I've always wanted to create cartoons. My earliest ambition at a young age was to be a cartoon artist.
I used to create my own comic characters until about age 11 when I shifted to radio and music as my
primary ambitions. In the seventies my family went to Disneyland where I picked up a "flip book" that
showed Mickey Mouse moving around when you flipped the pages. That inspired me to experiment with my
own flip books. Then I drifted away from visual arts and became fascinated with music and radio starting
in the mid-seventies. I wrote many songs over the next decades and stashed them away for future reference
as I worked in the radio industry for about 20 years beginning in 1984. Then starting in the 2000s the multimedia age
inspired me to expand my interests as I began creating comic characters called "Common Creeps" for my Tangent Sunset website.
I was also inspired by Pixar films such as Cars to think about digital animation. I'm looking into the different platforms that
allow me to experiment more with cartoon art. Below are my early developments in this venture.
CORPORATE RADIO CONFERENCE - I began my first digital animated experiment on June 20, 2012, using XtraNormal.com's platform. I had seen
other cartoons on YouTube that used XtraNormal's tools. It took me awhile to realize that anyone can make these
cartoons using their pre-existing art. I simply chose the characters, background music and wrote the script. This
story was easy to write because it was based on a lot of real events in the radio industry, mostly from stories I had
been told by friends in the industry who worked for big corporations.
RADIO FORMAT CHANGE - This cartoon was made on July 3, 2012 as a follow-up to the "Corporate Radio Conference."
This episode reveals that the radio station manager has hired a random person with no prior radio experience, who responded to
an online classified ad. The station, which failed at playing popular music due to the unpopularity of its music selection,
has slowly discarded songs in favor of a talk format, which is expensive if you run satellite shows and inexpensive if you
just find someone off the street willing to work for peanuts.
UNBIASED RADIO - My third cartoon about the radio biz on September 20, 2012 was called "Unbiased Radio."
This video is a satire that makes fun of how "the liberal media" is flooded with conservative talk. The host of this
radio and online video streaming show is Mr. Right, who gives his one-dimensional commentary on the 2012 election.
Much of his content comes strictly from actual conservative diatribes that you may have heard if you've ever listened
to AM radio. Hopefully this satire will wake up the media to quit being so biased.