Walking Dead Contest
December 10, 2013

Man, sometimes I think I only do this stuff to enter contests. I don't, I honestly enjoy creating this stuff. But here's yet another contest entry. Skybound, the publisher of The Walking Dead comics, created an animation contest to promote the Minimates line. I had figured out a good way to get Minimates to talk using texture maps, but hadn't actually implemented it. This gave me the opportunity to push forward.

The rules instructed you to send a link to an animated short featuring Walking Dead Minimates. I read the rules very carefully, there was no directive on the type of animation. However, every other entry was stop motion...

...and done by children.
 Figuretoon Toy Review
June 15, 2009

When a person develops a hobby of taking 'amusing' pictures of toys, eventually that person will hit a block. They'll run out of funny or interesting ideas. When that happens they tend to fall back on the old standby, toy reviews... done by toys themselves.

I fell into this trap early on. I didn't realize at the time how prevalent it was. When I shot this I thought it was new and interesting, now it's old hat. Oh well, the past is the past. Now I'm on to exploiting all new old cliches.
 MPb Minimate Contest Entry
June 11, 2009

A few months after the heralded Marvel Minimates arrived on retail shelves, the website Millionaire Playboy announced a Minimate Contest. You could enter pretty much anything as long as it was Minimate related. Given my "experience" I decided to enter a figuretoon. A big figuretoon.

It ended up being ninteen different photos split up into seven panels. Even by today's standards those images are pretty big. Click the link to see the whole thing.
 Distant Past Vol. 5 - More Single Shots
June 4, 2009

Time went on. Marvel Minimates had been announced, but hadn't shown up in stores. I finally found a more interesting background for the Minimate pictures.

And I started using other toys than the little Innerspace guys. I can't believe that all the toys littering my house all stemmed from that first batch of three inch Star Trek Minimates.
 Distant Past Vol. 4 - Spaceballs Rip Off
June 1, 2009

Continuing with the multi-panel toons and Innerspace figures. Our good captain gets a little too wrapped up in his own world.

From here on out, the thumbnail images won't be as repetitive as the last few posts.
 Distant Past Vol. 3 - First Multi-Panel
May 28, 2009

My first venture into multi-panel toons. It was originally titled 'Playtime on the Enterprise'.

Say what you will, I still find this one amusing. The timing is off a bit, but it still makes me smile.
 Distant Past Vol. 2 - More Trek & Spacemegs
May 25, 2009

The posts continue with more questionable humor and photography. As a side note, all of these early photos were taken with film. I did have a digital camera at the time, but I wasn't able to do what I wanted with it. There were some interesting conversations when I would pick up the prints.

Check out the full post for a rambling discourse on publishing my first website on 'spacemegs'.
 Distant Past Vol. 1 - First Encounters
May 24, 2009

I hate to lead with such C-Grade material but I have this compulsion (some call it a sickness) to do things in a chronological order. So we start with how I got into Minimates and some attempts at humor using the original Star Trek three-inchers.

Be sure to click on the Read More link for the full post.