Happy Halloween Everybody!

I’m happy to announce that the Brickston Scooter Club is back with their first full comic in 5 years!  So please welcome back Amelia, Cedric, Riley, and Darbus!

You can read it below, or download a PDF to read on your fancy tablets.

Download from Dropbox:https://www.dropbox.com/s/drd39xt9kpb5amr/BSC-CheckYourCandyA.pdf?dl=0

Or, click on the first page, and then scroll on through!

-Jonathan

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Finally…the spooky, but sweet, story of “Esperanza’s Last Dance”.  This has been a fun trip down memory lane, I really miss doing these short stories.  Happy Halloween!

-J

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Happy Halloween, everybody!  I was really hoping to do a new Halloween comic this year, but I’ve been pretty slammed with work.  So, here are some creepy comics that I’ve done from years past!  I’m trying something new here, to view the comics, just click on the first page and use your keyboards arrow keys to flip through.  Enjoy!

-J

First we have The Brickston Scooter Club appearing in “Halloween Safety Tips”!

 

For more Halloween stories, head back to the main page!

 

 

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Warmup Sketch: Razor from Maniac Mansion!

Posted by Jonathan on Thursday May 24, 2012 Under Art

Been doing a lot of concept art these days, and a good way to get ready in the morning is to do a warmup drawing of something low-pressure and fun.  Today’s is dedicated to my first crush, Razor from the class adventure game Maniac Mansion (Please don’t tell Cheetara).

Such great looking characters in this game, although I’d always screw up and pick a team with Razor and Sid because I thought they looked so good together.  Sid’s the New Wave guy on the left, this artwork is from the original box art.

 

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Merry Christmas!

Posted by Jonathan on Sunday Dec 25, 2011 Under Uncategorized

Here’s my annual Christmas post…this year, I had the chance to work on a new music video by The Killers for “A Cowboy’s Christmas Ball”! I was part of the art department, and we all had a great time in the desert. The song/video was also made to support the Product (RED) charity!

Also, as is tradition on this site, here is a link to my Brickston Scooter Club story, “Cedric and the Little Match Girl”.

Merry Christmas!

-Jonathan

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Those Dangerous Days (Part 3)…Dr. Death Defying and the Zones

Posted by Jonathan on Thursday Oct 6, 2011 Under Art, Uncategorized

The “Sing” shoot ended a day before all of us had to go our separate ways. I had left New Jersey for California on extremely short notice to help out for a few days…those few days turned into a week…then two weeks…and by the time we were through, I had been gone for two months.

Somewhere in that hurricane of events, Claire Vogel and I managed to write and shoot two spots for the Better Living Industries website with Airi Isoda (our “BLI Woman”). The guys wanted it in Japanese, and it just so happened that Airi speaks the language fluently (she can also be heard yelling in Japanese during the song “Party Poison”). So, I quickly wrote the script, and handed it to Airi to translate.

Here is the opening video to the BL/Ind website:

Our second video, which is my favorite, can be seen on the official website here!

Before I left, the folks at Warner Bros. came up with the cool idea of premiering the album on YouTube with Dr. Death Defying as the DJ. I was scheduled to come back for the record release party with Steve Righ (Dr. Death Defying’s present day counterpart), so we figured on coming out a few days early to shoot.

At the time, we didn’t realize just how busy everyone would be leading up to the release. It soon became apparent that we would have to shoot the special as soon as possible! So, Steve and I hopped on a plane, and flew back out to LA for a 48-hour mission impossible. Luckily, we were working with our crew of Devin Sarno, Claire Vogel, Matt Reed (the Fact News anchor!), and Jason Fijal. All of us were well versed in the world of the Killjoys, and had developed that all important short-hand with each other.

I was set to write and direct the Dr. Death Defying segments, while Claire and a team of Cal Arts students created the visuals which would play during the songs. Jason and I didn’t have a lot of time to discuss what I wanted the set to look like, so I sent him a quick sketch. 24 hours later, I arrived in LA, and found this beautiful set waiting for me.

Unfortunately, the Dr. Death Defying Listening Party is no longer online. However, we also filmed this thank you to the MCRmy on the same day. Check it out:

Speaking of the MCRmy…

“Stories from the Zones” was a brilliant idea to get the bands talented fans to contribute to this world. The truth is, that no matter how much we filmed, it would never be enough. The band loved the idea of handing over the keys to their fans. Part of my job as content manager was to get involved with the early days of that project. The “Stories from the Zones” website was launched as a secret easter egg on the MCR site’s “Transmissions” page. All you had to do was hit the rotating number sequence in the right order to reveal the code “017602783136”

Or maybe I should type it like this… 1 760 278 3136

Anyway, we were totally thrilled at the submissions, and even made a little tribute to them during the “Vampire Money” segment of the Listening Party.

