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D23 Expo will bring Alex Hirsh And Daron Nefcy

  • On Friday July 14 at 10:30 AM in the D23 Expo Arena,Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch and Star Vs The Forces Of Evil creator Daron Nefcy will discuss how to bring hit Disney XD series to the screen to the amazing world of books discussing Journal 3 and Star and Marco’s Guide to Mastering Every Dimension
Q&A Transcript with Alex Hirsch at MomoCon 2017

Question: Before you decided to make Bill the main bad guy, did you have another character in mind that would have been the villain? 

Alex: Yeah, um that’s a good question. Uh, so, when we came up with the villain of the show, I knew that… I knew that Bill was involved. And I knew that Ford had disappeared due to some deal gone wrong with some villain next to the mystery of how Gravity Falls was all assembled. 

Um, but, I didn’t yet decide that Bill was that character in the very beginning, y'know? I had always imagined it was some sort of evil character somewhere kinda hidden in the woods. I wasn’t sure I could go with the Bill idea cuz I thought it would be too much like Twin Peaks, but as we got further along the series we discussed it among the repairs and we were like, ‘none of our other villain ideas were as good.’ Bill, Bill was weirder than anything else we thought of. Um, I remember there were other ideas. Strange monsters and government officials; some kind of cthulhu– some weird crazy old man. But nothing was ever better than Bill, so it ended up sticking. Probably somewhere around, y'know, season one– midway through season one, we started thinking we might be– might be on point.

Q: Was Grunkle Stan ever aware of McGucket’s connection to his brother? 

 A: Oh, oh that’s such a good question. Wait, let me think about that for a second… Uh… lemme see… I don’t think so. I don’t think Stan was ever aware of McGucket’s connection to his brother. Because, by the time Stan traded identities with Ford, uh… McGucket had already gone off the deep end– Was already y'know, had already created the Society of the Blind Eye; had already lost his own memory. So Stan would’ve really only known McGucket as a local obnoxious fisherman. 

And McGucket, probably somewhere deep in the back of his mind, was eerily just drawn to Stan in a way he just couldn’t put his finger on, because he thought maybe he knew him, but– I don’t– I think Stan was ignorant of that. Um, I think Stan… I think Stan looking through the journals probably should’ve put two and two together, but Stan’s not the best at book-learnin’. Uh, so… my guess is Stan wouldn’t have known despite that uh, that there’s a lot of tumblr art out there showing them as like the Scooby-Doo gang. I don’t think Stan ever really knew McGucket before.

Q: What episode do you believe came out the strongest and the most well rounded overall? And is it the same as your personal favorite episode?

 A: Oh gosh. Um. That’s a great question. Hmm… I probably feel, personally, that the strongest episode is uh, “Not What He Seems” just because it’s such a dramatic episode. Like, we know– We’ve never had an episode that dramatic. But, when we first pitched it to Disney executives… they thought it was bad. [laughs] Um, Because it didn’t have a lot of jokes in it? Like, I remember normally when we’re pitching our episode, executives can usually gauge how good they are by how much people laugh. People didn’t really laugh for that one, because it’s really tense. So we thought, maybe we’d screwed up. But, when the animation came back we were like, 'Oh! It’s GOOD that it’s tense. Like, it worked!’ Um, So, I dunno if that’s my favorite episode, but I think– that’s the episode we should’ve won an Emmy for, and I’m still pissed we didn’t. [laughs]

In terms of favorite episode, like… I dunno. I think the first episode that I really felt that the show was really starting to feel the way I wanted it to– “Time Traveler’s Pig” in season one. Like, that was an episode where Dipper had an interesting story, and Mabel had an interesting story, and uh, felt nostalgic, and based around the summer, and had a big secret callback to even previous episodes, so– I just remember when we first just got that episode back in color, I was like, 'hey I think maybe I like how I’m making this cartoon show,’ so I think that has a particularly fond place in my heart, y'know.

Q: Is Disney bringing you to SDCC or NYCC later this year to promote the journal and other books coming out? 

 A: Right, um, yeah, Disney– Disney… Disney-general and me, have like– we’re divorced. Like, they kept the house, and the pets. Y'know what I mean? It’s… we don’t like get dinner or anything. But, the Disney Publishing department, separate from Disney Television, they’re really cool, and enthusiastic, and energized. And they wanna make new cool stuff. Um, so I think it’s possible I might be at D23 this year, and it’s possible I might be at Comic Con, but I don’t have anything confirmed yet.

Q: In the scene where Bill is trying to convince Ford to join him in the Fearamid, were there any other jokes or story beats that were considered? 

 A: Which episode specifically are you talking about? [Q: The We’ll Meet Again scene.] Yea yea yea, We had a– Every scene that you’ve ever seen in the show has a ton of ton of stuff we’ve thought of and had to cut for time or other reasons. Um, I remember there was definitely a version of that where Bill was a lot trickier. Like, he sort of more successfully lied to Ford about like: 'We’re actually going to make the world a better place. Though I present myself as this chaos lunatic that’s just my personality.' Like, 'here’s ways in which we’ll IMPROVE the universe.' 

