Saturday, February 6, 2010

What Wizard Voice!

We are talking about the Wizard of Cerebus issue #1, who uncharacteristically (like so much in Cerebus issue #1) was given no personality -in most issues of Cerebus that were to follow: it's the side characters who are the most fun while Cerebus basically reacts..usually with a disapproving grunt or arched eyebrow...I've always thought of the dynamic akin to Bob Newhart show, though Newhart would react with a stammer:)
So to make Cerebus issue #1 more in keeping with the Cerebus style that would later develop we've here fleshed the Wizard out a bit and he's now a central character telling the tale of his own demise..sorta kinda like the movie "Sunset Boulevard":)
Doing the voice of the Wizard is the versatile talent of Stephen Mendel, who has appeared in numerous films and TV series.
Seeing how we can't just upload audio files I found some files that were handy (didn't want to spend too much time on this montage:)) and included them (featuring rough modelling,rigging and animation by Lorenzo Davis, Ajiesh Thuvanoor etc) though wouldn't go so far as to call this an animatic.