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"Ed (Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivruski IV)” was a boy at the planning stage. I got a request to draw the characters sitting on a chair with each of their personalities shown for the planning document. I was told Ed’s character was still pending and that she was a boy at first. (laughs) I’ve  also drawn a number of illustrations with backgrounds to show the setting. It seems like another character is in place of Ed here.” - Toshihiro Kawamoto, Character Designer, Animation director of Cowboy Bebop


That one time when Ed was actually a young, black hacker kid w/ dreads as part of the Bebop crew, until final decisions/direction designed turned him into a girl. :-)

Memoirs from Kawamoto’s Bebop art book, “The Wind”

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NYC in the 1980s.



After picking up a camera at the age of 15, Jamel Shabazz has been unknowingly become the first “visual documentarian” of hip hop. For over 30 years he’s captured the world around him. Every frame  of that world is a time portal that sparks emotion stemming from the scenes they represent. And if there is ever a glimpse into the foundations of street wear and its surrounding culture, it can be found in the pages of his first book.

“Back In The Days” is real deal documentation as it pertains to the origins of hip hop, not to mention hip hop fashion. No 2oK a day models. No makeup artists. No food trucks. The models in the book don’t need runways because they lived the life of style. Jamel Shabazz was there to capture it all.”

Purchase here: http://www.jamelshabazz.com/monographs.html

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Goddammit, John Oliver delivering the heat again. And I thought this current, Burbank weather was no joke, lol!  

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Studio visit with UO. photos by Marisa Chavetz. Check out interview HERE.

Shantell Martin. My low-key artist crush. :-)

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Kids: Considering becoming an animator or director in animation? Start animating and storyboarding now. But here’s a selection of books that you might wanna keep with you. 

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Legendary animation director, Takeshi Koike’s (Redline, Trava Fist Planet, Animatrix) simple explanation on why his animation style employs black shadows on his works. From the Making of Redline documentary.

We at Black Dynamite’s production are huge fans of Koike and have paid homage to his approach (As well as our love of 70s comics and cartoons) on our show as well. 

Black Dynamite season 2 premieres next month!

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Me to my Production Manager after meeting a deadline.

Me to my Production Manager after meeting a deadline.

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"FUN ANIME FACT*  Takeda Yasuhiro , legendary Board Director of Studio GAINAX who was dramatized as a character introduced in Episode 7 of Aoi Honoo (Blue Blazes)actually appeared in the show as Aoi’s pissed-off & frantic driving instructor at the cold open of the show (see mini docu at the end credits).

Awesome sense of humor. :-)

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The Japanese Rock Band, The Ulfuls, studio recording session video of Aoi Honoo’s (Blue Blazes)  Opening Title track, “Like This, Like That, Oh Yeah!”

Can I just take a moment to say how awesome this song is?

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The prophetic birth of Akira, lol. 

This damned show, Aoi Honoo (Blue Blazes)

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You know you’re an animator/perfectionist when you’re bothered by the fact the character animation is alternatively timed and set mostly on 2’s while the major fx/wave/tracking is on 1’s.

I am not very fun at parties.

Yes. Animationnnnnssss. But humans don’t move at the speed of water, so this is a noble, nuanced attempt at timing, imo. I appreciate the thinking behind it. :-)

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Awkward writing moments in American comic book history.

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I miss this show. 

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Morning/Afternoon animation work heater of the day.

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anime conventions in japan

Similar to American comic conventions (Except its American comics vs. manga, lol).