Sunday, November 16, 2008

Grapple Entertainment

While Mindy and I were in San Francisco, we chatted with the folks over at Grapple Entertainment. You can read an article about them, by clicking their company name in the upper right hand corner of this blog.

One of the things they do is develop Intellectual Properties by utilizing Graphic Novels--a great way to market projects, since they convey concepts in a fashion similar to storyboards. These days, every summer blockbuster is based on comic books.

Also, I'm impressed by the fact that Grapple Entertainment helped raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, by publishing a book called "Super Stories" by 7-year-old boy Zach Thoma, who lives with lymphoma, and 10-year old Adrianna Tucker, who has leukemia.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

APE Comicbook Convention, San Francisco

Just got back from a weekend trip to San Francisco--Mindy Lee and I were there to promote the "Rock God Opera" prints that had been originally created for the San Diego Comicon.

It was a lot of fun--we stopped by Pixar, for their Halloween party.

Again, we shared a booth with Shelly Wan. William Bradford also helped-out at our booth--he is an animation artist from Canada. You can check out his blog by clicking the link in the above left-hand corner of this site.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Duel or Duet?

Friday, October 3, 2008

Painless


"...it brings on many changes..."

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Asian American Playwrights

"Rock God Opera" is listed as one of my works, on the "Asian American Playwrights" website (to check it out, click on the link in the above right-hand corner).

Currently, one of my full-length plays ("The Little Adolfs") is not mentioned on their site, but hopefully it'll be updated soon.

Imagine

AArising

Nelson Wong wrote a great article on my work, on his site "AArisings." You can check it out, by clicking the link in the upper right-hand corner of my blog.

The photo was taken back when I first joined Walt Disney Feature Animation. The crew was just wrapping up "Pocahontas," and beginning development on "Mulan."

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Monday, September 29, 2008

Sunday, September 28, 2008

"Rock God Opera" artwork!!!


A set of postcard images based on "Rock God Opera" is now available at Stuart Ng Books! Please click on the link on the upper right hand corner to order.

Thanks for your support!

True Rock n' Roll Never Dies

Saturday, September 27, 2008

A Quote from John Lennon


"As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot."

--John Lennon

Friday, September 26, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Eclipse

Monday, September 22, 2008

Phoenix

Knocking 'em Dead

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Cable Message

Friday, September 19, 2008

Goddess



"Do not tell me, for I've heard it all,
there is too much to do with hate,
but much more to do with love."

Shakespeare

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

What the Prince of Denmark Did


"Give (a man) a mask, and he will tell the truth."

Oscar Wilde

What Comes of Sleep


"To die, to sleep
To sleep, perchance to dream..."

Shakespeare

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Those Who Have Crossed



"Those who have crossed
With direct eyes, to death’s other Kingdom
Remember us—if at all—not as lost"
T.S. Eliot

Friday, September 12, 2008

Take Note

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The One You Love





"That Old Saying, about how you always kill the thing you love, well, it works both ways."

--Fight Club

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Music is the Future



"Music is the best form of prophecy that we have"


--"Noise: The Political Economy of Music"

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

"Love Will Tear Us Apart"


"When the routine bites hard
and ambitions are low
And the resentment rides high
but emotions won't grow
And we're changing our ways,
taking different roads
Then love, love will tear us apart
again"
--Joy Division

Monday, September 8, 2008

Eternal and Immortal


"To be modern is to find ourselves in an environment that promises us adventure, power, joy, growth, transformation of ourselves and the world--and at the same time that threatens to destroy everything we have, everything we know, everything we are."

Marshall Berman, "All That is Solid Melts Into Air"

Hades pulls poor Eurydice to the depths of hell. Well, it didn't really take that much effort.

Sunday, September 7, 2008


Saturday, September 6, 2008

Friday, September 5, 2008

Thursday, September 4, 2008

AOK

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Monday, September 1, 2008

L'amour et La Petit Mort



"Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."