Um, but it felt out of character. We thought it was much more like Bill to just draw smiley faces in oceans and eat the sun and just– hope, that the force of his charisma could convince Ford that that was a good idea. But uh, I feel like– I feel like Bill can be really really tricky when he wants to, but by the time Weirdmageddon showed up he’s so impatient, and he’s so convinced that he won, that he was no longer like, this brilliant chess master he used to be. He’s like, 'alright let’s do it! Do what I want or I’ll eat your face.’ Like, no more– No more, like– He wasn’t as smart a tactician as he used to be, y'know?

Q: Was “We’ll Meet Again” always the song you were going to use? 

A: Oh yeah, it had to be that. It was like… I think I’d just seen Dr. Strangelove recently around that time and it stuck in my head. It seems to me, if Bill has a taste in music, it would be, like, old timey music that ranges from either weird to obnoxious to obscure. 

Uh, Disney wanted me to cut it cuz it cost them a bunch of money to get the rights, even though it’s so old, it still cost them money to get the rights. And I just… said, please. Over and over and over again. I would send an e-mail that just said, 'please.’ And send another e-mail that said, 'please.’ And I would send another e-mail that said– Yeah. [laughs] Eventually I wore them down that they’re like, 'alright we’ll spend thousands of dollars.’ [laughs]

Q: Are real comics coming? 

 A: You want comics? Would you read Gravity Falls comics?
[Audience screams]
[Alex leans his ear forward]
[AUDIENCE SCREAMS]

A: It’s a terrifying noise isn’t it, Michael? I was at a… Gravity Falls gallery, and like, they didn’t tell us how many people would show up, and it was like, THAT noise echoing from every corner. And uh like, I think I lost a year of my life. My hair started going gray, and it was like, 'oh my god, this is too much love! It’s terrifying.' 

Comics. I would love to do Gravity Falls comics. Um, I have so many… One of the tough things about a half hour show like Gravity Falls is every now and then we think of an idea that we really liked, but it was too short for a half hour; 'oh that’s only five minutes of story’– Or it’s too specific and weird. And so I have tons and tons of ideas of the show that y'know we’d like to explore this character, we’d like to show this secret, this storyline. So, I’d love to do comics. But, that’s up to Disney Publishing, and I’m trying to convince them. So, hopefully, I’ll have something exciting to announce in not too long.

Q&A with Stan and Soos

Q: Is Dipper adorable or manly?  

Stan: Dipper smells like baby wipes. Even if I cut off all my shoulder hair, and taped it to him, he wouldn’t be 1/10th as manly I am.

Q: What would you do if Mabel told you she had a date to prom? 

Stan: I would… invite the gentleman over, have some coffee, tie him to a chair and interrogate him for 10 hours, and maybe throw him in the pit. [shrug] Hands off my neice, kid!

Q: What would happen if Soos met Giffany again? 

Soos: Oh yea, I recently downloaded this couple’s therapy sim? Uh, I think she and I would have to talk about our issues and pass around a conversation pillow, and really work out these struggles. Cuz she’s got some problems, dude.

Q: Soos, why are you so perfect? 

Soos: Yeah, uh, my grandma said that a whole bunch of doves flew down and formed the shape of a perfect angel over my crib. I dunno, dude I guess I was just born that way.

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Happy New Year!

Last year at Pilot we did some work that was hugely fun for myself and the team, especially being such a fan, myself.  It was as though I was creating fan homages for one of my childhood’s most influential movies, but was privileged to work closely with the Publishing team and their guidance.  The driving inspiration behind this style was to capture something of an animation feel in the artwork.

These preview images and others can be seen on the Amazon page.  Buy paperback or e-book!

https://www.amazon.com/World-Reading-Trapped-Death-Level/dp/1484705106

This Star Wars early reader written by Michael Siglain.  Art by Pilot Studio (particular credit to Chis Ford, creative direction, China Rockett, art direction and illustration, Indigo Moorhead, illustration).

My Thought on Moana

I cried so many times during this movie you wouldnt believe. Here is an unorganized list of why this movie was beautiful to me in every way.

1. Auli'i is my friend. I love her to death and hearing her speak and sing in this movie was not only surreal but incredibly emotional for me. Think of it as a proud mother but x10.

2. They brought up our lost art of wayfinding. Wayfinding is a genuinely lost art that has only recent begun again thanks to the Hokule'a. This is so important, and to see that Moana was so excited and shocked to find out her people were voyagers was truly amazing because I feel the exact same way. “Why did we stop?”

3. Maui. Maui is a myth that I grew up hearing about in betime stories. Everything that they talked about I had already known, and to see someone who you grew up learning about come to life in such a beautiful way was truly amazing. Not to mention I had completely forgotten that Maui didnt come from a God and a Mortal, he was given his power from the gods, but was born of mortal parents. I had forgoten my own mo'olelo.

