Where has she gone? This Blog hasn’t been updated in ages! Yes its true. It’s been sparse around here for about a month. Time to reveal the reason: I’ve been settling into my new job. I was a contractor and a freelancer for seven years, so my first salaried position has been an enormously pleasant change. I’m a user interface designer, which means I do the same website programming and Flash work I’ve been doing since I leapt out of animation like a rat leaving a sinking ship in 2002. It’s a living and to tell you the truth I really enjoy it. The name of the company is Trendwest, a timeshare company that has a program I like and some very attractive resorts. The job is a bit far from my house and as I have to battle the nightmarish commute up 405 every morning (which means getting up at 5:30 am) I’ve had no time at night to update this Blog. I’ve concentrated instead on helping Scott see that our comic strip continues to go up at it’s regularly scheduled time every four days. Well into our fourth month I’m happy about its progress, and we’re solidifying plans this week for San Diego Con in July. But now I’ve found a good time for writing the news, and so I can get back to regular updates and shut up about me.
I promised a little information about Victoria… British Columbia’s capitol is one of my favorite places to visit. We made the Victoria Clipper ship at 8:30 am and hit some rising waves along the way, along with getting a good look at one of Canada’s famous sailing clippers. Victoria is in full bloom on a sunny day in spring, and Butchart Gardens was covered with tulips. The gardens were never so perfect, and they never really seem to change. Every time I go I catch the Royal Museum of British Columbia, much of which was closed for a July exhibit. I go for their extensive collection of masks and totem poles, particularly their Haida and hamatsa artifacts. We took a car trip up the Vancouver Island coast, which I’ve never done before, and the views were spectacular from the side of the highway.
I’ve been following the news very closely over the last week. The animation advanced word: a former animator on Curious George reports that the project is problematic and the results will be hideous. The Polar Express is going to be shown on Imax, because surely we were all eagerly hoping to see its jerky 3D humans seven stories high? Shrek 2 looks interesting and I’ll be seeing it next week; opinions from those who have seen it have been mostly favorable. More previews from Shark Tale are out, and although the character designs are still getting a lot of flak, the animation has gotten high marks.