Over the years, there has been a secret tradition of after-hours passion projects privately created by talented artists responsible for developing stories and visuals for animated motion pictures.
A diverse group of entertainment industry professionals, who work collaboratively in teams during the day, burn the midnight oil pursuing personal artistic goals as a way to hone their skills and broaden their horizons. From time to time, these free-thinking visionaries focus their individual efforts on one mutually agreed upon theme as a method to ignite their imaginations and juxtapose their kaleidoscopic points-of-view.
Now, one of these unofficial, off-the-radar story collections is being quietly offered to collectors through this Kickstarter campaign presented by Baby Tattoo Books. From the hearts, minds, and pens of dozens of women and men who work (or have worked) in the Story and Visual Development departments at a major animation studio comes an anthology of short stories in graphic novel form that reflects on the question "When Is High Moon?".
By supporting this project with your pledge for any reward tier that includes a physical book, you will become a participant as well, and have your name (or the name of a friend or loved one) printed alongside animation industry luminaries in the book’s acknowledgment section.
In the past, you might never have had a chance to get a book like this (personal, quirky, independent, and creatively unrestricted) unless you were a studio insider. Now, through this Kickstarter, you are invited to become part of a secret society of artistic storytellers and narrative art lovers.
We will be posting profiles of individual artists as the campaign progresses, so check back often to learn more.
Participating artists* include…
Alisha Gibson, Allen Ostegar, Andy Harkness, Bill Schwab, Brian Kesinger, Brittney Lee, Camille Andre, Carlos Romero, Carrie Liao, Chris Hubbard, Chris Ure, Dan Abraham, David Derrick, Don Hall, Donna Lee, Fawn Veerasunthorn, Griselda Sastrawinata, Norm Lemay, Hillary Bradfield, James Finch, James Woods, Jeff Merghart, Jeff Ranjo, Jeremy Spears, Joe Mateo, John Musker, Kevin Deters, Lissa Treiman, Lorelay Bove, Luis Logam, Manu Arenas, McKenna Harris, Meg Park, Michael Herrera, Mike Gabriel, Nancy Kruse, Neysa Bove, Nick Orsi, Paul Felix, Ryan Green, Samantha Vilfort, Stephanie Rizo, Sunmee Joh, Sylvia Lee, and Zane Yarbough...
BILL SCHWAB has been designing characters for animation for almost 25 years.
Getting his start while attending Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY he got his first job
on Beavis and Butthead and was hooked! Having been at Disney for over 10 years Bill
has worked on films such as Princess and the Frog, Tangled, Prep and Landing, Wreck-it Ralph, Frozen and most recently Moana. Bill lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two kids and chocolate lab.
BRIAN KESINGER is an Annie award-winning story artist, illustrator and author. A career at Disney for over 20 years has spanned both hand-drawn and CG animated films from Tarzan to Moana. In addition to Brian's film work, he is also a celebrated writer and illustrator of several books that showcase his unique personal style, wit and ability to tell engaging stories. Brian's artistic journey has lead him to an additional home at Marvel Comics, where he blends his animation background with the sequential artform to create dazzling and expressive art.
CAMILLE ANDRÉ is a French artist who studied at Gobelins l'Ecole de l'Image in Paris. She worked for a couple of American studios (Sony Pictures Animation, Blue Sky, Illumination Mac Guff, etc) before working at Disney. Her art is a mix between North European, East European and Asian style, combined to create magical atmosphere and light with fantastical creatures and world. She loves mixing techniques (digital and traditional) and working with watercolor.
CARLOS ROMERO is a huge fan of pizza. And warm weather. And loves drawing cartoons! He’s been drawing them since he could hold a pencil. His reign of terror as a story artist started at Illumination on Minions, continued at Disney through Moana, Zootopia and Wreck-it Ralph 2, and goes on at Sony on the in-production movie Vivo. Won’t anyone stop him?!
GRIZ AND NORM are Normand Lemay and Griselda Sastrawinata.
Norm joined Walt Disney Animation Studio in 2009 as a Story Artist. In recent years, he contributed to Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and Moana. Normand was nominated for an Annie Award for his work on Disney's Moana (storyboard), more specifically for a very "Shiny" sequence featuring the Giant Crab Tamatoa. At the moment, he is currently hard at work on Frozen 2. He is half of the art duo "Griz and Norm". The real-life couple shares tidbits of their art knowledge with the world through their Tuesday Tips, a series of art tips and tutorials for beginners and professionals alike.
Griz was born in Indonesia and fell in love with animation as a little girl watching Disney's Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. Her wonderful design sensibilities and a keen eye for color have contributed to the look, character design and costumes of countless animated projects as well as illustrated children's books. Currently landing her artistic hands to Frozen 2, she also contributed to Moana, Olaf's Frozen Adventure, Inner Workings as well as Dreamworks' How To Train Your Dragon 2, The Croods, Shrek Forever After, Kung Fu Panda: Legend of the Masters, Home, Penguins of Madagascar, Puss In Boots and Rise of the Guardians.
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JAMES WOODS joined the visual development department at the Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2017 and specializes in the art of character design. Originally from Hampshire in England, he has aspired from the age of 4 to become an artist at Disney due to an early obsession with The Little Mermaid. After graduating with a BFA in Illustration from the Arts University Bournemouth, Woods was accepted into the Walt Disney Animation Studios Summer Associate Program and then studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts, before contributing to some early design work on his first feature, Moana. He has also contribute to features at Paramount Animation, and is the Lead Character Designer for the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns. In his own time, James is inspired by fashion, popular culture, nostalgia and whimsy, which he enjoys implementing into his work.
