Here is the original storyboard Benton and I pitched for Monday’s episode. Usually we don’t have the time to render shading and detail, but since the underground scenes relied so heavily on lighting to set the mood, we went the extra mile. I’m pretty proud of this board - not much was changed from this to the final version!
Ahh, just curious but what nationality are you? Second name seems Russian. Sorry for the personal question
It’s okay! All my life I thought Oleksyk was a Polish name. This fall I went to Norway and was told by several people that the spelling of it indicates it’s actually Ukrainian. The border between Poland and Ukraine has been disputed a lot throughout history so it’s possible the area the name is from has been both countries. I am a quarter Russian on the other side of my family, though! I recently bought a DNA test and am awaiting the results, so maybe I’ll be able to track down some specifics.
Hey, Sarah. The scar on your hand makes a Shin - which is amazing. If you're not familiar, it's a very important letter in the Hebrew Alefbet. Standing alone, it is a sign for the name of HaShem (G-d of Israel). It's a blessing, I think. Like Isaiah 49:16. Beautiful. Be blessed, Sarah.
Oh, wow. Wow.
First, let me say how rare it is to receive a random message this positive. Thank you so much for sending this my way.
I doubt I would have found out about this symbol on my own, at least any time in the near future. After you wrote this, I looked up the letter and learned about its history and symbology. One of its literal meanings is “sharp,” which is fitting seeing as it was sliced into my hand. It has been used to represent a number of mythical weapons of the gods, including Poseidon’s trident and a compound bow. It’s also the origin of Mr. Spock’s Vulcan hand symbol, “live long and prosper!”
I don’t subscribe to a particular religion or believe in a specific supreme deity, but I respect the foundational teachings of all religions and think there’s a common core. Despite being atheist I’m very spiritual and live superstitiously, almost in a magical-reality. I believe human myths and beliefs themselves have power, and now that you’ve made this connection for me, I feel marked in a special way. This is what I meant when I said I prefer scars to tattoos due to their element of chance. I’ve relied on intuition for almost every major decision in life and I’ve let symbols and signs guide me, and so far they’ve led me to what I think is a very charmed place. I’m very grateful to you for bringing this connection to my awareness. I hope your acts of kindness are returned to you many times over.
(And for the curious, the Bible passage referenced above reads, “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.”)
Have we got a treat for you! From the deepest darkest bowels of Regular Show comes: “Regular Show Storyboarders’ Favorite Music of 2013 Recording That is Not a Podcast”
This is a Regular Show deep cut folks. In this recording you’ll hear Regular Show writer/storyboarders talk about their favorite three songs of 2013!
Featuring the voices and opinions of:
Owen Dennis - Spins a yarn about his many road trips and the smelly hitchhikers he picks up.
Toby Jones - Avoiding teens, planting thoughts in his girlfriend’s brain, and giving insight into the prison industrial complex.
Sarah Oleksyk - Talks up her sweet-ass turntable and the perfect song for getting over that not-so-special someone anymore.
Minty Lewis - Brings us rejected songs from Regular Show montages and gives a shoutout to her favorite period drama.
Calvin Wong - Gives an off-the-cuff interview about his favorite story-based songs.
Madeline Queripel -Finds out about Toby’s treachery and tells it how it is (on which version of Kiki’s Delivery Service should be required viewing)
An hour and a half long internet radio show extravaganza with curated music and insight from the people that spend the majority of their day making jokes for Regular Show or eating free cereal.
So listen! Enjoy! Play loudly for all of your friends and relatives on Christmas Eve! Most of all: have fun listening to this awesome music.
This is pretty much the greatest thing ever. Not only is Owen a bottomless font of fantastic ideas, he also has the audio knowhow to put something like this together. Despite cringing at the sound of my own voice, I love this collection of songs from my co-boarders and I hope you will too! Think of it as an internet radio show to usher out 2013 in style.
How come the crew keeps making Muscle Man episode especially some really gross episodes of him?
The last episode centered around Muscle Man that aired was in July, which means it’s been about 3.5 months. There have been 12 episodes since then, none of which centered on him. I believe Toby even said at Comic Con that there is only one episode starring muscle man this season.
I’m going to talk about something quick which I hope will help with people railing against muscle man stories. People seem to think that the writers sit down and say “Okay, now I’m going to write a story about muscle man!” therefore they should sit down and say “okay, now I’m going to sit down and write a story about rigby!”
