ALL THE THINGS OH MY SACK

Hi guys. Shewee. It sure has been a while since I posted a post. But you know what? It’s 2am and I’m thinking ‘Mike. Mike Mike Mike. It is time. IT IS TIME TO TELL THE PEOPLE’S WHO WANT TO KNOW, WHAT THERE IS TO KNOW.’

And so, let me please take you through some things.

FIRSTLY – I am doing well. The only problems I really have at the moment are false little problems my clever mind has made for me to chew on. Hah. NICE TRY.

SECONDLY – I went to Annecy, the biggest animation festival in France, in the most beautiful town called ‘Annecy’. Man, that place is so awesome. Let me please show you some photos:

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At the Belgium Beer Party

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Some of the South African delegation chillin’ in the park

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I saw a photo op and took it. Could be a kiff album cover if they were in a band and if it had that kind of toothpaste balloon writing in the middle top, that said ‘HELLO THAR’

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Phil Rynda bottom left, all-round legend and nice guy (and lead character designer on Adventure Time Seasons 1-3 and lecturer at CalArts), Gary Doodles in middle, creator of ‘Breadwinners’ on Nickelodeon, and Tommy Sica on right, the show’s musician and I believe now producer too

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Masaaki Yuasa who directed and animated the Adventure Time episode ‘Food Chain’. He didn’t know who I was but I harangued him into a pic anyways

We had an awesome South African delegation. Sometimes I just thought ‘Man. This is so kiff.’ Then, towards the end of the festival I ran out of energy and got a little antsy. In fact I feel like I’ve only recently caught up with myself. I met my Nickelodeon contacts there and discussed my ‘Moosebox’ project, I’m all kind of excited for it. Also got to meet some awesome animation people. MAN. It was so cool. DAMN. GUYS IT WAS SO COOL. I’m so lucky.

Anyways (cough) what else what else. Here’s some new snaps you won’t see anywhere else because I put them together for this post:

I made a little ditty:

I been jamming some drums and making music with other people:

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Aaand, I’ve been doing some personal work. This here’s a Bru & Boegie episode, I’ve recorded the voices and when I feel like it I’ll scan the sketchbook pages, animate some stuff and put the audio to it:

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I’m working on some stuff for two DJ sisters from the UK who are playing Edinburgh Festival fairly soon so I’m doing a bunch of VJ stuff for them:

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Ya. Nice. Also, I did a little lyric video for my brother The Kiffness‘ new track featuring Kurt Darren, ‘Supernova':

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Thennn, I redesigned the Animation South Africa logo which is a big honour, and here’s a banner too:

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There’s a ASA Facebook page so if you’re in the animation world in South Africa, please do join. There’s a cool committee on board and I think there’ll be some cool stuff resulting.

Here are some Medical Chronicle cartoons, odds and ends yo:

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James Wolfaardt

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Good day! My buddy James Wolfaardt, also from Plettenberg Bay in South Africa, has been doing some pretty kiff stuff.

James (who I’ve featured here before) used to be an award-winning advertising copywriter in Johannesburg but rescinded that lifestyle for a more frugal but more extraordinary life in Plett. What a legend.

I’ve grabbed a couple pics from his blog called ‘Happy Chicken Suicide Cult‘. Here they are for your enjoyment :)

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Showreel

Hi guys. As you may have noticed I haven’t updated my site in ages. It’s because I’ve been kind of busy with stuff, and every now and then I think ‘ok ok, I’m gonna do a MASSIVE update’ and then the update in my mind gets so big that I never get around to doing it. So, that’s what happened. In the meantime, I’m getting prepared to go to Annecy in France for the ‘Annecy International Animation Festival’, and we’re going as a South African delegation, and we’ll have a SA stand there! So there’s been quite a few preparations for that. Part of that included putting together some select animation clips for a South African showreel. I put some stuff together and then thought ‘well dang, I may as well make a showreel now’. I have never made a showreel for myself. But I made this one in about 30 – 40 minutes and I’m happy with it. It also has some Daft Punk music, so, that’s nice.

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