Monday, January 15, 2024

SLIDE screening at Slamdance, Rotterdam

Hello, animation fans!  Sorry again for my absence - I've been preparing my new feature, "Slide" for the festival circuit.  And guess what, I've put the finishing touches on the film and put it on a DCP, which is the requisite format for films today. 

So I wanted to tell all of my fans about the festival schedule for "Slide".  I've been to Sundance many times, and I've also had films screen at Slamdance, which is a much more intimate and personal festival that also takes place in Park City, Utah at the same time.  This year, "Slide" got selected for Slamdance, in their "Breakouts" section. The festival begins on January 19 and the screenings will take place at the Yarrow Hotel, 1800 Park Ave. in Park City.  

Unfortunately, Park City gets very crowded and hotel space is difficult to find and also extremely expensive.  So I decided to attend only ONE of the screenings, the one on Sunday, January 21 at 4:30 pm.  So please tell all your friends to come by and check out this premiere.  I will be there IN PERSON, making sketches, selling my art and DVDs and giving out free guitar picks.  

Then after I return to NY, my brilliant producer, Daniel Neiden will host the 2nd screening at Slamdance, on Thursday, January 25 at 4:45 pm, also at the Yarrow.  Daniel is a supreme entertainer and if you go, you'll have a ball.  

SLIDE will be playing in the 

30th Anniversary Slamdance Film Festival

in Park City, UT @ THE YARROW 

on the Following dates

January 21, 2024 @ 4:30 pm

January 25, 2024 @ 4:45 pm

For tickets, visit: https://slamdance.com/festival/#tickets-and-schedule

To Buy Passes to both In-person & Virtual Festival 

visit https://slamdance.com/festival/ 


After I get back from Utah, I'm getting whisked off to the prestigious International Film Festival Rotterdam, where I'm doing three screenings of "Slide" and as an added attraction, I'm also hosting my famous Master Class on Animation, January 30 from 4 to 6 pm.

My screenings of "Slide" in Rotterdam will be:
Sunday, January 28, 1:00 pm at the Pathé 4
Monday, January 29, 5:00 pm at the de Doelen Jurriaanse Zaal
Saturday, February 3 at 9:45 am at the Cinerama 1

So, if you know anyone in Europe, tell them to hustle their butts over to Rotterdam and catch the premiere of "Slide", say hello to me and get a cool guitar pick. 

Tickets are available here: 
https://iffr.com/en/iffr/2024/films/slide

I'm now also embarking on some new projects, now that my work on "Slide" is completed.  I've been commissioned to do an episode of a compilation sci-fi feature film out of Poland, that's very exciting. 

And my studio has been hired to produce an animated feature by the great political cartoonist, Jeff Danziger.  He's written a great script about two detective cats and made a beautiful animatic - so I've been charged with completing the animation and coloring and then putting all the pieces together.  Wow, this is going to be so much fun!

See ya in Slamdance or Rotterdam - 

Bill

Monday, December 4, 2023

Spark in Vancouver, Future Film Festival in Italy, Los Angeles Animation Festival


Hello, everyone, once again I've been way too tardy in my correspondence.  I blame it all on the post-production for "Slide".  I must say the film is looking very wonderful - it's a completely new look for me, and it hearkens back to my early days in New York City as an illustrator.  Lots of pen and ink, cross-hatching - which means a lot of extra work, but does it end up looking great!!


Also, I'm beginning to get back into traveling, "Slide" is at a stage where I can show an almost-finished copy at festivals - so let's start with where I went last month.

I got invited to the Spark Animation Festival in Vancouver, BC, Canada, organized by Keith Blackburn.  I love this festival, Keith brings in a lot of the "creme de la creme" of animation stars.  Plus, Vancouver itself is home to many animation greats: David Fine, Allison Snowden, Danny Antonucci. Robert Valley

Bill with David Fine and Allison Snowden at Spark Animation Festival in Vancouver

And of course, the great Marv Newland - who, by the way, was the MC at my ceremonial Lifetime Achievement Award event.  I'm not an emotional guy - but as Marvelous Marv was reading his testimonial, I thought, "Here I am, getting such a prestigious award from my animation idol..." a tear came to my eye.  As a kid I never would have thought I would achieve so much. 

