Monday, April 07, 2014

XTALK: A New Old Cartoon

As animation production for Little Billy continues to unfold and take shape, I am gripped with yet another amazing feeling! Let me explain. Flash back with me for a moment, won't you? Let us return to 2011. At that time, well before I launched the Little Billy Kickstarter, I had just completed a 5-minute, broadcast-ready Flash pilot for an original animated web series. The series was XTALK, a gamer-driven sitcom (created by myself and writer pal, Corey Mitchel) about three unlikely chums that have never met in person...brought together by the magic and power of XBox Live. In this debut episode entitled, Double Headshot, the boys suddenly find themselves mired deep in a parody of YouTube's Double Rainbow (if by some insane chance you haven't seen it, watch that first - the cartoon will make at least a little more sense.) ;)

After 2 years of very hard work, nearly 5,000 frames (of film), and many more individual drawings, the XTALK pilot was finally completed. Since then, however, Corey and I have been pitching the idea, so it's been necessary to keep the cartoon a secret...until now! For the first time ever, XTALK is finally online and you, my friend, can be among the very first to see it. To watch it now, just click the "Play" button above. Please also keep in mind (before showing it to the kiddies) that this project is completely separate from Little Billy, so the content and humor are a bit more adult and may not be suitable for younger viewers. XTALK is the first and only film I've ever made in color or Flash, and which aptly portrays some of my most current abilities as a professional, independent animator. =) Thank you for watching and please enjoy!

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Monday, October 21, 2013

FREEZE! Try Again.

What's up, guys?! I just got the link to this great Kickstarter campaign and had to share it with you, my creative friends! The project is called Freeze! Try Again, a film by Christine Deitner (The Simpsons Movie) about a group of professional dancers with Special Needs. The film is a new Deep Six Lounge production featuring real life dance instructor/choreographer, Heather Lipson Bell (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.)

To watch the official HD trailers and learn more, check out the project's official website at, then head on over to their brand new official Kickstarter campaign at and share the love by pledging and spreading the word. All communities (not just that of Special Needs) could use more projects like this! Let's make it happen together!! =)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Your American Dream


The America Dream, originally defined as "The opportunity for progress, success, and prosperity through hard wok (regardless of social status or class)," is based on the immortal words from The Declaration of Independence, "...All men (and women) are created equal, and have been endowed by their Creator (Capital "C" - God) with certain inalienable rights, including Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness." Since these principles were set in motion not so many years ago, a strange, interesting, and at times, disturbing phenomenon has occurred: Somewhere along the way, the American Dreamer became obsessed with the details and lost sight of the big picture. This habit is all too familiar with young, raw creatives and artists, and fittingly enough, it seems to have the most profound impact on them (rarely for the better.) As an artist myself, I'm speaking from both personal experience and events I've witnessed firsthand from colleagues and peers. Let me explain.

Both The Declaration of Independence and definition of The American Dream were originally worded vaguely on purpose. The ideas behind them were meant to apply to every individual on a personal level. Over time, however, people began applying rules and details to the American Dream. Why this happened is irrelevant, but I believe it is because mankind cannot leave well enough alone - even when we've spent decades perfecting something until it's just right, we feel the need to keep going and changing in the name of progress, even if it means literally destroying the perfect thing we spent so much time on (again, a classic mistake of the artist and something we should all be aware and wary of.) Once something is just right, why not leave the legacy that way and pioneer something new? Anyway, I digress. Due to this human need to clarify and dissect, as time passed, the American Dream mold became more and more specific. We've all heard what we now know to be the "classic" American Dream: Wife, kids, house, car, white picket fence, 9 to 5 paycheck, and so on. These are wonderful goals and blessings to have in your life...if that's what you want! Awfully specific, though, isn't it? Before, it was, "Do what makes you happy." Plain and simple. Then it became, "Do whatever gets you these many, specific things and that will make you happy." As if that wasn't enough specification and pressure, another inevitable factor eventually came into play: Fear.

