Go For It! Productions Blog

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Whew! I really haven't been doing a very good job in updating this thing. Anyway, all that you need to know about what's going on in the comic is on the front page of the site. Hopefully I can start using this space as a place to put my doodles and art experiments, as a way of producing some kind of content. Unfortunately, a lot of the figure drawing is a bit too large to scan and post, so you'll have to settle for doodles or tablet practice for now.

For now, you can check out some of my photograhy below!


Let's see if I can keep my promises here!

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Boy, I really have been avoiding this blog for way too long. Sorry about all that. Things have been quite hectic for the past few months. This semester, I'm taking computer animation. This class has a lot of studio time, so there hasn't been much of an opportunity to draw comics or much of anything. Art classes, ironically, don't seem to offer much recourse either. While the opportunity to use them for figure drawing experience is a wonderful thing, the lack of constructive input or clear direction from the instructors is not.

As far as my main 3 stress-subjects these days go, each one is a new and difficult challenge.

1. Portfolio - I doubt I can really put a good portfolio together while at my current college. Hopefully, my plans for next year will allow me to gain more experience in the art field. Even though I won't need a real portfolio for a couple years, I'd like to become competent enough by that time to gain acceptance into a decent art school for some classical animation training.

2. Schooling Abroad - My university has a large emphasis on studying abroad. Hopefully, next year, I'll be at the London College of Communication in their Media Studies programme. It will be nice living in the middle of a cultural center, as well as a chance to see if I can take some drawing courses at the University of the Arts London, of which the LCC is a part of.

3. Internships - Gaining connections is probably one of the most important things in successfully gaining a career in any field. It's a mix of skills and who you know, really. Internships are a great way of not only gaining experience, but of getting to know people in the industry. However, most of my internships that I'm applying for are for pretty high-profile places. Even though the chances are relatively low, I'm going to shoot for the stars. Luckily, most of the responsibilities are almost exactly the same ones I had when I worked for DC Comics, so I know I'm qualified enough. It is a numbers game, though, and a lot of people are likely to be applying. Wish me luck!

I'm hoping Spring Break (starting on the 10th) will be a good time for me to collect my thoughts, get my next few years hammered out, and get back into the comic-making mood. Also, it'll be a time for me to catch up on the work I missed due to a recent illness.

Maybe I should start updating this more often, as some form of twisted entertainment for you people. Schadenfreude and such.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Well, it appears that I was a little too ambitious with my goal of making a good animated episode of "Go For It!". As it stands, I really don't have the right skills to produce a satisfactory work yet and rather than subject people to an inferior product, I've decided to wait until I have the proper skills to attempt such a venture. Hopefully within the next couple weeks, I'll have the time and energy to get back to making comics as a defeated husk of the human being I once was. This, of course, means the sarcastic content of my comics will increase tenfold.

Thank you all for keeping up with me during this difficult period.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Sorry for not having posted in a good while, things have been quite busy here at school. In fact, in order to keep producing work and stay in good academic standing, I had to quit the comedy troupe. Well, that's only half-true. There were some creative differences that led to the decision as well.

Anyway, onto comic-related news. I've been attempting to get into more character-based humor, but hopefully not to the exclusion of social commentary and pop-culture perversion. At the moment, backgrounds are still really troubling, and despite their low quality take a long time to do. This should hopefully change in the future.

Updates might be a little sporadic during November as I'm working on the very first animated episode based off of the series. I'm working on finalizing the script by tonight, and hopefully recording the voices on Friday and Saturday. The animation will hopefully be finished by the end of Thanksgiving break. I'm looking forward to producing my first animation, and hope to make it better than average. If the quality isn't up to par, however, I'll probably spend winter retooling it before doing a full online release.

Casting this project is going to be very interesting, I think. I can do lots of voices, but there's a limit to what one person can do.

That's all the news that's fit to print. Tune in next time for possible visual excerpts from the first episode, or maybe script tidbits.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

A Christian charity is sending a film about the Christmas story to every primary school in Britain after hearing of a young boy who asked his teacher why Mary and Joseph had named their baby after a swear word.
Source: Times Online

Friday, October 07, 2005

It's been a rough two weeks, and my schedule really isn't helping things. Usually, I'm very consistent with updates, but due to the fact that I have early-morning classes combined with really late hours of homework and extra-curriculars, the sleep deprivation isn't making this much easier. I've also been working on trying to assemble some plans for something we call Junior Year Abroad. Right now, I'm planning to do a Summer Program in Japan, and a year-long program in either Australia or England. Unfortunately, I'm having trouble locating good programs in Japan for summer. Most of them don't have classes at the level that I'm working at, or don't have very good housing programs, or they're Christian/Jesuit institutions. Some of them are just very expensive programs. The problem here is that the deadlines are coming up soon. Throw in the approaching midterms and you have a pretty stressed-out webcomic author.

Hopefully I can maybe get a buffer going during the weekend, or perhaps create one during my week-long vacation in October.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Today I learned that I should never use the word "kapok" as a punchline ever again. For those of you not in the know, kapok is sort of like a cotton substitute that you find in most cheap hotel, hospital, and airplane pillows. It's sort of like sleeping on some fiberglass insulation covered in McDonald's napkins. Nonetheless, it is impossible, or at least very difficult to smother someone with a kapok pillow, since you can effectively breathe through it, and it doesn't bend enough to close off the face, allowing the victim to turn his/her head to get air. Perhaps they use these crappy pillows in hospitals to make sure that nobody attempts to re-create "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". God knows that some kid saw the movie on TV and then decided to try it out on their friends. Damn kids.

In the end, I'm not sure what's more sad, the fact that I thought strangulation is funny or the fact that I know the logistics of smothering people with pillows.

Because I can't think of much else to say, here's a classic Darwin Award:

(3 March 2002, Sheffield, England) As Kim Fontana, 32, and Paul Cowley, 40, left the pub, they noticed that a streetlight was burned out, creating an attractive pool of darkness on the road. Unable to rein in their passion, they began to canoodle on the asphalt outside the pub.

Witnesses said the couple was lying right on the white line, kissing and cuddling. The passionate pair were warned of the danger of their chosen position not once, not twice, but three times -- by a car driver, a bus driver, and a pedestrian.

An off-duty paramedic honked three times and shouted, "You want to get up, or otherwise you'll be run over." The man simply said "Cheers, mate," and the paramedic heard a female voice laughing. A bus driver swerved to avoid them, and drove past with wheels on the curb. A concerned pedestrian shouted to warn them that another bus was headed their way.

Despite these disruptions, Kim and Paul continued, oblivious to the approach of a small, single-decker Nipper bus. The bus driver mistook the undulating shape for a bag of rubbish in the poorly lit street, and was unable to stop in time. There was a dull thud...

Kim and Paul were struck and killed at midnight. Paramedics found Kim lying on her back with her jumper pulled up, and Paul between her legs with his trousers pulled down.

The only downside to this timely removal of lunacy from the gene pool is the fate of the bus driver. Despite the couple's own actions, and a police investigator's statement that "one can expect a pedestrian walking or running in the road, but to expect a driver to anticipate a pedestrian lying in the road is out of the ordinary" -- a judge felt that "his driving fell below the standard one would reasonably expect of a prudent, competent driver."

The bus driver was fined for careless driving and his license was revoked for six months. Fortunately, his employers consider him an excellent employee, and plan to give him other duties for six months. Relatives of the victims said they were glad the driver had kept his job.