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Beware of Start-ups

A recent conversation with a fiend of mine has brought me to the conclusion that I can not continue producing personal art for therapy alone. Professsional art has become more and more precarious as studios grant shorter contracts and startups become less reliable in their business practices. The violation of such laws namely; laying off without granting unemployment benefits is becoming more and more common. Therefore, I must monetize my personal films, webcomic and production blogs.

Intellectual property is an artist’s means of power on par with the more valued professions of doctor, lawyer and banker. It is an aritst’s work that gives a corporation a visual identity a written voice and tone to remember. New customers would never know a company existed without a recognizable logo, piece of copy of a catchy jingle. A content company like Warner Bros. and Disney would not have the staying power they have without the contributions of their artist’s.

Math would live soley in a quantum universe if an engineer with the skills of a sculptor had not managed to kit bash found objects into a prototype to test, perfect and share with the world. Practical use of the wheel didn’t manifest on it’s own. It took a visionary. An artist. A car is a mechanical sculpture. It’s a marriage of art and science.

I argue that all attributes of intellectual property, on a development, creative level should be granted royalties. Pre-production artists, animators and post-production artists on a creative/problem solving  level should be granted royalties from the future profits of the company product. We are not doing cog work. Cog work is outsourced. The creative needs residuals to compensate for our short careers. She should still receive an income for the work she sees still making money for the studio she defined a popular character for long after her position has been replaced by a younger, cheaper creative. Don’t scoff, obsolescence comes about sooner than you think, if not age then change in audience which can happen within the first five years of your career. Wise up, even of you don’t breed, you still have student loans to pay. Existence comes at a price.

Until such pipe dreams of royalties become a reality, an artist must generate supplemental income with their personal work. It’s the only way to save six months salary in case of sudden job loss. Case in point: my last employer had not paid the crew for two months before dissolving the company. Nor has he paid labor department taxes for the last year of the company’s life. None of the crew will get unemployment insurance ( without a fight anyway). Without that safety net, we’ll all end up homeless.

How nice it would be if my web comic and production blog padded my savings account all this time so I would’ve have to lose my home and car.  Or rely on the exhausted kindness of my friends and colleagues to pull me out of this mess.

With that said, this will be the last “production entry” on this blog. If you would still like to read production notes and industry advice, please follow my account on Patreon where such entrees are available for a fee. Until then, take my last bit of free advice: beware of start ups and never sign a work for fire contract as a creative contributor. If they’re going to pay you like a cog, do exclusively cog work. I know you’re excited to have your first gig or are still trying to make a name for yourself early in your career. However, that foolish enthusiasm is what studios and start ups are preying on; your naitvité to  create an arch villain or a girl sports bunny to profit from long after your impoverished death with only your initial salary as compensation.

-A

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Torn Retinas are not Smurfy….

This is very important. Please read.

Occular Safety and Cautionary Tale for Animation Artists.

From wise Sue Bielenberg:

Based on my experience as a graphic designer at a medical forms plant in 1988, I can honestly say that NOBODY tests the safety of technology before subjecting artists to it. I got blepheritis from the Xenotron 2000’s CRT screen long before computers were standards in art departments. My ophthalmologist simply snarled, “If you file a workers comp claim, don’t involve me.” He had had a LOT of computer artists coming in asking for help. The new white screens were supposed to solve everything. I say that even if you stare at a daisy all day, you will suffer an ill effect. But start at a glowing daisy, and you will reallly suffer.

Beware of the glowing daisy….

Food Coma

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Lucy van Pelt

I’m screening a variety of children’s programs and I’ve noticed that all the lead girls sound the same. It’s like that acting coach from the classic MGM films has resurrected herself and imposed her one trick pony range on the current generation of voice artists.
Poo! Poo! I say! Bring back variety. So for encouragement, I bring you a Lucy Van Pelt voiced by the great Pamelyn Ferdin. Tracy Stafford who performed Lucy for the Christmas special was terrific too. All the Peanuts girls were unique Patty, Violet, Peppermint Patty, Marcie and Freida were terrific and the series held that great quality until—-the changed Peppermint Patty’s voice to sound like most girl voices today. Girls are not a monolith! Fight for variety.

Peace.

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Animated GIFS for Kizzang

These are a few GIF’s I animated for Kizzang LLC. Check out the site, it’s for online casino gaming. It’s free, you don’t bet money you bet time. It’s sort of like television which is a selling machine in every home that offers content in exchange for advertising.
Give it a go: Kizzang Sweepstakes.com

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Robert and Simon

You will performing just over two hours from now in Napa and I can not be there to cheer you on in full cosplay. At least I can give you this drawing to show my support and console myself for foregoing concert and airline tickets to pay my bills as far into to the long, bleak teacher’s summer ahead. Dazzle those who are there to see you with your brilliance dear Cure. I hope to see you next time you perform in a city near my home.

 

Much love and devotion,

Ashanti

At Home

A friend of mine is caring for her dying kitty. She and I agree the Ignatz should spend his last days at home. I wish I had done the same for Pita who spent his last hours at the vet. Although, he died in my arms, I so wished he had passed through the night curled up in my lap the way I found him as I woke the of the day he left.

New York, you’re my kinda gal!

New York has just passed the most fabulous law of marriage for the LGBT community! Isn’t that grand? I feel so much better today. I have a new lust for life. Women have always admired me more that men, so now I have a chance to marry after all.
Happy me. There is a a chance for this Black woman who is among the 70% unwed.

Rebirth :)

The 49th day was Wednesday. Is someone a new kitty? I beautiful new kitty who will go to rich owners who will love him as much as I do? Or did you reincarnate as a human, or a tree or an elephant? Whatever, you are, enjoy your new life and know that you are still loved by the people you touched in the life you just left.




Ashanti for Pita Meow Peter.

The Electric Company Season (sorta) 3: Check Your Understanding