--Frank Herbert, "Dune"

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Something to Think About



Another quote from Glenn Suravech, regarding his latest album, "Mosaic Liberator":

"I namely look to myself in this as being harnessed by insecurity, fear of the unkown and fear of failure--issues that have kept me from trying to realize my dreams and goals. These songs, I feel, all represent, in some way, liberation from things that are oppressive--"

The Sun Also Rises




I went to an album launch party yesterday. Several amazing musicians spoke about the record producer Glenn Suravech.

One of the most profound speeches was by Ryan, who runs a merch company called Blacklava.

He said that Glenn was a a role model for him, because he constantly works at himself, as a person and as an artist, and that this album, "Mosaic Liberator," is one of the products of this evolution. Glenn also works with Jackson Browne, whose latest album received over a dozen Grammy nominations.

Ryan then said that his wish for everyone in the room, was true financial independence--that we could all turn to one another and say: hey, do you want to go to Paris?

And he ended with--So let's all go to Paris!
***

It was one of the most inspiring things I had ever heard.




(to check out Glenn and his work, or to check out Ryan's company Blacklava, click in the link in the above righthand corner of this blog)

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Tree of Knowledge


Meant to post this up yesterday...here it is!

Also--just another reminder to fans of "Rock God Opera"--Stuart Ng Books is selling our eight postcard set for $15 dollars. You can click on the link to store, in the above right hand corner of this blog.

Thanks much!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Six Blade Knife



Hades is Death itself--a destructive force of nature, contained in a man of many contradictions.

He is talented and tortured--a powerful king that's secretly desperate--cold-hearted to the world, but hopelessly passionate over Eurydice.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Gorgeous Gift


My friend Amy hand-made this incredible card, in honor of my project "Rock God Opera." Inside, she wrote: "I am going to be first in line for the premiere!!"

This is the greatest card I've ever received...thank you, Ames!

XO

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Odyssea


The problem with working on studio films/shows, is you spend all your time designing a corporate product. You get used to all kinds of rules and regulations. This time around, I'm hoping to take a more organic approach to the next milestone, which falls about the beginning of October. If I can stick to the image-a-day idea, and explore some visuals for "Rock God Opera," hopefully I'll come up with enough material to put together a sketchbook with Mindy Lee. Emphasis on, "sketch" book. I think that for this past Comicon, I was too literal with the artwork--breaking down the script, drafting up scenes, etc. This should be more fun than that! After all, when you are designing your dream project, an artist should be free to work whatever way feels most intuitive.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

For Damon

There was a party tonight at the Academy, in celebration of the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards. I ran into my ol' buddy Damon O'Keefe, whom I first worked with at Warner Bros. studios in 2005. He talked about a New Years resolution where he'd do a drawing a day. So far, he's kept his promise!

He told me about two challenging moments--one time he was in a hospital, where he drew on the back of a pay stub, with an IV sticking out of his arm. Another time, he'd passed out from too much partying, then he got up in the middle of the night and drew something, before falling back asleep!

Hardcore!

I decided to do my best to follow his example...here's an image I made tonight.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Jukebox Stories

"Rock God Opera" was written in 2006, at the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute at East West Players.

Prince Gomolvilas lead the playwrighting workshop. He also has his own singer/songwriter performance piece, called Jukebox Stories (here's a pic of him performing with his musical collaborator, Brandon Patton)--check it out by clicking the link in the above right-hand corner!

The Academy for New Musical Theatre

For several years, I have been a member of the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute, writing dramatic plays. In 2006, I wrote "Rock God Opera," my first musical. My classmate Alison DeLaCruz told me about ANMT, where she was workshopping a "Dream Girls"-style musical commissioned by East West Players.

Intrigued, I checked the place out, and have been with the Academy for New Musical Theatre for about a year now. It's a place of incredible energy and creativity, where I've met and collaborated with several very talented composers and lyricists.

Here's a pic of me onstage with some of my colleagues from ANMT. Just recently, we presented a series of projects at the Colony Theatre.

(for more info on ANMT, click on the link in the upper right hand corner of this blog)

Monday, August 18, 2008

Without a Doubt the Coolest Logo Ever


The multi-talented Mindy Lee created what is, without a doubt, the coolest logo ever.

We made the "Rock God Opera" logo into 4 " x 4" stickers (red lettering on clear backing), and used them on the packaging for our postcard sets.