July 26, 2007 6:00 AM
This year's version of Rockies baseball is a bit like a box of chocolates . . . you're never quite sure what you're going to get.
As I've told you in the previous blog entries, I'm in the process of learning Flash animation as part of my quest to bring you animated win, lose & Drew cartoons in the future. I've also been watching some animated cartoons when I can to learn comic timing in a different format. I started with the Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Tex Avery's Droopy Dog and Season 4 of The Simpsons. It's been a great education, not to mention somewhat therapeutic in the midst of my wife's recent health crisis. I've also discovered some great online Flash animations that have been pretty inspiring. Stuff like Mudbubble.com and cartoons featured on Salon.com are pretty well done. It's all about timing, and the idea is everything. When I launch my first animation, I want it to at least be somewhat humorous and hopefully more than just a song parody, which seems to be a trend. A few editorial cartoonists are doing animations, but I have found most of them pretty dry and often too long. Nick Anderson in Houston is doing some outstanding, quick-hitting cartoons on the Chronicle website. They are really entertaining, funny cartoons that make them worth a bookmark.
I'm working now on my first animation just to get a feel for things ( I doubt I'll post it here, it's not sports-related) and then I'll move forward on getting something ready for the Rocky website hopefully by early fall, depending on my wife's health.
I've also recently discovered Firefly, Joss Whedon's brilliant TV series that has moved to the top of my favorite shows of all time list (along with the Wonder Years, WKRP, Friends and Everybody Loves Raymond). If you haven't seen Firefly, check it out. You can pick up the entire DVD set (14 episodes total) for $20.