Saturday, May 23, 2009

True Family Story Update

This is a tempting little pic from what I'm currently working on.

If you follow the label for this entry, you'll see a bit of the background for the project, in terms of research. It's called True Family Story, and that's exactly what it is.

In brief- in the mid 1960s, my oldest brother was bit by a squirrel. My family had reason to believe said critter might have rabies. The events that unfolded around that incident have resulted in a "famous" family tale, filled with tears, laughs, weirdness, and a certain amount of semi-cruel humour.

That's my family, all right!

And It seemed like a likely candidate for a little animated film. Stop motion, of course.

I'm working on it during the coming months, in the stop motion studio at Sheridan College. I have a trusty assistant in the form of a co-op student. She is otherwise known as the very talented Carla Veldman. We're working away, building everything needed (puppets, sets, props), and aren't stopping till we're done (or until I go on vacation).

I really can't say when it will be completed. Working full-time, raising a little kid, helping out with elderly parents, and being a husband (and doing each at least reasonably well) leaves only so much time for "art". But it WILL get done, you'll see.

In time, I'll start posting more photos and videos of behind the scenes stuff. Along with that will be writings that explain what's going on, and I'll probably write a fair bit of "how to" stuff as well. I AM a teacher, after all.

But for now I'm really trying to focus on just getting as much stuff made (and shot) as possible, with the precious studio time alloted to me, so bear with me.

I will definitely be posting oodles of goodness.


jriggity said...


Cant wait to follow the progress.


Carla Veldman said...

p.s. thanks for the linkage Chris, I'm looking forward to seeing the final product.

ChrisW said...

Me too, Carla! When that happens, it will be due in no small part to your awesome help. See you at work...

Seth said...

Hi...not relevant to this post, but I was Googling Barnaby and found your first post, and I thought you might be interested in the potential reprint covers I designed:

I couldn't find a lot of decent images to use, so they look kind of old...but just imagine what it would look like if these were printed in, say, 1950-something.

And yes, the font you see for the lettering is the same as that used for the strip itself (save for the Barnaby logo, which comes from the reprint of the original Barnaby book, and Johnson's signature.) It's called Italic Futura Medium, and because I couldn't afford to purchase it I copy-and-pasted the image previews.

Let me know what you think!

P.S.: I wanted to do a cover with McSnoyd's mushroom on it, but I ran out of years.