In this case, the specific culprit was mankind's fear of bieng/dying alone, which has always driven its need for (and unfortunately, its dependence on) acceptance. The result became an immense, and at times, terrifying pressure to fit the American Mold, leading us to where we are right now, "Do whatever everyone else says you should do to have what 'everyone else has' and says you need to be happy, or you will never be accepted and die alone." It sounds harsh and insane...until you take one look at the world we live in and really start listening to people. I can't tell you how many times I've heard my friends (artistic or not) say, "I want the house, the car, the wife, the white picket fence..." and all the while I'm thinking, "Do you really want these things, or are you just telling me (and yourself) this because it's how you were raised and what 'society' has said you should want your whole life?" The reality is that this version of the American Dream is much harder to obtain and maintain nowadays, but the pressure to have it as soon as possible is greater than ever. People even put deadlines on getting it, as if they have some way to foretell exactly where they'll be in five years (or even next week.) Does this sound familiar? Is this you? Desires and deadlines are great ways to hold ourselves accountable to our goals, but like most things in life, they can be taken too far (and all too often, they are.) So what happens when this mindset is "taken too far"? Unfortunately, the most common result seems to be a paralyzing, counterproductive, and even destructive crutch. Instead of taking the time to figure out what we really want, how often do we buy into the influence of the masses? It's easy. Sure, maybe the wife, house, and white picket fence are just right for you, but wouldn't you like to be sure before you commit? This is where everything comes full circle back to the artists.

Suppose you love your career, but choose the classic mold of "American Dream Family" because it's what your friends and family have and want for you. It fulfills them and makes them happy so why shouldn't it do the same for you? Then fear kicks in - they're afraid you're going to make the wrong decision and get hurt, so they lean on you to do what is safe and familiar to them - and you're afraid of disappointing your loved ones, of missing out on the joy they say their path will bring, and most of all, of losing time, so you do what they want. Not what you want. Maybe you rationalize that you will pursue your career once the kids are raised. Once your debt is paid. When the time is right. Regardless, what most people fail to consider until it's too late is the inevitable emptiness that comes with turning your back on your heart's deisre. Emptiness leads to regret, regret to resentment, and before you know it, you're taking your anger out on the ones you're supposed to love the most - that family you forced yourself to create but didn't really want (yet). Your spouse deserves better than that. Your kids deserve better than that. YOU deserve better than that! And that is my point, amigos - the only thing that matters is the thing that's right for you. Pleasing others starts with (and relies upon) first pleasing yourself. This is NOT a selfish way to think or be unless you make it one. You can make your true heart's desires and dreams helpful and useful for others, as well as lead by example and share what really makes you happy with others who want the same thing. Who cares if it doesn't fit the mold? Who cares if it requires solitude? Who cares what anyone else will think? As soon as we stop doing what everyone else wants us to do, stop caring about whether or not they agree, and start listening to and following our hearts...that's when everything will start to make sense and work out.

A brilliant artist, teacher, and friend of mine, #CharlesZembillas of #TheAnimationAcademy once told me what #HyaenaGallery now claims as their personal motto - "There is no art without sacrifice." This is true of any career or endeavor that involves hard work, but especially of the creative ones. We are only human - we simply cannot "do it all" and therefore, must choose which "master" we are going to devote our lives to. That does not mean we cannot do more than one thing in life, or even more than one thing at a time, but success and happiness demand that we make an honest decision within ourselves, and then go for it. So go for it! Do the work!! Make the sacrifices necessary to bring your dreams to life!!! These actions are precisely why my pet project, Little Billy is finally coming to life after all these years. This level of commitment is a fulfilling, wonderful, God-given thing and without it - no pun intended - the project would have no chance. As long as you're not hurting yourself or anyone else in the process, you'll be happiest doing what you love, and in turn, will inevitably share that joy with others. Are you still breathing? Then it's not too late! If you're already "weighed down" by something...anything, don't sweat it. Think it through, talk it out, and see if you can get that weight to work for you instead of against you - families and colleagues are teams. You have the power! Never give up!! It's okay to not be ready for something and it's okay if no one else understands that - as long as you get it, that's all that matters. If you don't yet, go forth and explore all of today's great resources till you figure it out. All the other stuff people say you need will come when the time is right...and if it doesn't, so what?!? You're already doing what makes you happiest of all. Be happy!

Bringing Back The '80s


Here's another reel of nostalgic title sequences from some of our favorite '80s cartoons! This one features #Heathcliff, #Ghostbusters (by #Filmation), and #DavidTheGnome. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Making A Perfect Memory

VIDEO UPDATE #10: Creating Little Billy's Theme Song (Pt. 1)

NEW VIDEO: Little Billy's 80s Theme-A-Thon VOL. 1

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Monday, July 22, 2013

The Latest On Little Billy

VIDEO UPDATE #9: Storyboards & Boarding Tutorial (Pt. 1)

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INTERVIEWS: AFSGT Gazette (France) Pt. 1 / Pt. 2 & TSA Story!