4. Gramma Tala. Tala was the only one to support Moana’s call to the ocean. Many Polynesians feel this call to the ocean. It surrounds us, and it brings life. If theres a feeling I can relate to most its my need to be on the water, which is why I paddle. Also, theway they showed Tala’s aumakua (spirit animal) sent chills down my spine it was beautiful.

5. Te Fiti. In Hawaiian Te Fiti is Papa, mother earth. Watching Papa come to life after Te Ka was silenced made me cry. Papa gave me my islands, gave me my culture, and gave me my people. I love her. Also watching her lay back town to form her island was amazing because that’s also a big part of many mo'olelo- that gods and godesses lay down to form mountains and islands, and are in an eternal slumber beneath us.

6. The music. The music was beautiful. And having songs fully or partially written in Samoan(?) was amazing to listen to. To have disney publish a movie with a soundtrack with untranslated Polynesian in it was amazing of them.

7. The animation of hula. There wasn’t much of it, but the hula was beautiful and again made me so fucking happy when I saw it.

Not rly a reason but heres a nice tip: Moana doesn’t simply mean ocean, we could use Kai for that. Kai is the part of the ocean you can see. Moana is the deep sea. The sea that we voyage on.

There’s really a lot lot more but this is all I got for now yw here u go~

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DuckTales #2

Woo-oo! Two stories of adventure, involving chickens, sheep, and…Vikings?! Oh my! Donald, Scrooge, the Nephews… and a very special NEW character quest for unimaginable riches and treasures untold. - $3.99

DuckTales #3

Woo-oo! The adventures of everyone’s favorite Duck Family continue with two more stories based on the hit new Disney animated series! Scrooge, Donald, and Della match wits with the ghost of Nostradogmus! Plus, can Scrooge and company solve the terrifying secret of the Pumpkin People?

Available on November 22 2017 - $3.99

DuckTales #4

The adventures of Duckburg’s most famous citizens continue! First, Scrooge and company find themselves stuck in Happy, Happy Valley, where everyone is a little too happy! Then, can Huey, Louie and Dewey overcome the Curse of the Twin Samurai (and maybe make a little money

Available on December 27 2017 - $3.99

DuckTales #5

Uncle Scrooge seeks a fountain of youth, but when he discovers it isn’t quite what he bargained for, it’s up to Donald, Huey, Dewey and Louie to turn him back into his old self! And when Launchpad (Shockingly!) makes a mistake while flying, the next candidate to be Scrooge’s pilot is… Dewey?!

Available on January 31 2018 - $3.99

hi yes hello why is nobody talking about the fact that Holly Munro, love of my life, is super duper gay???

i mean like

nobody else in this book is not attracted to lockwood

“You must know there are other possibilities in this world.” wow subtle much hol

“roommate” SURE JAN

anyways holly munro is a lesbian and she has a lovely girlfriend and i desperately want art of them thank you have a nice day

'Beauty and the Beast' gets the manga treatment

Not unlike its magically cursed protagonist, Beauty and the Beast has taken on several forms since its creation. Originally written as a novel in 1740 by the French writer Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, the tale of a beautiful young woman who falls in love with a literally monstrous prince has since been adapted into cartoons, TV shows, plays, and pretty much every genre imaginable. Next month, the story enters a new genre: manga.

On April 26, Tokyopop and Disney will publish a two-volume manga adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, written by Mallory Reeves, that showcases each main character’s perspective. Belle’s Tale will show the story from her point of view, as she learns to see true beauty beyond outward appearances, while The Beast’s Tale will show him learning to move beyond his curse and love again.

In the previews below, readers can see the Beast’s visceral transformation, as well as Belle’s struggles in her sleepy town. Both volumes of Beauty and the Beast go on sale April 26.

This article was originally published on ew.com

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DuckTales #0

DuckTales (woo-hoo) returns! Featuring beloved characters like Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck, and Huey, Dewey and Louie, this new #0 issue is the perfect jumping on point for fans old and new in anticipation of the brand-new series coming Summer 2017! - $3.99

1) Ducktales - Big Trouble At Little Lake! - 9 pages
2) Ducktales - The Repeating Revenge Of The Screaming Duck! - 9 pages

DuckTales #1

Woo-oo! In “The Great Experiment of the Washing Machine,” Donald and the Nephews visit a top-secret lab, chock-full of crazy inventions to make life easier… but might make them SHORTER, instead! And then, learn “The Chilling Secret of the Lighthouse!”

Available on September 27 2017 - $3.99

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@breastforce in case you never read it or looked up about it, here’s some things a book published by disney had about their cannon genderfluid character. Just sending it since hearing about it doesnt do it justice.

Here’s a sneak preview of DuckTales #1 that was just released. Strangely, they decided to make the last page of the story their preview? Interesting choice, but don’t need to nitpick. Yet.

I’m still hearing Russi Taylor as the Nephews. It’s going to take a stint in Nostalgia Detox to cleanse my brain of her vocal stylizations…

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DARKWING DUCK’S GASGUN CHALLENGE

Disney’s Darkwing Duck - A Big Color/Activity Book - A Golden Book 2984 - 1991 The Walt Disney Company - Published by Western Publishing - Colors by Peril Press 2017