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.