Tuesday, May 31, 2016

June 1 Watchcat Wednesday

This blog has reached 6750 all time viewers and we want to shoot another live WatchCat Blog (with sound this time) to say thank you for supporting this blog. And all this reminds me of something very important that happened back on June 1, 1939...

Two aspiring cartoonists in High School, Joe Seigel and Jerry Schuster, created a character called "Superman". These two Jewish kids had read about the Nazis racial concept of the Aryan Superman and wanted to show a Superman who could be on the American side. 

On this day, they sell all the rights to Detective Comics (D.C.) for $130. When the first megabudget Superman movie was being made in the 1976 - the National Cartoonist's Society pointed out that Seigel and Schuster never received a nickel of the multi-millions their creation had made. Jeannie Schuster, wife of Joe and the model for Lois Lane told the National Cartoonists Society in 1998 "Artists have to stick together, because only then will you have power!" 

Ironically, their 1938 paycheck sold at auction for $160,000

Read more about "Super Boys" by Brad Ricca

And speaking of changing cartoon characters to live action ones...

Recently, I helped Calabash Animation in Chicago animate the Honeynut Bee on this commercial for Trix. Calabash animated Sonny the Cuckoo Bird and the Trix's Rabbit traditionally while I animated the bee in Maya. It was a fun and fast spot to work on!

And here's the :15 second version...

What Actress will play Mrs Brisby in the live action version of "The Secret of NIHM"?

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