I am thrilled that I finally got all the settings right and outputted my first edited film for Ask Maridee to YouTube. Here is where you can find it, the adventures of Ask Maridee at Sakura Con 2007. I would have rather have had this up sooner, but although I finished the project weeks ago, I had some trouble choosing the right compression. Premiere gives you a lot more options than YouTube can handle. This was a starter film, so I hope it’s fun and not too boring. At the very least, I interview a giant box of Pocky.
This weekend I’m going to be attending the annual Toonie Awards held here in Seattle by Cartoonists Northwest. Every year they sponsor this event which is a dinner and awards ceremony to celebrate the cartooning community here in the Northwest. We have a guest speaker for the event too and this year’s speaker will be Paul Chadwick of “Concrete” fame. Also making its return is the annual clay contest, where the wackiest of clay sculptures win prizes and acclaim. This event is open to the public and I encourage any of my readers to come and have fun. The food’s good and the company is great! After all, we are all cartoonists and gag writers. Should be a hoot! This years event will be at the RockSalt restaurant on Lake Union and begins Saturday at 6:30pm. Cost for dinner and fun is $37.00 at the door. Hope to see some of you there!
We spent another weekend at the McConnells but this was the first time we brought the dog. I had fun, but the dog had way more. I thought a lot about that old cartoon with the country mouse and the city mouse as I watched Moose get acquainted with their family dog, Nib. Nib is one of those large dogs you see on a farm, and Moose is about the size of a large rabbit, but they made instant friends, and Moose spent the whole trip following her around. He got to see what it’s like to walk down a trail without a leash, and every patch of dirt that Nib would roll in, or piece of the river Nib would dash through, or ditch she would drink out of, there would go he. Of course he didn’t account for Nib’s short, slick coat, so in no time he was a tangle of burrs and covered in sap. Being the city weenie he is, Moose was soon begging us for a bath. Not every dog was meant to be a farm dog.