Marv Newland presents Bill Plympton with the Spark Animation Festival Lifetime Achievement Award

They also screened "Slide" in Vancouver - but to top off the whole experience, my hotel shower had a floor-to-ceiling window, open to the hotel across the street.  Now, I'm a big fan of outdoor showers, but this was a bit too close to indecent exposure! 

Next up was the Future Film Festival.  Now, I said "Yes" to both festivals and accidentally overbooked myself - and I neglected to look at the two itineraries side-by-side.  But when my office manager was putting both trips on my calendar, he saw that I was due back from Vancouver on November 14, and was also scheduled to fly to Italy on November 13.  Well, it turned out that between these two trips, my itinerary was impossible - you have to get BACK from one festival BEFORE you can leave for the next one.  John H. spotted the mistake right away and got in touch with the hospitality coordinator at Spark, and they graciously moved my flight by 24 hours so I could arrive at Newark Airport on Monday instead of Tuesday, wait a few hours and then catch the flight to Italy from the SAME airport.  Whew, that was a close one.  Thankfully the Spark Festival had given me an extra day in Vancouver to relax and enjoy their city, and I wish I could have taken advantage of that - maybe next time.  


So from lovely Vancouver I flew to Newark, and then to lovely Bologna, Italy for the Future Film Festival - they took over an old train station and remodeled it into a cinema complex - with lots of events, I had my Master Class on indie animation and of course, I showed "Slide" to a wonderful laugh-filled audience.  They had their own private kitchen and chef service and it was pasta all day long - but great pasta!   They also had built four great theaters to watch animation in - so it was like a 4-ring circus, always something great to watch.  


Back in New York City, Oscar season is beginning and so every week there are screenings of all the Oscar hopefuls.  I saw the new Miyazaki film, "The Boy and the Heron" and like almost all of Miyazaki's films, it was beautiful to look at but made no sense.  To me, there was just no sense of emotional arc or tempo or timing.  


I also got invited to see Disney's newest animated feature, "Wish" - about a princess and wishing on a star.  Frankly, I can't remember a whole lot about the film.  The story didn't make a whole lot of sense and I didn't laugh at all, but there were lots of references to earlier Disney films and wishing on a star.  I give it a C+.


Then I saw this film called "American Fiction" by Cord Jefferson, starring Jeffrey Wright and the beautiful Leslie Uggams.  It's actually a political film about the stereotyping of black films into brutal, poverty-ridden vulgar stories, as opposed to more middle-class ones.  But the way Cord told this story was full of humor and wit, it was a laugh riot.  I thoroughly enjoyed "American Fiction".  


But the really big news I want to chat about is the upcoming Los Angeles Animation Festival (L.A.A.F.) that's taking place on December 9-10, and there's a screening of "Slide" scheduled for Saturday, December 9 at 1 pm.  It's happening at the Jaxx Theater, 1089 North Oxford Avenue in L.A. and tickets are available here: 


And the whole schedule for the festival is here: 

I'll be there IN PERSON to talk about the new film and sign cards for everyone.  I also have a short film playing in that festival, it's called "Lipstick of the Brave" and it's a music video by an act called Tripping Jupiter, a tribute to the queer icons of rock and roll and movies, like David Bowie, Tim Curry, Marc Bolan and more.  That's playing in Program 4 on Sunday, December 10 at 1:35 pm at that same location - the Jaxx Theater on North Oxford Avenue.  

Please tell all your friends about this important event, you'll love it!  And now we're getting ready for some upcoming festivals: the International Film Festival Rotterdam in January, which is a very important industry festival, and then Slamdance, which is a little later in January.  And of course, I'll make appearances at both festivals, and I hope to see you there - please help spread the word!

Also, since it's the holiday season I wanted to remind everybody that I'm always selling DVDs of my animation, and they make great gifts!  Plus I sell caricatures in my web-store, and they ALSO make great gifts, you can see what you or somebody you care about would look like if you were characters in one of my cartoons!  I can draw couples or your whole family if you like!  For more details, please visit my web-store at:

https://www.plymptoonstore.com

ALSO, we're going to start up another art sale very soon, in case anyone wants to buy up any of my collectible animation drawings to give as Christmas or Hannukah gifts!  More info on this VERY soon, or you can just e-mail me for details on the sale.  It will be a lot like the other sales we've run in the past year, where art from "Your Face" or my "Simpsons" couch gags will be $300 plus postage, art from "How to Kiss" or "25 Ways to Quit Smoking" will be $200 plus postage, and art from any other films, drawn or cel, paint or pencil, will be $100 a piece.  You just have to name the film and we'll e-mail you some samples to choose from.  Don't wait, e-mail us NOW at studio@plymptoons.com if you want to get in on this deal and buy some signed art for your holiday gifts!

