IRELAND! - Teaching a Seminar and Seeing the Sights!


I'm back in Canada after having an amazing time in Dublin, Ireland!

I was asked by the FAS / Screen Training Ireland centre to create a 3-Day Advanced Animation Seminar for Industry professionals. The seminar was really well received. The students all had different areas of focus, so I adjusted the course 'on the fly' to adapt to each of their needs.

I had many professional examples and lessons prepared covering all areas of Flash Animation. Character Animation, Expression Changes, Dialogue and Posing, Special Effects design and Techniques, Prop and Character Design, Camera tricks, and all sorts of professional "Tricks of the Trade". Read more »

One Week Til Ireland! - Teaching a 3-Day Flash Animation Seminar!


I'm really looking forward to my trip to Ireland next week!

I'll be in Dublin Ireland on Tuesday the 17th! On the 18th I'll be working with the FAS Screeen Training Ireland Education Centre to prep all the videos and tutorials and set up for the seminar that begins the next day!

I'll be teaching a 3-day Advanced Flash Animation Course. The focus is on Character Animation, Design, Compositing and Professional "Tricks of the Trade"... using Adobe Flash Software. Read more »

THREE WEEKS - My Great Canadian Road Trip to the East Coast

About Six months ago, I wasn't in a blogging mood, but I did have something pretty great to write about... so better late than never, I'll write about it now!

On May 16th, 2011... Tired of my busy life and routine, and feeling inspired by the movie "ONE WEEK"... I hopped in my car and started a road trip. This movie changed my life... reminded me of how much more ambitious I used to be, and how important it is to stay true to yourself. In some ways it saved me from what had become a very uninspired and routine life.

So, I broke away, explored and truly lived. No Schedules, Maps, or Plans. Just the open Road and perfect weather that followed me down every road. I didn't know how far I'd go or where I'd end up... but in the end, I fully explored 5 eastern provinces, and discovered the beauty this Great Country has to offer. I edited this video in order, with some of the best imagery I took along the way. The 3 songs I used are all from the movie 'One Week'. This film is dedicated to the Friends and Family who have really been there for me this year.


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"Misfortune Cookie" The Conclusion - TRIPLE-SIZED Episode!


At last!... Bringin' Newt and John Home!

Ok, I admit, I didn't expect to just leave Newt and John on the other side of the world, trying to hitch-hike their way home for the last few months... but better late than never, I'm finishing this very long story that I started in an oversized Paper Airplane, way back in April of 2010. I'm happy to tell you I'll soon be posting new comics with new ideas and new shorter multi-episodes coming soon!!!  Read more »




As a weekly reader of this comic, it may have felt like a long time to get here, but when the pages are in a book layout, it's really a short amount of reading time from the point Newt and John enter the 'bottomless pit' to the point the fall out (or up!) the other side. The challenge has been keeping it interesting, creating light-sources, and reminding new readers the characters are actually falling in every panel, since I didn't want to show them motion-blurred for every shot. Read more »

"BOTTOMLESS PITIFUL - PART 4" - Episode 40 - Double Issue!


R.I.P "GLOWIE" - 2010... We hardly knew Ye.

Ok, just like the previous episode, this one was not a part of my original story... but I liked the idea of mis-directing the reader to thinking Newt and John were finally at the end of their journey... only to reveal the "light at the end of the tunnel" was actually a new creature. It also gave the reader a much-needed break from looking at the boring eyeballs against black background. I intentionally based all light sources in those panels using "Glowie" as a center-point. You'll also notice I put bright highlights on Newt and John's pupils... which I've never used before. In this case it really added something, and gave a sense of closeness to the light source. Read more »

"BOTTOMLESS PITIFUL - PART 3" - Episode 39 - Double Issue!


Finally after 39 episodes, I get an easy one!

The one thing I've been looking forward to with this story, is the point when the bottomless pit becomes so dark that you only see their eyes and mouth. Why?, well, from day one I've stayed firm on my commitment to keeping the quality of the artwork in Newt and John the same level it was in the first episodes. This often means many many hours if not a full day on one panel, like I had with the 'Eyeball Creature' in the last episode. So, as time per-panel goes... this episode became a much needed 'easy one' for me... as our heroes fall and argue in total darkness. Read more »




EGAD!.. What was that thing?!?

This was a fun, and challenging episode, as far as the art goes. I wanted to show a gradual transition into darkness as they fall further away from the entrance to the 'bottomless pit'... which also... (thankfully!)... leads to the next episode (coming soon!) where I am granted a little break from elaborate artwork while Newt and John fall in absolute darkness.

So for this commentary, I'll try something a little different. I'll break down the 3 main "photograph scenes" and tell you how each one was made. Read more »

"BOTTOMLESS PITIFUL - PART 1" - Continued from Episode 36!



The Title has Changed but our Story Continues!

I decided to change the name of this on-going story, as "Paper Air Pains" no longer applied. I'm planning to change the name again soon (when it's appropriate) to finish off the story. So I guess I'll have made a Trilogy when the story comes to an end.

I've had the idea for using a bottomless pit in this comic for several years... and I liked how I could use it to save Newt and John from certain death... but also the gags I can do with it. I've written this story to the end, with some good dialogue and sight-gags coming up... so I hope you'll come back each week and check it out! Read more »

"PAPER AIR PAINS - PART 13" - Double-Issue Newt and John Episode!


What would you think about in your last moments?...

I wrote this episode a couple months ago, with only the images in my head of the two of them falling and either having a slap-fight, or wrestling. The posing was tricky, as it's easy to overlap these two, and make it so you can see their expression, or it wouldn't feel like they're struggling with each other. In the 9th panel (4 from the end), I like how Newt looks like he's setting John up for the ultimate World Wrestling Federation "PILEDRIVER" move. Read more »