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Dog Feelings

Dogs, cats and babies are magical and amazing because they are alive and they feel. If they feel then they must also yearn. Why must that be? Because the word yearn exists and we might as well get some use out of it. So you yearn… I yearn, we all yearn for ice cream… And to do new and exciting things with our life.

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I am great with children because it’s fun to play like a kid. People tell me I would be a great dad, and I tell them it would kill me. On so many levels… Then I list them all. After 30 or 62 great reasons why I(just me doesn’t have to apply to everyone) shouldn’t have a kid of my own. They say, “but it would be different if it was yours”.
Yes! I know! I saw the episode of Friends when Ross’s monkey held his finger and then that other time when it was a baby… Oh and every other movie and real life occurrence that make childbirth wicked heart-warming.

Meanwhile in metaphors-land I also think nobody should have their own iron giant from space. It might go crazy and/or accidentally destroy everything. But if it was mine… Well! I would think very differently. Like Hogarth. Yes, he was doing a great job of turning his killing machine into a lovable buddy. I’m still not sure that’s an experience every kid needs to have. Probably not.
All babies are potential killing machines. I for one, don’t want to inadvertently be their secret origin catalyst that lead them to a life of murder. Or their victim. Eventually they do learn to talk and hate you, then never visit. Perfect. However, I can’t wait years and years for a kid to resent me and leave me alone. Like I said, I’m super fun with kids. But they’re not as great as me. I have to do all the work and they absorb all my energy. It’s fun… But I can’t do it all day and don’t yearn to do so.

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Dogs, Cats and Babies get bored. You can see it in their faces and if they are my responsibility… Then my job is to make those bored faces, happy.
I never had a baby and mostly lived with cats my whole lie. Yes I said “lived with” because you don’t own cats. They can leave any time they want. A cat is like a clever Jerry in that episode of Rick and Morty where they left Jerry at a daycare for Jerry’s. He could leave whenever he wanted, but it was up to him to decide which was better. Inside daycare service or outside freedom and the unknown.
Dogs, however, have more feelings than babies and cats combined. No I didn’t want a dog, and yes I knew I’d feel different if/when it was my own. Still, try to remember that everything alive is a potential killing machine that can get bored… Boredom leads to eating faces.

Dogs have little faces that are polluted with emotion. I hate that about my dog. He can look at me and have a very bored expression. He can sigh and rest his bored face on my leg like he learned it from a YouTube tutorial. That look destroys me. So I entertain him.
We just walk or find some trails where he can run free or play hide and seek or whatever. Who cares? I do! that’s who! Dammmit! Shiiiiit! When you try to learn how to make another living thing happy and it’s happiness matters to you. Well you’ve got a friend right there… Let’s go with buddy… Because that’s what I usually call my dog. Ma’ Buddy.
He lives in two separate places now. Either my place or Tara’s. Which is great because who wants to have a dog all the time? Nobody. My best friend just told me how much better life is just by sending her kids to day-care for just two days a week. Probably for just a few hours. It’s amazing how much of yourself can be absorbed by something with a face and it feels rude to ignore it for your own stupid reasons.

When I have the dog at my place, he will not stay in a room if I’m not in it. Clearly he’s built up a fear of me not coming home, as I don’t come “home” all week long. He even started hanging out in the barroom while I shower, which he never did before I moved. It can feel annoying being stared at by a bored little horse. It’s also great to talk to a bored little horse. His excitement for walks gets me excited for walks and his expressions are really fun. Yes, It’s different because he’s mine.

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This is a long way of saying I miss my stupid dog. It’s great to get a break and go for a walk without worrying about losing him under a truck. It’s still strange to go walking without him. Right now I’m at a place on the edge of a cliff that is also too close to the road. There’s no way I would be able to sit and type if he was here right now. I’m extremely grateful to know he gets attention no matter which home he is in, because I can’t stand feeling responsible for hurt feelings. I also can’t text him something funny to make sure he’s not stuck in a funk. I just have to hope he’s not.

