I got to chat with Jesse Moynihan and his brother Justin, both of which created Manly our new cartoon! Check it out
Comic-Con Adventure Time Toys and BMO Exclusive Plush
If you’re out to snag Adventure Time toys—including an exclusive BMO plush—at San Diego Comic-Con this week, then allow the gents at Toy Pizza to be your guide.
Aw yeah dude, watch this
IF I COULD FIND YOU NOW THINGS WOULD GET BETTERRRRRRRRR
WE COULD LEAVE THIS TOWN AND RUN FOREVERRRRRR
I KNOW SOME WHERE SOME HOW WE’LL BE TOGETHERRRRR
LET YOUR WAVES CRASH DOWN ON ME AND TAKE ME
AWAYYYY EEEEE YEAHHHH EEEE YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHH
this song has been stuck in my head lately
and I just need a second opinion on everything haha I keep asking myself, “is this lame or not?”
Who doesn’t like a burly man with a chainsaw!?! Well, Ramses and his spirit pal, Tiny Ghost, the stars of Cartoon Hangover’s new Too Cool! Cartoons short “Chainsaw Richard,” sure do. Created/written by Christopher Reineman, Chainsaw Richard debuted on Thursday, July 17, 2014 and follows young Ramses and Tiny Ghost on their adventure to sneak into the premiere of a super scary movie. Chainsaw Richard was directed/storyboard by Tom King, and features the voices of Tyler Merna (Ramses), Ashly Burch (Tiny Ghost and Female Voice), Eric Bauza (Chainsaw Richard, Theater Guy and Officer), and River Jordan (EMT). Check out the full list of the talented cast/crew. Born in Key West, Florida and currently living near Stockholm, Sweden, Reineman is a self-taught artist who has been interested in animation “for as long as I can remember.” As a kid, Reineman says he spent lots of time writing down his own ideas for episodes of his favorite cartoons. Reineman is also known for his popular webcomic Feel Afraid. Fans can find his other comics, illustrations, and sketches at his Tumblr or and follow him on Twitter. Is Tiny Ghost a boy or a girl? What would the title of the show be if it went to series? For answers to those burning questions and more … read this fab interview with Christopher Reineman right here (and see a sketch of him just below too).
Did you draw a lot growing up?
Sort of, when I was in elementary school. I remember I used to draw these little comics for the girl I sat next to in science class, probably trying to win her over. Other than that I would just draw little animals or fish until my interest in drawing sort of petered out at some point. I didn’t really start drawing until I was 18.
What was your favorite doodle to draw?
I liked drawing stick figures with facial expressions, I thought it was great you could make yourself laugh with just how an expression looks.
How did you learn to draw? Did you go to art school?
Nope, all self-taught. I took an art class in high school at some point, but everything I’ve learned art-related has been from sleepless nights reading tutorials on the internet and experimenting with Photoshop.
When did you create your popular web comic, Feel Afraid? How did Feel Afraid inform Chainsaw Richard?
I started making Feel Afraid probably in late 2009, I was probably around 18. That comic has a lot to do with Chainsaw Richard, but also doesn’t. Tiny Ghost is a character from it, which I basically transplanted, though I’ve changed their personality a bit to better play off Ramses’ character. I guess you could say the horror elements and “oh no it got even worse” humor are signature for Feel Afraid, but really they’re just what make sense to me.
How did you and Chainsaw Richard make your way to Frederator’s Cartoon Hangover?
We got found! I got a really out of the blue e-mail from Frederator’s Eric Homan asking if I’d like to pitch an idea for a cartoon, apparently he’d read some of my comics. I’m actually pretty sure he found my stuff when Natasha Allegri reblogged a comic of mine on Tumblr.
Was Chainsaw Richard initially a comic before being pitched as an animated short - where did the idea come from?
