Opening the Comic Con with a bang, many studios and publishers presenting their latest creations have made a bunch of announcements already from. Follow along each day as I report on the news, announcements and other tidbits from the show.
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The San Diego Comic Con kicks off July 22 this week, so here on Myriad we’ll be scrounging the internet for articles and videos from the Comic Con. First off, we thought it be a good idea to do a preview of what to expect. If any of you have been to a Comic Con before then you know there’s a lot to do and see. The San Diego Comic Con gets more attention than the New York Comic Con.
On July 15 Peter Fernandez passed away at age 83. Well known for opening the flow of anime into western culture, he helped bring over and dub such cult hits as Astroboy, Speed Racer (Mach Go Go Go), Marine Boy, and many others. He is best known as the voice of Speed Racer and Racer X.
When asked to dub Speed Racer he was given a budget for three people of 125 dollars for one day. In other words, he could only hire and pay three people 125 dollars each and must complete one full episode per day. Since each episode had to be dubbed, this meant translating the script into English and recoding all voice production in one day.
Recently, Fernandez performed in a cameo as Spritle in the “Speed Racer” movie and voiced the character again in “Speed Racer: Next Generation.”
Over the years, Fernandez also worked as the voice director for “Courage the Cowardly Dog” and cast Billie Lou Watt as the character Ma Bagge. Watt had done many voice acting jobs for Peter Fernandez before voicing Astro Boy and Jimmy Sparks from Gigantor throughout the 60’s.
The animation community sends the family and friends of Mr. Fernandez their condolences.
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Manga Studio EX is a manga/comic program for Mac and Windows. The current version, V4, comes in a streamlined version like Manga Studio Debut but with a more advance packaging like Manga Studio EX. Using this program, you can create the size and proportions of the page you want to work on complete with bleed through.
The panels are created using a panel cutting tool. When you start drawing, you can create a sketch layer that allows you to draw with a pencil tool that emulates a non photo blue pencil. Once you have the basic sketch down you can go ahead and draw on top of that the final image.
Even better are the options and features available to you like a selection of zipatones to apply to your images once you draw them. Also, you have a variety of dialogue bubbles to choose from. Another interesting feature is the ability to import 2d images and convert them to grayscale. The same can be done to 3D object with a OBJ extension.
Watch the video for a more in-depth look at how some of these features work focusing on the B&W/grayscale aspect of the program. Keep in mind that color options are available.
Toy Story 3 is the third movie in the Toy Story franchise. The first Toy Story movie in 1995 created a worldwide sensation with its CGI animation, amazing story, and interesting and well thought out characters each with their own unique personalities.
After Toy Story premiered, viewers saw a flow of CGI movies and television shows rolling in. Dreamworks got into the act with the Shrek movies and on the small screen shows like Jimmy Neutron, Donkey Kong Country, and Beast Wars ruled the ratings.
To the dismay of some artists and viewers who prefer a return to 2D hand-drawn animation, CGI has become today’s norm for most animated movies. Still, Pixar’s Toy Story franchise has become the leader in a vast market of CGI features (whether good or bad depends on your own tastes).
The storyline of Toy Story 3 starts with Andy (the toys’ owner) leaving for college. Andy has grown up since the last two films (as the audience is reminded by a quick montage at the beginning of the film). Having grown up his attention to his toys has dwindled. As some of you are aware, going to college involves a lot of planning including what to bring.
Without spoiling anything an unfortunate accident during this planning phase causes the toys to be donated to a daycare. The theme of this movie is basically a story about how the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. The toys eventually learn this lesson, but it’s a lesson learned too late.
The movie hits all the emotional cords just right with a consistent story throughout. The plot might get predictable at times but the laughs and entrainment stays with the movie the entire time. As you would suspect, the voice acting is superb. With so many well known actors/actress lending their pipes, you will be hard press not to recognize at least a few.
The ending is a fantastic send off ending the series with a boom not a whimper as most sequels usual do. In fact, you can even say the ending is probably the most touching moment in the whole movie. I’m sure you have seen the trailers by now with Buzz speaking in Spanish. Well a quick note, stay for the credits, Randy Newman has taken his original “You Got a Friend in Me” song and recomposed it in Spanish (a little incentive to stay for the credits among many other extras).
Overall the movie hits home and represents the rare time when a sequel (or three-quell) outshines the original.
Oh, and did I mention Totoro from the popular anime series “My Neighbor Totoro” has a cameo as a doll. That should be incentive enough by itself o stay for the entire movie credits and all.