The legendary Chris P, the nicest man in animation, married to the nicest woman in animation, Shannon. Together, they own Titmouse Inc, with studios in Hollywood and New York, that makes more animated shows, shorts, and commercials than I can count.

They have an amazing new series which Chris created called Motorcity, which premiered tonight. The remarkable thing about this series (beyond its apparent remarkable qualities) is that it is animated almost entirely in the U.S. That is no easy feat for an action show, especially one as insane as this. And this wasn’t something they pulled off overnight: Chris, Shannon, Juno, and everyone at Titmouse have built this production pipeline and developed their own software and unique animation techniques over the past decade or so. I love working with artists from all over the world, but I would prefer to work with them all under the same roof. Titmouse is out there on the front lines fighting the good fight, trying to figure out a way for that to happen here in the States.

Back in the day, I worked with Titmouse on the opening title sequence of Avatar: The Last Airbender (along with my friend Andy Dill, who did the CG/composite work). I’d LOVE to work with Titmouse again. One day, when we somehow find the time…

Out of the sad news that Motorcity is cancelled, I whipped up this commemorative sketch (even though it hasn’t ended yet, but yanno)… 

I know Motorcity isn’t the best in terms of the storyline (but it was still pretty good), but dammit they have some of the best characters on TV right now… so I’m really sad that it’s cancelled but I really hope that Chris Prynoski can keep the IP and get this show done somewhere else (and thus turning this commemorative sketch into just a fun fan art sketch). Good luck, Prynoski… also…

KEEP ON BURNIN’, BURNERS!!!

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My monthly Penthouse page is out in print! Every month’s issue will feature a page of my important Titmouse meeting doodles. I had to submit this one 3 times. The first time was “not dirty enough” the second was “too offensive” and this one was “just right.”

One aspect of the “too offensive” part was calling out the gentleman featured in the comic as a convict and a truck driver (two of the largest demographics of the magazine.) Once the characters were not labelled as such, they come off kinda like hipsters. Neck tattoos and trucker caps are no longer the exclusive domain of prisoners and truckers!

By the way, the empty area in the upper left is where I thought they’d put the “graphic displays” header. Instead it was jammed in awkwardly on the right. I’ll try to fix that in upcoming issues…

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Motorcity - Behind the Scenes

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