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Hey everyone, the first episode I directed for Gravity Falls will be on Disney XD next monday, October 27th at 8:30. It was boarded by Sabrina Cotugno, Vaughn Tada and myself. If you are following the story don’t miss this one, much will be revealed!
 

From Director Sunil Hall! Society of the Blind Eye premieres October 27th! 

Also boarded by Chris Houghton, I believe?? So excited for this episode to air! Yaaaaay Sunil!!! 

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Hey everyone, the first episode I directed for Gravity Falls will be on Disney XD next monday, October 27th at 8:30. It was boarded by Sabrina Cotugno, Vaughn Tada and myself. If you are following the story don’t miss this one, much will be revealed!

 

From Director Sunil Hall! Society of the Blind Eye premieres October 27th! 

Also boarded by Chris Houghton, I believe?? So excited for this episode to air! Yaaaaay Sunil!!! 

Mallory asked for me to do a birthday drawing for Sfé involving Grunkle Stan and maybe some pugs and baby seals. I am nothing if not a literal interpreter of things. 

I suppose Stan is selling ‘Pugmaids’ now? I can’t imagine the profit margin would be too great on that. Maybe he got his supplies at a baby seal liquidation center. If he hadn’t bought them, they would have been turned into liquid! Stan is a philanthropist. A philsealopist?

The Gravity Falls Halloween special airs TONIGHT! Why is it airing so early in October? Now, that is the true mystery of Gravity Falls.

Okay, so- my little episode posters are getting more obscure each day. This one started out with just wanting to draw a spooky Halloween drawing of Stan with his spooky Halloween lantern, which then made the jump into tarot card land because of his incidental resemblance to The Hermit. There’s actually some pretty neat meanings that apply to his character- and now I want to do Tarot cards for all the characters (Bipper is the Devil, obviously)- but flatly speaking this poster has very little to do with the episode, lol. 

By the season finale, my poster will be just a screenshot of that “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” illustration next to a piece of asparagus, accompanied by a five page artist’s statement. 

I will be attending APE for the first time this weekend! Please visit me for a chat or to pick up a copy of my new comic, Bleeding Heart! I also have new stuff like necklaces and earrings for sale!

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Neil deGrasse Tyson will be voicing a super intelligent Waddles in an all new Gravity Falls. Be sure to catch “Little Gift Shop of Horrors” when it airs first on Disney Channel on Saturday, October 4th, at 9PM as part of Monstober.

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Stan and Goldy go to Las Vegas

In case you needed another post showing off the gorgeous layout and color work by the Gravity Falls art team, in an effort to legitimize my dumb gags

Here’s a tiny section of rough boards I did for Soos and the Real Girl. I was super nervous, since this was my first episode, and some of these drawings are fairly mortifying. x.x I don’t know how Paul Robertson was able to interpret some of those Giffanies.

I was happy to get the section of Soos and Giffany in the mall because it has this nice little emotional beat of social anxiety —> comfort of the familiar.

Uh oh! Sexism Emergency!

Hi I really love your storyboards and I’m a high school student and I think I just dealt with some sexism from an art teacher and I was wondering how women in the industry deal with that kind of stuff. I mean I’ve taken classes at art colleges that dealt with comics and art but when I talked to him about making comics he acted as if I had no business making them It was more than just trying to teach me it felt like he had some kind of personal grudge I’m still gonna make comics but it felt weird

Uh oh! Looks like a sexism emergency! You can avoid trouble if you say these simple words:

Unfortunately, sexism IS a widespread problem in the comics and animation industry. One particularly troublesome part of that sexism is that it often isn’t obvious. You’re fairly unlikely to find a professional comics artist who will say, “I hate you because you’re a woman! Ladies are always inferior to men!” Institutional sexism is often hidden in coded language, subtle jabs, and unwelcoming attitudes that often leave the victim with a vague feeling of unpleasantness or “weirdness.” This can make the incident difficult to explain to others (especially dudes- sorry guys!).

If your teacher is being sexist, then you shouldn’t have to just sit there and put up with it. Now, I’m not terribly good at confronting authority figures directly, so I can’t give too much advice in that arena. What I generally find more helpful is to seek out others who have experienced similar situations (or are just generally good listeners) and have a good “sit-‘n’-bitch” session to vent your feelings and get validation for your experience. It’s not good to feel isolated in your emotions!

To clarify, though, I’m not advocating that whole mentality of: “If you don’t like your sexist work environment, don’t complain! Just leave!” Obviously, if every woman did that, then there would be, like, no women in comics and nothing would ever change. If this class is really special and you can learn things here that you couldn’t learn anywhere else, then I suggest you stick with it and challenge your teacher. But if not, there are a LOT of great teachers in the world, and a lot of good classes. If your current class is making you uncomfortable, look for other options- you don’t need to waste your emotional energy on some random jerk.

Before boarding Soos and the Real Girl, we had a couple of days to think up some concept for the new characters in the episode.

Alonso came up with the final design for Melody pretty much instantly, and I played around with some Giffany concepts, because if I were allowed I would only ever draw villain characters from now until the end of time. Villains are just super interesting, okay??

We didn’t have the full script at the time, so for these early sketches I played around a bit with what kind of person Giffany might be. I always end up overthinking things like: Did Giffany start off as an evil video game or did she slowly turn into one? It must be pretty sad to be constantly returned back to the store, it’s like a life of … infinite rejection. I think that’d make anyone crazy. @_@

It’s a bunch of unnecessary navel-gazing, but I’d like to think that maybe some of that pathos shows through in the drawings. IDK! :P

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The life of a Grunkle is never boring

One of my assignments on this episode was to come up with gags for: “Grunkle Stan and Old Goldie Go to Vegas.” It was a quick assignment but also a surprisingly tough one for me, because I have only been to Vegas once and according to some (lots) I Hate Everything Fun. I figure it’s the equivalent of asking an ace person to write a comic about how much they personally love having sex with other people.

So I hope I did it justice?? I probably didn’t! I noticed one commenter who was disappointed they didn’t see a Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas reference, and yeah that is totally a missed opportunity. *headdesk*

By random chance, I also ended up doing the linework on the final images for this sequence. It was my first time ever drawing Grunkle Stan on model and I’d like to formally apologize for these drawings right here. He is actually adorable to draw tho, especially when you can see his floofy hair.