Chainsaw Richard wasn’t, but the characters for Ramses and Tiny Ghost were in some comics. They basically started out as this sort of thing I would daydream about. I had just moved to a new city to start university, and the few friends I had there were either sort of jerks or just distant, so I was pretty lonely. To keep myself occupied, I got involved in the local punk house show scene. A lot of the people there were sort of unfriendly too, and that’s when I started just getting this idea of how much more tolerable it would be if my little ghost character just showed up and was really independent and cool and always wanted to do fun stuff. So I made a few comics based on that, just us doing stuff, like making Tiny Ghost buy me beer down at the gas station or digging for food in a dumpster, just this sort of fictional, really rough and gross street life with only my little ghost bud by my side. Ramses basically took the place of myself, the rest stayed the same.
So, is Ramses really you overall?
The looks are a bit shaped after a little kid version of me. I’m definitely a way calmer person than Ramses though.
The title of your short is Chainsaw Richard, which is the title of the movie that Ramses and Tiny Ghost sneak into. If the short went to series, what do you think you’d title the series?
I’ve thought of a lot of different names, but “Ghost Town” is the only one that ever sticks. I think I’d call it that if I didn’t come up with anything better.
Chainsaw Richard, Feel Afraid and some of your other work is dark in nature - what is it about scary stories or dark content that is so intriguing to you?
I always loved those Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books and horror shows on tv. I wouldn’t say I’m a huge horror genre fan or anything like that, I think I mostly just love the amount of emotion that comes with horror, and the amount of back story you can fit into it. When you see markings on the walls in Chainsaw Richard, it seems really forbidding, but it also adds a sort of implied history. You can put so much story into why someone is evil or a house is haunted.
What sorts of things scare you?
Not a lot of traditional stuff scares me, mostly just things like if a character is deranged. Like, the strange neighbor is leading you to the basement to show you something, and the moment you notice they’ve put a fishing line across the steps halfway. That stuff is truly scary to me.
Is Tiny Ghost based on other ghost characters in comics or animation? In which of your projects did Tiny Ghost first appear?
Tiny Ghost is kind of a response to ghost characters, if anything. I just sort of wanted to make this overly cute little ghost who was really nervous about haunting, and obviously would rather not have to haunt things at all. Tiny Ghost first appeared in Feel Afraid as a ghost making its first haunting. That comic’s probably my most popular one actually.
Does Tiny Ghost have a gender?
To me, Tiny Ghost is naturally genderless. I thought when I was pitching the cartoon that I’d have to decide on one, but then again I didn’t see why I had to if I’m not comfortable with it. Maybe “ghost” can be a gender?
Ramses reminds me of Scott Pilgrim - are you a Scott Pilgrim fan?
I’ve never read those comics actually, though I mean to. Is it the eyes? It’s the eyes, isn’t it. I just wanted Ramses to have this permanently really intense look on his face and I needed those big ol’ eyes.
What has been your favorite part of bringing Chainsaw Richard to animated life?
Probably trying to find places to build atmosphere and add to the world it takes place in. Also I’d say working with a lot of really nice and talented people.
Prior to Chainsaw Richard had you ever worked with anyone on the production team — like director Tom King? How did you meet?
I had not, this was a lot of firsts for me. Tom King was introduced to me as a potential storyboard artist and director, and after seeing his history in animation I was glad to have him on-board the project.
What were your favorite comics and cartoons growing up? What are your favorites now?
As far as comics, I was really only into the funny ones, or comedy books that had lots of little illustrations in them. For cartoons, I remember I really liked the Rugrats and Hey Arnold, and also really into SpongeBob. I have so many favorites right now though, I really believe we’re currently living in a golden age for animation. So many people are bringing a lot of passion into the animation scene, and I’m glad I get to be a part of it in some way.
Thanks, Christopher & Gwen!
when u see people having fun and you want to join but ur just like
I relate to this so hard it’s upsetting me
Today’s lunch at Olive Garden with Frederator! @zoesbarton you will absolutely be missed around the office! Thank you for being such a great person, co-worker and friend.