About four years ago my friend Mike created a company and hired me before he hired himself.
He had dreams of becoming successful enough to be eccentric and crazy.
Eccentricly successful enough to move the company to a giant yacht. “I’m never going to work on a boat” I told him, but I never said he couldn’t some day have his boat.
It’s four years later and paying employees to do things is expensive. As Expensive as a boat. Many reasons have come and gone and sadly and we’re working on our last project before the doors close.
We’re building a desktop Mac/PC game that’s been pretty fun to work on. I’ve been animating shot cartoons with the characters to build some awareness of Nertopia. But we still need some money to not just finish it. But make it complete and fun and super crazy. I made a Trailer for the game so far.
We’d like to take it further of course. Mike is in the process of doing all the things a business-person does to keep his business alive until the end. One such way is an IndieGoGo campaign. We’re offering a chance to be in the game, art books and many other perks.
It’s hard to work on a last project. With some sales we may come back from the dead. Until then, looking for help to keep going just a bit longer to complete our Nerdtopia.
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.
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.
You’re not doing anything anybody gives a shit about. The Only nine jobs available in the world! The Age of Aquarius and Ultron. Things change while you wait. Becoming whatever you want to be. Going to jail in disguise. Internet websites and the truth. Lex Luther is running for president IRL.
Ryan Atkins loves comic books for you! Check out our newest No Such Thing as Reviews every Tuesday. Plus Joseph Gordon Levitt gives me anxiety. Hey guys you’re trapped Under the Dome for a week.
This week we talk about the fact that our title does not mean we want to be kids, cleaning up your area, Mad Max and running the Fury Road, Cheese-less cheesecake and lies for your own good, our Koi koiless Pond, playing god, the fact that robots and aliens are pretty much screwed on this planet, which brings us of course to feminism! and other horrors like THX and Wayward Pines with Matt Dillon! We will be at Animaritime 2015 in Fredricton NB June 26-28th
DISCLAIMER: No cats were harmed in the making of this blog post. All cats were heavily compensated with Whiskas Temptations (cat treats) and cuddled immediately after the videos and photos in which they appeared. I cannot, however, guarantee that any human in this post was treated the same.
Also, anything documented in this blog post was not endorsed by any person associated with this blog other than myself. If you’re going to get mad at someone, get mad at me!
Hello everyone. My name is Shelby, and I’m a recovering alco-
Damn. Wrong blog! Sometimes it’s kinda hard to keep track with all of the different computer tabs open. (#blogwhore)
Anyway, to correct my earlier attempt at introducing myself, I’m going to tell you EXACTLY who I am and a few things that I like. Then, after that is all said and done, you’ll be joining me on a magical weekend adventure!
– My full name is Shelby Ann Christie.
– The name Shelbo Baggins is a mix of a childhood nickname (Shelbo, used by family and close friends) and the fact that I really love The Hobbit. Credz to my uncle for coming up with it when I was around 10 or so years old. Thanks Greg!
– I’m an artist.
– I’m 21.
– I LOVE Gundams. (I will explain this later)
– I have a cat.
– I have lots of freckles.
– GO WATCH THIS VIDEO NOT FACTs:
– I am a grown up.
If non-disclosure agreements didn’t exist, then I would be showing you what it’s like to work at our game studio/front, Egg Roll Digital Studios. However! Due to all of the sensitive material and secret genetic experiments we’re working on, I can’t exactly document my work day. Thus, we begin with Caturday morning.
Saturday morning usually starts with my cat, Big Redd, putting his paws in my face and biting my nose until I get up to feed him. This could happen anywhere between 6-9am. He’s usually pretty good and wakes me up a bit later, but he’s pretty much my weekend alarm clock. I get up when he wants me to.
I had a few things to do on Saturday.
So obviously, getting ready in the morning consisted of taking way too many “selfies” (I did not jump on that bandwagon, so it was awkward) all while trying to make sure that the cat stayed still so we could take a decent one together. I rolled around on the floor with him till I got a couple worth showing.
“I have a whole new respect for the selfie culture now that I realize how hard it is to take a good one.” – Shelby Christie, 2015. I’m so full of it that I quote myself on a regular basis.
Fuzz butt has had enough of cuddling. Anyway, I looked at the calendar to see if anything cool was happening that day.
I have a Gundam Calendar. Nothing cool happened, but-
Whoops! How did all of those get in there? You would think I was using this as an excuse to show off my calender.
(Here, n00bs! Educate yourselves on the wonder that is GUNDAM! I know I said I would but here’s all you need to know if you don’t want to click the link: GIANT ROBOTS!!!)