That’s simply not how it works. The outline writers tend to think of concepts and ideas for an episode, then the characters that would work best for that episode sort of fall into place in the story. How would this character react to it? What about this one? Which would make for a better story? etc. When people demand more stories about a certain character, what they’re demanding is that the character get shoehorned into a story where the character doesn’t fit.
Now you tell me, which would you rather have, 6 stories out of 37 about a character you’re not that into but it naturally progressed the best way it can, or a whole bunch of stories about a character that you like but it doesn’t make any sense for this character to be in? Would you even like that character anymore after that?
I frankly don’t know how people are saying there are tons of muscle man episodes unless they’re counting whether muscle man just happens to be in an episode, which doesn’t mean it’s a muscle man story. It seems this narrative sprung up around the time Firework Run and Longest Weekend aired. The first strongly features MM, the second is about him. I think what happened is that people suddenly became hyper sensitive to his presence, noted it, then there became some sort of fandom echo chamber which made people become even more hyper aware of it.
Unless of course you’ve been watching a bunch of reruns on TV all the time and they keep showing muscle man episodes, I don’t know because I don’t actually watch CN on TV, so I can’t speak to that.
Again, all of this doesn’t really matter, because out of the past 12 episodes there has been one muscle man-starring episode and it’s the only one of the whole 40-episode season.
As for the grossness: He’s kinda gross, but probably not much more gross than me if I stopped caring about my life. :(
Hi! I'm Sean Williams and I'm a freshman at Southern Illinois University majoring in Animation (with a planned double major in Illustration) Lately, I've been contacting artists, (animators and storyboarders) that work at Cartoon Network, and I wanted to know if you could give me some tips and feedback that would help me to be able to work there one day.
Most advice from working professional artists seems to be pretty straightforward, and you’ll hear a version of it from most people you ask: work hard, draw like your hand’s on fire, study anatomy and draw from real life as well as from your imagination, etc. But as far as helping you tailor your studies to aim for a job at Cartoon Network or another animation studio, well, there’s a lot of factors involved. Skill is one piece of the puzzle; another HUGE piece is luck, and so is community - the people you forge connections with on your way up.
On Regular Show there seems to be two paths our boarders have taken to get the positions they have. Some of us went to art school for animation, did student films, maybe worked on other shows first as a cleanup artist or intern. Then there’s the rest of us who, by and large, taught ourselves to write and draw and keep to a schedule via the medium of comics. It’s still unusual in this industry to “come in through the back door” (so to speak) and get a boarding gig on an Emmy-winning show without previous boarding experience (as I did), but the 15-plus years I spent studying the finer points of comics-making - pacing, composition, gesture and facial expression, rich backgrounds and hidden details, and above all else SOLID WRITING and COMPLEX CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT - got me this job. And plenty of my co-workers who are a decade younger than I am didn’t even have to put in that time in another field - they were already working competently and had the skills and particular sense of humor RS needed when they got hired.
I’ve glanced over a few of the storyboard tests of people who tried out for the job and weren’t hired. There are some PHENOMENAL artists in the bunch. But RS, and Adventure Time, and Steven Universe all require boarders who can also write, to shape the dialogue and enrich the characters, creating emotionally honest moments and ridiculous pratfalls alike. If this is the career you want, don’t just stick with your animation classes - study storytelling, story structure, classic and modern literature. Study joke telling. Read books from authors from other cultures, translated from other languages (or study other languages if you can!) to expose yourself to different narrative styles. Go deep and critical with the works you love: pick them apart, try to dissect why they affect you the way they do. Try writing in a genre you’re not as familiar with. Build worlds.
Finally, be nice to the people you meet in the field. Ask a lot of questions and avoid demanding anything. Build a solid professional reputation, and your chances of having a favor passed back to you will greatly increase. ;)
Hey(Me again.)I was wondering if you can give any information about the New Year's Kiss episode? No real spoilers, just like...if it's gonna be a romantic episode, which two characters will take part?If you can't give that away i TOTALLY understand,so don't feel like you have to tell me.:) Just kinda hoping (along with many of my net friends and real life friends)that two characters will hook up..but it doesn't seem very likely.. at least not for now. Again - You don't have to tell,justhad toask
I can tell you this: it’s a great episode. It will probably air some time around New Year’s. There will be at least two characters in this episode. OTHER THAN THAT, ALL OTHER INFO IS A SPOILER AND I CAN’T GIVE AWAY ANY OF IT.
My only advice is to theorize with your friends, cultivate some patience, and wait!