Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A Children's Crusade That Just Might Work

Wow, no one likes the layout posts. I guess layout remains a mystery to many, huh?

Well, anyway Happy Halloween! This is the night we celebrate and relive the glorious Crusades.


If you want any candy from me, you better wear one of these costumes. No modern puffy stuff, ok?



















Think of who you could conquer with great outfits like this! Maybe you could march out and take back the Holy Cartoon Land of Los Angeles from the infidels!

It might be time to restore its ancient glory.

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34 comments:

Ryan G. said...

Sorry for not commenting on the layout post John, I just took it in. It was very informative though..thanks!

Bruce said...

Some of those costumes were quite eye catching. But the masks near the end of this post were really something, especially the cave man mask.

Thanks for posting these funny halloween costumes, and hope you'll get more sweets, along with eating them in rapid succession, to kill a diabetic in half a day!

From an inspiring cartoonist/ artist

Bruce

PCUnfunny said...

You and Uncle Eddie make me regret the years of missed Halloweens because I was a Jehovah's Witness. You both will have to suffer my wrath. I am going to instruct the congregation near both of you to knock on your doors at 7am on Saturdays for the remainder of your lives. YOU THINK WORKING ON STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE WAS BAD ? TRY GETTING RID OF RELENTLESS JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES !!!! BLAH HA HA HA HA HA !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tim said...

Good to see the Mickey mask is flame retardant. What's trick or treating without serial arson?

I was at a Halloween store the other day and remembered your post from a while back of all the cool/completely bizarre Halloween costumes... and yeah, looking at the stuff they had on offer was sort of depressing. One can only hope that the oldies will become retro-cool again like so many other things.

Anyway, happy Halloween to everyone here!

Lex said...

Nothing like dressing your kid up as a Ringo Starr blow-up doll, complete with eyeliner.

Barbara said...

These are awesome. I especially love the inside-out boy and that bizarre o-mouth clown. People were really good at actually making scary costumes back then!

smackmonkey said...

Wow! A Thomas Howard Edward Cat costume! (I think I remember that right) I'm shamed into staying home with my Yacko costume.

For young and old, the layout posts are great. If only we still did layout here.

NextGen (Hector) said...

Awesome costumes and awesome pitch blog!

I think it's time you bring back Spumco... take back cartoons John!

Beast said...

I love the layout stuff, i just didn't comment

patchwork said...

there is a lot to take in regarding layouts. I learned a lot that I hope to put to practice soon. I especially appreciate the checklist. Thanks again!

Nico said...

hahaha! that Casper looks like he's having a seizure, and loving it

Luke C. said...

I love the layout post! ..I just never comment.. =/

But really, it's a very informative post, and I've saved the pages for future reference! ..I'm allowed to do that, right? ..Right?

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David DeGrand said...

I like how some of these costumes are basically billboards for products instead of actually being anything to dress up as, I love it! The masks are what set these apart from the crap costumes these days, they're works of art. Thanks for all the great pics!

Julián höek said...

i love your layout theories john!! please keep them coming!!

right now most of us are practicing basics construction thanks of that kick ass video you posted last week! also you where very specific about the best way to learn how to animate by copying bosko's animation. perhaps you could point us some way to approach this notes in practice

what happens to me now with the the notes is that i don't know exactly how to exercise them. would it work trying to do a short story where some characters interacts in a background and there try to use most of the principles your layout notes talks about? i think that would also imply doing the character design, writing, direct it, also do the animation of the characters and a lot more stuff for it but i know you always say to don't use our own characters yet, so i'm not sure if that would be the best way to go...

it would be great if you could talk to us about your "application" class from your ideal school that i ask you about the other day. there we could know the way you think is the best to apply what we learn with the construction exercises, copying animation and with the layout notes.
i hope i'm not asking a lot!!

thanks a lot john!!

Mr. Semaj said...

The masks aren't the only Halloween tradition that needs an overhaul. Some of our neighborhoods haven't had trick-or-treaters in years. :(

akira said...

wow if a kid came up trick or treating in that circulatory system costume i'm pretty sure i'd have nightmares for a while.. VERY cool!

i think the most popular costumes in my neighborhood this year were: gangster/rapper, or "slutty girl"

Mitch Leeuwe said...

Too sad we don't have Halloween here but we have something like that. It's called Sint Maarten, children's zinging for candy and they walk with lampion's, but they don't wear costumes... so it's kinda dull compared with halloween.

mike f. said...

Who said no one likes the layout posts?? They're among the best.

Some posts are so informative, so encompassing - they don't require additional comment, and any questions are pre-empted by ready information in the post itself.

Like you told Eddie - you can't go by the number of comments. Please don't discontinue the layout posts!

(BTW, I just got a cool Heckle & Jeckle costume from 1957 - it came in the mail today.
Here it is:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=300163113972

It's pretty stinky, though. I think some kid threw up in it.)

