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Adventure Time: Royal Ruckus TV Spot

Adventure Time: Royal Ruckus was created to help promote a new Adventure Time episode called “Princess Day”. Princess Day will air on July 31st, so be sure to check it out. More info about the episode is below:

It’s Princess Day in Ooo! You know what that means? Yep, LSP and Marceline team up to prank Breakfast Princess!

 


From Bleeding Cool:

SPOILERS!
Finn and Jake aren’t in this episode. Breakfast Princess is having a conference for the various Princesses (and this series has a lot of them) to work out their complicated trade issues, as each kingdom needs something from another, and it’s all very O. Henry “The Gift of the Magi” but during all of this, Lumpy Space Princess gets into like a real fight with the Breakfast Princess and she is all getting angry and what the lump?! Basically, the episode turns into sort of a Kill Bill meets Thelma and Louise as Lumpy Space Princess and Marceline become a very strange duo out for revenge and not quite killing people! As opposed to the trippy “Food Chain”, this was a more traditional classic story, featuring our odd couple of the Lumpy Space Princess and Marceline, out for vengeance and like, stuff.

It’s fun. If you like Adventure Time, but felt that the series’ recent focus on relationships and how broken Finn and Jake are has distracted from the fun, this episode is nothing but. It is scheduled to air next Thursday.
– Peter S. Svensson, BleedingCool.com


 

Adventure Time: Royal Ruckus is LIVE!

It’s Live! We are very excited that this game is out and playable around the world!

Kids seem to be diggin’ the Adventure Time: Royal Ruckus game! Here is what a few the them had to say (Quotes taken from Cartoonnetwork.com):

CN Scout: This game is not easy! But I like it!

Icy Bobo Gullet: The 2nd dungeon is so hard but I love this game. 9/10

Defiant Chuck Celsius: I just realized you can change the controls in the pause menu! When I set them to LEFT I find it’s much easier to play – but that’s just me  Super fun game! The replicant on dungeon 3 is insane!

Normal Natalie Ninja: I got my first badge in this game! And I love the title. “Royal Ruckus.” Cool game title, CN!

Be sure to check out the game and drop us a line to let us know what you think!

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WGCNY Updated: 2014

Hey all. I’m gonna keep this one short so you can spend more time looking around. I just wanted to say I’m happy to have a new site, one that is MUCH easier to update. Now I might actually be able to update more regularly!

So with that said, let me just say thanks for all your continued support, and I hope you enjoy the new site!

“Last” Video Animation

WGCNY + Aja Music & Film Productions team up to create Music Video for The Lady Jenn Bocian.

Referred to me by The Cutting Rooms Studios, Darrell Lawrence came to me with a mission. He had a client in The Lady Jenn Bocian. He had a song that she sung and he produced. He had video footage of her and her crew. But what he didn’t have, and what he needed, were some animations that would bring it all together.

Darrell had a vision. He was very clear about what he wanted, and how it should look. I went to work on a sample to see if I could provided him with what he was looking for. When I showed it to him the expression on his face said it all. I hit the mark. From there it was on!

With so much to do, I enlisted the help from John Hazard, Jimmy Tran and Sandra Charles (all on colors). I also got some good advice from my buddies Kevin Loughran and Stephan Nilson. Together we managed to turn out a very cool, fun and detailed comic styled animation.

The album release Party will be on July 9th. There will be a performance by The Lady Jenn Bocian as well as a screening of the video. Sign up if you want to attend. I’ll be there, so come and hang with me and watch a cool video as well.

RSVP

Update: Adventure Time: Royal Ruckus

WGCNY + Zephyr-Games Inc + Interactive Monster + Serial Lab team up with Cartoon Network to bring you Adventure Time: Royal Ruckus.

We’ve got a launch date! July 21st.

Royal Ruckus is going to get some heavy promotion as it ties in with an episode of Adventure Time. Not only that, we recently found out the game will be localized for Cartoon Network’s Asian/Pacific division!

So be sure to keep an eye out for the on-air spots, and mark your calendars for July 21st cuz that’s when the Ruckus begins!

The ArtScience Prize

WGCNY + Daniel Hai + Sara Woolley + Boys & Girls Club = The ArtScience Prize Winners!

My friend Sara Woolley contacted me, and Daniel Hai, in early April about a project she was involved in. She said she was mentoring high school students from the Boys & Girls Club, who had entered a contest thrown by The ArtScience Prize. Sara described the contest as follows:

 


“Basically HS students are put in teams to come up with creative “art science” ideas to solve a problem around an annual theme. Think Davinci, like the best of both Art and Science thought processes without separating the two. This year’s theme is energy of the future.  The kids begin with that core, but it’s really open ended and they can go anywhere that interests them in terms of a project idea from that beginning point.  However, the nature of letting them go in any direction creatively, means that many will go out of my comfort zone as they explore their own interests.

