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cartoonbrew July 13 2014, 02:53

Watch: Trailer For The Iranian Action-Adventure Film ‘The Last Fiction’



While Iranian live-action cinema has achieved vast acclaim throughout the years, the country has yet to produce an animated feature that has made a similar impact on the international scene. That may change soon with multiple animated features currently in production and rapidly rising production standards.
cartoonbrew July 12 2014, 03:48

‘Mouse in Transition’: Detour Into Disney History (Chapter 6)



Before I got hired at Disney Features, I sold a few magazine articles and developed a love of writing for print, where there was nothing between writer and reader but words on a page. When I became a Disney employee, I realized I was surrounded by animation veterans with vivid memories of the rambunctious days at the old Hyperion studio, and the creative struggles that went into making "Snow White," "Pinocchio," and the other early features. Talking to older Mouse House staffers, it dawned on me they could provide great source material for articles.
fleenfeed July 11 2014, 19:50

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San Diego Comic Con programming continues its release, with Friday’s panels and things now up for your perusal. As always, the schedule may change over the next couple of weeks, so verify the schedule before sitting in line for 37 hours.

Friday Programming
Gender in Comics
10:00am — 11:00am, Room 4

Some very smart people on this panel, whose writings on the Venn diagram of gender and comics I enjoy a great deal, including Janelle Asselin, Andy Khouri, Jennifer de Guzman, and Laura Hudson.

Comics Arts Conference Session #5: Rescued by Batman: Finding Hope in Something Terrible
10:30am — 11:30am, Room 26AB

Dean Trippe talking about his experience with sexual abuse and how Batman saved him. My third must-attend of the show.

Origins of the Comic Strip: The Untold Story of Artists and Anarchy, 1895-1915
3:00pm — 4:00pm, Room 29A

Could be an interesting companion to the screening of STRIPPED later today.

Walking the Line: An Investigation into Alternative vs. Mainstream Comics and Beyond
3:00pm — 4:00pm, Room 28DE

Kazu Kibuishi and Gene Luen Yang will be part of the panel, moderated by the always-great Calvin Reid. But here’s the weird part:

Words and Pictures
3:00pm — 4:00pm, Room 9

Got that? Same time as the panel immediately above. Moderated by Lev Grossman of TIME magazine, it’s a murderer’s row of modern masters of graphic storytelling: Michael Cho, Faith Erin Hicks, Lucy Knisley, Jen Wang, and Gene Luen Yang¹.

Comic Book Entrepreneurs: The Business of Comics
6:00pm — 7:00pm, Room 9

Bunch of business types, but also Noelle Stevenson of Nimona and Lumberjanes.

6:10pm — 7:40pm, offsite

Well, half offiste; STRIPPED will be screening as part of the Comic Con International Independent Film Festival, which takes place at the Marriott next door to the convention center, in Hall 2. It’s still part of SDCC so you do need to be badged, it’s just not in the convention center. With another film starting immediately after, it doesn’t look like there’ll be time for a Q&A with filmmakers Freddave Kellett-Schroeder, but they’ll be at booth 1228 all show, so drop by there to pick up a copy or ask ‘em about focal length or whatever.

Okay, that’s it for now; as a quick note, I’ll be on Pacific Time next week, so look for updates to occur later than they normally do. Yep, work sends me to the Left Coast just before I have to fly there for the convention like three days after I get home. I am not going to know what damn time zone it is for weeks.

Spam of the day:

what does yolo swag mean

Let me Google that for you.

¹ Is Gene Yang able to be in two places at the same time? It might explain how he has the time to turn out so many graphic novels without seeming to rush or skimp on any of them.

projectrooftop July 11 2014, 16:13

Fan-Art Friday: The New Batgirl!



babs tarr

In less than 24 hours, artists across the nerdosphere have once again proven something we here at P:R know all too well: Everybody loves Batgirl. It seems everybody is also crushing hard on Batgirl’s new look from artists Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr (that’s an *exclusive* Batgirl sketch from Babs above!). As one of our commenters pointed out, this look is the kind of thing we’d champion, rate 10 out of 10 here at Rooftop, then sadly lament the fact that DC would never adopt such an outstanding, functional, thoughtful redesign in the proper titles. I can’t tell you how pleased I am to find us all proven wrong with this stellar new look. Phenomenal creative team choice from DC, phenomenal look from those creators. As a dude who’s nearly 2000 Batgirl redesigns, and started this whole site as the direct result of talking about Batgirl redesigns, I’m on a nerdhigh that just won’t quit.

So yeah, I’ve been thinking about it non-stop since yesterday’s announcement, and I’m pretty sure this is the best DCU redesign since Cully Hamner‘s Jamie Reyes Blue Beetle. And the lightning-fast outpouring of love and fan-support for a redesign hasn’t been seen since Jamie McKelvie‘s Captain Marvel. Cameron mentioned on Twitter that McKelvie’s Carol redesign and Darwyn Cooke’s perfect Catwoman redesign were his major influences in how he approached this Batgirl revamp. That is not surprising at all, given all the attention to subtle detail and elegant functionality. Anyway, ENOUGH FROM ME. Here’s all the new Batgirl fan art I’ve seen since the announcement. (Babs said mine was the first to hit the internet, and I’ll definitely be the first in line for Batgirl #35.)