Gabriel said...

what?? I LOVED the layout posts, i'm going to admit that i was lazy and didn't comment, but i thought they were great, really insightful.

Gchaime said...

It might be the fact that my vision isn't clouded by rose tinted nostalgia, but apart from the beatles and ratfink costume, don't al those costume, well, suck?

You actually like these costumes? Like as in that you think they are aestatically pleasing? Not in some kind of ironic way? Really? Really!?!

Ken said...

John,

What are your thoughts on Flash animation VS pencil? I was reading over some blogs posted by I'm guessing "Purest," animators. They seem to think that Flash is going cause animation to fall back into that 60s-80's world, where once again control of the director with be lost. They also stated that Flash has cheapen the quality of animation. I just wanted to read your thoughts on how you have involved through this tech-no age. If I'm right, you had the first Flash cartoons published on the web, and I see your toons and work as part of this moment in time of animation.
Ken

boootooons ltd. said...

WE WANT ALL THE MANUALS!! not just the layout manuals, but ALL of them!

i have been waiting and waiting and waiting for the next post that has something to do with your manuals so that i can DL them and print them, make copies at kinko's and then give multiple copies to my animation crew!

we may not be on the west coast, but we know good animation tips when we see them ( and there aren't many ). please upload more john!

also? HAPPY BIRTHDAY to mike! he's got such a funny voice and could've easily made a living doing cartoon voices.

i love my dad and he was a big influence on me too!

- trevor.

Vincent Waller said...

Oh boy! Do I want a visible man costume!
I love the layout posts. Never too old for a refresher.

Tony Mora said...

Awesome post. We were just talking about this the other day, on how they should make these Halloween outfits again.
My brother and I dressed up as Tom and Jerry once. The good ol' days.

ted said...

Speaking for myself, I loved the layout post! It was super informative and really full of expressive ideas, which I will definitely put into practice in my own work. The only problem is, layout doesn't EXIST anymore! Atleast not in the sensible , though-out,straight-forward way you know it.
Because of Flash and programs like it, storyboards are just imported into the computer, pre-existing Flash characters are lined up with them and that is used as the final template for the show!
I'm working on a show right now that uses that very system, and I think for TV animation, it's virtually industry standard. The only way these valuable ideas will make it to any screen, is through independent shorts.
So please keep this amazing and vital information coming, because its pretty hard to find people with this knowledge nowadays! Thank You John.

Rojo said...

Every morning for a long time now after first checking to see if the world still exists as we know it I read your posts, even the layout stuff. I'm not an animator, I'm an oil painter and guitarist. I'm 53 so I can't really get into the full blown school of animation but for the fun of it I've always wanted to do an old school hand drawn cartoon, maybe a minute or two. When I saw your video lessons the other day I was amazed at the evolution of your site. Anyway, your blog is a treasure chest of history, technique, fundamentals, fun, etc. and a golden opportunity for more than animation so I sent my first PayPal donation. Thanks!

Trevour said...

I love the layout posts more than anything in the whole world! I've been printing them and placing the pages in a binder. I'll try and comment more often... even though I don't comment in every single post, I assure you I visit and read your blog every day. I really only comment when I feel I have something useful to add to the discussion.

And a late Happy Hallowiener.

Jose said...

"(BTW, I just got a cool Heckle & Jeckle costume from 1957 - it came in the mail today."

i need get my name of mike's will. christ. the thought of the amount of awesome stuff this guy has. i wish this guy my brother or cousin or something. something that involves me checking out his cool toys & flinstones puzzles or whatever.

Bill Field said...

My favorite costume that I wore was Bingo, from the Banana Splits-- the last year I wore one--I was Dr. Strange... and tonight and tomorrow night I'm on stage as a Geico Caveman and George W. (I'm singing an Aerosmith parody-"Cheney's Got A Gun") and even Mitt Romney--for the annual Society of Professional Journalist's Gridiron Show---I'd rather wear one like these, and get candy--too!!

JohnH said...

Aw, I was hoping you'd repost the "Cat Jesus" Ren & Stimpy clip. Still, this is cool. Have a look at Rat Fink, dear god it'd have to be an unusually cool parent to let his/her kid go out in that.

Claudia said...

Hey john wanted to contact you cannot find you email id..please contact me back

JohnK said...

How?

iheartgreenmore said...

Hey There,

I am trying to locate a couple of vintage costumes my brother and I wore sometime in the early 80s. The costumes consisted of 2 pieces: A plastic sheath that went over your head and a giant blow up character head that tied under your neck. The front of the sheath had 6 different characters on it and the head would be one of those characters (like a bat or a pumpkin, etc.). Do you have ANY idea who made these &/or where I can locate them. I have checked on e-bay and all I can find there are the Spooktown and Ben Cooper costumes. Any assistance would be appreciated. :)