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Roaches Short Production Art

19 Mar

Short Challenges Animation World To Think Small
Film Director: “As long as it’s funnier than Robot Chicken – we have a winner.”
Grand Roach model by Paul Schmitt
This 3d view of the Grand Roach clearly displays this bug’s superior intellect and lofty stature.

People, we have a production crew. I am very pleased to announce this and that the initial stages for animation production began this week. We have gained a new animator and are breaking ground on the film now.

Stay tuned to the blog for clips, tests and promos from this upcoming animated short film. You guys will only see this stuff here before it goes out to Facebook, Youtube and film fests.

Are you a 3d Animator with a strong character animation and texture mapping reel? We are always looking for more help with lip synch and modelers as well. Send your demo reels to the Project Coordinator by email.

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Puppets, Roaches: A Graphic Novel, Cement and The Grand Roach are all registered trademarks of Gargantuan Media. All rights reserved 2010.
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Bitchzilla/Chauvinism

13 Mar

Comic Pages Released To Stunned Internet Browsing World
Leading Critics: “This is clearly the work of a deranged mind.”
Bitchjira!

These two pages are non-consecutive in the book and in the webcomic but they each deal with female roaches spazzing out. Spazzing out really hard, too. It’s interesting that one character, Bitchzilla attacks unprovoked, while the Molecular Biologist bug in “Chauvinism” attacks for very good reason after she is jeered and nearly set upon by two guffawing morons.

Chauvinism v. Jiu Jitsu

These two pages are great examples of the art style being implemented for the second edition of the Roaches webcomic. Please continue to subscribe to the site with Blogger and Feedburner for more comics and cartoons. As long as you are viewing and subscribing I will be making ’em.

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Puppets, Roaches: A Graphic Novel, Cement and The Grand Roach are all registered trademarks of Gargantuan Media. All rights reserved 2010.

The Second Coming of Roach(es)

25 Feb

Underground Comic Returns From The Grave In A Second Edition
Publisher to world: “If we don’t fund this childish drivel – the competition will.”
Roaches Schmitt Comic

It’s hard to admit but I have learned many, many lessons since I first published this book as a webcomic. The first one was that not everyone is a fan of low brow, underground comics. Go figure.

To illustrate this point: there are 1,000 Sonic and Nintendo based webcomics and only one about cockroaches. This also supports the second thing I learned since 2010: people do not like originality.

All kidding aside, the most important thing I learned is that people will give you the benefit of the doubt in order to improve your craft. This includes all the good folks who have stopped by my table at cons, comic shop management who took a chance on my book, record store owners who gave me the time of day and other artists who talked shop about art and marketing. This last part helped me develop a crumby webcomic into a better book.

Please subscribe, “like” and “plus” the posts you see here so that I can continue to grow while showing you guys my current work. Your support as an audience and as fans of underground comics has taken me this far – it’s much appreciated!

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Puppets, Roaches: A Graphic Novel, Cement and The Grand Roach are all registered trademarks of Gargantuan Media. All rights reserved 2010.

Ampulex Attack!

18 Feb

The Most Important Comic Book Ever Published Just Got More Important-er
Artist to world: “I have been to the mountaintop. It is covered in bugs.”
Roaches Schmitt Comic

Ampulex Wasp are the natural predator of cock-o-roaches in the wild. These insects only can survive in warm climates such as southeast Asia and Africa. The Ampulex can’t keep the roach population under control and many varieties of roaches have sprung up in cold climates in America, Germany and in the mountainous regions of Japan.

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Puppets, Roaches: A Graphic Novel, Cement and The Grand Roach are all registered trademarks of Gargantuan Media. All rights reserved 2010.

Snail Riders

29 Jan


An early motion test made in After Effects for the snail riders.

Roaches don’t have an auto industry but they are ingenious improvisers. There have been many good suggestions that I more fully explore the world of these bugs themselves without humanizing them so thoroughly in regular type human cities. And that is a really good suggestion.

The problem with me not taking it up sooner is because of many, many perfectly valid delays and also lame excuses. There are also some more factions within the Roach culture that I have discovered. Secretive orders and clans that keep the pontificating boob that we know and love, The Grand Roach, in power, are starting to get more fleshed out.

Stay tuned for more tests including some of the main dialogue for the first Roaches short.

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Puppets, Roaches: A Graphic Novel, Cement and The Grand Roach are all registered trademarks of Gargantuan Media. All rights reserved 2010.

RAW Underground Art Show

17 Jan

Roaches Schmitt Indianapolis Comic
Original prints, art and books at the RAW underground art and rock show in Indy.

Paul Schmitt from Gargantuan Media, here. I’ll be at the first RAW underground artshow of 2013 on V-Day February 14th. I really need to move some Pre-Sale tickets! $5 off the first 20 people who use the promo code “Gargantuan Media” in the ordering menu.