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Little Billy On MommyBlogger


Little Billy, my epic 80s Nostalgia Cartoon for kids with Special Needs, was featured on The Mommy Blogger Directory this morning (Wed, Jan 9th, 2013)!! Word is getting out! =) Cross-promotion is an incredibly powerful advertising tool...especially for us independent creators. Check out this great article on how you can cross-promote and gain web-traffic with Mommy Blogger, and view their Little Billy post here:

Best Income Strategies for Mommy Bloggers

There are many mommy bloggers that blog to make money at home just writing what they know all about. They didn’t start off making lots of money but as the time went on they started to see an income. Working at home and blogging is fun and can bring in an extra income for the household. If the mom knows all about flower arranging or tips and tricks on how to clean a home that others will find useful, they will continue to want to read her blog everyday for those tips. The mommy blogger knows she has to make each blog post useful to others.

The strategy is to write what you know all about. That will make it quick and easy and the mommy blogger doesn’t have to search much for anything she doesn’t know because she’ll have all the experience in what she is blogging about. Another strategy is to look around the internet and see what might be of interest to others. The mom’s might want to write about their children and what they had for dinner or she might want to write about her child not feeling well and what she did to get the child to feel better. This is going to help other mom’s to get tips on what works and what doesn’t work.

The next thing a mommy blogger must do is continue to write everyday to keep her readers interested in her postings. She wants to keep the flow of traffic going to her webpage. Some mom’s may never make money online blogging but they continue to blog because it is fun. There are other mom’s that are making money from blogging. Try it and see if you can generate traffic to your webpage and be successful at it. (Learn Him) (Like Him) (Love Him - Donate via PayPal)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Wild To Be Born



After over a decade of fine-tuning and development, Little Billy, my original animated nostalgia series is finally LIVE on Kickstarter!!! In addition to being the first cartoon EVER for kids with Tourette Syndrome, ADD, ADHD, OCD, and other Special Educational needs, Little Billy is also a heartfelt homage to all forms of nostalgia! Set in the 1980's, traditionally animated in the Golden Age style of Looney Tunes, and jam-packed with your favorite childhood consumer brands, products, and content, the series marks a return to the heart, depth, and morale of classic TV, making it a true gem for "kids" of all ages.

Please join me in sharing this special project and its official link ( on Facebook, Twitter, your blogs, feeds, and websites. Let's spread the word and encourage everyone to consider pledging to Little Billy. ANY amount helps! Thank you guys so much for your love and support!! Here's to making Little Billy the animazing reality I know it can be!!!

Sunday, September 09, 2012




IT'S FINALLY HAPPENING: On Thursday, September 20th, 2012 (because Thursday's the new Friday), Little Billy, my first, favorite, and most requested cartoon creation is invading!

For ALL the details, including product features, campaign rewards, pledge amounts, the back story, and SO MUCH MORE, check out this project's official website @!! Thanks a million, everyone!!! =D

Tuesday, July 03, 2012


WATCH THE "CALIFORNIA KIDDS" PITCH VIDEO HERE!!! recently launched their own production studio and is now requesting pitches.  We responded!  This original, animated series was conceived many years ago by my good friend and business partner, Corey Mitchel, and in fact, is the reason we became friends.  Corey needed an artist to bring his characters to life and was introduced to me by our mutual creative comrade, the one and only, Tone Rodriguez (who got me hired on the Family Guy Trading Card series.)  Now, after working together for many years on many projects, Corey and I have finally launched our first online pitch campaign for the series that started it all!  You can watch the video, download the pitch bible and pilot script, and RATE our project, all exclusively on

IMPORTANT: WE NEED YOUR VOTES!  Amazon now owns a 45-day option to this series, and will pay $55,000 to the creators of any greenlit property they feel is wanted by their audience...that's YOU!!  The higher and more bountiful our ratings are, the better our chances of selling the show, so please "vote" by rating and commenting on this project, and help spread the word about California Kidds!  Thanks so much in advance for all your support, guys!!  We strongly encourage you to give your own ideas a shot by pitching, and will publicly acknowledge all parties involved in helping us get our project off the ground!!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Make It Part Of Your World!


