Alex and I will be walking around Boston Comic Con a bunch of the day on Saturday! If you see us, feel free to say hello! Unfortunately I do not have Baman Piderman buttons with me this year due to how I’ve been ill, but I do have UNLIMITED HIGH FIVES.
Hello friends I have been very ill (FROM MOLD POISONING AGH) For a couple months, so I thank you very much for your patience! I’m finishing up commissions now as I get better! Here is one for BoneHatter of one of her OC’s from her comic Skoopy Town! ALSO HAPPY BIRTHDAY YEH YEH YEH!
From the long-ago age of 2008- the nockFORCE pitchbook written by Jim Gisriel and Ian Jones-Quartey
In my last post, I explained that nockFORCE was a cartoon and music project by Jim Gisriel and yours truly, but what has never been known publicly is that we were also pitching nockFORCE to networks as a TV series. (WHAT!!!!!! ITS TRUE!!!!)
I can finally reveal—- That was the secret meaning behind this cartoon:
I was working at [the now defunct] World Leaders Entertainment in NYC as an animation director for Venture Bros at the time, and we signed a deal with them to develop nockFORCE as a TV series. If it was picked up, WLE would have produced new TV-quality full episodes. We shaped the existing material into a show format and pounded the pavement to several networks to see what they thought! The pitchbook was the end result of the development process and we were pretty proud of it. I still am actually. We even included a peel-off vinyl sticker on the inside cover!
How did it go? Not that well, I think… apparently adult swim enjoyed our video content, but then said something like “what the hell is this even supposed to be? we have no idea who these guys are. stay out of georgia!!!”. Comedy Central, FOX and others pretty much went the same way.
Looking back, we were maybe a little naive about getting it made, and we worked so hard on it that we never considered that we would need additional talent, practice & exposure to become the kind of people who networks would want to buy a show from. BUUUUT we learned a whole lot from it, and I remember that the day we got our final rejection and terminated the contract, we just kept on making cartoons and music like it didn’t matter.
And maybe it didn’t! I know if we were doing this today, we probably would have just had our audience support it using tools like patreon or kickstarter. And we never would have had to suck up to any networks!
Thanks to everyone involved from back then- our producer Ben Stein; our moral support from Natasha Kaser; our champions at WLE Miguel Martinez-Joffre, Nick DeMayo, Rachel Simon & many more; and also Rebecca Sugar who conceptualized the pitchbook layout & contributed animation and designs to several shorts.
Ian J is one of my earliest influences, and one of the reasons I went to animation school to begin with. Ahhh Nockforce was an early internet GEM.
Here’s the duet between Wander and Hater from SDCC!
And then he realized he was wearing ladybug socks.
(My cousin gave me white kicks and from the moment I saw them I knew that this was their destiny)
So im kinda ENDING the comic. I dont really have the time or energy for it anymore. it was loads of fun though!
When I started this comic in 2009 (because my dad said a newspaper was interested in seeing my work so i put together the first few pages in a week) I didn’t think it’d last like ..five-ish years? I think i learned a lot all in all, improved in a lot of things.
I’d like to thank all of you for reading this comic and enjoying it so much, for all the feedback, art, fics and everything. Special thanks to all the people who sent in a guest comic and gave me this buffer time to think stuff over (im not very good at make decisions haha) I love you all a lot!
As for me I’m going to be studying animation abroad, inshalla everything goes well for me. I probably wont have too much time on my hands. Got like dreams and junk I gotta work on.
so I’ll just drop you all some links like
1)if you like my art I post my original art here
2)if you like my art SOOOO much that ur willing to put up with a lot of fandom shit I have an art tag on my main blog here
- and i’ll still post junk and thumbnails and answer questions if you need them on this blog right here so keep following (if you want i mean .. ahaha ^^;;/ )
Goodnight to one of my fav comics ever!!
(b/c I’m running out of things to occupy my time) I just watched all of baman & piderman
anD LET ME TELL YOU PUMPKIN:SQUIB is really really cute ok
Wanda & Wooper