Right now is possibly the busiest time of year for me in terms of the day job. Just finished a string of commercials for Picasso Pictures, so I can get back to more "Mad Doctors In Love" (can't quite believe that in the middle of it all I had to go into hospital! Eeek! But the lovely people at Picasso, and they really are lovely, worked around that, bless them).
I've also recently submitted a six page story to appear in Judge Dredd Megazine under the Small Press section, but more news on that later.
I'm currently preparing more pages of "Mad Doctors In Love" for the blog, but in the meantime, since it's been a while since I last posted, a word about my sponsor. Animation. Aka, 'that other thing I do' or 'what keeps me off the streets' or 'how I pay the rent'. So here's a little show and tell while we resume transmission.
I make lots of different sorts of commercials. From Max Wilde, Sunny D commercials to Golden Nuggets commercials (the Golden Nuggets commercial you see here was something of a re-vamp. This 'timelord' unfortunately didn't get more than two outings... but he got to fend off dinosaurs and lions, and I guess you ain't lived unless you've done that). You can watch some segments of the commercials and films I've made over at the Picasso Pictures website. You'll see there that I also make TV shows, having written and directed (and even voice acted in; it's amazing what jobs you get if you know the director) shows for Nickelodeon, and other stuff for television, such as animated sketches for BBC 3's Monkey Dust.
A few years ago I worked with Ian Carney (he of Sugar Buzz fame) on a number of short films for Nickelodeon called Monster Vs. Monster. Ian not only writes comics, he also writes for television. We did a couple of comic book projects together, the first was a 24 page comic called Big Ape Go Mental which never saw light of day but was originally proposed as a four issue mini series. The vibe here was Hanna-Barbera cartoons in Dimension X.
We also did a two page story called Dagmar's Dinner (more for our own amusement). The vibe here was something equally surreal. Soon after this we decided to produce a film called Dagmar's Friend. It had a modest run at the festivals. The music for the film was produced by Ollie Davis with voices provided by Kate Harbour.
Here's Dagmar's Dinner.
And here's some stills from Dagmar's Friend.
Dagmar's Dinner/Dagmar's Friend ©Ian Carney/Ian Culbard, 2002-2006.
Big Ape Go Mental ©Ian Carney/Ian Culbard, 2000-2006.