Monday, October 18, 2010
Two of my favorite sources of inspiration
I met MIKE SMITH about a dozen years ago, thru my good pal Rej Bourdages. Mike is a wonderfully talented guy: a human tsunami of a dizzying variety of styles and ideas. I watched him storyboard a soft drink ad featuring a giant monster skulking thru a city and I could not get over how seemingly effortless he made it all look... I discovered a his website awhile back and got back in touch, glad to know he is as brilliant as ever...
One of the music videos Mike directed and designed for George Thurogood is a classic example of Mike's dazzling style, and it also happens to feature animation that I suspected could have only been done by another friend, colleague and source of endless inspiration: DAVE FEISS. I caught up with Dave for lunch a month ago or so and it turns out he indeed collaborated with Mike on the video. Of course Dave is best known for his hilariously demented COW & CHICKEN series from CN, but I will never forget spotting some earlier standout comic book work he did for the series THE MAXX, where he ghosted a dream sequence, (turns out THE MAXX creator is a relative of Dave's and they jammed together just for fun.) I finally got to work with Dave a few years ago and the whole time I was almost dizzy with admiration for him. A genuine cartoonists' cartoonist if ever there was one.