I've got some animated films with art that would make GREAT holiday gifts, like "12 Tiny Christmas Tales" or "Santa, the Fascist Years" - but if you just want to buy a piece of art from "The Tune" or "Mutant Aliens" that's great too, just let us know what you want to collect!  

ALSO ALSO, I wanted to remind everyone that we still need to raise a bit more money to get "Slide" properly promoted and entered into festivals.  It costs money to enter all the best festivals, some have high entry fees, and also we still need to cover the cost of making a DCP version of the film, because some festivals will ONLY screen the film in that format.  SO, if anyone is still inclined to donate, we've set up a donation page with a non-profit organization called Filmmakers Collaborative, so if you're looking to save some money on your 2023 taxes, you can donate to F.C. in December and then you can take a deduction on your taxes so you won't pay the IRS as much in April.  Look, I don't really understand how it works, but check with your accountant and see if you can get a tax break AND help me get "Slide" on DCP in time for next year's festivals.  I would really appreciate it, you can use this link to make a donation for "Slide" with Filmmakers Collaborative...

https://filmmakerscollab.org/films/slide/

Thank you so much, for reading my blog and being a contributor or a supporter, making a donation or buying some art or something from my web-store!

Later, 

Bill P.

Friday, November 3, 2023

NYCC Wrap-up and "Slide" Festival screenings

Hey, Plymptoons fans and Scribble Junkies - 

I know it's been a while since I wrote anything, but I suddenly became very busy.  I wanted to get something posted about the New York Comic-Con before it gets too late - we had a great time over four days in October at the Javits Convention Center!


While I was there at NYCC, I got interviewed by Mary Fan of the Workprint, and I got to talk about the progress on "Slide" and when I expect the film to be finished and released, and you can read that interview here:

https://www.theworkprint.com/nycc-2023-cartoonist-and-animator-bill-plympton-on-slide-his-most-personal-film/123

The NY Comic Con is a big sales event, for sure - I got to do some caricatures for my fans who were willing to pay for the privilege, and this is always a big thrill for me also, I love to draw people and to see their faces light up when they what they look like as one my cartoons!


It's also a chance for me to connect with some old friends - like Bob Camp, animator for "Ren & Stimpy", we go way back and we've been neighbors in Artist Alley in previous years!  Also Mike Richardson, head of Dark Horse Comics, he came by my booth also. 



On Sunday there was a group signing at the Z2 Comics booth, for a hardcover comic called "The Illustrated Al", where different artists took the opportunity to illustrate some of Weird Al Yankovic's best (non-parody) songs.  I had done the illustrations for his song "One More Minute", so I was part of this group of artists who each illustrated a song and put their own spins on it!  What a great opportunity to meet all of these talented people and sign some books together!  My thanks to Z2 Comics!



Of course, I'm there to sell my own stuff, too.  Selling art from my animated shorts has become a big part of my business plan, so I brought about 4 portfolios of art from "Your Face", my "Simpsons" couch gags, "How to Kiss" and "25 Ways to Quit Smoking", plus art from a few other films.  But people on Friday were asking me if I had any art from the Kanye West music video "Heard 'em Say", which I animated years ago.  I didn't think to bring any on Friday, but I stopped by the studio on Saturday morning and grabbed some, and I'm so glad I did!  These teenagers bought up 10 pieces of art from that video - they must be big fans, of either me or Kanye!  (Probably Kanye....


Then a few days later, I had to jump on a plane and go to Taiwan for a screening of "Slide" at the Taiwan International Animation Festival!  More about that next time, I guess.  But I hope everybody had a safe and fun Halloween, and I'll let my office manager post some of the great costumes he saw at the NYCC below!  

You might remember this first costumed guy, he came to my booth last year dressed as a dinosaur in a leather jacket, and he bought a few of my DVDs.  Well, he came back dressed as Donkey Kong, complete with a banana gun and a banan-dolier full of bananas!  And he bought a few more DVDs, which is great!  I'm always happy to sell them!  And he brought his whole family, all dressed like Super Mario Bros. characters!