The “Transmissions” were a large part of our jobs in those days, they offered tiny little glimpses into the apocalyptic world of the Killjoys and Better Living Industries. Claire Vogel was responsible for most of them, working alongside a group of extremely talented Cal Arts students. Together, they shot lots of crazy commercials, and the ever-awesome “Fact News” segments. They even got a Mousekat cartoon made! My job consisted of going through these pieces and giving editorial advice, along with the occasional rewrite or joke. I loved seeing the ideas this crew would come up with.

Here are some of my favorites (Special thanks to YouTube user 1KillerCereal for hosting so many of these):

One of the transmission series consisted of “security cam footage” from out in the Zones. Claire and I got to shoot this one ourselves, showing the origin of the Mousekat head!


You can see more of the Transmissions on YouTube right here!

Fun times, but alas…all good things come to an end. My last official job was to help Jason Fijal create the “Zone 5 Fun Fair” at the House of Blues for the record release party. Jason got a full on carnival going, giving out tons of glowing prizes to MCR fans so they could light up the crowd during the show. We even had a tattoo artist ready to permanently brand anyone brave enough…to my knowledge, no one was brave enough. Lots of people who were involved in the project showed up and helped out, I don’t think any of us really wanted it to end. Why would you?

YouTube user MLH has some pretty good footage from the night right here:

In the end, this project became much more than just that. Many of us who first met on these sets are now good friends. To you readers who want to go out and make art, any kind of art, I will say this…it’s tough out there, but don’t give up. The things that made this project special had nothing to do with the money spent, or equipment used. It had everything to do with passion, dedication, and collaboration. You have so many tools at your disposal to create, so use them. Your cellphone has a better camera than the 10 pound-VHS camcorder I used to film my cable access show when I was a teenager. Have fun making it, and your audience will have fun watching it.

Here are some behind the scenes pictures from the Dr. D shoots, as well as some fun random stuff. Thanks for reading! Go make art!

-Jonathan

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Those Dangerous Days (Part 2)…Making “Sing”

Posted by Jonathan on Wednesday Oct 5, 2011 Under Art, Uncategorized

After the wonderful chaos that was the “Na Na Na” shoot, it was time to relax. Well, in theory it was time to relax, in reality we realized that the follow up video would have to be filmed rather quickly. The guys had an impending album release, and we had a strong desire to keep the entire cast together.

Luckily, Gerard came up with a nice and simple proposition this time…let’s make a heist film that feels like the lovechild of Blade Runner and The Empire Strikes Back. No sweat!

Now, this would be a demanding video if you had a week to film it…we had to film 98% of it in one day. Director P.R. Brown would be aiding us this time, and it was his zen mastery that guided us through the heavy shot list which included exteriors/interiors, speeding vans, and a massive gun battle.

The second day of filming was a night shoot, that’s where we filmed the Trans-Am speeding through the iconic Second Street Tunnel in downtown Los Angeles.

Let’s check out the video! Here is the “Director’s Cut” version which has a bit more story:

Here are some shots of my adventures behind the scenes, I’ll be posting the final part of this series very soon!

Next: Dr. Death Defying, Transmissions, and BLI!

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Those Dangerous Days…Making “Na Na Na”

Posted by Jonathan on Wednesday Sep 28, 2011 Under Art, Uncategorized

It’s been a year since we filmed videos for the My Chemical Romance album “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys”, and I’m feeling a bit nostalgic. Let’s look back!

The troops rally while Gerard checks a shot. On the left, Stunt Gerard is ready for action.

ART IS THE WEAPON: I was originally hired to help the band write a few short vignettes that would find the Killjoys in a series of adventures. Gerard and I came up with some cool ideas, but the realities of filming what were essentially half a dozen scripted short films forced us to consider another approach. So we decided to take all the best stuff from those vignettes, alongside some of Gerard’s original inspirational imagery, and make an extremely potent and fully-realized vision of this world.

Also, we REALLY wanted to see that Trans-Am tear ass through the desert.

After seeing the early footage from that day, it took about 5 seconds to make the decision that we should head back out to the desert to tell more of the story. So with more locations, car chases, explosions, and our fantastic crew we filmed the “Na Na Na” video.

Those few days we spent in the desert were some of the best of my life. I not only got to participate in the writing, but had the opportunity to help out the art department (headed by the wonderful Jason Fijal), and even got to contribute to some of the filming. The spirit of collaboration was alive and well on this project, I don’t think there was one person didn’t go above and beyond their “role”. If you ever have the chance to run around the desert with your friends, shooting laser guns, I suggest you take it.

Here are a few photos and notes from behind the scenes:

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Separated At Birth!

Posted by Jonathan on Sunday Sep 25, 2011 Under Uncategorized

Poor ’96 Jabba, everyone makes fun of you, but they don’t understand just how good your make-up FX actually were. So good, in fact, that barely anyone realized you also played the MCP in Tron.

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Yay Star Wars!

Posted by Jonathan on Friday Sep 16, 2011 Under Art, Uncategorized

I’ve been on an almost 3 year break from everything Star Wars (except those awesome Red Letter Media reviews)!  With all the good and bad hoopla surrounding the release of the movies on Blu-Ray…well, I just got caught up.

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