February 10, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Art from Children's book "Who Asked the Moon to Dinner"

Art from Children’s book “Who Asked the Moon to Dinner”

Had a great skype with Todd Henry a couple of weeks ago, author of “Die Empty” and “The Accidental Creative” ( Two books that I highly recommend.) Really down to earth with lots of insightful advice and banter.

Had a pilot commissioned by PBS Kids on a series that I created and that I’m really excited about. More on this as it develops.

My two year old son Louis is on a major “MOOON ” kick. Has to go outside every night and say hi to the moon. Loves any book that has anything remotely “Moon”. So of course he found my children’s book “Who Asked the Moon to Dinner” published way back in 2001. He needs to have it read at least twenty times and day, and go to sleep with the glow in the dark cover.  I have to say that I’m loving it. ( although I get tired of reading my own words so often, and I find myself critiquing my paintings done 14 years ago.)

Been in deep thought on the effects the ego has on our creative process. Any project that I have taken on that had any attachment to ego ( money, competition , keeping up appearances) has always nose dived for me. Any project that I love and would do for free because I love it so much have been the major highlights for me. Seems logical, but you would be surprised how the ego lures you into things that you think are for noble purposes. Could be why those who become successful at something artistically runs into blocks at times when there is output “expected of them”.

Just thoughts.


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4 Responses to February 10, 2015

  1. Suzanne says:

    WHOO HOOO! Excited about your pilot! Also, “Who Asked the Moon to Dinner” is one of our favorites – even now that the boys are 7 and 10.

  2. John Gil says:

    Joe, I have been a fan of Camp Lazlo, when it aired on TV when I was eight. I found out about Rocko’s Modern Life, when I was twelve by youtube. I saw both tv series and I love them, being so similar in terms of the personality the characters offer as well as having distinct animation and settings. I just want you to know good luck with the pilot! Hope this turns out to be another successful TV show like Camp Lazlo and Rocko’s Modern Life. I am in college as a freshman right now, but once your show greenlights, I will definitely watch your new show to see you bring animation to life as you did with Rocko and Lazlo.

    Best of luck Joe!

  3. Nick Fortunato says:

    Congrats on the pilot

  4. Jackie says:

    I just realized spending so much time indoors made me feel like when Lumpus had that dream he was a floating head in a washing machine, in S is for Crazy.

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