That's all for now, catch you at the next screening of "Slide"!

--Bill P.

Friday, September 15, 2023

Slide's Festival Schedule, NYCC and the Reuben Awards!

I'm so close to finishing "Slide", I can smell it - and it smells sweet!

We have a new producer, Owen, who's really taking charge and wrapping up the production after about 7 years.  Of course, there are still some last-minute shots and editing changes and sound mixes to take care of.  But already we've booked the film into a number of festivals:

The International premiere will be at the Seoul Indie Ani-Fest in South Korea, starting September 14. By the time you read this, I'll probably be in South Korea, to present the film and also do an animation Master Class.  Then there will be a special screening, the Spanish premiere, in the Canary Islands on September 19-21, sponsored by the Animayo Festival.  

Then the U.S. premiere will be at the Woodstock Film Festival, one screening at the Woodstock Playhouse on Friday, September 29 at 11:30 am, and another at Upstate Films in Saugerties on Saturday, September 30 at 10:30 am.  If you want to go, you can get tickets here:

https://woodstock2023.eventive.org/films/64af03c398cdfc0084e62db2

The Woodstock pre-festival party was last night in NYC, just down the street from my apartment, so I just HAD to go.  Also, I designed the poster for this year's Woodstock Festival, I'll include it here so you can see how great it looks!  



And "Slide" has been invited to the prestigious Mill Valley Film Festival!  The screenings will be on Sunday, October 8 at the Rafael 3 at 6:00 pm and again on Monday, October 9 at the Roxie Theater at 9:00 pm.  You can check out the program and get tickets here:

https://www.mvff.com/program/slide/

After that, the film will screen at the Taiwan International Animation Festival, which takes place October 13-21.  I'll be appearing at ALL of these festivals to introduce the films and do a Q&A after.  So if you're around any of those festivals, please stop by and say HELLO!

In the middle of all of that, I'll also be appearing at the New York Comic-Con, at the Javits Center, which is October 12-15.  Travel is important, but so is staying close to home and going to Comic-Con!  You can find me in Artists Alley, I think I'll be at table G-08.  We'll have art for sale, and also my DVDs and books and some special surprises!  

Since I've pretty much finished my work on "Slide", I am now free to take on other projects.  One of the more interesting is a feature compilation of animated sci-fi stories, put together by a gentleman from Poland.  The story I chose is very compelling, both visually and dramatically. I've already done the storyboards and I think it could be a whole lot of fun to animate.  I can't really say any more because it's still under wraps.  I'll definitely let you know more about the project as it develops.  

But the coolest event lately was my winning the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award from the prestigious National Cartoonists Society, who hand out the Reuben Awards!  When I got the phone call about the prize, I was somewhat dumbstruck, flabbergasted and even gobsmacked!  I've been out of the cartooning business for 15 years!  What the hell?  I do create an occasional gag cartoon every so often, but I'm now immersed in animation.  But hey, I'm not going to turn it down, it's a BIG DEAL!

The Reuben Awards were held on September 7 at the luxurious Hyatt Regency in Jersey City.  It was tremendous fun, because I get to mingle with some of the biggest names in cartoons - Brian Bassett, Peter Kuper, Mike Peters, Jim Davis ("Garfield"), Bill Griffith ("Zippy the Pinhead") and of course, the great Peter de Seve (whose new large art book is now being released) did my introduction and presented me with the award.  Peter and I go way back, although he doesn't look it, we hung out in the late 1970's and early 80's. 

The award is really important to me, although I was a print cartoonist 30 years ago and am now an animator, for the comic and illustration world to celebrate my career like that is really a life-affirming (and art-affirming) event.  This is the highest award I could hope to get, except perhaps an Oscar!


See you all soon, 

Bill P.

Friday, July 14, 2023

"Slide" update, "Elemental", "Indiana Jones" and Summer Art Sale

Once again, I want to thank you all for your patience.   I believe I've finally finished with my animation for "Slide" and now I move on to finish the editing and the sound, which I delegate to my crack team of post-production geniuses.

So, now I have a little more time to concentrate on some new projects, and also take a little summer vacation break in Oregon.  I got used to going up there every year after San Diego Comic-Con, so even though I stopped going out to SDCC in 2018 (it just wasn't profitable any more, once we factored in travel costs, shipping and the rising cost of just having a booth) I still try to make it back to Oregon for a week each summer.  The next exciting part will come this fall when I can begin another tour of the international film festival circuit and show "Slide" to the waiting world.  

