“Poets and beggars, musicians and prophets, warriors and scoundrels, all creatures of that unbridled reality, we have had to ask but little of imagination, for our crucial problem has been a lack of conventional means to render our lives believable.”
"Life itself is the greatest source of inspiration," he said. "I see dreams as part of life in general, but reality is much richer.
“But maybe,” he added, “I just have very poor dreams.”
Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1927-2014)
All New X-Men #25 I got the invite and couldn’t believe my lucky stars. Illyana Rasputin and Kitty Pryde. Can I do it like a movie poster? Heck, YEAH?! I want to make it like a Lee Marvin bombs-a’-bursting, car chase extravaganza with ninjas and monsters. I was running a fever on the days I was completing it and crossed my fingers as I sent it off. And here it is finally. I had to block out the fact that there are all these amazing artists who are in the same book (terror). I would have just froze.
Gratitude and much respect goes out to the great Brian Michael Bendis for tailoring this to give me so much room to play and Nick Lowe for tremendous support and encouragement. I hope I can do more in the future.
"Alice Rocks" is my contribution to Haiyan typhoon relief fund. We’ve been working on staging this concert and art auction for a few months now and it’s almost here. If you’re in Oakland this Friday come down to the Uptown Nightclub. Great bands from folks at Pixar, raffles for rare merchandize and original art of varying price ranges from your fave artists. All for good cause to help those who can really use it. Check us out here.
March 21, 2014
The Uptown in Oakland, CA.
1928 Telegraph Avenue
$20 cover (Ages 21+)
7:30pm - 11:30pm
Art to Heart: Philippine Typhoon Relief Fund is a group from the Bay Area art, animation, film, and video game industries focused on long-term aid in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
I met Tyrus Wong at the Disney Family Museum opening of "Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong this past week. It was an amazing honor to finally meet this man who’ve inspired so many of us in animation. Being from the Philippines I feel a special gratitude for his role in Bambi. Nothing will be hard to face up to after he’d done his stint at Disney.
"He was asking about that illustration, did you do that?" One of his minders had approached me to say, "he was asking who made it." It was a drawing I had done of Carl Fredriksen’s house for "UP". She introduced me and I did my best not to embarrass myself. I managed to thank him for his life’s work. I’m sure he didn’t quite hear me and he smiled sweetly throughout. I shook his hand again and motioned to go and someone said I should take a picture with him. This is a treasured moment captured in photograph. Live long and keep on flying, Tyrus!