Thursday, November 20, 2008

Don't answer that phone!

If you bought a box of cereal at one time, you could send in the box tops for a toy they couldn't fit in the box. How many people do you think did that with Bug Spray?

This was in the age of Sports Illustrated football phones, or Tennis Shoe phones, when Raid "Kills Bugs Dead" bug spray got into the act. There may have been an attempted revival of the classic Bug Spray spots at this time. I loved those commercials enough to enforce Brand loyalty years later. I did whatever it took to get the phone and it has been sitting around unused ever since, because I don't reckon many took advantage of the offer. It was a natural concept though, most of the commercials gags centered around a bug getting a 'call' from Raid, and just like many actual phone calls today, it was totally unwanted, with negative consequences. The Raid phone epitomized the true nature of the typical phone call better than any football, Tennis shoe, BatPhone or whatever you might have.

Steve at ASIFA - Hollywood Animation Archive just posted an interview or two on video with Bob GIvens who designed these ads, among with much more during his long career.

Givens interview on the Animation Archive

Thanks to John K for the heads up. It goes without saying, if you care about animation, and you are not reading John Kricfalusi's Blog, you should. And I doubt you are reading this if you are not reading John.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Rip Van Winkle awakes.

Its been over a year since I posted, and I doubt anyone has found this blog. Even in that week of posting setting it up, I never got close in the slightest to my original concept, which was to post all the "doodles in the margins" that I created mostly during the k-12 years, perhaps some from college. For one thing, I would have to find where I have those physically archived, perhaps lost to the elements, then I would have to scan them in.

I'm on my laptop mostly, and never near a scanner anymore.

And my blog got hijacked by the iPhone. I was busy trying to figure out how to blog directly from the iPhone (not so easy without MMS).

Since then, I thought maybe I should split those tech shenannigans to another blog. Or blog period. I tweet more now, microblogging has perhaps killed my urge or need to blog. Google has made some changes in Blogger since then, and perhaps, I will set up Flock, and post more. We will see. What intially seemed to be the easiest blogging system out there still stymied me with the amount of windows I needed to keep open to post to the account, on top of my dial up account slowness at the time.

Plus, it seems Googles spiders never stopped here, with no links in or out to attract it. Blogger has been attractive, as it seemed to have attracted a lot of animation artists, in the way that MySpace attracted musicians. Its not about the technology, as much as it is about the community.

Meanwhile, Facebook, Twitter, et al, steal the social thunder while Google works on multiple other projects.

So this is that toe in the water for now.