RAW on Valentine’s Day, Thursday the 14th, at Bartini’s 39 West Jackson Place #75 in Downtown Indy. I will be celebrating my first true loves: booze and rock’n roll. Pre-Order tickets are only $10 and that gets you:

  • Two bands including the excellent Chicago Typewriters.
  • Burlesque show from Vegas Showgals PUR.
  • Work from 10 Artists including my newest prints and books.
  • A great chance to network with a wide group of artists and film-makers.

Please Pre-Order tickets to ensure my appearance and those of all these excellent bands! Save $5 on tickets when you buy the Pre-Sale tickets w/this discounted coupon code. Please remember select “Gargantuan Media” when you order your tickets and support small press. See you guys and gals there.

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Puppets, Roaches: A Graphic Novel, Cement and The Grand Roach are all registered trademarks of Gargantuan Media. All rights reserved 2010.

Roaches Storyboards

15 Jan


An early look at the first Roaches animation with the voice-over and some sound effects work added in.

The first few parts of the animation production are nearly completed. The 20-30 storyboard panels are synced up within an “animatic”. This rough animation shows the story and the general timing for this animated short.

And I mean short. It’s four minutes total but that is still pretty ambitious for a small production company.

The performance by the voice actor Julian Mulock, who plays the Grand Roach, is really excellent! His acting skills go a very, very long way selling these “cutesy” bugs and absurd nature of the short itself. I mean, how many bugs go to war anyway? Not a lot I imagine.

In few more weeks I’ll have the next steps done. Next, I’m replacing enough art to post another animatic. Please, if you like this direction then “like” and “thumbs up” this Youtube clip.

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Puppets, Roaches: A Graphic Novel, Cement and The Grand Roach are all registered trademarks of Gargantuan Media. All rights reserved 2010.

The Great War

7 Jan

Roaches by Paul Schmitt
A character sheet for retro-roach soldiers from the up-coming Roaches short.

The New Year is here and with it the anniversary of Roaches. It was just over two years ago this winter when I started this title. Way back in the winter of 2010. In the beginning it was just a few gags scratched out in a sketchbook. I remember being on a wicked caffeine high in this little coffee shop in Ohio and taking a break from fighting a mean infestation of real-life roaches that were in my apt. building.

I showed the bits to a few people who, much to my surprise, really enjoyed it. So, I took up my first webcomic right there and then.

Since then, the zany Roaches found an audience on-line, a book has gotten published, it’s toured a few cons and now a short is in production. This little title has gotten all grown up!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more mischief.

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Puppets, Roaches: A Graphic Novel, Cement and The Grand Roach are all registered trademarks of Gargantuan Media. All rights reserved 2010.

Master Roach

7 Oct

Roaches Schmitt Webcomic
Master Roach ponders the imponderables atop the mystical Mount Frigidaire.

The new and updated art style for these mean little buggers is complete. They have gone from “rubber-tube” arms to segmented joints. The eyes are still Lil’ Orphan Annie – a personal preference because creepy stuff like that is hilarious to me. Also, I’ve taken to shading these dudes.

There is more updated artwork in the Animated section of this blog that shows much more of the new roach designs in a 360 turn-around format. The arm and leg segments, claws, wings and antennae are much more detailed in this new version of the art.

Now, a look at the “classic” underground comics style of Roaches from the book…

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Puppets, Roaches: A Graphic Novel, Cement and The Grand Roach are all registered trademarks of Gargantuan Media. All rights reserved 2010.

ASH Con August

28 Aug
Paul Schmitt
Sterling Clark Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Fyke Matt Wright and Marc Fishman
All photos by Paul Schmitt of Gargantuan Media 2012.

ASH Con August was another very well-attended event with nearly 700 attendees coming in during Sunday morning and early afternoon.

There were over a half a dozen indie title creators that I spoke with. All of them were even kind enough to let me get a quick photo and their web site information. Among the were Sterling Clark, who has worked with Sal Buscema, from Studio S in Kokomo, IN., Rodney Fyke from Hazzum in Cincinnati, OH., Marc Fishman and Matt Wright from Unshaven Comics in Chicago, IL., and Production Director at Panetheon Willie Peppers from Louisville, KY.

The guys from The Black Rose, Aaron Minier and Chris Anrnt were there as well as Mike Graves from BRIDGE Collective in Indianapolis, IN.

The show was a lot of fun. I managed to sign a few books and speak with a lot of comic people. There was even an extraordinary amount of cute chicks at this show. Probably the best show I’ve done all year.

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Puppets, Roaches: A Graphic Novel, Cement and The Grand Roach are all registered trademarks of Gargantuan Media. All rights reserved 2010.