You can buy model building kits based off of pretty much any suit in any Gundam series ever. Gundam Plastic Models, or GUNPLA as the hardcore people say, are super fun to build and are really fun to pose. I have 5 kits in total, though most are in their respective boxes because I don’t want the cat to destroy them. Some day I’ll be able to display them. Some day…
So, first item on the list is the package. TO THE POST OFFICE!!
(Don’t you love the camera angle?)
TO THE PHARMACY!!
SGJSKLHKLJDFHK;/GGF PACKAGE WAS NOT AT THE PHARMACY. Anyway, the rest of this day pretty much ended in failure. I did not get anything else on my list done because I was discouraged and then I went home. I watched some cool shows with my friends later on that night, though I forgot to document it. However! Here is a character from the show we watched. Major Armstrong from Full Metal Alchemist!
I did some art of him.
THAT CONCLUDES CATURDAY
TIME FOR SUNDAY!!
Sunday starts the same way that Saturday does. My own personal cat alarm clock needs to be fed in order to remain functional.
Apartment/Cat Junk. Can you see my Gundam calendar on the wall? I can.
A few of my friends and I decided it would be worth going to the grocery store in a mini-storm so we could purchase ingredients for a supper thing that we do sometimes.
Here are the three hooligans I travelled with:
On our way back we were facing the wind. Not much happened, though it was a bit of a sucky commute. Everyone went their separate ways once we got back, but only for a few hours while I prepped some food.
On today’s menu:
and weaponized cream of broccoli soup.
Dede could not make it because he had to work, but we saved him some left overs! WOO!
I forgot to document the rest of the day after that. I did snag this picture of Simon, though!
I think we watched David Blaine and some AFV after food. Everyone left at 10 though because I was tired and I’m a loser who goes to bed early.
Anywho! That concludes this weekend’s activities. It’s a common thing for us to get together like this and it’s awesome. They’re a fun crowd 😀
ALSO, just so nobody freaks out, the oven was not on when I put the cat inside. The little click that you heard was me turning on the light so we could see inside. Like the disclaimer at the beginning says, he was not harmed. He was in there for maybe 10 seconds before I let him out and smothered him in treats and hugs so he would forgive me. He’s a good little actor though! What a champ for putting up with this.
Thank you to Tara Audibert and Curtis Carey for letting me tell you about my weekend. It was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoyed reading! It was a cool thing to document, so I encourage anyone else who was thinking of participating to do so!
Also, thanks to everyone/everycat for making an appearance. You made this post so much better!
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
I’m hoping to get a table at Animaritimes this year. For those of you unfamiliar with it, it is the longest running nerdist/anime/videogames convention in the maritimes. I do believe it’s going to be my 7-8th year going but I’m not sure. Anyway, stop by my booth! Assuming I get into the artist’s alley. Yeah, you’ll recognize me by the Major Armstrong prints and things I will be selling. I do have a blog though I don’t exactly update it very often. However! if you want to see examples of my recent work AND/OR you are interested in commissioning some art from me, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I shall send you all the info/prices. I accept paypal and EMT’s, but if you are going to Animaritimes then I can give you your art and you can give me $$$! WOO!
Shelby Christie (°1993, Bathurst, Canada) is a Junior 3D artist who lives and works in Miramichi, New Brunswick. She enjoys watching Gundam, playing video games, drawing and hanging out with her siblings. She has one cat (née Big Redd) who has been affectionately nicknamed “Pronce”, after a Saturday Night Live skit where they make fun of Prince.
After finishing three years of art/animation college at NBCC Miramichi, she found work at a mobile games studio called Egg Roll Digital Studios. They are currently in the middle of production on a game that they hope will make them real contenders in the mobile market.
It’s that time of the week again: MONDAY! But there is something to look forward to-and all NEW episode of NSTAGU! We are talkin’ ’bout tiny homes and indoor rock climbing, toys left in packages, and playing with toys. Gremlin rules apply this week, are we evolving into baby whales? Dolphin with PH D’s Religion vs. Science & the Matrix! Ads in my brain from minority report and doing things with your mind, we bash Ronda Byrne but love ‘the secret’ and disclosed the magical indian powers Tara has. It’s only wrong until it’s right! join us for all this and MORE (how is that possible) we love to talk! LISTEN & SUBSCRIBE!
Things are out of order, but that’s OK time is just something made up by humans, it doesn’t even exist, and so we give you our horrible Valentines Day, 2 weeks later. We talk about Lady Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park 4, Dinosaur facts, facts are not facts, Documentary Sunday with small breasts and penises. Implants are dangerous, and Rape is NOT cool! Quadcast Questions and more!