Thursday, April 29, 2010

Gaijin-to The Sunset...



Well, today is it: The last day of Gaijin Studios, at least for the immediate, foreseeable future. This place, this group, has been a defining part of my life for the last 18 years. It's a cliche most of the time, but the phrase "end of an era" really does apply here for me. But, hey, even though we're closing the doors, I think I'll always be able to say "Ich bein ein Gaijinner." :)

Anyway, once more, I'd like to tip my hat to those I've been lucky enough to know and work next to all these years: Brian Stelfreeze, Karl Story, Adam Hughes, Dave Johnson, Jason Pearson, Tony Harris, Georges Jeanty, Jason Martin, Joe Phillips, Rick Mays, Kelsey Shannon, Stine Walsh, Tony Shasteen, Laura Martin, and Doug Wagner (whom I've actually known the longest-- almost a quarter of a century!). Great and talented folks, all.

Monday, April 19, 2010

ALERT! Free Comic Book Day @ Heroes!

I'll be at Heroes Aren't Hard To Find in Charlotte, NC for this year's Free Comic Book Day, alongside these stellar folks:

MARK BROOKS (Amazing Spider-Man)
CHRIS BRUNNER (Legends of the Dark Knight, Loose Ends)
NATHAN EDMONDSON (The Light, Olympus)
IAN FLYNN (Sonic the Hedgehog)
ADAM HUGHES (Wonder Woman, Tomb Raider)
JASON LATOUR (Loose Ends, The Expatriate)
BUDD ROOT (Cavewoman)
ANDY SMITH (Nevermore, Superman Confidential)
ALLISON SOHN (Lord of the Rings: Evolution)
BRIAN STELFREEZE (Batman, The Ride)
TOM LYLE (Amazing Spider-Man)
SANFORD GREENE (Wonder Girl, Method Man)

I had the misfortune to miss the last couple of FCBD's due to unforeseen circumstances. Fingers crossed for this one, and I hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Day 2 On The Set Of RED...

Man, today was a long day, but I was introduced to John Malkovich, Mary Louise Parker, and Karl Urban; got to casually chat here and there with Bruce Willis, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and director Robert Schwentke, all very pleasant guys, along with tons of really nice folks with the production; had a long conversation with Willis' stunt double, Stuart, who's a fascinating guy; sat for interviews w/ foreign press and DVD people; and just generally made note of the fact that feature film crews work really, really hard.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

So, Yeah, It's True: Gaijin Is Taking A Break...

...For at least a little while, and no, it's not an April Fool's joke.



Change is in the air, and after almost twenty years— can you believe it?— Gaijin Studios has decided to take a break.

It’s for a couple of reasons. The fact is that Doug and Karl are both moving on to different living situations too far away to reasonably commute, and Brian, Laura, and I are left with just too much office to be economically feasible for us. So, to that end, we’ve decided to take a hiatus and work from our individual homes for at least six months, with a hopeful eye toward possibly reconvening as a studio later this year or the next. No drama, we're all still tight and all-- we'll probably all still try and sit together at cons.

But whatever happens next... wow, nineteen years. I don't have proof, but my sense is that it may be a record for this kind of place. How many freelancers could keep a studio together that long? I mean, people have come and gone, obviously, but a core group has remained for all that time. If you're curious, here's a list of the people who have made this place something special over the years: Brian Stelfreeze, Karl Story, Adam Hughes, Dave Johnson, Jason Pearson, Tony Harris, Georges Jeanty, Jason Martin, Joe Phillips, Rick Mays, Kelsey Shannon, Stine Walsh, Tony Shasteen, Laura Martin, Doug Wagner, and me. Quite a roster, wouldn't you say?

Anyway, I won't call it an end to anything but a chapter. After all, who knows what the future holds?