Samurai Jack

For those of you who haven't heard of Samurai Jack before I weep for you and at the same time I'm jealous because you get to discover it for the first time. A cartoon that ran from 2001-2004 it was a show that focused on Jack; a samurai sent through time who is trying to defeat the shape-shifting overlord Aku and return to his home in the past. When the show ended after it's four year run there was no resolution to the story however it was still an epic show for all who watched it because of the strength in it's storytelling. 10 years later fans still demand another season or a feature-length movie to finally finish this epic tale. In a 20 issue run after the show had finished, writer Jim Zub and artist Andy Suriano Zub produced ...

Guardians of the Galaxy

One of Marvel's previously lesser-known comics that rose to stardom with their film feature that was a box office hit this summer is Guardians of the Galaxy. It's been such a hit with fans of all ages that it's getting it's own animated series as is a trend with most Marvel properties that hit it off with fans. I'll admit I was a little sceptical as to whether this would be done right based on previous Marvel animated series that have come out in recent years. In fact most animated series from both DC and Marvel in recent years have not left me with a sweet after taste, more of a sense of wasted time... However some early test footage of the series has been released at NYCC and I have to admit that I am quite looking forward to ...

flatpack

This will be my final post on the Flatpack Film Festival and will focus on the hand drawn animation workshop that I attended on the Sunday at the Library of Birmingham. A lot of work for ten seconds viewing After taking part in this workshop I have a profound respect for animators and film makers (not that I didn't already), as a lot of work needs to be put in to get even a few minutes of footage. The description of the workshop was as follows: Paint, draw and animate directly onto 16mm film, and see your work come to life as it runs through the projector. This free drop-in workshop will also include a chance to make other optical toys including flipbooks and zoetropes. This sounded awesome to us and a great way to end our Flatpack weekend. It ...