Who doesn't love classic Disney?!  Who doesn't treasure those childhood memories?  To all kids and romantics at's here!  Just in time to kick off Summer Vacation, Ariel, the fastest Chance Raspberry single yet, is OUT NOW on iTunes and Amazon!!  Inspired by Disney's "The Little Mermaid", life in L.A., and the rising pop star, Traci Hines, this heartfelt shredder goes out to all lovers of animation, nostalgia, and fantasy.  Blast it everywhere for just $0.99 and re-embrace our generation's epic feature that sparked the 1980s Disney comeback!

But wait...there's more!!  The all-new Chance Raspberry Fan Page is officially LIVE on Facebook.  Check it out now to rock the new single and "Like" what you hear.  This page along with the brand new is the best way to stay up to date on all my melodic mayhem!  There's lots more on the way, so please check back often for the latest music, merch, and more!  Thank you guys so much for all your "Likes" and radical support, and don't forget to tune into my NEW Jango Online Radio Station!!  ENJOY!!!

Friday, June 08, 2012

You Really "Like" Me!


What it iz, pal-o-rinos?! Just wanted to announce that the Chance Raspberry Facebook Fan Page is officially ONLINE!! Thanks for being patient on this one, guys, and for all your awesome support. The site's been up less than 24 hours and already has nearly 100 fans! Thank you!! For new music, merch, album updates, and the latest on all my melodic adventures, this Fan Page has got it, so please check it out and "Like" us if you dig Chance Raspberry or Jacuzzi Fiend!! Need another reason? I got a brand new shredder in the works for all you Disney-lovers, so check back soon, stay tuned, and THANKS A MILLION!!!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

A Single Site


What's up, friends??  Long time no blog!  Sorry for the delay on this end of things, guys, and as always, thanks so much for your patience! Been working non-stop on a couple things, but mostly my new album. As a result, I've got a brand new website just for you in celebration of my latest release, Nightshade, NOW AVAILABLE on iTunes and Amazon!!  Formerly, the all-new and improved has been completely streamlined to simplify and maximize your online experience.  Check it out now to see for yourselves and christen the new track.  It's a powerful, 1980s-inspired skatepunk anthem, guaranteed to loosen your grip on the razor blade.  You can also enjoy all three singles on my new Jango Online Radio station (already approaching 200 fans and counting thanks to you!)  Tune in for these and all upcoming CR tracks, as well as hits by the bands I'm inspired by and love.  If you like what you hear, please help support the new LP by buying a song or two. Thanks so much in advance, everyone, and stay tuned for new music, merch, and more!!  COMING SOON!!!

Saturday, August 06, 2011

"Peace It Together"

Long time no post, eh friends?? Thanks for sticking around, guys, and to those who just started following my blog, many thanks and welcome to The Animattic! That said, I have decided to revive a Saturday tradition of mine...BLOGGING!! The reason for my absence is I've been working on my first Flash pilot (see post below) for the past several months and animating 5 minutes from scratch by yourself doesn't leave much room for anything else.

However, as many of you know, I frequent The Animation Academy's "AN Night" as often as possible and the above is a product of last month's meeting. The original is blue ballpoint on Ingram animation paper, which I superimposed over a photo I found online for the final "peace". Can you guess what the theme of this assignment was?

To see the other artists' unique results, check out the thread on!!!

Monday, June 13, 2011


You saw it here first, friends! This little teaser represents the debut release of my latest venture, Atomic 80s Productions. XTALK is a Flash pilot I've been creating for the past several months. Not only is it the first film I've made since high school, it's also my very first Flash production. The whole project has been (and continues to be) an amazing learning experience!! Once complete, my business partner and I will be pitching, and have already lined up our first meeting. Stay tooned for more on XTALK. Coming soon!

Saturday, May 21, 2011


What's up, guys?! I know it's not quite here yet, but I thought I'd get a jump on Father's Day this year and give you guys a chance to check out these custom new gifts. Is your dad (or friend with kids) the master of his kitchen? Does he love to cook, grill, or barbecue? Who doesn't! Well THIS Father's Day, why not show him how much you care by giving him one of these DIE-hard shirts!!!


All T's and hoodies come in every size for both men and women, and are available in a huge variety of colors and brands, such as American Apparel, Hanes Tagless, Guildan Ultra Cotton, and many more! Buy them "As Is" or CUSTOMIZE your own.

Have a Happy Father's Day, everyone!

