Thursday, February 15, 2007

February 15, 2007
Finally cleared out weather wise. We had more rain yesterday, but it's bright and sunny now (3:22 p.m.). Bob Brink, Joel Klasky and I met the Brown's for lunch today at Tonto Bar & Grill. We talked at length about the future of Festival of The West and our involvement with them. Mary and Jim have been at it for 17 years. Amazing. I will present Mary the festival of the year award in March for all her hard work putting on the festival.

Went home after lunch and finished three images for The Top Secret Project. The first is a dry-lake sequence, where a certain lanky whirlwind meets a strange procession coming the other way on a big, dry lake. Great opportunity to do dust and lots of it. Still wrestling with how it will look after a herd of cattle go by, churning up the lake bed into a massive dust bowl. Quite challenging because it should look quite surreal, and yet you need to be able to determine who is who. Not easy, but oh, the pictures in my mind! They are perfect! Too bad I'm not. Ha.

And here's two scenes of the San Carlos sequence. Having more fun with dust and getting it down.

Working hard to upload the prototype to the Top Secret Writer. We're still arguing about whether we will use cartoon balloons or not. Unfortunately, most identify balloons with graphic novels and to leave them out flirts with the reaction, "Oh, this is just a book with pictures," which would not be a good thing. There are exceptions. Frank Miller's epic GN 300 (which is coming out as a movie soon) has no captions, although he utilizes comic book lettering for narration. Meghan bailed into our narrative this morning and had several suggestions.

Onion Headline de Jour
Man, The Terrorists Win At Everything

"You will never 'find' time for anything. If you want time you must make it."
—Charles Buxton

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