Back in 2012, Robert Valley launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing of a second volume of Pear Cider and Cigarettes, an autobiographical graphic novel about trying to save a friend in desperate need of a new liver. It's about a lot more than that too, as Chris Sebela put it in his interview with the animator/artist himself, "Instead of meditations on relationships and jobs, Pear Cider is a whirlwind journey full of drugs, blood, sex, disease and international travel." Both volumes of the book were a success, but now Valley is returning to Kickstarter with Pear Cider and Cigarettes once more, only this time he's hoping to turn the story into a 30-minute animated short.
Even back when the crowdfunding for the second volume began, Robert Valley had an animated version of the story in mind. As he does most of his solo animating through Photoshop already, the book would serve as storyboards for the short film. It's taken four more years, but Valley's completely animated the story from start to finish. This latest Kickstarter venture is merely to help secure funding for post-production.
Since her 1941 debut, Wonder Woman has been one of the cornerstones of DC Comics, and of superhero comics in general.
In her 74-year-history, scores of artists have put their spin on the character, from subtle changes to her classic red, white, blue and gold costume to the "new" Wonder Woman of the late 1960s to some far more maligned interpretations that featured jackets and long pants. We've compiled a gallery of some of the most iconic Wonder Woman artists of the past seven decades, along with some positively stunning modern designs.
Remember the great DC Nation Shorts that used to run Saturday mornings alongside Teen Titans Go!, Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series? Remember how one time DC and Warner Bros. got Robert Valley to do an absolutely, ridiculously awesome and stylish take on Wonder Woman for a few of those shorts? DC Collectibles remembers.
What artist Robert Valley did with his four-minute Wonder Woman short for Warner Bros. Animation's DC Nation campaign was much more than simply express the powerful essence of the iconic superheroine. In just a few precious seconds, Valley defies every expectation absolutely anyone would have about what Wonder Woman could be, from the most hardcore fan to entertainment executives who've been endlessly vexed by how to depict the Amazon princess Diana in motion. But how it works is not simple; it's not easy to articulate. But its success is totally manifest, and that quality is part of what defines the work of a great artist; someone with vision.
It is also inescapably f***ing cool, and demonstrates in vivid terms the versatility of her character.
Can an animated project count as your "summer jam"? Because that's what Robert Valley's "Wonder Woman" shorts for DC Nation feel like to us. Almost revelatory in their coolness, these animated features present the amazon princess like she's never been seen before, but in such a way that seems utterly congruous with her iconic nature...
Obviously we remain despondent by the cancelation of Disney XD's groundbreaking and increasingly addictive animated series TRON: Uprising, but the sting of losing that most cool of cartoons has been soothed considerably by the knowledge that in its wake has come something perhaps even cooler. What's happened is that TRON designer and comic book artist Robert Valleyhooked up with Warner Bros. Animation to produce what's plainly going to be the next fan favorite from the already formidable DC Nation shorts campaign: Wonder Woman.
Just released to the web in support of the Walt Disney Records' soundtrack album, this TRON: Uprising music video sets to music some of the most inspired moments of visual splendor that characterize this audacious animated series...
Some people take a rigid, hardline view of success. In this hierarchical thinking, once you've achieved greatness in a difficult field, the idea of stepping back to something deemed less challenging and with fewer eyes on it could be considered a retreat...
Disney XD has released a new trailer for its newest animated series, TRON: Uprising. Featuring character design work by Robert Valley, storyboards by Eric Canete, and music by Daft Punk collaborator Joseph Trapanese, the new cartoon would seem to live up to the stunning visual and aural standard set by TRON: Legacy...
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