May 23, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Last Time These Classes Offered with One on One.

I’m trying to type with a huge hospital bandage on my finger, because I cut part of the tip off with an x-acto blade yesterday. For a while it looked like Dan Akroyd’s Julia Child skit from Saturday Night Live.

I’ve made a decision to retire these classes with this slant on creating characters for episodic or series type work. I won’t be doing anymore one on one feedback via email or Skype ( on this class) after it ends in July. If this is something you wanted to take you should sign up for the last remaining seats. Last day to enroll is next week.

I’m doing a restructure in regards to no longer do TV or series work, and now that my book is out of print and I did the commentary for the 3rd season Rocko DVD, I feel that I have put it all out there and it can be laid to rest. I’m not shutting the door on teaching, just in regards to this subject.

For being such a huge part of my life, it’s a little bittersweet leaving TV behind, but it’s no longer my world.


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5 Responses to May 23, 2012

  1. Matt Stevanus says:

    Are you going back to independent films? The web? Or is this you saying you’re retiring altogether? I hope to see you continue your web series, I think FIAS is every bit as charming as Rocko.

  2. Mom says:

    Did we give up on KaboingTV so soon?

  3. Joe Murray says:

    No I have not. I’m still championing other animators making their way into cartoon series contributions. It’s been a difficult road in regards to preliminary funding without the money people owning everything. I guess Butch Hartman is trying it, but I believe he wants a piece of your show, which I do not.

    • Matt Stevanus says:

      And that is exactly why you are the greatest. I like that you don’t expect people to sell out in order to get their work syndicated. It’s nice to see an honest professional.

  4. Michelle says:

    As a longtime fan of animation in general, I’ve always really loved your particular style, in terms of both art and storytelling. I actually looked up your blog today to see if you were planning anything new for television, so I’m a little disheartened to see that you aren’t.

    On the other hand, I understand what you mean by saying it’s “no longer your world”. Everyone deserves room to grow and make progress in whichever direction they choose. I hope you experience every success in the world, no matter where your focus ends up.

    That said, knowing that there are animators out there that have learned from you is something that I appreciate very much.

    Anyway, I just wanted to leave a comment here to voice my appreciation for all the years of happiness that your television work has given people like me. I’m 26 and I still get incredibly happy every time I see Rocko or Lazlo being aired. I’m sure I’ll never get a chance to say this in person, but from the bottom of my heart: thank you.

    Keep being awesome, and I hope your finger gets better! <3

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