver at Atomic Cartoons. You can find more info about the show on the Official Minecraft Wiki. But here’s a screenshot of the Players ready to start the Haunted Bed Challenge that I designed…

Minecraft Mini Series

The trailer is online! I can now talk about my current project! I’m writing & directing the MINECRAFT MINI SERIES at Atomic Cartoons!

It’s a cartoon is based on Mattel’s mini toys, which are based on Mojang’s insanely popular video game. I’ve been playing Minecraft for years and have put more hours into it than any other video game. I’ve also been collecting the mini figures for the past couple years. So this has been a dream job, crafting a new show based on these things I love.

You can watch the series for free on the Mattel Action! YouTube channel or on Minecraft.net. The first episode goes live this Thursday, Oct 26th!

“When ten kooky characters are teleported to a mysterious island, they suddenly find themselves competing in a reality game show where they must win outrageous challenges, defeat hostile mobs and above all, stay alive! It’s Minecraft like you’ve never seen it…it’s the Minecraft Mini Series: Challenge of the Spooky Isles!”

Cupcake & Dino

For those who don’t know, I returned to the animation industry a few years ago and have spent the bulk of that time at Atomic Cartoons, mostly drawing storyboards for MARVEL AVENGERS ASSEMBLE. But at the beginning of this year I moved onto a different project which has just been announced: CUPCAKE & DINO!

I spent the first half of 2017 as storyboard supervisor on this Netflix original series. It’s a hilarious show about two brothers (one is a cupcake, the other is a dinosaur) who get into adventures as they go on General Services gigs.

It was great to be part of such a fun series and work with the storyboard team (hey Steph, Chelsea, Jae, Gary and Kat!) to hash out ideas and establish the show’s sense of comedy. I have much respect for Pedro Eboli, who created & directed the series and was a pleasure to work with. And I tip my hat to everyone else at Atomic, Birdo and EOne who made it an enjoyable experience.

I’m proud to have been a part of this project and I totally would have happily stayed on for the rest of Season 1… if I hadn’t been offered the chance to write & direct another show, which I’ll talk about in my next post.

Definitely keep an eye out for CUPCAKE & DINO. It will premiere on Netflix in the U.S. and in 2019 it will end up on Teletoon in Canada and on Disney channels in Latin America.

Did I mention Cup and Dino’s grandmother is a steak? GRANDMAAA STEEEAAAK!!!

Atomicon + Vancouver Comic Con + VanCAF

If you dig comics and other graphic arts, there are a few events you should check out in Vancouver this month.

ATOMICON — The animation studio I work at, Atomic Cartoons, is putting on a convention at the Anza Club on Friday, May 12, from 6-11pm. I’ll have a table there, as will over 30 other artists from our studio. It’s free to attend but you do need to be 18 or older, since it’s a licensed venue. A great place to grab a pint and then buy some cool prints, comics, buttons and other art objects.

VANCOUVER COMIC CON — Then on Sunday, May 14, there’s a comic show at Heritage Hall. I won’t be a guest at this convention but my pals James Stokoe and Marley Zarcone will be back in town to promote their current comics, Aliens: Dead Orbit and Shade the Changing Girl, respectively. $4 admission / free for kids under 14.

VANCAF — I will be tabling at the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival on Saturday & Sunday, May 20-21. That weekend you can wander into the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre for free and check out what over 250 comic creators have to offer. There will also be a bunch of panels and workshops, including comics lessons for kids & teenagers throughout the weekend. Featured guests this year are Brandon Graham, C. Spike Trotman, Chip Zdarsky, Faith Erin Hicks, Sandrine Revel, Mike Lawrence, Marcelino Truong and Katherine Collins.