Talented Bastards Who Should Be Shot, ep 2

Last year I posted about an awesome artist, Scott Vandenbosch, under the banner of Talented Bastards Who Should Be Shot for being just, generally, better at what they do than I am.

Just ’cause I feel like it, here’s another of the many cool people who are good enough to warrant a bullet, were I into killing the competition — Ben Drake.

This is a self-portrait, I think.

I heard “Ben” is short for “Bennetton”.

The new Precinct project

First, something unrelated: in case you didn’t know, Tony Martin and guest writer Justin Heazlewood both have new writing on The Scrivener’s Fancy, a website which appears to have popped up out of nowhere to make me happy. Good for them!

Secret proj

I alluded in an earlier post to a “secret project”. There’s not really anything secret about it. The very important person I want to have involved in The Precinct is, clearly, John Farnham.

Farnsy's Got A Parma

Maybe you’re wondering why. I’ll tell you why. First, watch these videos:

The man can sing absolutely anything! He is an astounding talent, and funny, too. I didn’t know until relatively recently that he’d sung songs for a number of American movie soundtracks in the ’80s, Fletch being the only one of these movies I’d actually seen.

Some of these songs aren’t that brilliant (that Fletch one in particular does nothing for me), but Farnham’s voice MAKES YOU BELIEVE! I can’t think of another singer who could sing the lines “black leather angels on a midnight ride / soft on the surface but trembling inside” and get away with it.

That’s why I wrote The Precinct‘s title song, “Blind Man’s Bomb”, with him in mind. It is my fervent hope that he’ll sing that theme song for my show. Also, I wrote him in as a character in the first episode, so it’ll bugger the script if he won’t do the voice. Because who can impersonate him? Nobody, that’s who.

So the “secret project” is a new short Precinct animation telling a bit more of the series’ story. Most of it will be montage, and that montage will be set to LRB’s “Playing To Win”.

I like how Good Friends turned out, but watching it back I feel like it’s not representative of the pace the show will have — The Precinct should move at a lightning clip. Lots of fast cuts. Tell the story quick!

My pacing is not such a problem, but I’m not always very dynamic in my camera setups and moves (I like long, locked-off camera mid shots), so I’m going to work extra hard to make this new animation punchy in that way.

And I’ll be animating John Farnham himself into it, singing the song. So I’m going to have to watch more of these clips. You know, to study his moves.

Talented Bastards Who Should Be Shot

Episode one in a series highlighting shitheels with skills far beyond mine. Today: Scott Vandenbosch. Check out his beautiful artwork, and tell him, from me, to go to hell.

PS: I changed the look of this blog to something much sexier and Precinct-appropriate. And now that I’m running WordPress 2.8, it has widgets and a navbar. Nice, clean design by Eric Crooks. Cheers.

Me, on the radio

As I’m featured in the very nice Superheroes & Schlemiels exhibition currently at the Jewish Museum here in Melbourne, they’ve kindly given me the opportunity to appear on ABC 774 this Sunday with the Museum’s Helen Light to talk about… comic books and Jews, probably.

We’ll be on around 10:30am, speaking with Alan Brough, which will be nice since I’ve enjoyed his work since I used to see him doing comedy at The Cheese Shop and The Planet comedy nights over at the old Prince Pat.

While I’m talking radio, I’ll mention Justin Heazlewood’s radio show LIME CHAMPIONS, every Monday at 7pm on 3RRR. The poor bastard’s Comedy Festival show, Songs from the 86 Tram, was sadly cut short when he went over a car door on his bike. Happily, his compensation came in the form of the Comedy Fest’s Director’s Award and big-ups from his comedy hero and mine, Tony Martin.

So HUZZAH for Justin, for his aborted show (which will probably be revived for the Fringe Festival, so go see it then) and for the reflected glory I hereby claim as the guy who drew his poster image.