By the way, we’ll be running another batch next Friday, so please feel free to email us your depictions of this excellent redesign! -Dean

Joel Carroll

Joel Priddy

Mike Maihack

Dave Stokes
Dave Stokes

Kristafer Anka

Dean Trippe

Ramon Villalobos

Aaron Diaz


Jason Horn

Irene Koh

Evan Bryce

Paul Duffield

Sam Logan

Koi Carreon

Kiki Jenkins

Kelli Moore

M.J. Barros

Chris Buckley

Eric Merced

Rita Zhirkova

Ricardo Bessa

Patrick Gleason

Gregory Dickens


Matt Nelson

Martin Kirby

Ashley McCammon

Chandra Free

Chris Johnson

Dennis Culver

Katie Shanahan

Jack Ciolli

Joseph Garcia
Joseph Garcia

Cal Slayton

Anna Rettberg

Isaac Goodhart

Mingjue Helen Chen
Mingjue Helen Chen

Priscilla Tramontano
Priscilla Tramontano

Charles Tan

Romy Jones

Jake Castorena

Adam Ham

Mariane Gusmão
Mariane Gusmão

Andrew Kapellusch
Andrew Kapellusch

Scott Drummond

Guy Major


Adrian Williams

Jess Timmons
Jess Timmons


TA Shepard
Tyler Shepard


Robert Negrete
Robert Negrete

Lissy Marlin



Gavin Guidry

Fill Marc Sagadraca
Fill Marc Sagadraca

Yingjue Chen

Sabrina Deig

Felipe Smith


Grace Park


Johan Vinet

Tom Bancroft


greg melo
Greg Melo

Note: Don’t forget to send yours to projectrooftop at gmail dot com! -Dean

cartoonbrew July 11 2014, 03:24

Pixar’s Ed Catmull Emerges As Central Figure In The Wage-Fixing Scandal



Pixar and Disney Animation president Ed Catmull has always had a reputation as a decent person, but newly revealed court documents show that he's been working against the interests of Pixar's employees for years, as well as trying to hurt other studios who didn't play by his rules.
fleenfeed July 10 2014, 20:36

I Knew There Was A Reason To Write Late Today



San Diego Comic Con programming started to drop today, with Thursday’s slate now available for your perusal. As usual, I’m listing out things that caught my eye; your mileage may vary.

Thursday Programming
Graphic Novel Programming at Your Library
10:00am — 11:00am, Room 23ABC

If you’ve been wanting to get your work into libraries, this is probably a good place to trawl for librarians.

Legends of TV Land
find it yourself

This is just to point out that Betty White now counts as valid topic for SDCC panel time. Look, I get it, she’s a treasure, but we’ve really jumped the sharknado on this one¹.

Under the Dome: Panel and Exclusive Sneak Preview
11:15am — 12:00pm, Ballroom 20

I am including this solely to make Jon Rosenberg’s head explode.

Welcome To Night Vale
12:00pm — 1:00pm, offsite

TopatoCo will be presenting a panel at the Geek and Sundry Lounge on 4th Ave in the Gaslamp, covering the secret history of one weird little town. As it’s offsite, no SDCC badge is needed.

Gene Luen Yang in Conversation with Scott McCloud
3:00pm — 4:00pm, Room 28DE

This is the first must-attend of the show for me. I’ve never met Yang, but I owe him many profuse thanks for his body of work.

NASA’s Next Giant Leap
3:00pm — 4:00pm, Room 6A

Okay, I’m not sure why Seth Green is moderating this one, but any panel with Buzz Frickn’ Aldrin and Bobak Frickin’ Ferdowsi² on it gets my attention. They may have undersized the room for this panel.

The Sergio & Mark Show
3:30pm — 4:30pm, Room 8

The two most consistently amusing people in comics.

How to Kickstart Your Dream Like a Pro
5:00pm — 6:00pm, Room 25ABC

Spike, Ryan North, David Malki !, Zach Weinersmith, Aaron Diaz, and George Rohac are, inexplicably, not on this panel (indeed, half of them won’t be at the show). However, I’ll give a dollar to each one of them that attends the panel to kibitz from the floor.

Understanding Stories: The Making of a Graphic Novel
5:00pm — 6:00pm, Room 7AB

McCloud again; hopefully includes previews of The Sculptor.

Cartoon Hangover: Bee and PuppyCat and Friends
5:30pm — 6:30pm, Room 6A

Natasha Allegri, Becky & Frank, Madeleine Flores, Allyn Rachel and Kent Osborne (voices of Bee and Deckard), and others. Second must-attend of the show for me.

Indie Comics Marketing & PR 101
6:30pm — 7:30pm, Room 8

Panelists from comiXology, BOOM!, and Fantagraphics. Could be some very worthwhile info at this one.

Spam of the day:

As explained NASA’s Glenn Research Center, the biggest market of gravity is “the average location with the weight from the object.

This spam may actually tie with this one:

how much is 100 grams in tablespoons

… in terms of fundamentally misunderstanding how basic concepts like mass, volume, and gravity work. Going to ask me how much time twelve parsecs is next?

¹ Sharknado 2, naturally, has its own panel on Thursday because of course it does.

² Who, let’s be clear, oversaw the most audacious landing in space exploration history before his 33rd birthday. Respect, my brother engineer.

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