J. Scott Winegarner

Here are some new shots from the hole! 

First up: Thanks to my suburban trek with gunterandbean yesterday (actually just bean, but you catch my drift), I found some killer supplies at Surplus Gizmos to build a tracking rig for the camera, with 2 bonus points of articulation! It’s not quiiiite what the pros use, but I reckon it’s going to do me just fine, and it cost me less than a hundred bucks and only a few hours out in the garage. I’d never heard of the place until oldsamcole and Amarette advised me to go there, but I’m glad they did. If you’re ever trying to build something but you don’t really know what you need to build it with, chances are good that Surplus Gizmos is your place. Especially if the object in question is a lo-fi, sci-fi set from the 50s. 

We also made a stop at the Thrift Store Benefitting the Cat Adoption Team, out on Scholls Ferry Road. Despite the ill-advised name, the place was a huge hit, as that’s where we managed to find this wicked hat for Frosty, which he loves dearly. So forgive him for looking a little rough around the edges at the moment, but he’s been on a bender ever since he put it on. Like there must have been some magic in it, or something.

Then there’s a shot of the full-frontal stage lighting I built last week. I found an incredible blog post by someone that had made some miniature lights for a concert stage out of old speaker knobs and LEDs, so I stole their basic idea and modified it for our theater set. And thanks to the crew over at The Hobby Smith on 39th and Broadway, I was able to muster up the courage to figure out the wiring for myself. Turns out, it’s not that hard!

Aaaaand finally, here’s a shot of the animation setup nearly prepared for action! I found a wicked spotlight at Hollywood Lights, down on SE McLoughlin, to use for our key light. I was in and out in under 15 minutes with exactly what I needed thanks to the helpful lady at the counter, and at a good price, to boot. I highly recommended the place if you’re ever in need of lights, to buy or to rent. They also carry quality makeup, if you’re in need of that sorta thing as well. Luckily, since I freed up the tripod, I was able to rig the spotlight right up to it, which worked surprisingly perfectly thanks to the periscoping head and tilt grip. I was prepared to bash my head against that wall for days figuring out a solution for that, but instead, it only took about 5 minutes, and I can’t envision a more functional solution. Score!

I gotta say, it’s getting pretty fuckin exciting to see all of this coming together. And once I’ve figured out how to light our green screen properly, we’ll be fully operational, and shit will really start hitting the fan. Woohoo!

HAHAHA! This was a minute very well spent!

animalbattle:

Clamshell hat ✔️ Octopus rucksack ✔️ Star pocket full of scrimps ✔️
This little lady is ready for MusicFestNW.

This is awesome!

animalbattle:

Clamshell hat ✔️
Octopus rucksack ✔️
Star pocket full of scrimps ✔️

This little lady is ready for MusicFestNW.

This is awesome!

inmediasrad:

Original Post from http://inmediasrad.com/imr-news-728/

IMR News: 7/28

Hey there, folks! Sam here with a couple odds ‘n’ ends.

First of all, I hope you enjoy today’s episode with Amarette Gregor. She is a delight. You can find her at the following:

Her website

Her Facebook

Her Etsy…

New podcast from my friends In Medias Rad.

erin-nations:

Dwayne, from my previous post, always keeps these essentials in his fanny pack.

Ha! The antacid and bath beads are crucial!

erin-nations:

Dwayne, from my previous post, always keeps these essentials in his fanny pack.

Ha! The antacid and bath beads are crucial!

brettwarnock:

As the world premier of Veeps: Profiles in Insignificance looms, enjoy this Joe Biden profile by Bill Kelter and Wayne Shellabarger. If we ever do a new printing of the book, this is what will be added. (Plus perhaps Sarah Palin.)

Joseph Robinette Biden

Democrat, Delaware

w/ Barack…

More updates on the Veeps front!

wocinsolidarity:

lostthehat:

shuraiya:

beatonna:

lecinematheque:

Pumzi - dir. Wanuri Kahiu // Kenya

In a dystopian future 35 years after an ecological WWIII  has torn the world apart, East African survivors of the devastation remain locked away in contained communities, but a young woman in possession of a germinating seed struggles against the governing council to bring the plant to Earth’s ruined surface.

The main character is a museum curator in the future and also yes I would like see this now please

THERE IS NOTHING ABOUT THIS I DON’T LIKE

The complete short film is on youtube and it’s really good and the end kind of took my breath away. 

GET INTO THIS

This is an interesting little gem. Well worth a watch, especially if you’re into dystopian future stories, which I totally am. 

erin-nations:

It’s been awhile since I created a personal ad. This is Dwayne

These personal ads are flippin brilliant!

erin-nations:

It’s been awhile since I created a personal ad. This is Dwayne

These personal ads are flippin brilliant!

comicsalliance:

IMAGE EXPO: 12 AUSPICIOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS AND THE STATE OF THE AMERICAN COMICS UNION
By Patrick A. Reed
In the final few hours before San Diego Comic-Con opened its doors to the public for Preview Night on Wednesday, Image Comics Expo took place in an upstairs ballroom at the nearby San Diego Bayfront Hilton, where the publisher welcomed a group of press, creators, and fans to watch as the company announced, discussed and otherwise promote a great variety of upcoming Image titles.
Britpop boomed over the speakers as the attendees filed into the room, which was set up in a manner familiar those who’ve watched Apple keynote presentations, but is still somewhat untraditional for comic book conventions. A few minutes after 2pm, Image publisher Eric Stephenson bounded onstage and launched into one of his now-customary keynote addresses, bemoaning what he described as the American comics industry’s penchant for recycling as opposed to innovating, and promised that the afternoon would expose readers to fresh ideas and bold new concepts. He name checked Marvel luminaries Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and Stan Lee’s reinvention of comics in the early 1960s as an ideal to be strived for; talked of his own passions and ambitions for Image as a company; showed off some sales graphs that demonstrated Image’s growth over the last few years; and spoke powerfully about the need for diversity in content in order to appeal to the widest possible audience.
“Comics have been viewed as a boys club, but that’s changing,” Stephenson said, referencing the growing conversation in our community about the need for more representation of women and persons of color both on the page and behind the scenes.
Perhaps unintentionally, Stephenson’s earnest remarks about comics diversity became conspicuous when he screened a short film outlining Image’s history, the policies and ideals that the company hopes to embody, and showcased clips of creators speaking about the freedom they enjoy working at the famously hands-off publisher. With the notable exception of writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, the film was essentially a succession of talented men talking about their love for comics. However, the optics would become a lot better very shortly, when Image’s new announcements (topics and people not discussed in the filmed presentation) came with numerous new projects created by women and persons of color.
But before those specific announcements, Stephenson discussed his belief that “creator-owned” — where writers and artists own the copyright and other rights to their own comic books — should be the industry standard, and spoke unfavorably of the rise of the term “creator-driven,” which has been used by some publishers to describe the idiosyncratic nature of their nevertheless company-owned publications. Stephenson described “creator-driven” as the bare minimum treatment acceptable in publishing. He spoke openly about how such comments often don’t make him friends with Image competitors, and positioned himself as a figure that welcomes controversy so long as that controversy leads to “better comics.”
The Image publisher then proceeded to put his money where his mouth was, segueing into the main event: new comics that Image hopes will rise to the standard of Stephenson’s bold rhetoric.
DETAILS AND ARTWORK FOR ALL NEW IMAGE BOOKS

Some interesting news from Image from SDCC. Can’t wait to read Descender!

comicsalliance:

IMAGE EXPO: 12 AUSPICIOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS AND THE STATE OF THE AMERICAN COMICS UNION

By Patrick A. Reed

In the final few hours before San Diego Comic-Con opened its doors to the public for Preview Night on Wednesday, Image Comics Expo took place in an upstairs ballroom at the nearby San Diego Bayfront Hilton, where the publisher welcomed a group of press, creators, and fans to watch as the company announced, discussed and otherwise promote a great variety of upcoming Image titles.

Britpop boomed over the speakers as the attendees filed into the room, which was set up in a manner familiar those who’ve watched Apple keynote presentations, but is still somewhat untraditional for comic book conventions. A few minutes after 2pm, Image publisher Eric Stephenson bounded onstage and launched into one of his now-customary keynote addresses, bemoaning what he described as the American comics industry’s penchant for recycling as opposed to innovating, and promised that the afternoon would expose readers to fresh ideas and bold new concepts. He name checked Marvel luminaries Jack KirbySteve Ditko, and Stan Lee’s reinvention of comics in the early 1960s as an ideal to be strived for; talked of his own passions and ambitions for Image as a company; showed off some sales graphs that demonstrated Image’s growth over the last few years; and spoke powerfully about the need for diversity in content in order to appeal to the widest possible audience.

“Comics have been viewed as a boys club, but that’s changing,” Stephenson said, referencing the growing conversation in our community about the need for more representation of women and persons of color both on the page and behind the scenes.

Perhaps unintentionally, Stephenson’s earnest remarks about comics diversity became conspicuous when he screened a short film outlining Image’s history, the policies and ideals that the company hopes to embody, and showcased clips of creators speaking about the freedom they enjoy working at the famously hands-off publisher. With the notable exception of writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, the film was essentially a succession of talented men talking about their love for comics. However, the optics would become a lot better very shortly, when Image’s new announcements (topics and people not discussed in the filmed presentation) came with numerous new projects created by women and persons of color.

But before those specific announcements, Stephenson discussed his belief that “creator-owned” — where writers and artists own the copyright and other rights to their own comic books — should be the industry standard, and spoke unfavorably of the rise of the term “creator-driven,” which has been used by some publishers to describe the idiosyncratic nature of their nevertheless company-owned publications. Stephenson described “creator-driven” as the bare minimum treatment acceptable in publishing. He spoke openly about how such comments often don’t make him friends with Image competitors, and positioned himself as a figure that welcomes controversy so long as that controversy leads to “better comics.”

The Image publisher then proceeded to put his money where his mouth was, segueing into the main event: new comics that Image hopes will rise to the standard of Stephenson’s bold rhetoric.

DETAILS AND ARTWORK FOR ALL NEW IMAGE BOOKS

Some interesting news from Image from SDCC. Can’t wait to read Descender!

This is sadly beautiful. 

Happy Birthday, Bats!

textsfromsuperheroes:

Celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary with the Best of Batman on Texts From Superheroes

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It’s far from finished, but I’m quite optimistic about where this lighting is headed!

It’s far from finished, but I’m quite optimistic about where this lighting is headed!

#VeepsDiary 002

brettwarnock:

Early on in our Veeps journey — before the film was conceived — Wayne Shellabarger created a really neat seal/logo to represent the venerable Office of the Vice President.

Here’s an early version. Dig that nod to Van Halen.

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And here’s the final seal that appears on the back of the book. We also turned this into an embossed stamp for official documents.

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Yeah, Veeps!

My first foray into electronics is so far proceeding as planned. Next step, full frontal stage lighting!