It's taken me seven years to finish this damn film.  The delay was caused by the COVID pandemic.  The cinemas closed, universities and film studios closed down so my touring and master class fees disappeared and I had to take on commercial work - music videos, ads, documentaries and even illustration work.  Well, now that the virus has abated I can finally get out there and make appearances again.

All the people who have seen the rough cuts say it's my best film.  It's very different from my other features, the artwork is reminiscent of my illustration style, which is a ballpoint pen and colored-pencil mizture.  In fact the look is very impressionistic, which is rare among today's digitally animated films.  So it kind of has the look of a Van Gogh painting.

"Slide" premiered at the Annecy Animation Festival, but as a work-in-progress, so I had to open each packed screening with a disclaimer that the film was not yet finished.  Surprisingly, the audiences all loved the film and encouraged me to finish it soon.

We're now entering other festivals and searching for distribution and we hope that the film will get some good reviews and pick up some great sales. 

I just saw "Elemental", the new Pixar animated feature, and I was disappointed.  On my all-time Pixar list this film is hovering near the bottom, along with "Lightyear".  

The story starts off very slowly and picks up some momentum at the end.  I think the script needed a few rewrites - it also needed the genius of John Lasseter and Joe Ranft.  They need to get their stories back up to the quality level of their earlier films.  And in a film about the elements, what the hell happened to Earth and Air?  I give it a B-.


I was also excited to see the new Indiana Jones film, "The Dial of Destiny", which I loved.  The recreation of Harrison Ford as a younger version - was magnificent.  What does this mean for the future?  Actors don't need plastic surgery any more - nor do they need make-up artists.  It's a bold new future!

In my mind, the most satisfying of all the film mega-franchises is Indiana Jones - more than James Bond, Jurassic Park or Mission: Impossible.  I could watch "Raiders of the Lost Ark" every day and never get bored!


We're working now on a web-site to promote "Slide", and we're going to be selling original drawings from the film, made by my own hand, there.  Keep an eye out for that.  In the meantime, we've still got our Summer Art Sale going on, led by my intrepid office manager, John H., who's been working with my fans and customers to get them the art they want to collect from my films.  John's a collector himself (comic books and "Star Wars" autographs) so he gets it.  

John noticed that a few people were asking about buying matching frames from my Oscar-nominated short "Your Face" and also from the Simpsons couch gag "Homer's Face", which is a tribute, Homer sings the same song and his face goes through most of the same crazy contortions.  So he went through all the art that's left from both films (which isn't much at this point) and he found a bunch of matching frames.  

Check these out - these matches are still available, you can buy a pair of drawings for just $600 plus postage.  ($300 for the "Your Face" drawing, and $300 for the "Simpsons" drawing)















We have a few more sets than this, so if you're interested please e-mail John at studio@plymptoons.com and he can show you more of what we have available.  You can also still get signed art from my other films, like "How to Kiss" and "25 Ways to Quit Smoking" for $200 each, and from ANY other Plympton film ("The Tune", "I Married a Strange Person", "Mutant Aliens", "Guard Dog", "Guide Dog", "One of Those Days", "Plympmania", you name it...) for just $100 each if you want to choose the art.

Or there's still the "Director's Pick" from those films for $50 if you don't mind letting ME choose the art for you. ("Your Face" and any "Simpsons" art is ineligible for the Director's Pick).  Just e-mail if you want to get in on the Summer Art Sale, while summer lasts!  

These art sales have been extremely helpful in keeping my studio up and running while I've been rushing to get "Slide" finished.  We still have to pay off all the post-production expenses, so if you can buy some art and help me out, I would greatly appreciate it!  Or if you're looking to get a tax break before the fiscal year is over, you can still make a donation through Filmmakers Collaborative at this link:

https://filmmakerscollab.org/films/slide/

I know it's been a while - hey, I've been busy with "Slide" - but here's a new gag cartoon - 

Stay cool, 

Bill P.

Monday, May 15, 2023

Slide funding campaign on Hourglass24.com

Hey, gang, there's a lot to talk about this week - but that's because there's a lot going on!  We're almost finished with my new animated feature, "Slide" and it's just in time - the film was invited to the "Contrechamp" section of the Annecy International Animation Festival.  It's kind of like the Oscars of animation, one of the biggest and best animation festivals out there.

