Monthly Archives: March 2011

Help Fund my First Animated Film

One year of work on three continents. Thousands of pen nibs and x-acto blads spent. And now, we can finally show you. We have your heart

‘I Have Your Heart’ is a short stopmotion animated film by Molly Crabapple, Kim Boekbinder, and Jim Batt.

The artwork is hand drawn by Molly Crabapple, the New York sensation and international superstar of Dr. Sketchy’s fame.

The story and soundtrack are provided by Kim Boekbinder’s popular song, “The Organ Donor’s March,” a rollicking, accordion based, sing-a-long about love, loss, and life after death.

The film itself will be paper puppet stopmotion animated by Jim Batt, a Melbourne based filmmaker whose work has screened at international film festivals and to sold out crowds for live cinema events.

Molly’s drawings will be turned into paper puppets that move within their own wonderful world.

Crabapple, Boekbinder, & Batt came together through the magic of the internet in early 2010 and have spent the last year scheming, planning, drawing, cutting, coloring, testing, and getting ready for this moment: PRODUCTION.

Where The Money Goes

– Studio rent.

– 2-3 months of full time animating.

– Production costs: printing (approx. 300 sheets high quality A3 prints,) lights, hard drives, animation software, specialized camera equipment.

– Final product: Manufacturing the DVD of the final short film.

The Plan

Print, assemble, color, animate, edit, finish, send to festivals, watch people’s faces light up as they watch.

Follow the projects progress on our blog, where you can listen to the soundtrack, watch some test animations, and take a look behind the scenes:

Puppet Makers #3

DC Digital just released the third issue of Puppet Makers, wherein our young cleric investigates the dark secrets of the court.

It’s available for digital download for 99 cents here

SXSW, I love you

God, what an amazing, sun filled, barbecue stuffed three days in Austin. SXSW, I love you, and I only regret leaving you so soon.

Btw, seeing one’s crazed octopus illustration on the arms of fifty thousand people is quite a trip

Some press:
* The Atlantic

Still, for all the possibilities for innovation, social media clearly has a dark side. Molly Crabapple, a New York-based illustrator and founder of the alt-art social drawing gathering Dr. Sketchy’s, said she sometimes fears a future where no one has jobs, and work is a series of games and challenges. You wouldn’t work at Wal-Mart, she told the audience, you’d be part of the Wal-Mart Challenge! “And the prize,” Crabapple said, “would be what used to be called your salary.”

* The Austin Chronicle

Now several thousand tech mavens are carrying her image of a top-hatted octopus working a steam-powered computer. Molly said, “I thought it would be a fun play on this super-techy convention to see this Luddite, low-tech version of the computer.”

* SXSW Interactive

SXSW Plans

This is my third year at SXSW. The ipad-infested dorkfest of barbecue and joy takes over Austin every March, and this year, I’m happy to be super involved.

Here’s where to find me:

* Social Media Is Science Fiction
Sunday 13th March 9:30am to 10:30am
Place TX Ballroom 1, 2nd floor (floor plan), Hyatt Regency Austin
Speakers Annalee Newitz, Charlie Jane Anders, Matt Thompson, Maureen McHugh, Molly Crabapple

What do science fiction stories tell us about how social networking and user-generated content will evolve? How it will affect us as a civilization? Futurists and SF writers will explore real possibilities for the next fifty years of social media – and debunk bad futurism that predicts either total abundance or complete apocalypse.

* Dr. Sketchy’s Takes SXSW
Sunday, March 13 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Swan Dive
615 Red River Street
Austin, TX

On March 13th, the Austin branch is proud to welcome the founder of Dr. Sketchy’s, Molly Crabapple, to Texas. To celebrate, Dr. Sketchy’s Austin is hosting a very special drawing session which venerates one of Crabapple’s most powerful illustrations, the Reverse Mermaid. The Reverse Mermaid is a curious creature, oddly beautiful with a fish’s head and shapely human legs.

Burlesque performers Crimson Skye (London) and Sass E Delure (Seattle) will model costume sculptures created by artist Aaron Flynn (Austin). Flynn will be creating two costumes for the event, one for the Mermaid and one for the Reverse Mermaid. Artists at the session will have a rare chance to sketch models wearing unique sculptures at the fabulous Swan Dive venue in Austin.

Tickets are $10


other great panels to check out? Offline America, Why We Have A Digital Divide (Jessamyn West), The End of Shame (Cindy Gallop, Melissa Gira Grant), Keynote: Christopher “Moot” Poole, Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted-Not! (Richard Nash)

SXSW Big Bag Art

Every year at SXSW, attendees get a Big Bag for each festival they attend. The bags groan with flyers, swag, energy drinks and invites to open bars.

This year, I got to design the Big Bag for SXSW Interactive. Word is Yoko Ono designed the one for music