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!!!

Littlest Pet Shop

The last of my Littlest Pet Shop episodes has now aired. I spent half of 2015 drawing storyboards on this kids show over at DHX Media. It was fun time, getting back into my animation roots and getting the hang of more cartoony, slapstick storytelling sensibilities.

Littlest Pet Shop

I got to work with some swell directors: Joel Dickie, Steve “Meatstick” Garcia and Mike Myhre. And my storyboard partner John Young was a delightful dude. John and I would each board half of an episode, so if you’re curious about what I’m to blame for, here’s a list of my episodes, all from Season 4:
Ep. 09 – Un-Vetted (front half)
Ep. 14 – Steamed (front half)
Ep. 19 – Race Team Buttercream (front half)
Ep. 24 – Seeing Red (back half)

You can watch them all on Netflix, if you’re into cute kids shows about big-eyed pets. I also storyboarded an LPS short called “Squeak Up!” featuring Zoe the purple dog. I don’t think that one has aired yet but it should be available eventually on littlestpetshop.hasbro.com.

FYI, I’m currently a rough storyboard artist on Marvel’s Avengers Assemble at Atomic Cartoons. I joined the team halfway through Season 3 and we’re now working on Season 4.

Storyboards for Rebel Unit Media

Over the past year or so I’ve been doing the occasional storyboard gig for a San Francisco-based agency, Rebel Unit Media. Some of the jobs have been storyboards for live action commercials while others have been for animated instructional videos. I’ve enjoyed the experience and it’s been good to stretch my storyboard muscles again. It also forced me to work looser and faster than I normally do when drawing comics.

I thought I’d share some of the storyboards I did for FLAMESTOWER, a product that lets you charge your electronic devices using heat from a fire:

FlameStower storyboards

You can view the final live-action video here: vimeo.com/87621984

Next up are some storyboards I did for an INFOR commercial with a Rubik’s Cube theme:

Infor storyboards

Very much unlike the work I do in comics. But it can be interesting to tackle different challenges than you’re used to. You can see the finished video over on the Rebel Unit website.

One of the writers at Rebel Unit is Mariko Tamaki, whom I collaborated with on the graphic novel Emiko Superstar. It’s been cool to work with her again. And the last time she was in town we met up and she gave me some slick prints that Rebel Unit had made up to celebrate their various projects, done in a minimalist style by artist Matt Chase. Recognize the cubic spaceship?

Rebel Unit Media prints

This last batch is from one of many projects we did for SALESFORCE, the cloud computing and customer management company. I’ve drawn plenty of computer-filled offices and cubicles in various comics like The Escapists and Public Relations, but I’ve probably drawn three times as many just for Salesforce.

Salesforce Walkabout storyboards

So there’s a peek at some of the storyboards I’ve done lately.

On a somewhat related note, you should all keep an eye out for Mariko’s latest graphic novel, THIS ONE SUMMER, which just launched from First Second Books. It’s another collaboration with her illustrator cousin Jillian Tamaki. I haven’t read it yet but their previous graphic novel SKIM was excellent.