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This… is actually an even longer way of saying there’s an apartment down the road where a woman sits out front. Her lawn strewn with kid’s toys and bikes. There seemed to be the remnants of three or for kids of varying ages. She held her forehead in her hand and her phone in the other. Just scrolling and not really reading or caring. Perhaps wishing she was enjoying the drunken fun that led to all these kids. A dog on a very short rope paced back and forth. Absorbing her disdain for life and all who inhabit her overwhelming hell hole. The dog had a small patch of lawn warn down to dirt… where it spent it’s life. As the lady had her mental state worn down in by her stupid life. I wanted to say, “Excuse me but, I’m sure you and your significant other are terrible parents… So what. Fuck your kids, they’re probably already Murderers and I hate them. But that’s your buddy there tied to a house. You invited him over… For his whole entire life. He just wants to go for a walk. Take him for a fucking walk please. You look like you need to walk away from this mess for 10 minutes yourself… and nobody knows you like your buddy. Not your stupid kids or your idiot husband. Only three beings know you well enough to know what you need: You, Your Buddy, and the Shadow… Because the shadow knows!!! Dammit! You’re acting like a piece of SHIT!” But I didn’t yell anything. I’m not super crazy.

I want to feel bad for this woman, I really do. But if you tie your buddy to a house, and leave them there… You’re a piece of shit. If I tied my best friend Amanda to a house, I would expect her to stab my face off while she called me a “real piece of shit”.
You don’t have to be the Shadow to look into the eye of an animal or through the eyes of Sarah McLachlan to see that there are so000 many dog feelings in there. Sure, it will feel different when it’s yours, it’s super true. So be careful not to ask for more giant robots than you can Handle. Just to keep wanting to scream some very basic ideas at a sad lady on her own front lawn.
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Just Walk your Effing Dog and don’t be a fuck about it. Please and/or thank you.

Last week I took Burke for a Walk, then we made a talk show. Then we played in a field.
Here’s the talkshow…

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Talking to Myself on Purpose

 I always wanted to be the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Not just make something like it or work on a sequel. Or even go back in time and be in the movie. No, I wanted it to be my life, at least once a week. But it was never really a thing available at the job fair… so I never went to the job fair. I went to animation school instead.

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I never wanted to go to Disneyland or World. In spite of what you think… none of your favorite characters are there. Not one. There are very tall versions of adorable little creatures. Sweaty overheated teens in giant helmets. There are actual humans pretending to be Jasmin and Aladdin. Those two characters happen to be very nicely designed human “characters”… not regular people from the real world. So why would I want to go there and lie to myself? I’ve always thought oversized mascot versions of cartoon characters are offensive to a child’s imagination. I know what they look like on TV and they don’t look like cheap felt full of neck-holes. Cartoons have life in their eyes… plastic googly eyes do not.

Now I’m sure there are hologram versions of the cartoons there now. Which might give me a reason to one day go to Disneyland for a few minutes. Not for the rides or people in costumes. The promise of a “Toon Town” made it more interesting many years ago. But it still looked like over sized hard plastic version of squashy stretchy cartoon life. No. I wated something different.

I’m not insane or a clown posse. I never believed that Bob Hoskins got to meet any of the characters. I understood there was a process and I wanted in on that process. I watched the making of videos and learned that it was actually very complicated. But I still wanted to power to cross dimensions.

I’ve made several short animations where I interact with imaginary creatures. It’s fun but there are a few extra steps. It’s definitely not as complicated as the making of Roger Rabbit, but my computer still does not do all the work.

Recently I launched my web Show, Morning Everybody, which I try to post every Thursday. The goal of this show was to eventually afford the time to hang out with imaginary characters. As much as that is the deluded dream of a 7 year old. It can also be the auspicious dream of a 37 year old. Mostly I talk to the camera and I am usually to warn out from drawing/creating at work to do it some more at night. But this week…

This week I did. And next week I’ll do it again. And one day going to “work” will involve setting up my gear and talking to myself. Then animating the things I Pretended to talk to.

