A miscellany of weekly ramblings on comics, art and film by Ted Mathot, storyboard artist and writer/artist/self-publisher of graphic novels and comics

Monday, August 29, 2005

A Look Inside Rose and Isabel Part 1

For those who are interested in Rose and Isabel but haven't had a chance to see the inside of the book, here is a five page
sample of part 1. click to enlarge

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Email issues

Hey all, it seems there is some sort of problem with my rose and isabel hotmail account. If you would like to reach me regarding the Rose and Isabel book, please send to roseandisabel(at)earthlink(dot)com or click the link in my profile.


Thursday, August 25, 2005

Western Inspiration

I didn't realize I'm a fan of western films until just recently...I had made a remark here at work a couple weeks back that I had only seen 3 or 4 in my life and was interested in seeing more. Fellow storyman Jim Reardon was quick to respond by giving me twelve of his favorites to watch in specific order (top to bottom in the picture above).

It's been a great experience so far. I have made my way from Shane through Winchester 73, and I have a newfound appreciation for westerns. Shane is so incredibly simple and effective; Jack Palance is terrifying just sitting at at table, saying nothing, doing nothing. And when he speaks...bone chilling. My Darling Clementine is an awesome character piece, beautifully directed by John Ford and Henry Fonda is awesome.

These films are having an effect as I continue to work on Rose and Isabel. More analysis to come as I make my way through the list...

in order from top to bottom:

My Darling Clementine
Red River
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Winchester 73
High Noon
The Searchers
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Once Upon a Time in the West
The Wild Bunch

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Dan Lee tribute and book launch tomorrow

Tomorrow night (August 25) at the Canvas Cafe and Gallery in SF is the Dan Lee and friends tribute and book launch. The Canvas was one of Dan's favorite places to go and sketch, and many of those drawings are represented in the new book "In Your Face - Cafe Sketches by Dan Lee" which will be on sale at the show. I hope to see you there.

More info here

UPDATE: The event was a huge success. Check out some great photos at Enrico's Blog.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Joe Ranft (1960-2005)


Joe Ranft, one of the most beloved, talented and inspirational people I have ever met, died in a car accident on Tuesday. He was a great friend, teacher, artist...there are so many great qualities he had, it is impossible to list them all. Joe was the heart and soul of the story department and of Pixar. In my mind he was the King of Story, the one who presided over all of us with his leadership, guidance, support, and talent, none of which ever went to his head. He was a unifier, a motivator, always positive and supportive. He was totally comfortable being the boss as well as one of the guys. He helped to nurture those who were just starting out and brought to Pixar many who were to become our top talents. We owe so much to Joe. He will be sorely missed. My thoughts go out to his friends and family.

Read what Ronnie Del Carmen and many others had to say about Joe on Ronnie's blog.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Super7 signing! - Date change - see below

Myself and fellow cohorts E-Ville Press will be at Super7 in San Francisco for a group signing and gathering from 5-7pm on Saturday, October 1st.

More details are coming soon. Check the Super7 Calendar for updates.

Thanks to the Super7 folks and Nate Stanton for setting this up!

Hope to see you all there!


Thursday, August 11, 2005


Here is a cool rendition of Rose and Isabel by Mustashrik Mahbub

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Interview on The Great Curve

  Click the above link to   read a short  interview with Ted about Rose and Isabel   and E-Ville Press. Thanks   to JK for setting this up.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

One Rose and some vultures

yes, there will be vultures somewhere in part 2...

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Time for some drawings

I'm realizing I don't post enough artwork here on Rose and Isabel, so here are some of the latest sketches I've been doing while exploring the new book. These are all quick digital sketches, done on the Wacom Cintiq. -T

Friday, August 05, 2005

Review from the Nashville City Paper

Here's another review of the book, this one written by Wil Moss. Check out his other reviews (including E-Ville Press books Afterworks and Colossus) here

Rose and Isabel
By Ted Mathot
(E-Ville Press)

Rose and Isabel is a terrific comic from another Pixar animator, Ted Mathot, about two strong sisters who go in search of their brothers during the Civil War.

Mathot's got a great concept here, and talent to spare. His art style is similar to Jeff Smith, and he does a good job providing distinct looking characters in a large cast.

A family in the part of Virginia that stayed with the Union is divided when its three sons go off to join the Federal Army. They write letters home once a week, but several years into the war the letters stop coming. Sisters Rose and Isabel, raised to be strong and independent by their father, cast off to find their brothers and bring them home.

The point where Rose and Isabel take town a squad of Confederate troops Lone Wolf & Cub-style stretches the limits of credibility, but it's a great action sequence and Mathot develops the girls' backstory enough to make it plausible.

There's a nice sketchbook section in the back that shows the evolution of the book's concept and characters. Overall, Rose and Isabel is a confident, strong debut comic - it's just a shame the second part won't be out until next year.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Rose and Isabel in the East bay

For East Bay folks heading out tomorrow for new comics day, Rose and Isabel will be on the shelves at Dr. Comics and Mr. Games on Piedmont Ave in Oakland (also for city folks, at Isotope and Super7). Again, quantities are limited, so get 'em soon!

Dr Comics & Mr Games
4014 Piedmont Av
Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 836-1000

Monday, August 01, 2005

Rose and Isabel Live and Direct

One of the coolest things at this year's Comic-Con was the live art show and hip-hop party put on by Vinyl Elements at the Beehive in San Diego. Special thanks to Scott Morse for allowing me to grab a brush for a few moments. It was very intimidating being around such talented guys, plus I hadn't picked up a paintbrush in who knows how long (not to mention in front of a couple hundred people...) Thanks also to Mark Andrews for helping me complete the duo (he drew the Isabel).

click to enlarge