This new, cool spot for the app for WageSpot was such a pleasure to work on. The WageSpot app is very cool to use and helpful to gain perspective on wage: something about which people are always so guarded. It was a blast making art with such talented and funny people as Tara Emerson and Joaquin Garay III and to work with director Anatoly Vaisman. Check it out and leave your comments below!
I was skeptical when they were being adapted for a film. I was worried. As worried as I have been for many an ill-fated remake/ reboot/ relaunch/ reworking/ reimagining/ retread/ whateveryouwanttocallwhat'shappeninginHollywood.
From what I can tell, I'm seeing some faithful renderings and treatments in this one. I'm lowering my guard.
Then this great promotion came out where you can peanutize yourself. Love it. It's a little limited. I was thinking to myself, well I can't quite fully peanutize myself, I've got a beard and then, of course, I reminded myself that I'm a "Wah-wah-wah-wah-wah-wahhhhhhh" adult and there shouldn't be a beard choice for a bunch of kid characters. To peanutize yourself, you've got to revert to childhood. No problem.
Cool thing is, I don't take things lying down. I really wanted to see me more realistically peanutized. No problem. That's what "Paint" is for. I threw that bad-boy up in Paint, whipped a few browns, light-browns, and yes -- realistically -- some grey in there.
Cool. I'm peanutized.
Then I wanted to share it with someone special in my life and encourage her to peanutize herself. But I thought twice. She spends a great deal of time in a wheelchair or on canes to help her walk. That's not a quick fix in Paint. That's something missing from THE WEBSITE where you can peanutize yourself. An absence of facial hair that you're unlikely to find on a Charlie-Brown-aged kid makes sense to me. (Of course, Charlie was famously bald -- not always something you see either.) But you don't have to look far to find kids in wheelchairs or using canes. Charles Schultz to the best of my knowledge never created a character in a wheelchair and that's ok. Really, people, it is. But a website encouraging everyone to make themselves over in a Peanuts image is sorely missing the option.
Now, please, I'm not angry. I am a little unimpressed by the team who put this website together. I'm not sure who the company is behind peanutizeme.com but the film is being made by Blue Sky Studios. I am going to reach out to them. It will not be in a vitriol-filled letter. It WILL be an open letter. Actually, it will be an open-postcard. That's all the space I need. It's a simple request and, I would imagine, a relatively simple (and quick turn-around fix) that I hope they act on. We'll see. Leave a comment below if you agree this should be implemented.
Headed out to mail it now. Here's the postcard (on my Thick Skin Creations card stock):
I was recently asked to lend voice-over talent to a PSA for a most unusual cause. I, of course, wanted to help right away. I can't imagine what Matt's friends are feeling -- I have personally met one of the friends searching so assiduously for Matthew B. Greene.
Matt has been missing from the Mammoth Lakes area since July 17, 2013.
[Tom Antonellis voices provided: friend caller, police officer]
Matt was hiking/climbing with some friends in the Mammoth Lakes region and staying at the Shady Rest campground. Prior to his disappearance he happened upon some car trouble (his Subaru blew a head gasket). Matt stayed behind while his car was repaired at the Norco Goodyear repair shop with plans to meet up with friends in CO down the line. His last known phone call was to the repair shop around 4:30 pm on July 16th, with some texts to said friend around 8-8:30 that same night. Additionally, his last use of credit cards was a purchase in Mammoth Lakes that same day.
When Matt did not meet up with friends as planned, it was discovered that his car was waiting, fixed, for over a week and he had not returned to the campsite where his gear was and where he had been paying day-to-day in antipation of his car being ready on the 18th and moving on.
Matt is 39, approximately 5'11", 155 lb, with blondish/brown short hair and blue eyes. He was carrying a large black/white backpack, yellow LaSportiva Nepal Extremes, crampons, and one ice axe. He had a blue hat, and was probably wearing a long sleeve shirt with a darker (green/black) short sleeve on top.
Matt teaches high school math in Nazareth, PA and lives in Bethlehem, PA. He tends to spend every spring/winter/summer break in the outdoors - smaller jaunts in NY and heading out west for the summers. Prior to his current position, Matt was in the Peace Corps in Papua New Guinea.
If you know ANYTHING, please call the Mammoth Lakes Police at (760) 934-2536; Detective Hornbeck can be reached at extension 17.
Many thanks to series creators Jerry Kokich and Damion Poitier for casting me in the very juicy role of the Narrator in "Tales of the Ghost"!
Hearken back to the days of yesteryear and the thrills of old time radio -- Give a listen to the trailer. Episode 1, "The Lightning Limited" will be ready soon for your listening enjoyment.