November 29, 2020

Started writing Sublo season 3


I've been blocking out some character arcs for season 3 of Sublo and Tangy Mustard today! I was thinking this could be a shorter batch, but I have a bunch of ideas. Hmm...

I didn't have a ton of 'wacky plot' concepts but the more I dig into what's going on with the characters, the more story potential reveals itself. The tricky part has always been keeping at least one foot in Subpar/mascot gimmick land while I'm tempted to focus on how the characters' lives are developing outside of Subpar. I try to balance those elements so it doesn't get too angsty and self-indulgent.

(The stuff sticking out of the sketchbook is ripped post-its to mark ideas I liked.)

November 12, 2020

Sketchbook Drawings

 Some lazy doodles from the last little while

November 09, 2020

"The Animation That Changed Me" Article

I was recently invited to write an entry in Cartoon Brew's series "The Animation That Changed Me" and I selected one of my favourite movies, Masaaki Yuasa's Mind Game. I don't think anyone will be surprised by my pick, since I've talked about Yuasa often and the visual influence is obvious in my work, but it was really fun to pay tribute to this film.

November 01, 2020

Movie Review Again


I saw Borat 2 recently and I'm trying to figure out how I feel about it...

In general I'm a big Sacha Baron Cohen fan. Of his other projects, Borat 2 feels the most like Bruno in that it's often funny but also feels strained and padded, which might be unavoidable in any post-Borat SBC mockumentary. The scripted scenes were fine, but it often seemed like the real-world set-ups didn't generate as much as they were hoping comedically, and had to be over-edited to compensate.

I got the sense that most of the real-world people were at least partly in on the joke, and just playing along because they didn't care or felt trapped. Most of them didn't do anything too shocking, they were just quietly polite and seemed uncomfortable. They didn't give the same kind of embarrassingly big reactions as in the earlier Borat stuff. Maybe that's not just because people know Borat, but because it's 2020 and people are so much more aware of being on-camera, going viral, winding up in a cringe compilation or whatever.

In a different kind of movie, the non-actors being in on the joke would be fine, but here it almost makes the whole thing feel pointless. I guess that's the central issue - the goal of Borat is to fool people into thinking he's real, so what do you do when everybody knows he isn't? The solution, to have him put on diguises, talk in different voices, and introduce a daughter character to take his place, kind of worked but it was hard not to be aware of how little we actually saw of "regular" Borat on-screen. You get the sense that the character works against what they're trying to do, but of course if he's not doing Borat then there's no real distinction from any other person-on-the-street interviews.

In general I was constantly thinking about how hard it must've been to make the film, which is not really what you want to be thinking about as a viewer. In that sense it's impressive that they were even able to cobble together a film that leaves you reasonably satisfied. It must've seemed impossible to make a Borat sequel, until they actually did it.

October 27, 2020

Straight-Ahead Break

 It's been a long day! Here's a little straight-ahead animation to blow off some steam.

September 30, 2020

Podcast Roundup

 I've been a guest on a few podcasts lately. Some haven't come out yet, but here are the ones that have!

 Terry Ibele's Animation Industry Podcast #81

 The Dom and Fro Show #9 

Storytelling Saga #104

So if you want to hear me ramble about working on Sublo and Tangy Mustard, Bojack Horseman, Tuca & Bertie and other stuff, check these out.

September 16, 2020

Power walk

I haven't been drawing much (outside of work-related stuff) for the past few months. Partly cause I've been so busy with work, but also it's just hard not to be depressed by the state of the world these days... Anyway I'm shaking off the rust and get back into it! This walk cycle is probably inspired by Vince McMahon's power walk. It was done straight ahead and is full of issues in the arcs and spacing, but it gets an idea across.

September 12, 2020

Latin-Spanish dub of Sublo and Tangy Mustard

Sublo and Tangy Mustard is getting a full Latin-Spanish dub by Art Team Studios and they just put out the first episode! They did a really great job with it and are working on more. They're really nice people and are taking the dub very seriously. I can't believe how cool this is! Some of the voices are surprisingly close. I'm looking forward to see the rest of the episodes dubbed!


July 04, 2020

Sublo and Tangy Mustard episode 9-15 outtakes

Weird ad libs, flubbed lines, bits of interviews and conversations from recording episodes 9-15 of Sublo and Tangy Mustard.

June 18, 2020

Sublo and Tangy Mustard #15 Picnic

Here's "Picnic" the season finale of Sublo and Tangy Mustard! In which Sublo and Tangy Mustard help Katy get home after a picnic in High Park. This one is a little melancholy but hopefully still funny too! It features Jesse Brown (host of one of my favourite podcasts Canadaland) as a guest voice along with all the usual players. Getting Jesse to voice a character was exciting for me because the series is a very proudly Canadian love letter to Toronto, and he's a Canadian hero of mine!

I have plans for more episodes but it's going to take a while before they surface. I have some bonus videos and other projects in the works though, as always!

June 17, 2020

First Sublo and Tangy Mustard Recording Session

Episode 15 comes out tomorrow, but in the meantime here's a little bonus:

I recently found this footage from our first Sublo and Tangy Mustard recording session, way back on May 30th, 2015. In the footage you can see me, Kevin (Tangy Mustard), Shannon (Ashley) and my cousin Jack, best-known in the show as Tito but seen here recording some extra walla. We recorded at Morph Productions in Toronto. Heather (Katy) also recorded that day but we didn't get any video footage! Kevin is recording the "Convention" episode here is it was originally going to be the season 1 finale, but I ended up holding it back and rewriting it for season 2.

June 15, 2020

Sublo and Tangy Mustard #15 - Picnic is coming this week!

Sublo and Tangy Mustard #15 is finally gonna premiere this Thursday (June 18) at 11am PST/ 2pm EST at this link: 

 I've been putting off the release of this episode because there's been so much important stuff going on in the world and it felt crazy to put a cartoon out, but I don't want to push it back any longer.

May 26, 2020

Tito Scaggle Scratching Supercut

Every time he scratches from episodes 8-14 of Sublo and Tangy Mustard

May 25, 2020

Sublo and Tangy Mustard - Tito's Girlfriend GIFs

A few GIFs from the newest Sublo and Tangy Mustard episode.

And a few stills.

May 21, 2020

Sublo and Tangy Mustard #14 - Tito's Girlfriend

It's been a while since the last episode (August in fact) but here's some new Sublo and Tangy Mustard! This is a short one but it's just an appetizer-- the main course is coming in a couple of weeks with episode 15. Still this one is very important story-wise! Tito introduces Sublo and Tangy Mustard to his girlfriend, who might be somewhat familiar.

May 11, 2020

Sonic spotted in the valley

There's a bluehedgehog is on the rampage in the valley, better send in G.U.N. to take him out.

Brooke Keesling took a video driving around Studio City, CA and I asked her if I could animate Sonic over it. She sent me the footage and here's the result!

March 31, 2020

Backgrounds from an upcoming Sublo episode

I'm currently working on episodes #14 and 15 of Sublo and Tangy Mustard. #14 is short and simple but #15 is maybe one the biggest episodes yet, up there with Katy's Birthday and Convention.

Here are a few backgrounds from it that I've been working on the past few days. I've posted more on my Patreon ( if you want to see them!

I hope everybody's staying safe at home and not going out during this whole virus quarantine thing. Jeez these are crazy times, but we'll get through this. Just try to focus on whatever makes you happy. For me working on Sublo and Tangy Mustard has been a nice distraction.