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3 Jan 2014

GLASCO GRAPHIX - ANIMATED COMICS THAT KEEPS IT REAL

By David Lee Andrews   Posted at  08:30   YOUTUBE

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Just the other day I remembered the following quote paraphrased by the Scottish stand-up comedian, Billy Connolly: 'Before you judge a man, son, walk a mile in his shoes. After that, though, who cares? He's a mile away and you've got his shoes'.  Now if you want to know the reason why I remembered this quote, please check out this interview I did with my new pal, Glasco Jones. Trust me. What he had to say was just a poignant.


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Hollywood 1) What are your own origins, Glasco? Plus what path did you take in life to get to where you are today?   I'm a native New Yorker, moved to Cali in the early eighties, graduated High School in 1985, and served in the Navy during the Gulf War. While I was in the Navy, I landed a record deal with the San Diego based company, 'Bonita Records', which was a subsidiary of 'Capital Records' in 1988. I released Sound So Smoove in 1989. Tru Hip Hop, and Where I Been are two of my more recent projects, although the tracks are from earlier days.

Music may have started me in show business, but ART has always been number one in my heart.

I must say, when it comes to life, I have had a lot of successes and failures. I have learned to truly understand what success is, one must endure failure. As a child I have visited many of the museums in N.Y.C. The art history and sculptures especially had a major influence on me.

In the 1970's and 80's, before the internet, comic books were one of my favorite pastimes. Marvel Comics had the more interesting heroes, at least in my opinion. Also, The Peanuts gang, Star Trek, Flash Gordon and other Science fiction books. Anything with pictures, Ha! I would not pick up a book without any pictures.

Glasco Jones
Fast Forward to the mid 90's I worked with many different production companies to pay the bills until I returned to school in 1994-1997. I got my AS in Computer Graphics / Web Design. That was around the same time the internet was just starting to take off. My first digital field was the gaming industry. I worked at Sony, MicroProes, Edios, and Activision. I have done quality assurance to character creation. Working in the digital field inspired me to start my own company, which put me in a mecca of creativity -- from shooting and editing a number of music projects to creating and working with many online companies. Although I have changed names, had to shut down every now and again, I am still here up and running.

Glasco Graphix - The Heroes
2) How did ‘Glasco Graphix’ come about? It’s ‘secret origin’ so to speak.   'Glasco Graphix' is truly a work and learn process. When I started out, my company was called DoobieMotions.com, then Cybermediazone.net, now Glascographix.com. When the company was Doobiemotions.com, all I did was music. Yet by the time we became Cybermediazone.net, we incorporated my comics.

I did digital comics at first like everyone else, but I always felt doing comics this way, was under-using the capabilities that the computer supplies. In the early 2000s, motion comics started appearing all over the net. The motion comic is cool, but every time I watched one, I came away feeling cheated, like it was a poorly done animated episode. Ha! This led to a very frustrating feeling.

So in 2006, using Flash 4, I designed a specific format template where I could include animated sequences within a comic book digital format. This was when I created THE STIL-MOTION-COMIX. I then copyrighted and patented the digital format of comic style in 2008. Then I need a fresh new name to introduce my new creation. (weird science voice) GlascoGraphix.com was that name.

Glasco Graphix - The Urban Avenger3) In roll-call fashion, can you please tell us some of the exploits involving your creation, ‘Urban Avenger’?   This is a matter that is subject to argument. Ha! It was 1991, I was lying in the bed with a beautiful woman which eventually became my 1st wife. LOL! I came up with the name THE URBAN AVENGER for my previously titled character THE BLACK BUG. Since I did not copyright the name back then, everyone and their mamma, has appeared on the scene with an 'Urban Avenger' alias.

I have literally been in 3 online battles with various impostors claiming my name. One guy lived in Glasgow, Scotland. So, in 2006, I decided to put the ICV (InnerCity Vigilante) tag on THE URBAN AVENGER and copyright the name. I made a 4 episode web-series that was picked up on AWN.com. When I was ready to take The Urban Avenger ICV to the STIL-MOTION COMIX format, I wanted to make him more appealing to kids. We have been flying right ever since.

4) What song would you say best represents your site and why?   'Waiting on the World to Change' by John Mayer, because The Stil-Motion-Comix is the newest, latest, freshest, and greatest way to make a digital comic book. The world just doesn't know it yet. And yes, I would expect royalties for the use of my STIL-MOTION FORMAT. Ha!




Charles M. Schulz
5) If you could get a celebrity – either living or dead – to promote your wares, who would you choose, and why would you want to choose this particular person?   I would be honored to ask Charles M. Schulz. Yes. The creator of Charlie Brown and 'Peanuts'. Why? Because I want the STIL-MOTION-COMIX to appeal to kids. Mr. Schulz's characters had a major appeal on me when I was very young through today. Peanuts, for lack of a better term, kept it real. Charlie Brown would rarely ever get the prize. That is life. You will have more failures then successes, the secret is to never give up.

6) What artists / writers have you admired the most?   I would have to say all of the early writers and artists at Marvel comics, plus, the many writers of the Fantasy, Superhero and Science fiction, movies and television episodes. If I was to give names that would be unfair, because influence is all around us. We truly live in a mad media frenzy of influence.

Hills And Valleys
7) What have you learnt about yourself through this endeavour? And were their any unforeseen obstacles you had to contend with along the way?   I'm a 46 years old man, and my life has been my art. At times erratic, emotional, violent, jailed, free, prosperous, positive, turn-down, and built-up. What I have learned about myself speaks through my art. Although the journey is filled with hills and valleys, one obstacle stands out. When I went through a divorce in my late 30's, I lost everything including my kids and my company and my freedom. It was hard, but it built character I never had and it taught me lessons I would never have learned otherwise.

I would not change a thing though.

8) During your time in this field, what is the one thing that has kept you in good stead?   Positive thinking, living, and acting. Ha!

9) If you had a motto, what would it be?   Fiction is the illusion that truth cloaks itself in.

Wow! What a great way to end an interview! Right, dear readers? So without any further ado, I'm sure you know what to do next. Pay a visit to Glasco Graphix today, plus follow Glasco on his twitter, facebook, and youtube pages. Clunk-Click. You know it makes sense. 

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