Some groups of teens make prototype inventions, others socially interactive art installations, and in the case of the teams I am reaching out to you guys about, an prototype of an app.  The ideas or prototypes do not have to actually work when the teens present them, but they have to have done the due diligence and conducted experiments, or made a mock up- to prove that the idea could work. The teams are competing for funding to realize their ideas, and a trip to Paris to further develop it in a workshop setting with other teens.”


 

With that said, Sara went on to ask if we would be interested in being a consultant for her student group. We agreed and not too long after the emails started rolling in. These kids had some very cool ideas and very good questions about how to get their apps from idea to reality. Daniel and I would both respond with our advice from our various perspectives and the kids would take that, move forward and come back with new questions.

After a few weeks of back and froth we were invited to the Hall of Science for the final presentation. Unfortunately, I was unable attend but it sounded like it was going be awesome. From Sara:

 


“The Art Science Final Presentation at the New York Hall of Science is this coming Friday, the 16th at 6:30 PM. We will be in their Auditorium for the Presentations an will be the only ones in the Museum.  It’s a bit like the show Shark Tank… except all our judges are nice. The kids get up and have 7 minutes to present their idea, with a 3 minute question round. They are competing for $3,000 and a trip to Paris to continue their idea in an international workshop.”


 

I was very excited for the kids and was wishing them all the luck in the world. About 1 week later I reached out to Sara to see if the results had come in, and to my surprise not only had they come in, but it turned out that her students had won!

Once the photos are readily I’ll post them up so you can see them. It was a very exciting time for them and I was glad to have been a part (albeit a small part) of their success. I wish those kids all the best with their project and I walk away knowing all their futures just got a little brighter!

NBC Peacocks

This yeah I had an opportunity to work over at MSNBC. I was mainly doing banner design and animation, with a small on air animation thrown in. The offices, which are in the 30 Rock building, were pretty cool, and I got to meet Blackthought and Questlove during my time there.

While that was definitely the highlight of my time there, there was on other thing that stood out. On the walls of the office were pictures and posters of various things, but the one that caught my eye had 5 variations of the NBC Peacock, drawn by different artists. Several times a day I would pass this poster, stop, look at it, and then wander off with my mind racing over the images I just saw.

One day when I got back to my desk I was waiting for feedback on the work I just trued in. I had also just walked past the picture again, so it was still on my mind. I decided I was going to do a version of the peacock, but that’s all I knew. It was still a few hours before I had an idea, but when it came I jumped right on it.

Since NBC had just announced they were bringing back Heroes (ask me my opinion on that another time) I thought I could do that peacock as a Heroes character. I started mixing the names of characters with the word peacock, and when I got to HRGCock, I started cracking up. That was it! That was what I was gonna draw.

So I picked up the wacom pen and got to it. When I finished, I was pretty happy with the out come and I had actually wanted to do more. So I did. I did 5 pieces in all during my run. The last being the Questcock image, as I decided to do one of him right after we met.

I hope you get a little kick out of these as I did.  If I ever do any more I’ll post them up here!

Kimberly-Clark CEO Conference Animation

WGCNY + MJM Creative team up to produce animated presentation for Kimberly-Clark CEO conference.

When my buddy Dennis Climent found himself overbooked and unable to help out a friend, he referred said friend (who’s name is Ellen Burnett) to me. Ellen is a part of MJM Creative and she told me she was in need of a game themed animation. I worked with Ellen and her team to figure out what the needed and then got to work. After the initial meetings, I started working more with Marijana Sarich. She was very helpful and provided a lot of design solutions, animation ideas and insight about the client for who this was for: Kimberly-Clark.

I found out not too long after it’s completion that the animations were a big hit at the conference. Everyone loved it. I was very happy to have been a part of this project and I’m just as happy to be able to share it with you now.

And just FYI, the audio has been added for the web presentation. In the original presentation these animations were split up and intermixed with content slides.

Adventure Time: Royal Ruckus Completed

WGCNY + Zephyr-Games Inc + Interactive Monster + Serial Lab team up with Cartoon Network to bring you Adventure Time: Royal Ruckus.

Hey all. Just wanted to give you a heads up that the work on the Adventure Time game has come to an end. The games all done and delivered and has a launch date of summer 2014. As soon as it get’s closer to being pushed live I’ll be sure to give you a heads up.

W.I.P: Drone Strike

WGCNY + Zephyr Games, Inc + Team Cashew bring on Interactive Monster as out new developer.

Hey all. I just wanted to take a moment to update you all on Drone Strike. After a few development hiccups which put the project on hold for a time, we’ve brought Kevin Loughran on board and have started up production again.

Even with the development difficulties we were able to keep moving forward art wise, so I do have some W.I.P art to show. And I’m excited again now the Kev is on board. I know he can make this game a reality as well as make my art look good!

Welcome aboard Kev!

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