It's been a long road, finishing "Slide", thanks to COVID-19 our studio was shut down for a while, plus so were film festivals and theaters and comic-cons, so all that extended my work schedule.  But I must say that the film looks really great and I hope we'll have a finished film for the big French premiere.  

The style is sort of a synthesis of all of my illlustration styles - when I was a freelancer I loved pen and ink and then water-color on top.  The new animation style is very similar to that, except instead of water-color, it's colored pencil, which is a lot more controllable than water colors. 

You can see the trailer for "Slide" on my YouTube channel here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYOpnjhQlJg

Speaking of "Slide", on Tuesday, May 16, I'll be hosting a live broadcast on Hourglass24.com - for 24 hours, I'll be holding conversations with my favorite artists - we'll be talking about animation (of course), tricks of the trade, how to make money and lots of anecdotes (both funny and tragic) but always educational. 

Some of the participants are: Pat Smith (animator of "Handshake", "Drink" and "Pour 24"), Mike Smith (rock star of "Tank Girl", "Futurama", and "The Boxtrolls"), John Payson (early MTV producer), and John Andrews (also MTV producer), Maureen McElheron (musical genius on "The Tune", "Your Face" and "Hair High"), Jerry Beck (animation guru), the great Signe Baumane (who just finished her second feature, "My Love Affair With Marriage") and others!

This is a very exciting event - for 24 hours I'll be talking with animators to help raise money to pay my post-production bills from "Slide".  Plus YOU can call in and talk to me or ask questions about "Slide" or my other work.  I hope I don't burn out during the broadcast, but it seems that I have endless energy while talking about animation.  

So, please, tune in to Hourglass24.com starting at 12:24 pm on Tuesday, May 16.  I think there's also a way you can follow the broadcast on Facebook, but as you probably know, I'm not great with all these technical computer things.  

https://hourglass24.com/

In other news, last week I was saddened to hear about the passing of the great cartoonist, Sam Gross.  He's the guy who was most famous as a cartoonist for The New Yorker and National Lampoon.  I met him at a cartoonist party while I was also creating gags for National Lampoon.  We became friends, and he even invited me to his beach house on Fire Island. 

If you've ever met him, you'd be aware of his over-the-top profanity.  It's too bad that very few magazines were able to print profane cartoons.  Sam was sort of in the same quandary as me when I'm trying to sell my adult animation.  There seems to be some national mental brain block about cartoons for adults being a profitable genre.

Sam's cartoons were wickedly sick and twisted - and that's why I liked them.  


Be sure and check out the 24 hours of Bill Plympton, Tuesday May 16 on hourglass24.com

watch the promo here:

https://www.facebook.com/Plymptoons/videos/1002466221163530

See you there, and be sure to call in and talk to me!

--Bill P.

Friday, May 5, 2023

"Slide" to premiere at Annecy Animation Festival 2023

Yes, believe it or not, I'm still alive.  I've been amazingly lost for the last few months.  Lost in the deep light box in my studio, trying to finish my latest production, called "Slide".  You may have heard of it, I've been in production on it for the last six years, maybe more!

So here's the update.  I'm so close to being finished.  The scanning, coloring, animation, voices, music and editing are essentially all completed - however, the bottleneck is the compositing.  That, I can not do, I'm a No. 1 klutz when it comes to computers.  And all the interns we hire (and I love interns) have left my studio because they need to finish their own thesis films.  And I have no more money to hire extra help.

I did do a test screening of the rough cut of the film, back in March, at the SVA Theatre, and even though the film was in terrible shape - no lip sync, half the film was uncolored and scenes were missing - to my surprise, it scored very well.  WHAT?!?  So I've now corrected the small weaknesses and I've started to send the rough cut to the festivals.  Lo and behold, it got accepted into one of the most prestigious festivals around, the Annecy Animation Festival, in their "ContreChamp" features competition!  Only one problem, can I finish the film in time?

So, I'm calling in all my friends, to pitch in and help me finish the damn film.  I must say, it looks really good now, I'm using a new technique that I developed that looks fantastic - also, I believe the story is very interesting and funny.  So, it should perform well.  