JEFF MERGHART is a character designer who started his career as an animator on An American Tail with Don Bluth Studios. He's been professionally animating, character designing, concepting, boarding, layouting, learning and loving the craft ever since.
He commutes everyday from San Diego where he lives with his wife and two daughters, teaching and performing Polynesian dance and music through their group Halau 'O Na Ali'i.
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JEFF RANJO is an 18-year veteran of Disney Animation Studios, where he summoned Titans, tortured a llama in the jungle, designed a time machine and made a snowman and a demigod sing. He also helped a penguin get tubed and food fall from the sky at Sony Pictures Animation, and is, at this very moment, playing with monsters at a secret location. You can find him on Instagram taking pictures of toys and drawing aliens.
JEREMY SPEARS grew up in Sacramento, California. He loves spending time with his wife Lisa and three kids, and enjoys trains, dinosaurs, woodland critters, Davy Crockett, tiki culture, traveling, and spending countless hours dreaming up ideas and designs in his Whittle Woodshop. He is also an Annie-Award winning story artist. His career spans 10 years with the Walt Disney Animation Studios where he has helped to create memorable characters and moments in films such as Wreck-it Ralph 1 and 2, Frozen, Moana, and Zootopia. He loves being surrounded by such amazing talented artists everyday... all of them in this book!
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JOHN MUSKER is a 40 year animation veteran where he at various times animated, storyboarded, wrote, directed, and produced a number of feature films. More crucially, he is a 55 year reader of comics more or less, which he loved. He grew up on Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Berni Wrightson, Joe Kubert, and later found the brilliant Jean Giraud and Will Eisner. He has the unique honor of being rejected by both Disney and Marvel Comics when he was starting out.
LISSA TREIMAN was born in Los Angeles and has never managed to leave. After graduating from CalArts she began working as a story artist at Walt Disney Feature Animation in 2007, where she has contributed to films such as Tangled, Wreck-it Ralph, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Gigantic and Wreck-it Ralph 2. Lissa has always had a deeply held love of comics, and in 2015 she drew the first six issues of the ongoing published comic Giant Days, from Boom! Studios. Lissa loves dogs. All dogs. At the time of writing this she still does not know how to ride a bicycle. Shameful.
LORELAY BOVÉ is a Visual Development Artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios. She grew up in Spain, inspired by her father’s art, Disney Animated films, and Classic Hollywood Films. Has been at Disney since 2007, and honored to have worked in various films, including Princess and the Frog, Tangled, Wreck it Ralph, and Big Hero 6.
MIKE GABRIEL was born wanting to work at Walt Disney animation studios. Growing up in Salina Kansas, he loved Walt Disney movies, reading Archie and Harvey comics, Mad magazine (Mort Drucker, Jack Davis, Paul Coker Jr.), drawing Peanuts characters, and building many Big Daddy Roth’s Weirdo and Rat Fink models on his way to knocking on Walt’s door. He has been lucky enough to now look back on a 38-year career at Walt Disney animation. He has been given many different assignments including animating, character design, story, co-directing the features Pocahontas and Rescuers Down Under, co-art directing Wreck It Ralph, as well as making the Oscar nominated short 2004’s Lorenzo. He created the Walt Disney corporate castle logo that plays at the head of every Disney film production. Currently doing concept, visual development and Walt Disney Imagineering ride design, he is grateful to all these talented When Is High Moon? artists who have contributed to this book and inspired his work daily. Mike was created his P-Wee 51 series based on his father’s WWII real experience as a fighter pilot.
NEYSA BOVÉ is a visual development costume artist born and raised in Andorra, Spain.
Bové lives and breathes fashion, and is a lover of all things girly.
She studied Fashion Design at FIDM (The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) and later took courses at Cal Arts' acclaimed animation department. After a Costume Design internship at Walt Disney World, Neysa began her career working at Disney Consumer Products. She has since designed Barbie dolls for Mattel, and now puts her costume talents to work at Disney Feature Animation. Her very first film contribution doing visual development/costume design was on Disney's Moana. Her inspiration is beautiful photography, fashion, traveling and food.
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RYAN GREEN was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania – the birthplace of Little League baseball. Ryan did not play baseball. So he left his home town, swung by The Pennsylvania State University to grab a degree in biology, and took his first art class as an elective. Suddenly addicted to putting pencil to paper, Ryan ran to the Columbus College of Art and Design and learned to animate. After 15 years of animating and storyboarding in Columbus, New York and Los Angeles, he is now a story artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, CA. He has worked on Moana, Zootopia, and the soon-to-be-released Wreck-It Ralph 2. Currently, his life toggles between storyboarding on Frozen 2 and wrangling his 20-month-old daughter.
His personal work has been displayed at Q Pop Gallery and Gallery Nucleus in Los Angeles, CA and at Bynd Artisan in Holland Village, Singapore.
SUNMEE JOH is a Southern California native and CalArts alum. She is currently a story artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios and has worked on such films as Feast and Moana. Outside of animation, she loves cats, flowers and the ocean. A mermaid at heart, she looks forward to one day swimming off into the sunset.
Risks and challenges
Baby Tattoo has been publishing high-quality art books for over a decade and a half, so there is no reason to believe this project will encounter any insurmountable obstacles. The artists creating the stories for this anthology are some of the best in the business, and they know how to meet a deadline. While it is true that Baby Tattoo Ringmaster Bob Self has been known to underestimate the time necessary to complete and deliver several previous projects, this book is expected to debut at CTN Animation Expo in November 2018, where many of the participating artists will be appearing in person, so there is a very real impetus for this book to ship as planned.
*Participating artists subject to change.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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