Commentary 23 Jul 2011 07:37 am

Saturday’s Mixed Grabbag

- Recently, NY passed the legal rights for gay and lesbian couples to marry. This has, of course, created a lot of difficulties as many couples rush to try to marry. The first day this is possible will be tomorrow, Sunday, and there’s a rush. They’ve begun something of a lottery to determine which couples can go first.

Here’s a story that developed out of San Franciso as reported by Now What Media:

    At the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, at an exhibit entitled Seeing Gertrude Stein, two lesbians were asked to stop holding hands. When they protested they were asked to leave the museum. Let’s see – Gertrude Stein show. In San Francisco. Yes, we read that correctly. The Museum has apologized. The security guard works for an independent company, is not an employee of the museum and obviously knows nothing about the show or San Francisco.

The resourceful Tom Hachtman did the cartoon above (and the earlier one on Now What) which he sent me. Gertrude is always there for the comedy of the event.

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It’s amazing how big Comic Con has grown. The NYTimes has many daily reports from the event in their on-line spaces. Honestly, the thing sounds dreadful to me, but I suppose I should get myself out there one of these years just to see what I’m not missing.

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Yoni Goodman

Yoni Goodman continues to do daily animated exercises on his blog at Dailymotion. They’re no longer quite daily, but they are frequent enough and excellent and worth your checking out.

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You too can animate Sponge Bob (and pay for it.)

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- And now we have news of a new animation creation program. Take a look at this bit of info sent to me this week:
    Smith Micro has announced it has joined with Nickelodeon and NetToons to bring the first-ever SpongeBob SquarePants Tooncast Studio. Now fans of every age and skill level can become part of their favorite show by creating their own pro-quality SpongeBob animations. The SpongeBob SquarePants Tooncast Studio is going to be unveiled at Comic-Con this week.

    Using the SpongeBob SquarePants Tooncast Studio, fans can animate SpongeBob and his friends in hundreds of different ways by making them walk, run, jump, dance, and much moreā€”all to the tune of a custom music soundtrack.

They offered to send a demo copy of the program, but I think my life is too short for such things.

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William Benzon, on his blog New Savannah, has an essay about Fantasia 2000. It doesn’t bode well for the newer film to be compared to the origianal Fantasia. A short quick read.

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Ace and Son
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- Not sure what to make of it, as yet, but Richard O’Connor has moved on from Asterisk Animation to Ace and Son. I don’t know if this is a new company or just the name for the new blog, but it seems meaningful and I’ll let you in on any news I find out.
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Beavis and what?
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Are we ready for more Beavis and Butthead? MTV has run short of ideas so they’re going back to oldies but goodies, except they don’t have music videos they can play off of. So there’s Jersey Shore awaitin’. This October.

2 Responses to “Saturday’s Mixed Grabbag”

  1. on 23 Jul 2011 at 2:22 pm 1.David Nethery said …

    ” creating their own pro-quality SpongeBob animations.”

    The use of the term “animations” is the first clue this is pointless. As Australian animator Chris Bradley quipped: “The word “Animations” is starting to have a certain value. Especially when it is used by someone wanting you to look at their showreel. ‘Can you take a look at my animations?’ . It gives you a heads-up that you’re almost certainly going to see some crap and you better start thinking of a nice way of telling them to give it up.”

  2. on 23 Jul 2011 at 11:57 pm 2.Charles Brubaker said …

    I only went to Comic Con once. I had mixed feelings. It was REALLY crowded when I was there (and it apparently gets more and more crowded every year), but I did meet some great people, and bought some neat stuff.

    I’m wondering about Tr!ckster convention that’s happening across the street, tho. Anyone in San Diego went there?

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