To learn more about the upcoming screening of "Slide" at Annecy, please visit the festival's web-site:

https://www.annecyfestival.com/the-festival/competition/2023:lmcc


We are still accepting donations to help with finishing funds and promotional costs for "Slide", I've partnered with Filmmakers Collaborative, a non-profit organization based in Boston - so if you can spare any amount for a donation, it will be tax-deductible!  Here's their web-site: 

https://filmmakerscollab.org/films/slide/


In April, I made a presentation at the acclaimed National Arts Club, located in Gramercy Park, here in NYC.  They wanted to screen my first animated feature, "The Tune", and have me then discuss the film with the audience after.  I was thrilled to see such a large crowd turn out for the event, and it was fun to see the old film I made 30 years ago and hear such enthusiastic laughter from the audience.  Someone suggested it should be a Broadway musical - yeah, why not?  

After I autographed a bunch of postcards for fans, we we put up some original cels from "The Tune" for sale and people raced to buy them!  The other reason I mention this event, besides the fact that it was a lot of fun, is because a company called Deaf Crocodile is going to re-release "The Tune" later this year, for its 30th Anniversary.  And then after screening the film in select theaters, they want to finally get the restored version of "The Tune" released on BluRay!  

It's another bit of good news that the film holds up very well after so long - people still laugh and sing along with Maureen McElheron's wonderful music.

So, watch for the re-release of "The Tune" some time this fall or winter - 

And here's the link to the trailer for "Slide" on my YouTube channel:

https://youtu.be/HYOpnjhQlJg

I think you'll like it!  Now that I've delivered my "child", "Slide" I believe I can devote more time to this Scribble Junkies blog and to my fans.

Thanks for your collective patience - 

Bill P.




Friday, March 3, 2023

A VERY Busy March schedule

March 3, 2023

So, I'm back!  I apologize for being out of touch for the last two months.  I was in "FINISH SLIDE" mode, which was all-consuming.  Now I've finished the rough cut to enter into Cannes and show to the Annecy Festival, I can come up for air and maybe take a little rest.  Now I can give you an update on my upcoming events!  It seems now that society is finally getting back to normal (?) I have a bunch of events where I'll be appearing.

Starting with March 10-12, I'll be up in the Boston area at the Boxboro Regency Hotel for the NorthEast Comic-Con and Collectibles Extravaganza.  I'll be selling original art and showing some excerpts from the new feature, "Slide" and everyone who attends my Master Class and screening will get a free sketch!  Please note, though, that there is an additional ticket required to attend my screening, it's not included in the price of admission to the Con!

You can get all the convention information, schedule, directions and tickets here:

https://necomiccons.com/necc-schedule/

Then on Monday, March 20, I'll be screening the ROUGH CUT of "Slide" to get audience feedback on my film.  It's very important that I make any appropriate changes to make it the best feature I can make.  The screening will be at NOON on 3/20 at the SVA Theatre, which is at 333 West 23rd St. in Manhattan, between 8th Ave. and 9th Ave. 


Then on March 25-26, I'll be appearing at the Big Apple Comic Con - I've always enjoyed this event in the past, even though it's mostly for comic book collectors.  I've still found that I have a lot of fans there.  I'll also be doing a Master Class there screening clips from "Slide" at this event, and I'll do quick sketches for anyone who stop by my booth.  The Big Apple "Back to Spring" event takes place at the New Yorker Hotel, 481 Eighth Avenue in Manhattan.  

For convention info, directions and tickets, please visit:

https://bigapplecc.com/venue-info/


And then on March 30-31, I'll be in sunny (?) Palm Springs for AmDoc (American Documentary and Animation Film Festival), where I'll give a Master Class and show clips from "Slide" and some of my other big hits.  I believe my event is on March 31 at 11:30 am but you can check out the festival's schedule here: 

https://www.amdocfilmfest.com/

I then fly QUICKLY back to NYC on the red-eye and go straight to the one-and-only MoCCA Arts Festival, which is being held April 1-2 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St.  This is one of my favorite events of the whole year!  They only present books and films that are independent, and I fit very nicely into that category!  So please stop by and say "Hello!"  You can get tickets and directions here:

https://www.moccafest.org/

WOW, this is a lot to process!  I haven't had this much on my schedule in about three years!  I hope to see a lot of my fans again in March!  It's finally time to leave the house!  See you soon!

--Bill P.