Monday, April 04, 2011

They're heeeeerrrrreeee!!! Introducing The SCARTOONS Blood-LineTM: the first original line of Chance Raspberry Apparel! This creepy collection of T-shirts showcases the two main characters from my upcoming animated horror series, Psychotic Concoctions. Choose from 3 original designs in any size, color, or style. Buy them as they are or customize your own! But wait, there's more!! Be sure to check out my other 2 clothing lines: Jacuzzi Fiend T's and Quoth The 80's Apparel. It's ALL-NEW and AVAILABLE NOW, only @!!!

Monday, March 14, 2011


ZOMBIIIIEES!!! Always a popular choice!! The death-dealer in the middle here is Jesse James' son, Jesse Jr. I was hired by Kat Von D of L.A. Ink to create this stylized version of Jesse as a birthday gift (a special thanks to Jay Robinson for the hookup, and to Kat and her crew for this great project!)

This piece is the debut product of my new venture, iToons. Want to see yourself as the cartoon character or style of your choice? So be it! I will personally "toonify" you or anyone you like in the look of your favorite show, style, or genre. Makes a great gift (just ask Jesse!)

For more details or to get started, e-mail me at:

Animate Yourself!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's!

Love it up, friends! I know this is probably the most overly commercialized holiday of 'em all, but I still like taking the opportunity to say how much I care about all of you. To show my appreciation, here's a Valentine. The above are the first life drawings I've done in over a year (created while playing Dance Central -- no one was naked...unfortunately.)

Have I gotten any better? You decide!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Billy's Back

Not that he was ever gone, mind you! ;D Just a couple layouts from the Little Billy pilot, here to wet your whistle. As always, there's more on the way. Keep creating!

Saturday, January 01, 2011


Happy 2011, my friends! Here's hoping the Christmas season has been nothing but nice to you, and that you are all blessed in the coming year!! Speaking of which, I thought I would kick this New Year off right with a couple of new characters. This debonaire duo are the stars of a collaborative project I've been working on for awhile now, and with any luck, you'll be seeing a lot more of them before this time next year. But don't worry, there's plenty of new work with our old favorites on the way! Check back soon for some production layouts from the Little Billy pilot!!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010


Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and may God bless you all in 2011, now, and always!


Saturday, December 04, 2010

The Syndrome Returns

Greetings, friends! I realize it's been way too long since I posted any new art here. I apologize for this delay and thank you so much for all your patience and support, guys!! Without further adieu I give you the latest additions to my short film, Clownsyndrome. More on the way! Stay tooned!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010




Monday, May 17, 2010

New Home Base


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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Jacuzzi Fiend


Jacuzzi Fiend


"Jacuzzi Fiend is BACK!!! The ultra-melodic Skatepunk band from Valley-fornia, USA has begun writing their first release in 10 years!! To kick off production of the new album, they have opened a store on and are now selling both of their original CDs online for the first time ever! These guys have been rockin' it epic, fast, and pretty since the 90's. Just click the banner link above to listen to, purchase, or learn more about their music."

Thanks, guys! This is my original band from high school and due to a thread posted on the popular "Skatepunkers Forum", we've regained a bit of a following. If you like speed, power, and lots of energy in your music, you just might wanna check us out.

Friday, April 02, 2010


The Original SCARTOON!!! Clownsyndrome is my second (and last) fully animated CSSSA short. It's also where the idea for my original character, Little Billy, came from. Like Bearman, the entire film was traditionally animated on paper and shot with a camera. After hiding in The Vault all these years, I am pleased to finally release Clownsyndrome for the first time ever only on YouTube! Happy Haunting!!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Little Billy TOY

Don't you just wanna squeeze the little guy's cheeks?!? Well if you and your friends help me out, you CAN! I just submitted my original character design for Little Billy as a toy concept. The design has already been approved and posted in the Patch Together forum. If it gets enough votes, it will become a LIMITED EDITION TOY, available for sale online!! You'd be doing me a huge favor by spreading the word and voting for my concept!! Just follow the above link and please feel free to tell EVERYONE!!! =) Thank you all.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Night Of The Bearman


Man, this takes me back! From "The Vault", BEARMAN is the first cartoon I ever made. Hand-drawn on paper with pencils and pens, then shot with a Supra-8 camera on a Lunchbox (remember those??), this film is the very definition of traditional animation. It has never been released to the public until now. Just goes to show you that even someone who makes stuff like THIS can break into the world of professional animation! Keep those dreams alive, kids, and NEVER GIVE UP!!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010