Welcome to episode 36: Everything is a Contest or a Talent Show. In this Episode I talk to the animated soul of my dead cat as we try to win a contest together. All While I live next to my new neighbors who I could hear through the walls saying, “He’s talking to himself, No he is. He’s talking to himself. He’s just talking… to himself.”

Please enjoy what watching what my neighbors could only hear.

 

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A Day in the Life of an Artist-Tara Audibert Film Maker, Comic Artist & Podcaster

Hi! My name is Tara Audibert, I earn my living as an artist. Welcome to my day!

I have worked in TV animation for more than a decade and am currently working on my own film funded through the Canadian Counsil for the Arts and NBarts entitled “The Importance of Dreaming”. I have taught animation for many years and continue to work as a freelance illustrator & consultant for comics. I co-host the podcast No Such Thing as Grown Ups, and we promote indie artists like ourselves through showcasing A Day in the Life of an Artist. We make funny videos and web series so Subscribe to our Youtube.

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Tara Audibert is an artist, film maker, comic illustrator, consultant, and just a Jill of all Trades. She co-hosts the podcast No Such Thing as Grown Ups with her spouse Curtis Carey from Sunny Corner, NB, Canada where they also make Animations, Finger Puppet Sitcoms, Prepping with Puppets,comics, poetry books, children’s books and so much more! www.nosuchthingasgrownups.com


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Garage Sale Tales Eps 4: Naked Garage Sale

From the creators of The Andy & Andy ShowPrepping with Puppets and Blanketfort Stories comes Garage Sale Tales!

The real behind the scene stories of the garage sales you know and love, the weirdo’s the crazies and all the frustrations improvised true stories of seller’s and buyers woe.

IN this episode we visit a nudist garage sale with exorbitant prices! Watch and see how to get a garage sale deal in Episode 4: Naked Garage Sale

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Video Friday- Garage Sale Tales Eps 3: He Said “It’s Why you Have to Put out Garbage”

From the creators of The Andy & Andy Show & Prepping with Puppets comes: Blanketfort Stories!

The real behind the scene stories of the garage sales you know and love, the weirdo’s the crazies and all the frustrations improvised true stories of seller’s and buyers woe.

IN this episode a seller tries to pass of garbage as deals! how rude! Watch and see how to survive garage sale garbage in Episode 3: He Said “It’s Why you Have to Put out Garbage”

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Blanketfort Stories the entire Webseries Eps 1-7

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BlanketFort Eps 7: We Always Say NO Doing Improv in the Fort 

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Blanketfort Stories Episode 1 : Bare Naked Ladies in the Fort


Blanketfort Stories Episode 2 : Hard Bodies in the Fort


BlanketFort Stories Episode 3: Dutchoven in the Fort


BlanketFort Stories Episode 4: Forbidden Dogs & Drugs in the Fort



BlanketFort Stories Eps 5: OH Henry Poops in the Fort 


BlanketFort Stories Eps 6: Too Many Cooks in the Fort


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Illos: Phantom Jeans


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Video Friday- BlanketFort Stories Season Finale Eps 7: We Always Say NO Doing Improv in the Fort

From the creators of The Andy & Andy Show & Prepping with Puppets comes: Blanketfort Stories! Each week Curtis & Tara choose from your 3 WORD comment suggestions to inspire a story, then they do an improv based on that story with LEGO PEOPLE! It’s very convoluted, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t get it right away, you might still be pretending to be a grown up!

It’s OK though, join us in our magical blanket fort for fun & watch us practice using our IMAGINATIONS 🙂 then you can practice at home yourself.

IN this episode Keith & Jill tell the story of not understanding instructions at school and tryouts for high school musical.Later they Improv a skit with a Lego Librarian conducting a Job interview gone awry. It’s a Skit I like to call “Just Because Anyone can do it, Doesn’t Mean You Can.”

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*Blanketfort Stories is inspired by Illos Illustrated Podcast by Keith Dury Watch them here:

Illos on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkaHU7P1w2y5pRJV0MSS-Nw

Tara illustrated an episode called Phantom Jeans:

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