New Projects Are FREAKED!
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What’s up with us today? We’re ruined, we’re freaked — and all over this week’s favorite new projects. Seriously, though, check ‘em out and you’ll see exactly what we mean. It’s crazy in here!
Imagine a world where Philip K. Dick and Michel Gondry are The Little Prince’s two dads. That Little Prince might grow up to make something like The Ruined Cast, a hand-drawn feature animation by the graphic novelist and animator Dash Shaw. Awash in dreamy South Beach pastels and James Lucid’s epic score, it’s no surprise this Vonnegut-ian tale of a mad scientist losing his family and quite literally himself is coming to life through the support of The Sundance Institute, visionary filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell, and his Hedwig and Shortbus producing team. Like Shaw’s The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century AD, or his acclaimed debut graphic novel Bottomless Belly Button, The Ruined Cast makes beautiful use of Shaw’s cosmically attuned hand, head, and heart. I just gave him forty dollars. — Elisabeth H.
I love a story that unfolds from a personal mystery. Two years ago Mitusyo Miyazaki traveled to her native Japan for the 10th anniversary of her grandmother’s passing. During the trip, she found a box of old photographs that nobody in her family had seen before, and she noticed her grandmother’s unique style — always wearing jeans or men’s slacks, a chunky keychain hanging from her pocket, teardrop glasses. One photo in particular caught her attention. It was a photo of her grandmother sitting next to another young woman, and in Mitusyo’s opinion, her grandmother’s gaze and gestures spoke of something that transcended friendship. From this photo Mitusyo decided to write a scrip that unravels a plausible untold story and gives her grandmother the freedom — and choices — she never had. The clips in her video will move you! — Daniella J.
If M. Night Shyamalan’s misguided live-action version of Avatar: The Last Airbender made you want to hide your childhood dreams in a Hollywood-proof vault never to see the light of day again, then perhaps Do: The Pilgrims of the Flying Temple can restore those dreams to their proper place. Inspired by beloved animated classics like The Last Airbender, The Little Prince, and Kino’s Journey, Daniel Solis’s new cooperative storytelling game celebrates the coming-of-age narrative with humor, strategy, and adventure. Now that’s how an homage is done right. — Cindy A.
The other night I was freaked. The situation was pretty normal, just me watching new project videos before I went to bed. And, then I came across Freakers. I’ve long been a noted fan of the coozy, however, when I hit play on the Freakers video, my love of foam drink coolers vanished in the blink of an eye. Through witty commentary, abundant explanation of the creative process, and an effervescent spirit, Freakers won me over. You’ll be able to find me on the roof with my Banana Freaker for the next four months. — Mike M.
Greg Ruth has been working in comics since 1993 (that’s nearly two decades now!) and has published work with the likes of The NY Times, DC Comics, Harper Collins, Simon and Schuster, and Dark Hose Comics. His 52 Weeks project began as a simple, methodical escape: each week he would create a one-off, spontaneously executed drawing, an “attempt to begin the work week with a simple act of play,” and send it out to his mailing list. The endeavor enjoyed enormous popularity — we all need a doodle on Monday sometimes — and will now be compiled into a single volume book. They’re calling it “a testament to the power of play,” a mission I’ll do anything I can to support. — Cassie M.