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.
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...